Author Archives: Kristen Manieri

10th Annual Reading Between the Wines with Art Smith & Norman Van Aken

Reading between the Wines, the annual fundraising event for the Adult Literacy League, returns Wednesday, April 12, 2017 with what promises to be an unforgettable evening of culinary tastes and tales.   Attendees will enjoy delicious food and beverages from local restaurants followed by a special presentation featuring James Beard award-winning chefs and cookbook authors, Art Smith & Norman Van Aken.  Participating in a ... Read More »

Girls Night Out at DISENCHANTED! The Hilarious Hit Musical

Disenchanted

We’re ready to let lose on a slightly wicked Girls Night Out at DISENCHANTED! The Hilarious Hit Musical, on stage April 11 through 20, 2017 at The Plaza Live Orlando.  Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines ... Read More »

Grande Lakes Orlando Unveils Interactive Farm to Fare Experience

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Grande Lakes Orlando, home to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, recently announced the next phase in its renowned farm-to-fork cuisine philosophy: Whisper Creek Fables, a series of farm-to-table experiences hosted on the property’s 18,000 square-foot Whisper Creek Farm. Continuing Grande Lakes Orlando’s commitment to sustainability and hyper-local culinary initiatives, Whisper Creek Fables provides guests the chance to get ... Read More »

Do Good Date Night at Feeding Children Everywhere: March 31

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Do Good Date Night is back and we’re once again partnering with Feeding Children Everywhere, a local non-profit that has sent more than 30 million meals to hungry children across the world since it began in 2010. The meal, which has ended up in stomachs as close as Sanford and as far away as the Philippines, is a mix of ... Read More »

6th Annual Orlando Date Night Awards – Vote & Win!

VOTING HAS NOW ENDED. Check out the winners here.  It’s time again for Orlando’s Annual Date Night Awards. Sponsored by the Epicurean Hotel, Tampa, these awards are your chance to have your say in our area’s most romantic restaurants, activities, events and experiences. Voting is now open and will remain open until 7am on Thursday, March 16, 2017. So, VOTE VOTE ... Read More »

Date Night for a Cause: Guest Chef Night at Second Harvest with Seasons 52

Second Harvest Food Bank’s much-loved Chef’s Night series returns this month with a special feast prepared by James Messinger, Corporate Executive Chef of Seasons 52. Held on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 6pm – 9pm at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, the event gives guests a chance to support a stellar local non-profit while enjoying a delicious five-course meal.  Chef Messinger ... Read More »

Jazz, Joel & John: March 17 & 18

The powerful, 160-piece CFCArts Symphony Orchestra and the dazzling CFCArts Big Band will team up on Friday March 17th and Saturday March 18th to bring you Jazz, Joel, and John, a musical homage to two songwriting legends. Featuring an exciting combination of some of the best jazz standards and orchestral arrangements of the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, these two ... Read More »

Learn to Skate Date at RDV Ice Den

Learn to Skate Date at RDV Ice Den

If you’re not from Florida or have lived here a while, chances are your skate skills leave something to be desired. But with a little practice and training, ice skating can be a terrific option for couples looking to get moving on their date night. As an added bonus, spending an hour or two inside a frosty ice rink is ... Read More »

Dr. Phillips Center Presents Pilobolus: Shadowland

Pilobolus

Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland is a first-of-its-kind performance combining modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens of different sizes and shapes. In other words: this is like nothing you’ve ever seen! The production tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for her independence, with nowhere for her thoughts to ... Read More »

Culture Pop! Returns Friday, March 3

Not your typical exhibition opening, Culture Pop! is Central Florida’s original interactive art party. Attend this one-of-a-kind event series on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 6-9pm when the Art & History Museums – Maitland kicks off Art31, a 31-day series of events and exhibitions that honor the legacy of the Maitland Art Center. Culture Pop! includes the opening of the highly-anticipated ... Read More »

Tapa Toro Announces Dinner Plus the Eye Package

‘Tapas Before Take-Off’ now available at Tapa Toro through April 15, 2017 It’s a perfectly planned date night designed to delight Orlando locals and visitors with stellar Spanish cuisine followed by one of the best skyline views in the Orlando area. Tapa Toro announced this week that they’ll partner with the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye for Tapas Before Take-Off, a complete night or ... Read More »

Samurai Supper: March 1st at Baoery Asian Gastropub

Join us on Wednesday, March 1 for a culinary tour of Baoery Asian Gastropub, a stellar neighborhood eatery in the heart of the Thornton Park District. On this special night, couples will share a six-course feast created by award-winning Executive Chef/Partner Greg Richie and inspired by Japan, Korea and Thailand. Dinner also includes a welcome “Boba and Bubbles” (or Kirin ... Read More »

Downtown Food & Wine Fest Returns Feb 25 & 26

The Ninth Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest is set for Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, 2017 when more than 30,000 foodies and wine lovers will descend on Lake Eola Park to experience unique local cuisine paired with wines from around the globe. The two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s restaurants, 50 domestic and international ... Read More »

Love is in the Air During the February 18 Edition of Science Night Live

Live from Orlando, it’s Science Night Live! An evening reserved only for adults, enjoy everything you love about Orlando Science Center with grown-up-inspired programming during Science Night Live on Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8:00–11:30pm. They say the best dates have good chemistry so show off your science side and bring your sweetheart to the Orlando Science Center. This month’s edition of Science ... Read More »

Best Bets: Top Event Picks for Feb 6 – 12

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Start making plans for heading out on the town this week in Orlando.  MONDAY District at Mills50: Maker Monday Monday, February 6, 5-9pm SOS Art Gallery at BizOrlando.com FREE Admission (Menu prices vary) TUESDAY Omakase with Chef Morimoto Tuesday, February 7, 6pm Morimoto Asia $250 Moet Hennessy Wine Dinner Tuesday, February 7, 6:30pm Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton $150 Gentleman’s Guide ... Read More »

Dr. Phillips Center Reveals 2017/18 Broadway Season in Orlando

Broadway Season in Orlando

We are simply gushing over the upcoming Broadway Season in Orlando! The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Theatrical Association and Broadway Across America have announced the roster of shows that will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater during the FAIRWINDS 2017-18 Broadway Season in Orlando and it’s packed with productions we cannot wait to see. The new ... Read More »

Our Winter Park Village Date Night: A Couple at Large Review

Remember last month when Lisa Ngai and her boyfriend Scott won our epic giveaway for a $1,000 Winter Park Village Date Night? The duo became the Couple at Large and have returned to Orlando Date Night Guide to share all the details about their special day and night.  I couldn’t believe it when I checked my email one morning only to ... Read More »

Food & Wine Under the Stars at Harbor Nights

Harbor Nights Romantico Returns February 10, 2017 On Valentine’s weekend, escape to the romance of the Mediterranean under the twinkling lights of the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.  Harbor Nights Romantico will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6:30pm – 9pm when guests will enjoy select wines and sparkling wines, expertly prepared gourmet foods from ... Read More »

Join us for Tapas & Tango: February 17

Dancing, especially the tango, can be the ultimate aphrodisiac. And even those with two left feet can learn the skills to sweep their partner off their feet. Join us on Friday, February 17 (8pm) for Tapas & Tango at Arthur Murray Dance Studios (6700 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando) for a night of dancing, great food, wine and most of all, FUN! Hosted ... Read More »