Whether you are an experienced cook, a novice cook or a foodie, an Orlando Culinary Tour will not only educate you on the emerging food scene of Central Florida, but will showcase and teach you new skills in Wine pairing, gardening, cooking and entertaining all in one afternoon or evening!
Why eat seasonally? Eating fresh local produce when it is in season offers a variety of benefits including: products are fresher and tastier; nutritional value of products is optimized; it encourages a diverse diet; it is often more economical; and it harmonizes with nature’s production cycle.
Round Trip transportation from designated pick up, drop off location via luxury Motor Coach or van.
On board tour guide to assist guests, and to emcee at designated stops.
Tour stops include, but not limited to: The Quantum Leap Winery, The East End Market which will include a garden and market tour, Chef Jamie McFadden's teaching lab and Txokos Basque Kitchen.
Included in the ticket price: exceptional wine tastings with individual charcuterie plates, an afternoon snack which guests will create with the Executive Chef, and a Spanish Tapas and Mixology Session.
Excite your taste buds and peak your culinary curiosity
Jamie McFadden Executive Chef/Founder Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events, Winter Park Florida
In 1990 he began to build his reputation as an award winning chef working at various high profile restaurants including his own restaurant, Mimi’s Café & Wine Bar. In 1998 he founded Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events and just celebrated 17 years in creating unforgettable events. In early 2011 Jamie introduced Central Floridians to his version of a tasting bar with his "bar J me" concept. In November 2013, Chef Jamie launched Celebrations at The East End Market. This exciting venue houses a variety of Food Artisans, event planners, a restaurant and Cuisiniers unique event space for events up to 250 guests.
Other career highlights include preparing two Central Florida inspired meals at the James Beard House in New York City, Co-Founding The PEAS Foundation which provides food insecure households with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Appearing and Cooking on NBC’s "Today Show" "Dinner in the Sky" segment with Bravo’s 3rd Season "Top Chef" winner Hung Huynh, Teaching at the Walt Disney World, Disney Institute, and participating in cooking events in respected wineries. When not in the kitchen Jamie sits on the advisory boards of Edible Orlando Magazine, The Central Florida Hope & Help Center, The Second Harvest Food Bank's Community Kitchen and he participates in the "Chefs Move Schools" program.
In 2007, Restaurant Forum named Chef Jamie one of Central Florida’s Top 20 Chef’s. He is the only caterer to receive this award. Most recently Jamie was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel Culinary Hall of Fame and Best Chefs America along with being invited to sit on the national advisory board of BCA.
David Forrester, Quantum Leap Winery
David is co-owner and co-founder of Quantum Leap Winery, a negociant-style winery in the urban environment of Orlando, Florida. The winery is focused on great wines with an environmental conscious and an excellent value proposition for the consumer.
Prior to starting the winery David was a successful entrepreneur with a series of environmental businesses including the tire recycling company, TIRES Inc. which he founded in 1991 and which recycled over 50 million tires in the 16 years he owned the company.
Jill Ramsier, Taking that quantum leap
Although she wasn’t able to drink the fine wines produced throughout the region, she became intoxicated by the beautiful landscape and delicious aromas of wine country.
More than 10 years working in the hospitality industry only fueled that passion, and in 2012 Ramsier took the leap into wine production, opening Quantum Leap Winery with David Forrester, a successful CEO and environmental industry pioneer.
John Rife, Owner / Founder
East End Market, Winter Park
Harvest Festival, Winter Park
John is a passionate supporter of the small businesses and food entrepreneurs that are making Central Florida a vibrant and tasty place to live.
John’s latest project, the East End Market, is a neighborhood market and food hub in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando. The Market showcases some of Central Florida’s top food entrepreneurs, tradespeople, artists, and chefs. The two-story structure is home to a dozen merchants, a large event space, a demonstration kitchen, an incubator kitchen, offices, retail shops, a full-time, award-winning caterer and a world-class restaurant.
Henry & Michele Salgado, Owners Spanish River Grill & Txokos Basque Kitchen
Not allowed to enjoy their language, customs or food, the men would gather secretly to cook, speak their native tongue and sing their time honored songs together. Today the Basque country is recognized not only for its rich culture and heritage but for its outstanding food and creative chefs.
With an open kitchen, and an Asador for grilling, Txokos Basque Kitchen will celebrate the proud spirit of this special part of Spain with food that is both traditional and fresh. With a year round growing season, Txokos will source as many ingredients as possible from its East End Market neighbors and from the abundant and talented local farmers in Central Florida.
Janet Briggs, Tour Operator
Born and raised in Georgia, and a graduate of Georgia State University, Janet pursued a career in accounting. Over the years, however, she was always drawn back to her gardens and the kitchen. In 2002, Janet earned another degree, this time in Culinary Management, and in 2013 received Master Gardener certification.
Her in-depth knowledge of Florida Agriculture and the local food scene provide hours of amazing insight. When not at work, Janet "practices what she preaches" by buying local, vegetable gardening, and producing delicious canned and baked items on a seasonal basis.
LORA DeLorenzo, Orlando Culinary Tour Booking Agent
Upon her return to Orlando, she completed her certificate of culinary arts. After taking time to study her second love, wine, she passed the 2nd level sommelier examination. Throughout her journey within the culinary world, Lora has dedicated a large portion of her time to philanthropy and assisting children in need. As CoFounder of a local nonprofit, she served as chair for over 8 years of large-scale fundraising functions for hundreds of donors. Lora is the owner of Overeasy Events, a full service event planning and design company.
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