I'm hearing it more and more at the best Florida restaurants--words like locally-grown, farm raised and organic to describe menu ingredients. And why should anyone be surprised? Florida offers one of the best growing climates possible, and our state's bounty covers everything from Plant City strawberries and Indian River citrus to gourmet specialties like orange blossom honey--not to mention our bountitful coastline, positively brimming with seafood delights!
If you want to get a taste of the Central Florida slow food movement, tomorrow's your chance. The Farmer's Market Dining Experience at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando is a joint effort between Slow Food Orlando and Loews Hotel's Adopt a Farmer program, by which the resort consistently strives to buy foods grown in the local area.
At the Farmer's Market Dining Experience, guests can dine to their hearts' content on locally raised foods at various food stations while having the chance to meet and mingle with the people who farm the products. A peek at the all-you-can-eat sampling menu:
- Freshly-caught local seafood from Wild Ocean Seafood Market in Port Canaveral
- Salad greens from Hearts of Christmas Farms in Christmas
- Porchetta pork sandwiches from Palmetto Creek Farms in Avon Park
- Sliders made from grass-fed beef, raised by Deep Creek Livestock in DeLand
- Creme brulee with Plant City strawberries and fresh dairy products from Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee
IF YOU GO:
When: Fri., Apr. 16, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Price: $45 per person, plus tax and tip