Local Food for Residents and Tourists Alike!

You may have noticed that we have quite a few restaurants from the resort areas signed on for Eat Local Week this year.  We love this!  Many of Central Florida’s hotels and resorts have made it a priority to offer their guests world-class dining and unique menus, featuring local ingredients whenever possible.  The great news is that you don’t have to be a guest at the hotels to enjoy these restaurants!  We are lucky enough in this region to have access to all of them!

This year, you can enjoy Eat Local Week menus at Bluezoo at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort, Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, La Luce at Orlando Hilton Bonnet Creek, Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort, Primo Restaurant at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Sunset Sam’s at Gaylord Palms Resort, and The Wave of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  We’ve profiled some of these restaurants already, but here are more details on the newest additions:

More about Bluezoo at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort:

Renowned for his unique style and ability to entertain, Celebrity Chef Todd English combines the freshest seafood with coastal cuisines from around the world in a setting you won’t forget in Todd English’s bluezoo.

Designed by renowned architect, Jeffrey Beers, Todd English’s bluezoo is truly a work of art. Beers has extensive experience and an exceptional reputation in both the architecture and interior design industries. He has a keen interest in the relationship between architecture and light and has studied and practiced the art of glass and glass blowing with renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. Continued collaboration and work with the medium provide Beers an unparalleled expertise in glass – both as material and light design element – as is evidenced in each of his projects to date.

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


More about La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek:

Welcome to La Luce®, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s signature restaurant created by famed Napa Valley chef and restaurateur Donna Scala. This modern Italian country kitchen serves dinner nightly and features thin crust pizzas, family-style pastas, Mediterranean-inspired drinks and a Trattoria-style wine program.

Celebrate the last night of your vacation with a special family dinner. Reconnect with friends over good food and good wine. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two. No matter why you’re here, you’ll find that our large menu of Italian favorites will warm your belly and your soul.

Reservations available via OpenTable.

14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821


More about Old Hickory Steakhouse at Gaylord Palms Resort:


At Old Hickory Steakhouse, you’ll find a serious menu in the tradition of the best world-renowned steakhouses. Old Hickory Steakhouse offers a seductive selection of handcrafted cheeses and an extensive wine list which Wine Spectator magazine has honored with an “Award of Excellence” for composition and depth of collection.

Old Hickory is proud to support the slow foods movement. As Executive Chef for Old Hickory Steakhouse, Chef Paul has committed to support local, organic and sustainable farming in an effort to protect our environment, and to enhance and grow our local economy. His philosophy is that the simple practice of purchasing locally allows us to take care of not just our visiting guests, but also those guests who come from our own community. By supporting our local farmers, Chef Paul believes that we are building the cycle of a sustainable farming, the growth our economy and most importantly…..great food. Chef Paul is proud to work hand-in-hand with Slow Food Orlando and Eat Florida Fresh in the local and sustainable foods effort.

6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746


More About Sunset Sam’s at Gaylord Palms Resort:

With its landmark mast towering overhead, this “harbor of hip” as it’s called, will whisk you back to the days of Ernest Hemingway sitting dockside with oversized cocktails.

Start your experience by stepping aboard the 60′ sailboat for an appetizer. A tropical oasis of excitement, Sunset Sam’s menu is a creative fusion of Floridian and Caribbean favorites, with a variety of fresh seafood prepared to your preferred specifications.

Begin with appetizers aboard the sailboat, including crab and spinach dip, conch fritters, and Sunset Sam’s famous Florida-style calamari. If the atmosphere – and the island-style music – fail to seduce your senses, the sinful desserts will. At sunset, a lively celebration begins, giving an excuse to party every night.

Look no further – you’ve found the good life.

6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34746

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