Rock the Tot, Chomp Chomp Pizza, Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop, and beer fests galore

Tip Jar: local food news

Bar Louie plans to redefine “carbo loading” Thursday, Sept. 19, during their Rock the Tot tater-tot eating contest. The event begins with a team challenge (four people must eat four pounds of tots) and moves on to a solo trial, as the bar attempts to set a world record for most tots eaten simultaneously. Top five winners get a trip to Cleveland to compete in the national contest. Dare to dream, spudboys and -girls.

Wreckers Sports Bar at the Gaylord Palms Resort teams up with Orlando Brewing to host a beer pairing dinner Sept. 27 from 7-9 p.m. The six-course affair pairs organic beers with ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. Tickets are just $25.95.

In the spirit of Oktoberfest, another beer event – the inaugural Jake’s Beer Festival, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Lowes Royal Pacific Resort – will feature all-you-can-handle beer and food (wurst, sauerbraten, pretzels, chicken & waffles) for a little over $40 per person. Some of the featured brewers: Breckenridge, Left Hand, Weihenstephan, Shipyard and Cigar City, who’ll be bringing my personal fave – their Marshal Zukhov Russian Imperial Stout (2012 and 2013).

A South American eatery will soon join the new South Asian restaurants that have opened in the Orlando Square Plaza on Sand Lake Road and OBT. Look for Bife de Chorizo, a grill named after the popular Argentinean strip steak, to open in the former Cold Stone Creamery space.

Sept. 23 marks Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children – a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to prevent substance abuse among children and teens. Do your part and stand up for sitting down.


Look for the Fresh Market in Winter Springs to open in early 2014 … Chomp Chomp Pizza, specializing in 9-inch pizzas baked in less than three minutes, has opened in the former House of Kabob space on Fairbanks Avenue … Over in College Park, Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop is open for business … Whether you keep kosher or not, check out the newly opened Glatt Kosher Grill on I-Drive.

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