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New Meetup: Slow Food - McCoy's Bar and Grill at the Hyatt Regency Airport

From: Allison
Sent on: Sunday, January 17, 2010 5:09 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Orlando Area Dining Out Group!

What: Slow Food - McCoy's Bar and Grill at the Hyatt Regency Airport

When: Tuesday, January 26,[masked]:00 PM

McCoy?s Bar and Grill at the Hyatt Regency OIA
9300 Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32827

Something a little different:

From January 25 through the 31st area restaurants will participate in the first Eat Local Week. The twist here is that special menus will highlight the various ingredients, from meats and seafoods to cheeses, breads, herbs and other produce, that are grown and supplied by local concerns.

The event is sponsored by the Slow Food Orlando convivium, and the nonprofit group lacks the resources to give it the proper fanfare you might see for other Restaurant Week kinds of events. But this is a huge moment for the Central Florida restaurant community.

It?s important on a number of levels. It shows the creativity of our chefs who have put together special menus for the event, with each course highlighting one or more locally-sourced ingredient. And by the way, it should be noted that a lot of these chefs have been using the local ingredients all along, whenever they can find them. But to that point, it?s also significant for those producers who would like to connect with more restaurants. These are area businesses that labor next to nationally recognized brands and distributors.

And it?s important to the diners, also for a number of reasons. Food that is purchased from growers located nearby -- and for our purposes we?re talking about a 200-mile radius -- has a smaller carbon footprint than food that has to be jetted in from across the country or even another continent.

There are a number of restaurants participating, and based on the menu and the more reasonable price, I've selected McCoy's Bar and Grill at the Hyatt Regency at the Orlando International Airport. See if you agree:

McCoy?s Bar and Grill, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Executive Chef David Didzunas
Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, $30 per person
dinner only

Bacon and Egg
Palmetto Creek Farms Pork Belly and Poached Lake Meadow Naturals Egg
Local Greens, Citrus Vinaigrette
Cape Canaveral Royal Red Shrimp Cocktail, Tarragon-Citrus Aioli

Palmetto Creek Farms Center Cut Pork Chop with Orange-Honey Glaze
Local Seasonal Vegetables of The Day
St. Johns River Tilapia Stuffed with Florida Crab Meat, Fresh Tomato Ragout
Local Seasonal Vegetables of The Day

Winter Park Sunshine Bleu Cheese with Winter Park Honey
Organic Chocolates

Come on out and support our local economy!!

As always, keeping your RSVP current is a must. Having empty tables for our group due to no-shows is inconsiderate to both the restaurant and to the other members of our group. In addition, if you had planned to attend but later find you cannot, please change your RSVP to "no" as soon as possible. Last-minute cancellations can cause just as many difficulties as no-shows. This is why we unfortunately cannot accept "maybe" RSVP's for this event. We have to have an accurate number of attendees for the restaurant. Thanks for your cooperation in continuing to make this such a great group!

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