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Rona Gindin is an Orlando-based multimedia writer, editor and TV personality.

  • All-Italian Food & Wine Dinner at Peperoncino

    Peperoncino logoOrlando -- Tiny little Peperoncino turns out a big meal for its wine dinners. The setting is casual -- you'll sit with your dinner party, and that's it. The server will quietly explain each course and wine to you, then move on to the text table to repeat the spiel. The line-up for this December's meal is exciting: an eggplant/anchovy/caper torte; mushroom ravioli with sage sauce and truffle; steak with braised bone marrow and goat cheese over mashed potatoes; and roast suckling pig over polenta.  
  • It's Truffle Time at Orlando's K Restaurant

    K Restaurant logoOrlando -- K Restaurant is gearing up for its annual Truffle Dinner, a multicourse wine-pairing feast. The event will be held on December 15 in the College Park restaurant. The wines will be from Piedmont and Burgundy. Here's a Facebook page with a few details. $95  
  • Dinner Out on the Farm

    Outstanding in the FieldOrlando -- Outstanding in the Field, a traveling feast, will hold two winter events in the Orlando area. The first will feature Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant Wine Bar on January 17, the second Chef Kathleen Blake of The Rusty Spoon on  January 18. Tickets will be $215 and both events will be held at the Lake Meadow Natural farm in Ocoee. Buy tickets here.  
  • Lorna Brings Lounge Music to Rocco's Italian Grille

    Roccos logoOrlando -- Before Winter Park residents had time to finish mourning the demise of singer Lorna's  lounge act with pianist Michael Moore at the Red Fox Lounge, nearby restaurant Rocco's Italian Grille has snapped up the act. Starting November 8, the duo will entertain in the Italian restaurant's woodsy, upscale bar area from 8 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday. The schedule will be posted on Rocco's Facebook page.  
  • Where to Find Holiday Meals in Orlando 2015

    Orlando -- Gobble gobble and deck the halls and all that. Here are restaurants that will be serving meals on Thanksgiving and Christmal. Click on the links for details.

    Red Wing
    -- Hearty Thanksgiving platters
    Second Harvest -- Chefs and culinary students from the food bank will sell turkey and ham meals with fixins to take home. Email Rona for details
    Cuisiniers
    -- Thanksgiving meals to bring home
    Hamilton's Kitchen
    -- Thanksgiving. Email Rona for details
    Norman's -- Christmas Eve menu. $95/$45 
    310 Restaurants -- Traditional Thanksgiving dinner $20/$13
    Fiorella's Cucina Toscana at The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard
    -- Thanksgiving
    Loews Universal Hotels -- Four Thanksgiving buffets. Email Rona for details
    Emeril's Orlando -- 
    Thanksgiving
    Emeril's Orlando -- Christmas
    Tchoup Chop -- Thanksgiving
    Tchoup Chop -- Christmas  
  • Orlando's Brewery & Its Distillery Pair Up to Make Barrel-Aged Beer

    Orlando BrewingOrlando -- Using white oak bourbon barrels from the Winter Park Distilling Company, Orlando Brewing has created Bourbon Barrel Red Aged Red Ale and O-Town Brown Ale. The hometown distillery uses the barrels to age its Bear Gully Classic Reserve Bourbon. The two are also pairing up to create a stout: the organic brewery is making its Senator Imperial Oatmeal Stout in the distillery's rum barrels.  
  • Special Request: Burgers from Dexter Cows

    Safari Wildernesss logoLakeland -- Guests at Safari Wilderness can soon snack on Dexter burgers. Indeed, the beef will be from grass-fed "little Irish heritage cattle," according to co-owner Lex Salisbury, who also runs the Giraffe Ranch. The burgers will be sold from a "farm-to-food truck" housed on the Safari Ranch premises. Safari Ranch gives African-like savannah tours of fields filled with African and Asian animals that roam freely.  
  • Dine at Norman's Tribute to Charlie Trotter

    NormansCharlieTrotterTributeEmailv6optimus2Orlando -- Chefs Norman Van Aken and Charlie Trotter were close friends. Trotter passed away, and Van Aken is hosting a dinner in his honor. The event will take place in Van Aken's Orlando restaurant, Norman's, located in the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. The evening will involve hors d'oeuvres prepared by top local chefs and wines poured by sommeliers. Proceeds will benefit The Trotter Project, which aids culinary-arts and other endeavors financially. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 13. $200. Reservations: 407.393.4333  
  • Alpine Rush Snow Tubing -- in Orlando!

    Gaylord PalmsOrlando -- This winter, alpine rush snow tubing will be among the holiday-season festivities offered at the Gaylord Palms resort. The resort's facility will have an eight-lane, 18-inch hill covered with 1.5 million pounds of snow. In addition, this year's ICE theme will revolve around The Nutracker. Familar figures will be carved from ice.  
  • Dine & Lodge at the Alfond Inn

    Hamiltons Kitchen logoOrlando -- Winter Park's spiffy new Alfond Inn boutique hotel has a new chef, Marc Kusche. Sign up for the Stay & Dine package through December 30 and you'll get to experience a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine at the chef's table of hotel's restaurant, Hamilton's Kitchen, plus one night in a classic room. Price: $279  
  • Nature & Culture Right Near Orlando

    Orlando -- Seminole County, just north of Orlando, has nature reserves, airboat rides, art galleries, and way more. Rona took a media tour and shares her finds in a series of blogs. Highlights include the Geneva Wilderness Area, Danville B&B, and Gallery on FirstRead the blog posts.  
  • A Cozy French Bistro in Dr. Phillips

    Bistro CloClo logo smallOrlando -- Tucked into The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, Bistro CloClo is a cozy French restaurant named for late Gallic pop singer Claude François. The dining room's walls are deep red and covered with paintings, all for sale. The menu is, delightfully, what you'd expect: nicely composed plates of scallops, steak, and other familiar proteins. Take a look at some foods. A hibiscus and procescco cocktail. Cheese and charcuterie plate. Tuna tartare with tapenade and arugula. Mussels with white wine, shallots, butter, and cream. Scallops flambéed with cognac. Rack of lamb with black risotto and ratatouille. And desserts like a cronut, chocolate mousse, and crème brûlée.  
  • Check Out the New B Resort

    Orlando -- As B Hotels & Resorts prepared to open its newest mod-moderate hotel at Walt Disney World, it reveals that the signature restaurant will be a "farmhouse chic" barbecue establishment by Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management. It will "redefine" barbecue and will feature a window through which guests can watch meat being smoked. Other amenities: four tennis courts, a zero-entry mineral-water pool with multiple interactive water elements, private cabanas, outdoor fire pits for s’mores and more, kids programs, and an interactive area in the lobby with games and Monscierge® screens. See photos on Rona's blog.  
  • Mingos Will Help Orlandoans Diet

    MingoOrlando -- A health-oriented steak and seafood restaurant, Mingos serves dinner and brunch in Orlando's South Eola district. Now the restaurant also offers Healthy Lifestyle Cuisine. Essentially, folks who sign up will receive deliveries Monday through Friday. Each day's package contains  breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus dessert and/or snack upon request. All the meals are naturally low in fat and calories. Prices start at $95 per week, or $395 per month, and come with a free weekly boot camp class.  
  • Two Orlandoans Take the Pie Festival Prize

    pieOrlando -- Orlando-area bakers took top prizes at two Great American Pie Festival competitions. Evette Rahman, owner of Sister Honey's bakey, took Best of Show in the professional division for her Sensational Strawberry Cheese Pie. Home cook John Sunvold of Winter Springs places Amateur Best in Show for his creation, Ruthie's Park Avenue Chocolatier.  
  • Here's Rona's Take on the Publix Cooking School

    ApronsCookingSchoolOrlando -- Rona got to try out Aprons, the new cooking school at a Publix in Orlando's Dr. Phillips neighborhood. Read the blog.  
  • Loads of Cooking Classes at East End Market

    East End MarketOrlando -- Many, many cooking and other food-related classes are scheduled for Orlando's bustling East End Market, home to many locavore-oriented vendors. Among the topics are Bringing It To Market: Foodpreneur 102, Seed Starting and Soil Blocks, Tackling Tomatoes, and Brunch & Learn: Latin Flavors. Here's the schedule.  
  • Adriatico Wins a Coveted Seal of Authenticity

    Adriatico logoOrlando -- The quiet Adriatico Trattoria Italiano in College Park is an exceptionally quality-oriented restaurant. Now Ospitalita Italiana, the Italian Chamber of Commerce, has given the eatery its Seal of Quality. Adriatico is the only Central Florida restaurant to have this distinction right now.  
  • Hankering for a Burger in the Wee Hours? Here's GOOD Late-Night Food

    Edible Orlando smallOrlando -- These six restaurants take care and pride in their late-night bar menus. Check out Rona's Edible Orlando feature. Included are Shantell's Cafe & Oyster BarOblivion TaproomTeak Neighborhood GrillCask & LarderKasa Tapas & Raw Bar, and The Smiling Bison. Read now  
  • Take an Orlando Food Tour

    Orlando Food Tours logo smallOrlando -- Spend a weekend afternoon checking out Winter Park food sources with Orlando Food Tours. Seven people at a time are brought to places like a spice shop, and olive oil store, and a candy counter. We haven't tried it yet, so report back if you beat us to it. $47  
  • Sample Moroccan Tapas at Spice Road Table

    Spice Road smallOrlando -- Small plates of Mediterranean fare invite lingering at Spice Road Table, a civilized indoors-and-out escape at Epcot's Morocco pavilion.  Sip a just-sweet Lillet, a light chilled wine flavored with honey, orange, lime, and mint. Nibble on crazy-flavorful lamb sliders on a brioche with mint-tzatziki sauce, plus rice-stuffed grape leaves, beef skewers with garlic and fresh hrbs, and spicy garlic shrimp. The fried calamari is tender with a terrific flavor. It's served with two sauces: harissa, and caper aioli.  
  • Straight-up Burgers at the Crooked Spoon

    Crooked Spoon logoOrlando -- West of Orlando in the Clermont, The Crooked Spoon is a rather large gastropub. The menu is varied, but zoom in on a hamburger. The Bleu Burger, for instance, is a remarkable patty of Florida Angus beef topped with bleu cheese, roasted garlic aioli, tomato, and mixed greens, served with exceptional homemade potato chips or, for a small upcharge, terrific french fries.  
  • Go Cowboy-Chic at Creek Ranch

    Creek RanchHaines City, Florida -- Not even an hour from Disney World, Creek Ranch is an immersive cowboy-chic experience. You lodge in the actual family bunkhouse of a working ranch -- it is quite upscale, with pampering service -- and dine, fish, ride horses, take airboat trips, and way more, all at one set all-inclusive price. Rona spent an afternoon touring and chatting with the owner and produced this feature article. Read and enjoy.  
  • This Chick Has No Need for Speed

    Exotic Driving 8 Lambo 570Rona drove a Lamborghini around the Daytona International Speedway. Only she forgot one thing: speed. Read her blog.  
  • Orlando's Hot Restaurant Tables

    Orlando -- With nationally recognized chefs and a burgeoning food scene, Orlando is becoming a culinary destination. Read about it.  
  • Orlando, Zagat-Style

    Zagat Orlando 90Orlando -- Learn what fellow locals and visitors think about 360 restaurants 75 nightspots, 152 shops, and 57 attractions in the 2013 Zagat Orlando City Guide.  
  • French Classics Made Easy

    French Classics Made EasyFrench Classics Made Easy is a cookbook that gets you to satisfying Gallic fare without a ton of sacrifice. Author Richard Grausman simplified a load of recipes and takes away the intimidation factor, shrugging that unbleached all-purpose flour is best "but if you have bleached flour, use it" and casually explaining that using a food processor cuts pasta-making time to mere seconds.  I have bookmarked several recipes to try ASAP and I'm sure you will too.  
  • Ready to Wham Your Picky Eaters Upside the Head? Join the Club

    Read Rona's blog, "Picky, Picky".