Dining events: Bolts Brew Fest, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Published August 15 2018
Updated August 16 2018


I was going to list all the craft brewers whose wares will be on offer at 7 p.m. Friday at this year’s Bolts Brew Fest, a Tampa Bay Lightning benefit for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. But with 50 local breweries alone, and another 50 national names, it got too cumbersome. Let’s just say you better come really thirsty. It’s an opportunity to mingle with Lightning personalities at a three-hour event as you sip on craft beers and play hockey-themed games. Upgrade to VIP for early admission, access to the Lexus Lounge, VIP food and drink selections, a locker room tour and one ticket to a Tampa Bay Lightning preseason game. General admission for $35-$65 includes unlimited beer samplings; $95-$150 VIP; $35 designated driver. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. amaliearena.com.


Need a good reason to go to Tampa Theatre? On Saturday at 2 p.m., catch Goody Goody: Past, Present and Future, a documentary chronicling the reimagination and rebirth of Tampa burger institution Goody Goody. Richard Gonzmart and the Columbia Restaurant Group will provide a $10 Goody Goody gift card to every paying guest, and will also match 100 percent of admission revenue in a donation to Tampa Theatre’s Cush Your Tush seat campaign. Okay. That’s a good reason. But how about this: You’ll find out why from 1925 on, generations loved Goody Goody. First dates and marriage proposals. Prework coffees and postgame meals. A community connected over an unpretentious diner, its signature hamburger (with secret sauce!) and some butterscotch pie. This is a documentary debut by the award-winning team of Lynn Dingfelder and Larry Wiezycki (JFK in Tampa) that follows the reopening of Goody Goody in 2016 after its closing in 2005. You’ll hear stories from longtime customers (and speculation about what’s in the secret sauce). Following the screening, stick around for an audience Q&A with Gonzmart, the filmmakers and Tampa Theatre CEO John Bell, moderated by the Times’ own Colette Bancroft. $11, $8 members. 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982. tampatheatre.org.


I write about this every year, mostly because it’s a good deal and a great reason to zip east to Orlando. Starting now, diners can make reservations for the popular Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. The program returns Aug. 24 to Sept. 30 with several "firsts" this year, including 19 new participating restaurants as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu options. More than 100 restaurants participate, with each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person. And, $1 from every meal served is donated to a local children’s charity. The venues span areas from Disney Springs to Restaurant Row near the convention center, as well as burgeoning neighborhood districts in downtown Orlando, Winter Park and beyond. Visit orlandomagicaldining.com to see the full list of participating restaurants and their menus.

New restaurants for this year:

Amura Sushi


Café Tu Tu Tango

Coopers Hawk-Waterford


Mai Hana Pan Asian

Market to Table

Maria & Enzo’s


Reyes Mezcaleria

Seito Sushi Baldwin Park



Texas de Brazil

The Strand

The Tap Room at Dubsdread

Wine Bar George (meatballs pictured above)


Zeta Asia

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