ery, The East End Market for a garden and
market tour, and local star chef Jamie Mc-Fadden’s teaching lab. There is opportunity
to learn about wine and food pairing, gardening, cooking and more. Included in the
outing is wine tasting, a charcuterie plate,
Spanish tapas and a mixology session.
Nine 18 Restaurant, Villas of
Grand Cypress, Orlando
One of only two Forbes Four-Star restaurants in all of Orlando, Nine 18 Restaurant,
an upscale eatery located in the Villas of
Grand Cypress, not only offers delicious
dining but is also available for meetings,
events, private dinners or breakfasts.
Featuring exquisitely prepared contemporary Continental cuisine and an extensive,
well-thought-out wine list, it is easy and
enjoyable for the culinary team to create
customized food and wine pairings upon request. Situated just off the golf course, guests
are treated to a spectacular view of the North
and South 9. Nine 18 is available for buyouts.
Swallowtail Farms, Alachua
For a beautiful back-to-nature off-site event,
groups can head to Swallowtail Farms.
Located in Alachua, near Gainesville, this
working farm offers a literal farm-to-table
experience for groups of 60 to 100 guests.
According to Swallowtail’s Noah Shi-tama, guests will dine on produce, meats
and eggs that have been raised/grown right
there on the farm. Vegetables and herbs are
seasonal, so what is eaten directly relates to
the time of year an event takes place.
Swallowtail has relationships with local
chefs, but will let planners select any chef
they would prefer. Meals may be served
as tapas, family-style or in plated courses.
Since Swallowtail also provides organically
grown blooms, arrangements can adorn
tabletops and be given away at the end of
The Fat Tuscan Cafe, Gainesville
Open since 2009, The Fat Tuscan Cafe
recently ceased operating as a restaurant in
order to place all of its focus on the event
portion of its business. This includes catering, specialty gourmet dinners, on- and
off-site cooking classes, competitions and,
of course, renting the venue for corporate
or private events.
Cooking classes, which serve as an
excellent teambuilding activity, include
instructional teaching, hands-on creation
of recipes and tasting the finished product. The sunny yellow exterior and warm,
inviting interior of the historic 100-year-
old house provides the ideal ambience
for cooking, eating and enjoying. Quality
is paramount, and ingredients are locally
sourced whenever possible. There is a
15-person minimum for cooking classes.
The Corkscrew, Ocala
Located in historic downtown Ocala, The
Corkscrew is a wine bar with an unusual
twist. Here, guests not only imbibe on
20-plus varieties of wine made in-house,
but can also create their own libations on-site. Owners Joe and Kelli Caravalho are
there to orchestrate, instruct and assist
“This is a great experience because
guests probably haven’t done this before,”
said Joe Caravalho. “Choose a varietal and
we’ll walk you through the steps.”
Each batch yields 30 bottles. Beer
making is also an option and attendees
can create takeaway gifts by using private
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