Date Night: Get Schooled by Local Chefs

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If you’re tasked with the monotonous chore of cooking every day (pasta again?), learning a shortcut or delicious flavor combination can be a breath of fresh air. You can spend hours watching Food Network or taking cooking classes, but we’ve got a better idea. Turn your date night into a culinary education via a chef’s table at one of Orlando’s best restaurants. You’ll get to pepper the chef and sommelier with questions throughout this multi-course dining experience designed to give you a personalized epicurean escape.

Sushi Pop Chef Chau by Manieri

Sushi Pop 
Chef Chau, Sushi Pop’s revered culinary star and owner, becomes your personal guide through eight spectacular courses during his Omakase tasting experience. Plate after beautifully designed plate will arrive at your table, each paying homage to the world’s most delicious Asian cuisines.
$95 per person; optional wine pairing is $45 per person.
407-542-5975; sushipoprestaurant.com

Luma

Luma on The Park
You won’t fi nd a closer spot to watch the inner workings of this much-loved Park Avenue restaurant. Perched at your kitchen-side table, you’ll watch as your dishes are created by a culinary perfectionist, Chef Brandon McGlamery, who will craft nine petite courses during a feast that lasts for hours.
$75 per person; optional wine pairing is $30 to $50 per person.
407-599-4111; lumaonpark.com

Season’s 52
Offered at the Altamonte Springs and Orlando locations, the Season’s 52 chef’s table dinner experience features a seven-course (including an amuse-bouche and dessert) journey into fresh and seasonal cuisine. Guests can be seated in a private room or order the chef’s table menu from anywhere in the main dining room.
Prices vary by location.
407-767-1252 (Altamonte Springs) or 407-354-5212 (Orlando); seasons52.com

Hamilton’s Kitchen
Chef Jason Klingensmith takes his guests on an eight-course expedition at Hamilton’s Kitchen inside The Alfond Inn, where guests sit at an enormous wood table overlooking the exhibition kitchen as courses are presented by the chef throughout the evening.
$125 per person; minimum of four guests.
407-998-8089; thealfondinn.com/dining/hamiltons_kitchen

Highball & Harvest
Chefs dole out fi ve delectable courses steeped in local fare with a passion for culinary ingenuity. Courses, which are fi nished and plated at the chef’s side table as guests look on, are paired with wine from H&H’s expansive cask wine collection.
$185 per person, including wine pairings.
407-393-4422; ritzcarlton.com

Words by Kristen Manieri
Kristen Manieri is a Longwood-based mom of Elizabeth (7) and Aly (5). She is the founder and editor of the Orlando Date Night Guide, which houses hundreds of ideas and recommendations for sharing fun and meaningful quality time together in Orlando. From cooking classes to hidden gem restaurants to unique and exciting things to do, you’ll find the best of Orlando’s date night offerings inside the pages of this comprehensive online guide. 

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