Style Events, News & Gossip From Around the City 

Fall is finally here, Orlando! Are you ready for phenomenal weather and even more thrilling events throughout the city? Before we look too far ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the fantastic events that wrapped up summer of 2015 in the City Beautiful. Here’s our monthly recap, just in case you missed it!

Attendees of this event better loosen a few notches on their belt! From July 31st to August 2nd, The Ritz-Carlton hosted a Fun and Dine Weekend to showcase Grande Lakes’ innovative and diverse dining venues. Guests had the opportunity to attend one, two or all three spectacular events! Kicking off the three day weekend was a guided pub crawl where guests enjoyed a specialty beverage paired with a signature food item. From fine wine and fresh pasta in Primo, to Southern inspired cuisine and cask wines in Highball & Harvest, guests relished in cuisine as diverse as the resort! Next up was the Southern BBQ Class at Highball & Harvest. The restaurant’s Southern Trained BBQ chefs showed eager attendees how to cook great, southern BBQ favorites at home such as Beer Can Chicken, Cedar Plank Salmon and mouth-watering ribs. After lunch, mixologist taught guest how to make specialty cocktails that pair nicely with BBQ cuisine. Wrapping up the weekend was the White Apron Culinary Competition, which also took place at Highball & Harvest. Attendees split into teams, each led by a Ritz-Carlton Chef, and had 2 hours to create an appetizer, entree and dessert to share with the entire group. Judges voted on the dishes and awarded prizes based on presentation and flavor to the winning teams. It was truly a fun, hands-on cooking experience for all!

Avid Orlando Style readers know that this magazine is passionate about regularly recognizing the best of the best in various industries. On August 11th, dozens of those professionals came together as Orlando Style honored their personal achievements in person. Elite doctors, attorneys and VIPS all gathered at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster for an appreciation cocktail party like no other. The proud group mingled and conversed over delectable cuisine and cocktails in celebration of their recognition in issues of Orlando Style Magazine. Congratulations to all the many, great and talented professionals!

On your mark… get set… go! On August 15th, Track Shack celebrated their 38th anniversary by hosting their 23rd Annual Celebration of Running 5k. Presented by Florida Hospital, the event proved to be a true celebration of Central Florida’s community of runners and walkers as thousands packed the streets of Orlando along a 3.1 mile route that started at the spectacular Orlando Cultural Park and passed by Track Shack, Lake Highland and Lake Formosa. It was high energy from start to finish as DJ Paul Spivey provided course entertainment and upbeat tunes outside of Track Shack to help get those legs moving faster! Fitness enthusiast of all ages were a part of the celebration and everyone received a stunning medal at the finish line.

Lakeridge Winery’s Annual Harvest Grape Stomp Festival is a beloved tradition in Central Florida. This year proved to be no different as the Orlando community gathered for the 21st annual event. From August 15th-16th, locals and visitors alike drove to Clermont to partake in this exciting two-day outdoor event. Featuring live music, grape stomping and award-winning Lakeridge Wines, the Harvest Grape Stomp brought families, couples and friends from all walks of life together for endless laughs, loads of fun and unforgettable memories. From bounce houses to concessions, a variety of children’s activities were also offered on the festival grounds at this family-friendly event. Visitors even had the opportunity to stop by the Lakeridge Winery booth and enter for a chance to win a flat screen HDTV! A $2 donation at the gate benefitted the Boys & Girls Club of Orlando.

On August 22nd, Style FX teamed up with Orlando Style Magazine to present Renaissance Men. Held at Orlando’s One80 Grey Goose Lounge, Renaissance Men was a ticketed event that allowed guests to experience the newest trends in Men’s luxury. From high fashion and fine spirits to new technology and how to sport a healthy lifestyle, all attendees of Renaissance Men got to experience nothing but the finest. Event DJ and Co-Host, Scotty B, filled the room with musical energy while servers passed hors d’oeuvres and bartenders served up fine spirits and complimentary cocktails. As with any Style FX event, attendees had a phenomenal time as they were spoiled by VIP treatment all night long.

Forget the Bad Girl’s Club! Oxygen’s hit TV show is no match to Orlando’s charitable organization, Mel’s Bad Girls Club (MBGC). On August 29th, MBGC held their 9th annual “Prom” at the Orchid Garden in Downtown Orlando. Whether you loved your high school prom, hated it or missed it all together, MBGC gave adults the chance to do it all over again without the curfew and spiked cocktails! This time around, guests were invited to make “new” prom memories with a twist. Themed “Like Totally 80s,” this year’s prom included silent auction items, handmade decorations, over 1000 balloons, free desserts, photographs and of course a live band and DJ to keep the grooves going all night long! The MBGC Prom was the perfect excuse for adults to get dressed up, dance, and have a great time all for a good cause. With each Prom ticket attendees helped benefit B.A.S.E Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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