Dr. Phillips Performing Arts
“Crafts On 2” Unveils At The
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts
BY DEIDRE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF
ORLANDO - The Orlando Times newspaper was invited to a media preview for the launching of “Crafts on 2” Food and Beverage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Crafts on 2 is located on the second floor of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Guests can enjoy four different craft bars serving- craft beers, wines, cocktails and coffee. They can delight in the food and beverages before, during and after any show scheduled in the Walt Disney Theater.
During the evening, I had a chance to savor the delights of the beer, wine and cocktails along with meeting some of the local purveyors. Each bar displayed food samplings selected to bring out the flavors of the complimentary beverages. They introduced four bars: Station 1- Craft Beers from Orlando Brewing, Ten 10 Brewing Company, Crooked Can Brewing Company, and Big Storm Brewing Company. Station 2 - Wines from the Quantum Leap Winery, Station 3-Craft Cocktails featuring cocktails from Brown-Foreman and Station 4- Coffee from Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen.
I had an opportunity to meet with one of the purveyors from Orlando Brewing. They are located here in downtown Orlando. I savored the Organic Blonde Ale and it is a very light tasting beer made only with organic ingredients. I’m not a beer aficionado but this beer turned me into a fan. I met with another local brewery called Crooked Can Brewing Company. This brewery is located in Winter Garden. They had samples of a beer called McStagger Imperial. This beer has a heavy and robust taste with a big dose of malt flavor. A glass of beer will cost a reasonable $8. The wine at the Quantum Leap Wine Bar is more my preference. I had a glass of the Monterey Red Blend. It has aromas of black cherry, plum and cherry licorice. I would definitely order this again when I attend a show at the theater. They had food pairings which included Vegan Fig Bars and Fruit & Cheese Board. My glass of wine and the mouthwatering fruit & cheese went well together.
The Craft Cocktail Bar featured drinks from Brown-Foreman. I tasted a drink called the Boulevardier. One sip of this drink and you know you selected the right cocktail. It has a fruity taste with a bold flavor. It was paired with Candied Bacon Skewer with pickled onions and Jalapeno. The Coffee from Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen was the final choice of the evening. The Orlando based company serves coffee with a rich and well balanced taste. There croissants and assorted macaroons are delicious.
A rise in wine consumption and craft beer has increased in popularity. This is a magnificent addition to the refreshment options at the Dr. Phillips Center. Attendees can arrive 90 minutes before the show begins so they can socialize and purchase refreshments from the four different bars on Tier 2.