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Simple Man

When Graham Nash approaches the microphone on the first night of his latest tour, he imagines saying, “Now, where was I?” Although he and his fans have been waiting the better part of two years for this experience, Nash—a perpetual storyteller in more ways than one—hopes to pick up right where he left off. “The two-year gap is unbelievable for a musician. The truth is,... Read More

Bringing out the Best

Author Robert John Meehan once said, “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.” This dedicated group of 15 educators truly exemplifies these words. Their commitment and passion for teaching is admirable. The connection they make with their students not only fosters a positive environment for learning, but also encourages and inspires students in many aspects... Read More

Animated Conversation

Yeardley Smith knew early on that her distinctive voice—some might say “high pitched”—could stand in her way as an actor of stage and screen. Although she got this reminder all too often throughout her formative years, she stayed her course. “Who cares what the naysayers think,” says Smith, the French-born, Emmy-winning actor best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson from... Read More

Culinary Collaboration     

Last year, a trio of culinary friends joined forces on Foodtastic, a food art competition television program, hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Keke Palmer, in which skilled chefs and pastry artists create incredible, larger-than-life sculptures made entirely of various ingredients. Together, culinary artist Victor Dagatan, pastry sous chef Joanna Kaskiw and lead pastry chef... Read More

Grand Getaways

Now that the holidays have come and gone and 2022 is underway, it’s time to think about some much-deserved R&R. While planning a full-scale vacation still may have complications due to safety or budget reasons, we’re blessed in the Central Florida area to have a number of options for a quick escape to get refreshed, whether right in our own backyard or a short drive away.... Read More

Romantic Rendezvous

CAPA Located at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, this slick 17th floor rooftop steakhouse and bar offers exceptionally crafted cuisine with a distinct Spanish influence. Everything from the ham croquettes to the 32-ounce wagyu steak is expertly prepared, while the signature cocktails and thoughtful wine list also rise to the occasion.    RUSSELL’S... Read More

Any Way You Slice It

It’s been several years since we last traversed the area in search of the finest pizza we could find. But what better time than during a pandemic to feast regularly on one of life’s great comfort foods. And while Central Florida often flies under the radar when it comes to high-end pizza, the truth is there are many wonderful options to please your palate whether you like thin... Read More

Year in Review 2021

“I’ve been very blessed to play some of the most iconic venues in the world and be on those stages. But the gratitude I have for Orlando for the quality of training and what I was able to do here, I couldn’t be prouder to be from the city.” Michael James Scott, Broadway star and Orlando native   “I’ve had times where I’ve sat on a beach or gone horse riding... Read More

Side Dish

Cantina Catrina, the authentic Mexican restaurant dedicated to celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, will soon be opening in Orlando.  This will be the restaurant’s second location in the United States, the other being in Miami. Situated in the Florida Mall, the 220-seat restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor covered-patio dining... Read More

Triumphant Return

Adele is one of the most successful female artists in history, and the universal acclaim behind 30, her new album and first in six years, reinforces beyond a doubt the fact that in a changing, fragile and often artificial music industry, raw talent will always find a path to the top. From relationships to confidence, through philanthropy and inclusion, the star’s honesty in terms... Read More

A Beloved Neighbor

Rollins College recently unveiled a new sculpture in honor of adored alumnus Fred McFeely Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers. As creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Rogers connected with viewers of all ages, sharing messages of kindness, empathy and acceptance. The critically acclaimed program ran from 1968-2001.  Rogers’ connection to Rollins College dates... Read More

New Home Trends for the New Year

After spending considerably more time at home over the past nearly two years, homeowners have certainly taken note of changes and improvements that they want to see in their residences. Whether a true necessity or simply a convenience, many of today’s newer home trends are a direct result of the pandemic. Orlando Family Magazine spoke to several members of the Greater Orlando... Read More

Spreading Hope

Before joining The Mustard Seed of Central Florida as its executive director in 2013, Kathy Baldwin had heard inspiring stories about how the nonprofit furniture and clothing bank can dramatically change the lives of local families in need. She remembers quite vividly one of the first times she actually got to witness that impact firsthand. It all started with a scream. Baldwin... Read More

Side Dish

Café-Boutique Piano will open in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square in 2022. The family-run restaurant will feature eclectic European cuisine, live piano music and original art for purchase. While the family has previous restaurant experience from their time living in western Russia, the café 1,200-square-foot will be their first U.S. location.  After much anticipation, new local... Read More

Best of the Best 2021

It’s hard to say there was anything good to come out of the pandemic, but one of the consequences of spending so much time closer to home is that it made us truly appreciate all the many things Central Florida has to offer. From our favorite spots to grab a bite and the shops we frequent to the unique ways to spend an afternoon or the beauty treatments we couldn’t live without,... Read More

A Familiar Voice

For nearly three decades, renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has captivated audiences with his soothing yet powerful voice. Throughout his illustrious career, Bocelli has earned six Grammy Award nominations as well as six Latin Grammy Award nods and has sold over 90 million records worldwide. A man of deep compassion, he founded the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) in 2011, with... Read More

Super Kids

While today’s youths are often thought of as lazy, screen-addicted adolescents, the truth of the matter is there are plenty of kids out in the world doing amazing things that are having a lasting impact in the community. Here, we introduce you to some of Orlando’s finest; children who show tremendous maturity for their age and who have mastered the art of selfless giving.  Gavin... Read More

Deck the Halls

Although the pandemic is still lingering over our heads, local holiday celebrations from area communities to the theme parks are in full swing. While everyone is eager to spread some cheer, please check with event organizers directly for specific information on their COVID-19 protocols.   NOW THROUGH DEC. 18  Christmas, My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash Get into the holiday spirit... Read More

‘Bottlenecks on Top of Bottlenecks’

From the garment industry to automotive suppliers, from the exorbitant rise in everything from commercial semiconductors to Thanksgiving dinner, from delays in delivering goods ranging from online gift orders to a new sofa, private citizens and international corporations alike have been at the mercy of disruptions in the supply chain for nearly two years now. And it feels like there’s... Read More

Peak Performers

These seven impressive high school athletes are ready for the spotlight this winter. Plus, take a look at Dariq Whitehead, Montverde Academy boys basketball A senior guard, Whitehead was a key piece of a team that went 24-1 and was crowned the GEICO national champion last year. One of the top recruits in the country because of his elite play on both ends of the floor, the New Jersey... Read More

Family of the Heart

A family, at its core, is about  love. It’s a safe home, unconditional support and a built-in team who will always be there to take care of each other.  That’s why Melanie Stimmell, of the supportive, educational and advocacy nonprofit Florida’s Foster/Adoptive Parent Association (FAPA), says that loving an adopted child is no different than loving a biological one.  “The... Read More