Possibly one of the oddest invites I have ever received…
Join us for relaxing conversation with Edible Orlando Publisher Kenda Lott and Executive Chef Camilo Velasco while sampling satisfying items from the lunch and dinner menus at …(WAIT FOR IT)…
…Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen.
Wait. What? Lunch and dinner at a joint famous for coffee? As in Florida Mall rat, Santa’s White Christmas coffee? As in meals served in a coffee shop? Mind Blown! In my early 20’s I held several stints at the local mall here in Orlando, Florida and Barnie’s was always a part of my daily ritual. If you haven’t had an Iced Santa’s White Christmas then you haven’t lived. Now that I reside out in the Osceola County backwoods nare do I see a coffee shop unless I’m thrust upon one at a Disney theme park. So last week I accepted said invite. I had to check this out for myself.
I google mapped the address I was given and the cowboy and I headed to downtown Winter Park. I love this area of Orlando. Brick roads, grandfather oaks and lots of pedestrians meandering here and there. And there was Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen nestled right in the heart of it all.
The event, which was hosted for a small group of local bloggers, started in Greeneda Court. The court is adjacent to the side entrance of Barnie’s. The center piece is a beautiful fountain which is surrounded by a sprinkling of wrought iron tables and chairs. It’s quite charming actually.
Upon arrival we were offered a selection of wines. All of which are now being served at Barnie’s. Being the wine novice that I am, I opted for a white. I wish I had gotten the name of it. Here are the selection of wines you will find.
Along with an amazing selection of craft beers.
After I had finished my glass of white, I moved on to a delicious red.
This Dept. C Pinot Noir was slightly spicy and lighter than I expected. I wish I had snagged a bottle before we left.
As I visited with fellow Orlando bloggers and sipped my wine, platters of tapas were presented for us to enjoy.
My favorite offering was the Mini Caprise Tartine with heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella and balsamic glaze. I kept going back for more of these. The bread was crisp and the combinations of toppings made for the perfect bite.
Also offered was a Mini Fig and Brie Tartine with house cured duck prosciutto. Good thing I didn’t find this platter or I may have consumed the entire thing. I love, love, love to have cheese with my wine. I was so busy flapping my trap and sipping wine that I didn’t sample any of the other selections but I was smart enough to get some pictures for you.
Here’s the Key West Pink Shrimp Skewers which are mojo marinated and served with herb aioli.
Cream of Carrot Shooters with hints of ginger and coriander.
I was shocked that the cowboy liked the Mini Chicken and Lentil Tagine with Mediterranean spices and preserved lemon. He’s more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy.
The wine was flowing, the food was being shared and good conversation was being had. That’s what Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen is all about. Taking the time to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company. You won’t find any television sets or loud music playing. Your dining companions are your entertainment here.
Summers can be kind of brutal in Central Florida and we can’t dine al fresco but for a few months. Not to worry. Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen has ample seating inside. Let’s take a look.
or for a group…
As you can see there’s still that coffee shop vibe inside and have no fear, the baristas are available to give you your caffeine fix when you need it.
Check out this massive grinder!
As the evening wound down the cowboy and I grabbed a cup of Hawaiian Kona coffee and a hot chocolate.
We had a chance to talk with Chef Velasco. You could tell how passionate the chef was about working with local ingredients and supporting the surrounding community. He told us that the pork that they serve comes from the local family-owned and operated free-range farm “High on the Hog”, located in Clermont, Florida as well as Palmetto Creek Farms in Avon Park, Florida. They also purchase from Harvest Moon Farm in Ocoee, Florida as well as several others, making this a true locavore establishment.
This placard pretty much dispels any confusion I first had when getting invited to try out Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. Barnie’s Coffee has evolved into more than just coffee. And what they are offering in the way of lunch and dinner is delicious.
Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen is located at 118 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. They are open Monday – Thursday from 7am – 4pm, Friday & Saturday from 7am – 10pm and Sunday from 7:30am – 4pm. For what’s on the menu look here.
Special thanks goes out to Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen for the complementary wine and tapas. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.