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Three great events coming up at Universal’s on-site hotels – and we’re giving away tickets to two of them!


Velvet Sessions with Ed Roland

Are you looking for our just announced Hard Rock Hotel Velvet Sessions giveaway featuring Ed Roland? If so, please click here.


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Over the next few weeks there are three exciting reasons to visit Universal’s on-site hotels: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort. Better yet, we are proud to give our readers the opportunity to win complimentary tickets to two of these night-to-remember events!


Harbor Nights Romantico

Portofino Bay Hotel
Friday, February 8
6:30 – 9:00pm

Join your friends for a “romantico” pre-Valentine’s wine tasting and jazz event designed to capture the ambiance of the Mediterranean. Guests can enjoy more than a dozen wines and sparkling wines, gourmet food and desserts from the hotel’s award-winning culinary team, plus live music from Jessica D and the I-4 Show Band. Harbor Nights takes place under the twinkling lights of the hotel’s Harbor Piazza, one of Orlando’s most unique outdoor event spaces.

Featured dishes at Harbor Nights Romantico include:

  • Marsala Risotto Cake with Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Mushroom Ragu
  • Olive Oil and Herb Poached Atlantic Salmon, with Pancetta White Bean Stufato
  • Seafood Cacciucco with Parmesan Cheese Crostini
  • Colossal Ravioli, Ricotta and Spinach with Butter Sage Porcini Sauce
  • Triple Chocolate Gelato
  • Champagne Sorbetto
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis

View the full menu

Tickets: $45 – $75
This is a 21 and older event

Purchase tickets online or call 407-503-DINE for more information.

Check out the photo gallery from last year’s event, followed by your chance to win free admission!

UPDATE: Our Harbor Nights Romantico giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Hillary R. (If that’s your name, check your email inbox for a message from us!)


Velvet Sessions featuring LIVE’s Ed Kowalczyk


Hard Rock Hotel
Thursday, January 31
6:30 pm

LIVE’s Ed Kowalczyk will perform hits “I Alone,” “Lightning Crashes,” “The Dolphin’s Cry,” “Overcome” and more. Tickets include free specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 – 8:00pm, with cash bars and rock music from 8:00pm on.

Advanced general admission tickets: $29
Limited VIP experience with special viewing area and private bar: $50
This is a 21 and older event

Purchase tickets online or call 407-503-2401 for more information.

Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel.
Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel. Source


Beer Dinner at Jake’s American Bar


Royal Pacific Resort
Friday, January 18
7:00 – 9:00pm

Enjoy a four-course dinner featuring entrees and desserts created by our award-winning chefs. Each course will be paired with select Effinheimer craft beers out of Minneola, FL.

More about Effinheimer:
We use only the best ingredients to hand craft a beer that appeals to everyone. Our best customers are the backbone of America. They are blue collar, white collar, moms, dads, firemen, teachers and an endless array of everyday people doing everyday jobs. Life’s short enough, so don’t drink vulgar beer – drop an effinheimer instead! Keep reading

Four-course dinner with beer: $55 (includes tax and gratuity)
This is a 21 or older event

Reservations can be made online via OpenTable. For more information about the diner, call 407-503-3200.

But wouldn’t it be a blast to attend this wonderful event free of charge? Now’s your chance, because we are giving away two complimentary tickets. Follow these instructions to enter…

UPDATE: Our Beer Dinner giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Kathy C. (If that’s your name, check your email inbox for a message from us!)

Jake's American Bar at Royal Pacific Resort.
Jake’s American Bar at Royal Pacific Resort.
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January 7, 2013 1:50 pm

I’ve been eyeing that beer dinner for awhile now! 🙂

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