Cooper’s Hawk Now Open #chwinery

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International Drive is one of the most important tourist corridors in Orlando and Coopers Hawk Winery just opened doors to a new location at the corner of Sandlake Road and International Drive, right the in the middle of the many offerings in the area. Indeed having a winery experience in the area is a great addition to the numerous options available in that busy corridor. I had the chance to meet with the Coopers Hawk General Manager, Cara Mahler who told us this is the biggest location so far in Orlando and indeed it is 12,400+ square-foot restaurant with occupancy for more than 380 guests. They offer wine pours directly from their brand barrels, have a restaurant menu and something very different the opportunity to pair chocolate goodies with the several wine options available at Coopers Hawk.

The ambiance is relaxed and friendly, great place for a family gathering after a theme park visit or a special date night with that very special person in your life. Cooper’s Hawk offers inside and outside sitting and now that the Fall is here can’t wait to sip a nice glass of wine on the relaxed porch with comfortable sitting.

Coopers Hawk offers a menu developed with its own handcrafted wines in mind. The menu features unique dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu, guiding guests to their selection’s perfect wine match. Known for their rich, distinctive sauces, items such as the Pistachio Crusted Grouper, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, and Mexican Drunken Shrimp have quickly found popularity as the restaurant’s signature dishes. The I-Drive restaurant is the only Cooper’s Hawk location nationwide to serve breakfast daily for those early risers.

The International Drive location marks the sixteenth Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in the country, and is one of five units slated to open through early 2015. The first Orlando location opened earlier this year at Waterford Lakes Town Center. Between the two locations, Cooper’s Hawk will have created more than 380 new jobs for the Central Florida in just five months.

For more information about Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, visit www.chwinery.com.

When in Orlando if you are a wine lover like me Cooper’s Hawk must be in your list of must do in the area!

Wine, Pork Belly & Artisan Cheese {Cooper’s Hawk}

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I-Drive is getting all sorts of upgrades, from Yard House to the Orlando Eye, a once run-down tacky tourist area is taking a remarkable turn. It’s time to add Cooper’s Hawk, a uniquely modern, yet casual, dining experience to the list of I-Drive enhancements. Coupled with an exclusive and active wine club, Cooper’s Hawk was named “Breakout Brand 2013” and “Hot Concept 2010” byNations Restaurant News, and that’s not a title that comes easily in today’s competitive dining market.

The restaurant also features one of the country’s largest wine clubs, offering subscribers monthly wines, special discounts, invitations to exclusive events, rewards, and annual domestic and international wine trips. The Orlando location boasts an impressive menu in addition to a wine and cheese tasting area inside their wine-themed retail shop.

We visited Cooper’s Hawk before the grand opening and quickly found a few menu favorites. Beyond the menu, the space is expansive, impressive and perfect for a variety of evenings from a family meal to relaxing outside or catching a football game in the bar that’s packed with seating.

Here’s our “must order” picks for your next visit to Cooper’s Hawk:

  • Asian Pork Belly Tostados – I’m pretty picky about pork belly, but this appetizer was flavored to perfection with scallions, sesame seeds, cilantro, radishes and topped with a sweet chili BBQ sauce. I’d happily go back for this appetizer and a glass of champagne!
  • Chef Matt’s Monthly Cheese Tasting – Y’all, this cheese was fantastic! I love the idea of a rotating cheese and wine tasting on the main menu. I’ve sampled a lot of cheese in my time and I’d recommend this dish to start any meal at Cooper’s Hawk.
  • Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Flatbread – Crispy flatbread topped with mozzarella, roasted grape tomatoes, pesto, julienne basil and a balsamic glaze. Cooper’s Hawk knows how to serve a flatbread that’s perfectly crisp and layered with flavor.
  • Chicken Giardiniera – Parmesan breaded chicken with shaved parmesan. Sounds simple enough, but the chicken was tender and coated with the right amount of crispy goodness. Sometimes it’s nice to experience a non-Southern chicken, and this one’s a winner in our book.

Go experience Cooper’s Hawk for yourself, you won’t be disappointed! Cooper’s Hawk newest location is located at 8005 International Drive, Orlando, FL. For locations and menu details visit www.chwinery.com.

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You Had Me at Merlot: Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant 11 Minutes from Orlando Attractions

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There’s a brand new dining option in town! Just minutes from your favorite Orlando attractions, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant located at 8005 International Drive in Orlando is 12,400 square-feet of amazing indoor and outdoor seating. Do you have the whole family staying in your Homes4uu vacation home? Why not book one of their uniquely designed  winery-inspired party spaces? These spaces allow you to have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and timelessness of the winemaking world. Additionally, they feature special private party packages perfect for celebrations and group dining. The I-Drive location is the only one nation wide that will open daily at 6 a.m. and offer breakfast until 11 a.m. every day. The restaurant and tasting room will be open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and close at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended. The bar will have extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

WINE PROGRAM: Cooper’s Hawk has a projected production of over 260,000 cases of wine for 2014. Truck loads packed with up to twenty tons of wine grapes and fruit from California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan are delivered from the vineyard to the winery door for production that takes places year-round. Since opening in late 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received over 200 wine awards from various local, national, and international wine competitions.

FOOD PROGRAM: You will enjoy a modern, casual dining experience with warm service and a menu created with its own handcrafted wines in mind. The menu features unique dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu, guiding you to your selection’s perfect wine match. Known for their rich, distinctive sauces, items such as the Pistachio-Crusted Grouper, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, and Mexican Drunken Shrimp have quickly found popularity as the restaurant’s signature dishes.

WINE CLUB: Cooper’s Hawk has created an exclusive monthly wine club available only to subscribers. The program is available for $18.99 a month for one bottle per month, and can be picked up at any Cooper’s Hawk location, or delivered for an additional fee. It’s almost like bringing home a little bit of your vacation with you! Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club is one of the largest in the country and offers members exclusive classes, parties and events.

TASTING ROOM/GIFT STORE: Each Cooper’s Hawk location contains a Napa-style Tasting Room in which to sample the winery’s latest selections. A tasting includes eight pours and starts at $7. Additionally, guests can browse the gift shop for food and wine related items, as well as custom designed gift baskets. Check out Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants on Twitter, Facebook and at their website chwinery.com.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants new location

My Sweet Zepol
by Wanda Lopez

Grand opening! A second Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is opening today in Orlando Florida. This second location is in International Drive. Here’s a peek at Cooper’s Hawk Winery in Waterford Town Center.

When I heard that Cooper’s Hawk was opening a new location in Orlando, Florida I was very excited. Orlando’s second Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants will open on Monday, September 15 at 8005 International Drive. The 12,400+ square-foot restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating, with occupancy for more than 380 guests. Upon opening, the I-Drive restaurant will be the only Cooper’s Hawk location nationwide to serve breakfast daily.

(Me with Cara Mahler, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant General Manager)

Cooper’s Hawk boasts a modern, casual dining experience with warm service and a menu developed with its own handcrafted wines in mind. The menu features unique dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu, guiding guests to their selection’s perfect wine match. Known for their rich, distinctive sauces, items such as the Pistachio Crusted Grouper, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, and Mexican Drunken Shrimp have quickly found popularity as the restaurant’s signature dishes.

I am a personal fan of Cooper’s Hawk Winery Restaurants. It is a restaurant where you can get good wine and good food all under one roof. Cooper’s Hawk  is designed to give you a full winery experience. Everything from wine tasting, a fully loaded bar, an outdoor seating perfect for more casual gatherings, a large section for events (inside), a wide are for dining and the flow is absolutely seamless.

(friends: Adriana, Mariani, Gustavo and me)

(Variety of Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Cheesecakes made in house daily)

Can you tell I am excited? I am! Go and visit any of the two locations in Orlando Florida and enjoy a true winery experience, then come back and tell me all about it.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant on I-Drive

Orlando Connections
by Jennifer Graddy

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will open their second Orlando location on International Drive on 09/15.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened their first restaurant in the midwest in 2005 and now has 16 locations, each with a modern, casual warmth and elegance their guests have come to expect.  The Cooper’s Hawk menu includes something for everyone including appetizers such as the Mexican Drunken Shrimp, Asian Pork Belly Tostadas and Chef Matt’s Chess Platter.  They also offer a variety of salads, flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, steaks and seafood.
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Cooper Hawk's Winery and Restaurant

Cooper Hawk's Winery and Restaurant

In addition to lunch and dinner, Cooper’s Hawk I-Drive will also offer a breakfast buffet as well as breakfast ala carte items.  If you’re looking for a nice casual atmosphere, some great food & wine, be sure to check out Cooper’s Hawk I-Drive.  They’ve got a great outdoor dining area so you can sit and people watch along International Drive.

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Wine galore: An Inside look at International Drive’s Cooper’s Hawk

Reporter-Orlando Business Journal

 

Inside Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant on 8005 International Drive, visitors will have no trouble spotting a bottle.

The new location, which officially opens Sept. 15, carries about 527 cases of wine — more than 6,000 bottles that can be seen stored on walls all throughout the eatery. It’s almost like eating inside a large wine cellar.

“In a day, we go through 20 cases. In a weekend, we go through 40 to 50 cases,” said Cara MahlerCooper’s Hawk general manager of the I-Dive location.

The 12,400-square-foot eatery is part of Unicorp National Developments Inc.’s $200 million I-Shops project. The restaurant can seat up to 340 people, which includes indoor and outdoor seating with patio space.

The I-Drive location has 206 employees and saw an influx of about 2,000 applications to fill positions from waiters to chefs and hosts. And while this marks the 16th location for the Orland Park, Ill.-based chain, this is the chain’s second Central Florida location with its first local restaurant at Waterford Lakes Town Center.

And while Cooper’s Hawk specialty is wine with more than 40 different varieties to choose from, the restaurant also has a few signature dishes, as well.

Mahler said the most popular dish is Trio of Medallions, which is a series of three 3-ounce filets each topped with a different crust accompanied by Mary’s mashed potatoes and asparagus.

In addition, the restaurant sports a more than 60-item menu including a breakfast menu, which is a first for the chain.

Cooper’s Hawk Chef and Director of Culinary and Beverage Matt McMillan had been working on the breakfast menu items for about six months. Said Mahler, “They placed a test kitchen in one of our stores back in Chicago, and they have been practicing it for months.”

Cooper‘s Hawk Winery & Restaurant joins several other restaurants in the I-Shops development including BJ’s Restaurant & Brew House, Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and LongHorn Steakhouse.

Check out the pictures to get an exclusive first look inside the restaurant and some of the menu items.

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Central Florida Lifestyle: Perfect Pairings

By Lyndsay Fogerty
Central Florida Lifestyle

Prepare to be wined and dined from the moment you step foot into Cooper’s Hawk Winery. The Chicago-based company, which features a menu developed with its own handcrafted wines in mind, has two Central Florida locations that offer something new — and a refreshing change of pace — to the Orlando dining scene. The restaurant in Waterford  Lakes opened to rave reviews in April, and its newest location — part of the restaurant boom of International Drive — will open in Southwest Orlando on September 15. The new  International Drive location will be the first in the company to offer breakfast and brunch options for guests.

If you haven’t noticed from the name, wine is a huge part of what
Cooper’s Hawk Winery is all about. The wines found on the menu are produced at the company’s Chicago headquarters, though grapes are sourced from vineyards across the country. This year, Cooper’s Hawk is projected to produce over 260,000 cases of wine for its 16 locations nationwide. Each location has a Napa-style tasting room so guests can sample the winery’s latest selections. A tasting includes eight pours and pricing begins at $7. To assist diners with pairings, a bin number is placed next to each item on the menu. This number guides guests to the perfect wine match for their dish of choice.

When it comes to the kitchen, a Cooper’s Hawk specialty is the gnocchi, and it comes in three flavorful varieties. Tossed with pancetta, chicken, sage, peas and a Parmesan garlic cream sauce, the Gnocchi Carbonara is hearty but not too heavy. In the Gnocchi with Roasted Butternut Squash, the popular fall staple is the star with sage, brown butter cream and shaved Parmesan rounding out the dish. For more of a Mediterranean flavor, the Gnocchi with Braised Fennel & Herb Ricotta Dolce is tossed with artichokes, portabella mushrooms, kalamata olives, basil and tomatoes. Instead of the traditional potato gnocchi, Chef Matt McMillin makes the Cooper’s Hawk version with ricotta, a technique that makes it lighter and fluffier.

Joining signature dishes like Red Wine Braised Short Ribs and Mexican Drunken Shrimp on the menu are some guest favorites like the Maple, Mustard & PretzelCrusted Pork Medallions. In this dish, three sweet and savory pork medallions are served with Mary’s  potatoes and asparagus. Asian Pork Belly Tostadas top the list, too, because of its sweet and tangy flavors. Crispy tortillas are topped with melted cheese and a mixture of pork belly, sweet chili BBQ sauce, scallions, cilantro and crunchy radish. The Blackened Ahi
Tuna has a spicy sear that is cooled off with Asian slaw and cilantro citrus rice. The tuna comes on the traditional menu and the Life Balance menu, a unique twist where the dish is prepared so that it is under 600 calories. Appetizers, entrees and desserts come on the Life Balance Menu, but don’t worry that you’re missing out by going for the healthier option. The portions are still plenty and you’re sure to leave with a full belly. Glutenfree options are also available.

Make sure to save room for dessert. Each item on the dessert menu is made
in-house and is whole-heartedly splurgeworthy. With options like Chocolate Pretzel Bread Pudding and Banana Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich, you can’t go wrong. In the gift shop, decadent chocolate truffles (like chocolate cabernet, tiramisu and pistachio) line the bakery dessert case. Cheesecake lollipops and candied walnut turtles will also catch your attention. The chocolates and truffles from the bakery are available as a dessert option with or without a flight of wine pairings. You can also box up these sweet treats and take them home to savor later.

More than just flavorful food and wonderful wines, Cooper’s Hawk has also created an exclusive monthly wine club that is broken down into the Red Club, White Club, Variety
Club or Sweet Club. The Cooper’s Hawk Wine Club is one of the largest in the country and also offers members exclusive classes, parties and events. Members can pick up their  wine at any Cooper’s Hawk location or it can be delivered to their home for a fee.

Also, a gift shop at each property offers the bases for the sauces that you will find on the Cooper’s  Hawk menu. So if you find a dish that you just can’t get enough of, this gives you the opportunity to re-create it in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Whether you’re a foodie, a wino, or both, Cooper’s Hawk Winery is a
unique addition to the Central Florida dining scene that will quickly top your list of favorites.

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For more information about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and for the Gnocchi Carbonara recipe, visit our website at CentralFloridaLifestyle.com.

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Coming soon: Cooper’s Hawk to debut on I-Drive in mid-September

By Megan Ribbens
Web Producer, Orlando Business Journal

International Drive’s restaurant scene had a busy summer, as numerous new eateries debuted along the tourist corridor. But the I-Drive area will start the fall season with another restaurant opening with Central Florida’s second Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant location.

Central Florida’s second Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will debut on I-Drive Sept. 15.

The restaurant will open Sept. 15 at 8005 International Drive, part of Unicorp National Developments Inc.’s $200 million I-Shops project.

The 12,400-square-foot eatery will feature indoor and outdoor seating for more than 380 guests. In addition, the location will be the only Cooper’s Hawk nationwide to serve breakfast and brunch — a bonus for visiting convention-goers.

This is the 16th location for the Cooper’s Hawk chain, but the second in Central Florida. The first location debuted April 28 at the Waterford Lakes Town Center in east Orlando. Together the I-Drive location and the Waterford Lakes eatery have created 380 new jobs for the Central Florida market.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant joins several other restaurants in the I-Shops development including BJ’s Restaurant & Brew House, Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and LongHorn Steakhouse.

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Cooper’s Hawk second location to open Sept. 1

Paul Brinkmann
Orlando Sentinel

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants has set an opening date for its second Orlando location, on International Drive, of Sept. 1.

The company is hiring 200 new people to work at the new restaurant, in the I-Shops location at International Drive and Sand Lake Road.

A job fair will feature full-time and part-time positions on Wednesday (July 16), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Wyndham Hotel, 8001 International Drive, Suite 1332. Positions include bartenders, kitchen staff, dishwashers, hosts, retail/tasting room staff and servers.

It’s a 12,400 square-foot restaurant, the third in Florida. The first Orlando location opened inWaterford Lakes on April 28. Between the two locations, Cooper’s Hawk will have 380 employees.

Applications are also being accepted online.

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