From the Fusion Chronicles
I was first introduced to Cooper’s Hawk about 4 years ago when I lived in Chicago and my first impression was a lasting one, so when the opportunity to attend a private media preview of their new Orlando location arose, I gladly accepted.
When Cooper’s Hawk first announced that it would be coming to the Waterford Lakes Town Center, General Manager Tim Mahler shared, “over 1,800 applicants applied for various positions” with the growing Chicago-based chain. Why the flood of interest? It’s simple. People want to be apart of a solid brand and unique concept, therefore only the very best were selected to work at this new location which celebrates its grand opening today.
The exterior of CH is quite unassuming as one passes by however, once you enter inside you are instantly placed in a well-stocked, Napa-style wine store and tasting area. Here is where CH sells not only their own house made wines but wine related accessories, gourmet oils, stemware, cookbooks and more. I recommend kicking off your experience with a tasting which allows guests to sample eight pours starting at only $7. On any given day, you will find at least 3,000 different wine selections on hand at CH, as well as an on-site Barrel Reserve Bordeaux. Whether you’re a wine novice or expert, there is something here for everyone, along with a knowledgeable staff dedicated to expanding your appreciation for fine wine and food.
Speaking of food, CH offers lunch, dinner and a carry out menu, however this is not the place you want to visit if you’re in a hurry. In fact, plan to spend at least a couple of hours here because it is the experience that really sets CH apart from other restaurants in Orlando. Every menu item is paired with a suggested wine, and although wine is the spotlighted element here, the food is just as unique and memorable.
CH also offers one of the country’s largest monthly wine clubs. Membership includes one bottle of wine per month, exclusive discounts, classes, and invitations to private events for only $18.99 per month. Considering the quality of wines offered, this is really a great deal.
If you’re seeking a venue for a business meeting, an upscale date night, or celebration with friends, I encourage you to experience Cooper’s Hawk located at 529 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828. A second Orlando location is slated to open this Fall in the new I-Shops development located on International Drive. A third CH is located in Tampa, and has been in operation for about a year.