Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant – Orlando, FL

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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.

You can follow Cooper’s Hawk on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates and announcements.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opens first location in Orlando area. Let the wine flow!

By Lisa Wilk
Taste Cook Sip

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has broken into the Orlando restaurant market with the first of two operations opening today in the Waterford Lake Town Center. Located next to the Pier One and just steps from the Regal 21, the winery and restaurant boasts two outdoor patios, several indoor dining rooms, a large bar area and separate tasting room which greets guests upon arrival. In addition to over 40 types of Cooper’s Hawk wines onsite, guests have the option of domestic and craft beers, a full cocktail bar and a full lunch and dinner menu available throughout.

Not sure about wine? Try a sampling flight, which will whet your whistle with 8 tastes of Cooper’s Hawk wines.

Cooper’s Hawk was founded in the Chicago area by Tim McEnery and his wife, Dana. Over the last nine years they’ve grown their love and appreciation of wine into fifteen Cooper’s Hawk Restaurants with four more restaurants opening by the end of 2015. The Orlando area is receiving a second location, which just broke ground last week. Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant on International Drive is slated to open in September 2014, look for more information right here on Taste Cook Sip.

Cooper’s Hawk Blanc de Blanc had crisp acidity and was a nice way to start the tasting.

Upon arriving, guests can partake of a wine tasting while waiting for their table to be ready, or they can choose to spend their time more casually. (Maybe, enjoy a tasting and move to the bar area or shaded patio for bites.) Cooper’s Hawk offers a tasting of the month ($7), a sweet tasting ($7) and a Lux tasting ($12). Each tasting provides the sampler with an opportunity to get a feel for the Cooper’s Hawk wines. Not sure about wine? The friendly staff will give you some nice information to get you going and the helpful tasting sheets provide a nice guideline.

House made truffles, in a variety of flavors. A truffle can be added onto a tasting for $1.

Along with the wine tasting area is a dessert counter. We sampled several truffles and they were very tasty, I particularly enjoyed the Zinfandel truffle, dark chocolate ganache made with Cooper’s Hawk Red Zinfandel wine. All truffles are made by two staff pastry chefs and each month there will be a rotation of some flavors to highlight the season.

Cooper’s Hawk Barrel Reserve barrel sampling station with table side decanters.

On the way to our seats, we passed the Bordeaux Reserve barrel sampling station, this wine is bottled once per year, but available by the glass ($8.75) in the restaurants.

Lux Pinot Noir, with table side decanter.

Once you are seated, the fun begins. If you order a red wine, be prepared for the table side decanter to arrive. Your server will walk you through using it or you can defer to their expertise. When looking at the large food menu, there are suggested pairings of wines (look for the bin numbers) if you are looking for some guidance with your meal.

 

Chef Matt’s Cheese Tasting ($12.99), a wine friendly selection of cheeses. Available with a wine paring flight for one ($18.99) or two ($24.99).

I love a cheese board and Cooper’s Hawk had a nice representation of cheeses that would work with many wines. I was informed that they will be swapping out the various artisan cheeses, so if you discover a new favorite- be sure to ask your server for all of the delicious cheesy details.

Caprese Flatbread (8.99)

Caprese Flatbread (8.99)

The Flatbreads would be a nice starter to share, the Caprese we sampled was crisp cooked and had several layers of flavors.

The Mexican Drunken Shrimp ($12.99) Large Shrimp wrapped in bacon, served in a Tequila Lime Butter Sauce and with Fresh Guacamole.

Chicken Al Pastor Stuffed Mushrooms ($9.99) Chicken Chorizo, Pepperjack Cheese, Cilantro, Crispy Tortilla Strips and a Chipotle Tomato Sauce.

Asian Pork Belly Tostadas ($8.99) Were a stand out, crispy pork belly coated with Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce won many compliments.

 

A tapas style gathering of appetizers was accompanied nicely with several Cooper’s Hawk wines.

Cooper’s Hawk wine is available to purchase in the lobby. You may purchase by the single bottle or you may be interested in joining one of the Cooper’s Hawk Wine Clubs. Wine Club members accrue rewards points, are invited to private tastings and receive special discounts throughout the lobby store. I look forward to returning again to explore more of the wines and menu items. Check back for review updates and recommendations.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery opens in the Waterford Lakes Town Center

First location to open in Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. —On Monday, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants opened its first location in Orlando, second location in Florida.

At over 10,000 square feet, Cooper’s Hawk accommodates over 330 guests with indoor and outdoor seating.

The restaurant features one of the country’s largest wine-of-the-month clubs, offering members monthly wines, special discounts, invitations to exclusive events, rewards and annual domestic and international wine trips.

Membership to the Cooper’s Hawk wine club is available for $18 a month and includes one bottle per month. Each location contains a tasting room where guests can sample the winery’s latest selections. During the tasting, guests may also browse the gift shop for food and wine related items, including a wine decanter. 

See photos of Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Some of the wine selections include:

Sparkling: Blanc de Blanc, Peach, Almond, Raspberry

White: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Cooper’s Hawk White, Chardonnay

Red: Sangiovese, Zifandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon

Lux: Lux Chardonnay, Lux Pinot Noir, Lux Cabernet Sauvignon, Lux Meritage

Dessert: Rhubarb, Peach, Sweet Red, Raspberry

The founder of Cooper’s Hawk, Tim McEnery, worked in restaurants since his youth and now travels to California’s wine country, as well as other wine regions in the United States.

These are the wines McEnery recommends for those who visit his restaurant:

Red:  Cooper’s Hawk Red- “Hidden secret because it is the same caliber as all the rest of our wines, but is offered at a lower price.”

White: Lux Chardonnay

Sparkling: Almond Sparkling

Sweet: Port-style wine, Nightjar

Cooper’s Hawk offers much more than an impressive wine selectionn– it also offer a menu full of unique dishes, including steaks, seafood, burgers and desserts. The menu also features bin numbers listed next to each item which lets customers know which wine is the perfect match to their entree.

Address: 529 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Fla. 32828

Restaurant Hours: Monday- Thursday 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The bar stays open until 11:30 p.m. Monday -Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

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OBJ first look: Inside Orlando’s first Cooper’s Hawk

Photojournalist- Orlando Business Journal

How do you throw a housewarming party for a neighbor who has 3,000

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant features a tasting room at the entrance. Guests can pay for tastings of eight different wines ranging in price from $7.00 to $12.00.

bottles of wine? Easy, let the neighbor throw the party.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant is staging a series of special tasting events leading up to its April 28 grand opening at Waterford Lakes Town Center. The chain’s first Orlando location brings an upscale wine list of its own that’s complemented by a down-to-earth, welcoming atmosphere.

And in addition to adding a new venue to the Waterford Lakes arsenal of eateries, the 1,500-square-foot location is adding 175 jobs to the local economy. And its seafood provider, St. Petersburg-based Save On Seafood Co., is also the provider for the entire chain.

The restaurant stocks a total of 49 wines with one additional “Wine of the Month.” And, yes, the location regularly has 3,000 bottles of wine on hand. There is also a Barrel Reserve Bordeaux that, when ordered, is drawn directly from the barrel, located at the front of the dining room. And where there’s wine, there must be food. Every dish on the 70-item menu has a wine pairing, and servers are happy to answer questions from the novice as well as the sommelier.

“One of our goals is to educate people, not only about Cooper’s Hawk wines, but about wines in general,” said Cooper’s Hawk Waterford Lake General Manager Tim Mahler.

The Waterford location was also chosen with a specific purpose in mind. “There’s a great sense of community in this area,” said Cooper’s Hawk founder Tim McEnery. “We wanted our first Orlando location to be a neighborhood location before moving into the tourist district.”

Cooper’s Hawk’s second location, currently slated for a September completion, will be in the I-Shops retail development on International Drive.

Check out the slideshow for a look inside Orlando’s first Cooper’s Hawk, and check back to OrlandoBusinessJournal.com for updates on its I-Shops location.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant – A Primer

Will feature one of the country’s largest wine of month clubs, the companies 15th location nationwide, an extensive wine collection and diverse food menu. 
By East Orlando Post

Orlando’s first Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants will open on Monday, April 28 at 529 N. Alafaya Trail in the Waterford Lakes Town Center. The 10,314-square-foot restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating, with occupancy for more than 330 guests. The location will be the second in Florida, and the first of two restaurants to open in the Orlando market this year.

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.

The restaurant also features one of the country’s largest wine of the month clubs, offering subscribers monthly wines, special discounts, invitations to exclusive events, rewards, and annual domestic and international wine trips. Cooper’s Hawk has received more than 200 wine awards from various local, national and international wine competitions, including the Chairman’s Best of Class for its Shiraz at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition.

The restaurant and tasting room open daily at 11 a.m., and are 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 has extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

The Waterford Lakes location marks the fifteenth Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in the country, and is one of five units slated to open through early 2015. Orlando’s second location will open on International Drive in fall 2014. To learn more about Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, follow on Twitter at @CHWinery, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coopershawk or visit www.chwinery.com.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Opening In Waterford Lakes Town Center on April 28

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant location in Town and Country, Missouri.

By Courtney Dowling, Insight Magazine

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will bring a multi-faceted winery experience to the Waterford Lakes Town Center on April 28, and will also be looking to hire 130 employees to join their team of wine-connoisseurs.

The winery and restaurant will include a full-service restaurant alongside a tasting room component, giving visitors a chance to sample Cooper Hawk’s award-winning wines in a traditional winery setting.

Interior of Cooper’s Town and Country location.

The first Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opened up in 2005 in Orland Park, Illinois. Owners Tim and Dana McEnery wanted to introduce the state to its first and only winery/restaurant under one roof. Since 2005, they have opened 14 locations, making the Waterford Lakes Town Center their 15th location nationwide.

“As I traveled, I never really found any wineries that also had a full-service restaurant component, so it became my dream to open one,” says Tim McEnery.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant picked the Waterford Lakes Town Center because they felt confident their business would flourish because of the quality and the mix of the tenants in the shopping center.

“Waterford Lakes Town Center is very good for us because it brings in all of the people that we know are potential guests for our restaurant,” says Ron Dee, vice president of development for Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants.

The winery and restaurant is expected to finish construction on April 10 of this year, with new employees expected to begin training shortly after.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants immerse patrons in a dining experience that brings the vineyard close to home. Interior of Cooper’s Cincinnati location.

“We will do an extensive 17-day training program,” says Dee. “It is very important that we hire people who have an interest in wine, and want to learn about wine. More importantly, we are looking for people who have passion for service.”

Since Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant has opened, they have received over 200 awards from various local, national and international wine competitions. When dining in, a modern, casual dining experience can be expected. Their menus feature unique dishes with bin numbers listed next to each item on the menu so that guests can have the perfect wine match with their food.

“We are very excited to bring this restaurant to a new city,” says Dee. “We are very excited to open this location, and to share our concept with the folks who live in Orlando.”

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants Opening 1st Orlando Location at Waterford Lakes Town Center

Two Locations Planned for Orlando!
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We will be back with more details on the other location soon! (shhhh it’s on International Drive we hear!)

Orlando’s first Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants will open on Monday, April 28 at 529 N. Alafaya Trail in the Waterford Lakes Town Center. The 10,314-square-foot restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating, with occupancy for more than 330 guests. The location will be the second in Florida, and the first of two restaurants to open in the Orlando market this year.

Wine lovers Tim and Dana McEnery opened the first Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in 2005 in Orland Park. The operation also includes a tasting room component at all of its restaurants which gives visitors the chance to sample Cooper’s Hawk’s award-winning proprietal wines in a traditional winery setting alongside a full-service restaurant with a broad, contemporary American cuisine menu.  This natural coupling reflects Tim McEnery’s dual passions for food and wine, having worked in restaurants since his youth, and later, his frequent travels to California’s wine country, as well as other wine regions in the United States.

The restaurant and tasting room open daily at 11 a.m., and are 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 has extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. on Sunday.

The Waterford Lakes location marks the fifteenth Cooper’s Hawk restaurant in the country, and is one of five units slated to open through early 2015. Orlando’s second location will open on International Drive in fall 2014. For more information about Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, visit www.chwinery.com.

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opening in Waterford Lakes Town Center

Orlando location to open April 28

By , WESH Channel 2

ORLANDO, Fla. —Wine lovers rejoice, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is opening an Orlando location in the Waterford Lakes Town Center on April 28.

The casual dining restaurant chain is known for its broad, contemporary American cuisine menu and its own handcrafted wines, which are paired on the menu for guests. Cooper Hawk officials said placing the bin number of the wine next to the culinary option guides diners to a perfect match.

Images: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The company has received more than 200 wine awards from various wine competitions, including the Chairman’s Best of Class for the restaurant’s Shiraz at the 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition.

The North Alafaya Trail location will be 10,314 square feet and feature a restaurant, outdoor seating, bar and a tasting room. Each Cooper Hawk location has a tasting room so guests can sample the restaurant’s award-winning wines in a traditional setting.

The Waterford Lakes location is one of two restaurants owners expect to open in Orlando this year.

The restaurant and tasting room open at 11 a.m., and are open until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and close at 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar has extended hours, closing at 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 p.m. Sunday.

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Cooper’s Hawk announces opening date in Waterford Lakes

Sara K. Clarke
Orlando Sentinel

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has set an opening date for its new location at Waterford Lakes Town Center.

The eatery will debut April 28 at 529 N. Alafaya Trail.  It is the first of two Cooper’s Hawk locations to open in the Orlando area, with the second coming to International Drive this fall.

The menu features dishes with bin numbers next to each item, a set-up that guides guests to their selection’s “perfect wine match,” the company said.

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