Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Friday, January 28, 2022

QUICK BITES: “Taste Of Lake” Second Helping

0915-QuickBites-Gina_Garcia_BuellRestaurateur Gina Garcia Buell has a full plate. Her show, “Taste of Lake,” debuted in May and the six episodes proved so popular, the second series is going now.

This kind of success is not surprising given the wealth of knowledge she inherited from her legendary family. Her great-grandfather, Manuel Garcia, was a part-time owner of the famed Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s historic Cuban district, Ybor City, and her highly regarded father, Manuel Garcia III, founded fine-dining favorites Pebbles, Harvey’s, and Manuel’s in Orlando, which is a four-diamond establishment.

Gina and her husband Mike continued the family legacy with three restaurants of their own in The Villages. City Fire American Oven and Bar restaurants is in Brownwood Paddock Square and Lake Sumter Landing, and the newly opened Honest John’s Whiskey and Provisions occupies the former TGI Fridays at Lake Sumter Landing.

Her weekly 30-minute show features the county’s diverse dining options.

The new season kicks off with visit to The Winery. Watch “Taste of Lake” anytime at For more program information, visit


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