Participants work with the resort’s executive chefs to up their epicurean knowhow in everything from sushi to beer making.

That’s why I’m such a fan of date night cooking classes, which actually serve two purposes: they make for a helluva fun night out together but they also can be the launch pad for a renewed sense of enthusiasm back in your kitchen.

Lucky for us, Orlando offers several culinary classes perfect for date night, including the monthly events that take place at the JW Griffin Cooking School inside the JW Marriott, Grande Lakes.

Sea World Orlando, in need of an attendance game-changer, is opening a new raft ride.

In 2018, Universal’s “Fast and the Furious” open and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reveal its Toy Story themed land.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be brimming with special experiences for every age and interest. March 1 and March 31: Climb to the Moon, Ponce Inlet. Participation is limited to 25 people and tickets, $35 for non-members and $30 for Preservation Association Members, must be purchased in advance by calling 386-761-1821 ext. March 1 -11: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City. Features daily entertainment, agriculture shows, livestock and the Midway with more than 60 rides. March 3: First Saturday Workshops & Jam, Barberville. All Brevard County 4-H members and their families are welcome to participate as we run, walk, bike, or scooter to the finish line. At Brownood Paddock Square urban downtown at 2705 W Torch Lake Dr. March 31-April 1: Downtown Melbourne Festival of the Arts. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tarpon Springs and Homosassa)Through March 3: Real Music Concert Series, Tampa Bay. Includes swamp food, a t-shirt decorating contest, arts and crafts, and entertainment by multiple bands throughout the day. Gate prices: $7 for adults, $4 kids 4-10 and free for kids 3 or under. Gates open on Wednesday and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday's title race. Special NAE Exhibit Hours: Monday to Friday, am - pm Saturday, am - pm Sunday, pm - pm. This scenic Southwest Florida enclave sets the scene for the annual Marco Island Seafood & Music Festival.

Climb to the Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers views of the sunset and moonrise from atop the lighthouse once a lunar month when the moon is at its fullest. This year headliners include The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba Mc Entire, Earth Wind & Fire and so many more. On the first Saturday each month visit the Pioneer Settlement music workshops and a free open music jam. Registration is per child, and must be paid upon check-in at the event. 2nd annual outdoor art show with more than 140 artists that create original hand-made artwork including paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more. Busch Gardens Tampa’s longest running concert series, Real Music includes all-new this year, pop and country artists, a cirque show and an Irish dance group. Now in its fourth year, more than 65 wines and 50 craft brews plus specialty cocktails will be on hand with 13 culinary cabins with dishes like mango shrimp ceviche, beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle, fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, dish duck fat truffle fries and tostones rellenos de pollo. Musical guests are Edwin Mc Cain & Sister Hazel (March 3), Grupo Niche (March 4), The Fray (March 10), Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival with Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws (March 11), Olga Tañón (March 17), Goo Goo Dolls (March 18), Better Than Ezra & Tonic (March 24), Michael Bolton (March 25), Boyz II Men (March 31), Natalie Grant (April 1), Hank Williams, Jr. March 3-4: Palm Harbor Craft Festival, Palm Harbor. Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard, Spring Hill, 34607. Family Membership is The Citrus County Fairgrounds is at 3600 South Florida Avenue. 10-11: Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival, Punta Gorda. The festival features live music, crafts, kids’ zone, and plenty of delicacies from the sea available for purchase.

After more than a decade offering cooking classes at its College Park locale, Truffles and Trifles is practically an institution.

It’s no surprise that its monthly Date Night class, usually the second Saturday of the month, almost always sells out.

However, if you take the time to join organizations and participate in activities you can find a well rounded person who has the same general interests as you and can challenge you intellectually.