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La Luce by Donna Scala, the award-winning restaurant at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, is searching for art students who wish to create a unique piece of art on the restaurant’s signature chalk art display boards.


La Luce - Italian Restaurant at Disney World


The restaurant, which Orlando Sentinel named the best hotel restaurant in Orlando, is known for its seasonal menus, inspired by the changing palette of produce available every season.  Likewise, the artwork in the restaurant changes by season, displayed on three enormous chalk art display boards.

Since the restaurant opened in the fall of 2009, there has been an ever-changing display from Orlando artists Edwin Campos and Kathleen Brodeur.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Donna Scala, the celebrity chef behind La Luce, always envisioned one of the display boards dedicated to Florida art students, as a opportunity for budding (and talented) artists to gain local fame by displaying their artwork in a public place.

We’re ready to start the program, and are searching for the best artists in the region.  Here are some of the details:

  • This program is open to any artist who is currently enrolled in any art education program.
  • If you wish to be considered, you must first submit a rough sketch on paper (using chalk as a medium), to show your concept and artistic ability.
  • The artist must be able to create their artwork on site using chalk, typically during daytime hours (as the restaurant is open only for dinner).  The boards are permanently mounted and require climbing onto temporary scaffolding.  (It worked well for Michelangelo, after all.)
  • While solo projects are preferred, we will consider projects co-created by up to two artists.
  • The artist(s) must agree to sign a waiver of publicity and liability.  The artist also gives us right to use images of the artwork in hotel marketing and publicity.   Artists under the age of 18 must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian.
  • In exchange for their hard work, here is what the artist(s) will receive:
    • A two-night stay at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, during the installation.
    • Dinner for two at La Luce by Donna Scala.
    • A $200 stipend to cover travel expenses.
    • A photo and listing on the La Luce website, as well as the Bonnet Creek Blog, and other publicity opportunities, as appropriate.
    • The opportunity to promote your participation to hometown media.

For complete details, and to participate in this exciting opportunity, please contact Hilton Orlando Bonnet director of restaurants Anthony Colandro, using the following email address:  anthony.colandro@hilton.com


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You’re Invited…

Il Cibo Della Vita – La Luce’s Celebration of Food & Wine

Featuring Antinori Wines from Italy

Antinori Family of Wines

Chef Donna Scala, and the entire La Luce family, wish to invite you to celebrate the best of life at Il Cibo Dela Vita, our first La Luce Wine Maker’s Dinner.

For our first dinner, we’ve chosen to feature the Antinori family, known for making wine for more than six hundred years. Enjoy an inspired menu created exclusively by Chef Donna, to complement select vintages from Antinori.


Saturday, March 10, 2012
Reception: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7 pm
Price: $85++ per person.  Price does not include tax or gratuity

View the menu

Reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 407-597-3675.

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La Luce is for Lovers

Treat your Valentine to Orlando's Best New Restaurant, La Luce!

Felice San Valentino!

In addition to our award-winning à la carte menu, La Luce by Donna Scala will be featuring a special pre-fixe menu in honor of Valentine’s Day, Feb. 11-14, 2011.

La Luce Valentine Day menu 2011

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Donna Scala, the celebrity chef and restaurateur behind Orlando’s popular restaurant La Luce, is back in town this week! Donna, who lives in Napa Valley, California,  visits the restaurant with regularity, to work with team members, plan menus, and meet the loyal fans of La Luce!  She is an important part of the team, and her arrival is a bit of a special occasion at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek!

Since her last visit, the restaurant has gotten plenty of accolades, including:

  • Best New Restaurant: Orlando Home and Leisure
  • Best Italian Restaurant: Orlando Magazine
  • Orlando’s Best New Restaurants 2010: Orlando Magazine
  • Award of Excellence: Wine Spectator Magazine

Even the prestigious ZAGAT guidebook has given the restaurant a thumbs up:

Donna Scala from La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Donna Scala

Chef-restaurateur Donna Scala brings her no-nonsense Napa Valley culinary sensibilities to the Disney area at this contemporary Italian restaurant in the new Hilton Bonnet Creek; the sleek decor – including chalk murals that are created anew quarterly and an exposition kitchen – is the backdrop for creative and traditional takes on mid-priced Italian fare fashioned from farm-fresh ingredients, especially house-made pastas and house-stuffed sausages.

And today, the popular Disney Food Blog posted a raving review of Orlando’s hottest new restaurant.

Certainly, Donna and the team have a lot to smile about!

Hungry? We suggest that now is a great time to stop by the restaurant to meet Donna and to try some of her new recipes.  [click for reservations]  How about tonight?  She is preparing a special dish from Italy… rabbit cacciatore!

Welcome home, Donna!

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