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Swine and Sons Provisions Opening in Winter Park

The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder owners James and Julie Petrakis are opening a new Southern inspired quick service restaurant in Winter Park, Florida. Swine and Sons Provisions is located next to Cask & Larder and offers a variety of take out options. Seating is limited, as the establishment is geared toward fast counter service. … Continue reading

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Marlow’s Tavern: Ribs & Whiskey

  Marlow’s Tavern runs an annual program called Ribs & Whiskey. The menu features entrees enticing guests into their local neighborhood gems. Of particular interest are the following menu items: BBQ Blazed Cobb Salad BBQ Chicken, Crisp Field Greens, Roma Tomato, Apple-Smoked Bacon, Sweet Corn, Gorgonzola, Crispy Tobacco Onions and BBQ Gorgonzola Dressing A Pig … Continue reading

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The COOP A Southern Affair

  Restaurant Preview on Park Avenue I received an invite for a Scott Joseph Supper Club preview of The COOP menu, a new restaurant concept from the Rivers crew… A Southern Affair… Where? In the headquarters test kitchen of course! I could not turn down the exclusive opportunity for A: Test Kitchen (we could stop there but…), B: Meeting … Continue reading

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Chef’s Tasting at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Dry Creek Kitchen There’s nothing quite like the realization that you are somewhere beyond daily monotony. Post anticipation and preparation for excursions new, there is a certain oxymoronic, anxious calm that manifests just below the collar. It’s like a morning dew that hasn’t quite settled into dawn. I am checked in to … Continue reading

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Papa Joe’s Pizza 25th Anniversary Dinner

Once upon a time in Brooklyn, Sicilian immigrants began opening Italian restaurants and pizzerias showcasing family recipes from their homeland. While the origins of pizza specifically, are hotly debated, the history behind Papa Joe’s is certain. When Papa Joe relocated from Brooklyn, New York to quiet Altamonte Springs suburbia, he arrived filling an untapped niche … Continue reading

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East End Market: A Pop Up Dinner Celebration of Women Chefs, Restaurateurs and Winemakers

Saturday marked my second Pop-Up dinner following the event at Quantum Leap Winery this spring. I reserved my coveted seat for the evening showcasing women entrepreneurs in the local community. Compounding my enthusiasm and support for local small business was the fundraising for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs scholarship fund. National recognition for the surge of … Continue reading

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Supper Club at Chuan Lu Garden

Fraught with anticipation, I entered through the back door of Ginza as instructed in the Scott Joseph reservation. I’m always a bit anxious attending these events because I usually go solo, but per usual, I was super excited for Supper Club. Any array of dinner guests show up to these events and without disappointment the … Continue reading

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The Weekend: Tibby’s Crawfish Boil

Thursday May 16th – Sunday May 19th Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen is celebrating the prime of seafood season with their 2nd annual Crawfish Boil by shipping a whopping 700 pounds of crawfish in from their suppliers in New Orleans.  You DO NOT want to miss your chance at devouring these succulent morsels at the height … Continue reading

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Dim Sum and Then Some

As a new subscriber to Lucky Peach, I discovered a meticulously descriptive article on Dim Sum. In the mid 90’s, I traveled the entirety of China’s eastern coast and consequently partook in daily dim sum for weeks on end; a repetition that nearly eradicated my love for dumplings for the next decade. Thankfully I recovered from the … Continue reading

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Fiddler’s Green

Photo from Florida Burger Lover Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub rem·i·nisce /ˌreməˈnis/ Verb: Indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. Synonyms: remember, recollect A colleague recently turned 29, yes for real, not 29 again. As per usual, the birthday person selects the lunch venue and the fun ensues. What kind of fun? Well, I guess you’d have … Continue reading

Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Cask & Larder

Sunday December 9, 5:30 p.m. at Cask & Larder Brewmaster Ron Raike and wine director Chad Doss will pair beer AND wines with a special four-course dinner for only $75 (plus tax and tip). Complete menu at www.caskandlarder.com. In case you haven’t heard, they brew on site…hello! You decide the winner in this friendly pairing competition. … Continue reading

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

While perusing for sustainable food documentaries, I stumbled upon Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I had no idea the movie would strike so deeply in it’s illustration of character, persistence, and looking forward toward perfection, never back. My membership to Netflix began in 2006, and this is my first witness to a solid five star viewer … Continue reading