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4 Rivers Smokehouse opens in City Hall, a soft opening for Baoery and more in this week's food news



The soft opening for Baoery, Greg Richie's Asian gastropub in his old Cityfish space, is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 14. As you can guess, bao (those tasty steamed buns) will be prominently featured. Barbecue pork belly bao, Korean fried chicken bao, and shellfish bao are just a few buns to expect. Other dishes on the menu include ramen bowls, short rib, duck, and fish tacos; small plates featuring dumplings, shishito peppers, calamari and the like; and burgers, banh mis and, yes, dessert bao as well.

Norman Van Aken (Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton) will open a restaurant in historic Mount Dora in early 2016. He's known as the founding father of New World cuisine, so you can bet the promised "refined rustic cuisine" of the yet-to-be-named restaurant will incorporate Floribbean influences.

The Orlando City Hall location of the 4 Rivers Smokehouse chain opens this week ... Look for Smiling Bison's Sanford location (on Magnolia Avenue) to open next week ... Chutney's Indian Restaurant has opened on Turkey Lake Road ... Gardell Brothers Brick Oven Pizza (by Mike & Molly actor Billy Gardell) has opened in Hunter's Creek ... Sky Candy, a local producer of organic cotton candy in various whimsical flavors, has opened inside the Soda Fountain in College Park ... Look for Hotto Potto to move into a new plaza on Semoran near Old Cheney Highway ... Se7en Bites will expand into a larger space up Primrose Drive next May.

The Rockin' Burger Block Party at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival will feature the cast of ABC's The Chew from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Ticket prices range from $99 to $199 ... SerbFest celebrates its 10th anniversary with all things Serbian this weekend, Oct. 9-11, at St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in Longwood ... The 14th annual Taste of Thailand Festival is Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Wat Florida Dhammaram monastery in Kissimmee ... The fourth annual Winter Park Wine & Dine is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Winter Park Farmer's Market. The event features more than 40 restaurants and merchants; tickets are $45.

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