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8 new restaurants, 2 new vendors at Disney Springs and more in local foodie news



The 9th annual Reading Between the Wines event April 20 at the Orlando Science Center will feature New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover. Wine and tapas-sized eats will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. by Morimoto Asia, Raglan Road, the Coop and more, with proceeds of the event going to the Adult Literacy League. Tickets are $85.

Add B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. and AristoCrepes to the list of food vendors at Disney Springs. More DS news: James O'Donnell, whose credentials include executive chef of House of Blues in Hollywood, California, has been named the executive chef of STK, slated to open later this spring.

Tickets are still available for the Beard in Baldwin event 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 9, featuring a who's who of top Florida chefs. Tickets are $75 and $150.

As part of the makeover of the Kmart Plaza across from Winter Park Village, three eateries – Blaze Pizza, Zoës Kitchen and TooJay's – will move in ... A Zoës Kitchen will also open in the West Town Corners shopping plaza in Altamonte Springs along with Sus Hi Eatstation ... Steak on Fire, a (brace yourself) "Brazilian steakhouse on bread," opens this summer in Dr. Phillips ... Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium, a steampunk-styled restaurant, will open in the former NBA City space in Universal CityWalk "later this year" ... Konbini, from the trio behind Kappo, will open in the former Kappo space in East End Market Saturday, March 26.

Winter Park Beer Co. has closed its doors, but they plan to reopen next door (1805 E. Winter Park Road). Initially, that was supposed to happen in April, but according to a Facebook post, they'll be closed for "a lot longer than expected."

Beer snobs! Join the motley crew of misfits of the Beer Snob Society at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Celery City Craft in Sanford ... The latest to jump on the brunch bandwagon: Cork & Fork American Grill, Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... DeVine Wine & Grill in Oviedo holds a four-course Spanish wine dinner with five Spanish wines April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost is $50.


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