After spending time in St. Pete helping to open an outpost of Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria, Pom Moongauklang is back in Orlando with plans to open a commissary-slash-cooking school near the original Pom Pom's. Could the secrets of the Fu Man Chu be yours? "As soon as the city approves the plans, I would love teach private cooking classes," Moongauklang says. "[It'll also be] an open forum for others in the industry to teach courses."
Now that the Florida Legislature has joined us all in the 21st century (on the topic of beer sales, at least), Cask & Larder is offering 64-ounce growlers of their Citra Hopped IPA, as well as their Lone Palm Golden Ale, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m.
And remember: In these early days, many breweries are BYOG (bring your own growler), so don't show up sans vessel. Find out where to buy your own at our Salivation Army blog.
Dining in the Dark, benefiting Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank, is July 16. The meal will be served by members of the Orlando SWAT Team – they'll be equipped with night-vision goggles, but you won't. Wear something stainproof.
OPENINGS You've seen the food truck, now get ready for Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream's brick-and-mortar store, in the former Ice Cream Treats and Eats space in Audubon Park ... Itar Bistro Market, in MetroWest's Veranda Park, will specialize in Argentine and Italian cuisine and also house a market and wine bar ... Look for Da Vi Vietnamese Cuisine to open on East Colonial Drive near Hampton Avenue ... Another Zaza New Cuban Diner will open in the old 100 Montaditos space at Waterford Lakes ... Tavistock Restaurant Collection plans a dinner-only, seafood-inspired lakeside resto in Lake Nona's Laureate Park ... A third area Total Wine & More has opened in Altamonte Springs ... Fans of Turkish food and hookahs might want to give Café 34 Istanbul on I-Drive a try ... Morimoto Asia opens in September at Disney Springs ... Sushigami conveyor belt sushi is coming to the Florida Mall (yes, they're trying the concept again) ... The Swirlery Wine Bar at Michigan and Fern Creek is in soft opening mode ... Tom + Chee has opened in the Crossroads Plaza in Lake Buena Vista – soft opening started July 3; grand opening is July 10.