Chef-entrepreneur Trina Gregory-Propst of Se7en Bites Bake Shop is the featured guest at ORL Food Lab's Feb. 22 event at 1300 Brookhaven Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
We first told you about the Beard in Baldwin event a month ago, and now we can report more about the April 9 food-and-wine walkaround. Chefs from 15 local restos (Rusty Spoon, K, Soco, Ravenous Pig, to name a few) will attend, as will chefs from around the state – including former Top Chef contestant Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert's Underground Kitchen in Jacksonville and James Beard Award semifinalist Timon Balloo of Sugarcane in Miami. Tix are $75, or $150 for the VIP experience. [UPDATED APRIL 7: On March 21, prices went up to $85/$200.]
Swine & Sons teams up with Frog Song Organics for a three-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Cost is $50.
OPENINGS Take this with a grain of salt, but PR's Taco Palace in College Park has cleared hurdles with the city and is expected to open "toward the end of the month." Job interviews took place last week, so that's a good sign ... Nova Regional American Grill has opened in Ivanhoe Village ... Verde Cantina, a Mexican soul food joint promising "bold flavors inspired by the sunny street markets of Mexico," has opened in Thornton Park ... Park Café & Bakery, a Mediterranean bakery by one half of the duo that opened Shish.Co, has opened in Hannibal Square ... At the Altamonte Springs Whole Foods, Genji Sushi's sixth Wok Street, the first in Florida, has opened ... In Longwood, Coast to Coast Café, serving dishes the owner has enjoyed on road trips across the country, has opened in the former Hourglass Brewery space on Ronald Reagan Blvd.; Zanzibar Coffee House, a pseudo-African themed café, has opened just up the street ... California Tortilla opened its first location in Florida at the Crosslands Shopping Center in Kissimmee.
CLOSINGS Golden Knife Chophouse has closed downtown and will be replaced by the Red Mug Diner, a 24-hour diner promising power outlets at every table.
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