OPENINGS: Florida & Co. Market & Eatery (formerly Local Roots) is now serving a “local food menu” at East End Market … Brooklyn Coffee Shop has opened in the former Restaurant ASH space on Mills Avenue … Wondermade Marshmallows has expanded their space by 600 square feet and will reopen this Friday, June 9. Vegan ice cream, Smoresicles, and Krispwiches (an ice cream sandwich made with Rice Krispies) will be a few of the new offerings …
Jaleo by chef Jose Andres and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will open in Disney Springs in 2018 … Kava Cove Lounge, serving kava – the Polynesian beverage derived from the kava root – is now open on Fairbanks Avenue … Jax Thornton Park will open this August in the space that most recently housed Baoery Asian Gastropub in Thornton Park … Muddy Waters, a New Orleans-style resto, has opened in the old Mucho Tequila & Tacos space on South Eola Drive … The Gourmet Muffin is now serving, yep, gourmet muffins in Audubon Park … Look for pizza joint Your Pie to open on the ground floor of the SkyHouse Orlando apartments by the end of the month … Achiote Puerto Rican Restaurant has opened in the Southchase Plaza on South OBT … El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant will open in the space that previously housed Willie’s Pinchos, La Chari and Tortilleria la Mexicana on North Goldenrod Road.
NEWS: James Beard Foundation updates: Hari Pulapaka (Cress Restaurant) and Kathleen Blake (The Rusty Spoon) are the only Florida chefs to pledge allegiance to Smart Catch, a chef-run sustainable seafood program; Tapa Toro (I-Drive), Hard Rock Cafe (Universal) and K Restaurant (College Park) are the local participants in the Blended Burger Project, which strives to make burgers better by blending ground meat with chopped mushrooms for a healthier nosh … Bulla Gastrobar will celebrate “Paella Tuesdays” beginning June 20 … Canvas Restaurant & Market has launched a new menu conceptualized by executive chef Bryan Thoman … Urbain 40, with chef Tim Keating at the helm, has also launched a new menu.
EVENTS: Tim Ma, chef/owner of Washington D.C.’s Kyirisan, cooks alongside Ravello executive sous chef Ryan Schelling Wednesday, June 14, at Ravello. Expect Chinese-French fusion at the lavish dinner. Cost is $125 … On Friday, June 16, Ravello chef Donald Taylor hosts a five-course wine dinner with Markham Vineyards. Senior advisor Bryan Del Bondio, former President of Operations for the vineyard, will also be present … IKEA’s Midsummer Smorgasbord Dinner is Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. Cost is $16.99 ($4.99 children 12 and under) … Soulful Sunday will feature a congregation of soul-food trucks Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hungerford Field in Eatonville … Dragonfly Robata hosts a couples masquerade party Saturday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. On arrival, guests will select a mask, then enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before gorging on a six-course meal. Cost is $140 per couple.