Swine & Sons Provisions, the latest culinary endeavor from James and Julie Petrakis, opens Friday next door to Cask & Larder. Smoked and cured meats, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh-churned ice cream and crowlers – 32-ounce cans of beer brewed at C&L – are just some of the takeout offerings, though there will be limited seating inside available.
I-Drive 360 happenings: Cowgirls Rockbar, a "classic Americana" bar and restaurant, will feature Orlando's only mechanical bull, coupled with "sassy" cowgirls and a Southern-style menu. Look for a May opening. Also opening in May: Sugar Factory American Brasserie, with its celeb-endorsed couture candy, and Paramount Fine Foods, a Toronto-based Middle Eastern fast-casual concept. This is their first outpost in the United States.
Spoleto, a fresh-casual Italian concept, has opened on University Boulevard near UCF. Look for locations to open soon in the Florida Mall and Winter Park. Also on University Boulevard, Chicken Salad Chick will open its first Orlando-area eatery sometime this summer.
Robert Irvine (yeah, that Robert Irvine) pulled one of his Restaurant Impossible stunts on Caffe Positano on Edgewater Drive. It's now going by the name Tornatore's Pizzeria.
The Flavor Farm Series Dinner is Friday, April 3, at American Gymkhana. Chefs Hari Pulapaka and Aarthi Sampath celebrate their Indian heritage with a five-course farm-to-table dinner, and cocktail and wine pairings come courtesy of noted mixologist Hemant Pathak and Jenneffer Pulapaka. Cost is $75 per person, or $110 with pairings and a mini-cocktail hour.
Boutique winery Crosby Roamann hosts a winemaker's dinner 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Cress Restaurant in DeLand. Tickets are $75 per person ... New to this year's Brews Around the (Central Florida) Zoo event is the Tampa Bay Brewing Beer Pairing Dinner, featuring a four-course meal prepared by Disney chef Brian Lamparski. Tickets are $80 per person with proceeds going to support a future Florida Black Bear exhibit.
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