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This week: Ravenous Pig wine dinner, new tapas menu at Cress, Kurry and Kabab Express, BurgerFi, First Watch and more



Reserve your seats now for the wine dinner taking place at the Ravenous Pig on Feb. 10. Yes yes, it's $100 per person (plus tax and gratuity), but you get a five-course meal paired with vino from Santa Barbara county's Foxen Vineyards, and it all culminates with foie gras for dessert. FOR DESSERT! Drooool.

Taqueria del Sol, the highly lauded taco chain with a Southern twist on South Orange Avenue, shut its doors a little more than three months after opening. A better location might have helped, but for an award-winning chain to close so quickly in the chain capital of the world is a bit surprising, to say the least.

Over in Union Park, Kurry & Kabab Express has opened for business on East Colonial Drive, promising richly flavored North and South Indian specialties created by chef Raj. The restaurant should be a boon to bhuna and biryani buffs, particularly UCF students looking for an exotic late-night meal.

Christner's Del Frisco's Prime Steak & Lobster will drop the "Del Frisco's" from its moniker in June of this year, and will simply go by Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster. To make a long litigious story short, Lone Star Steak House, which owns the Del Frisco's brand, doesn't want them using the name anymore – so they won't. But Christner's plans on maintaining, if not surpassing, the same level of quality we've come to expect at the Lee Road chophouse.

Starting Feb. 1, chef Hari Pulapaka will launch a new "10 at 10" tapas menu – that's 10 items at $10 each – at DeLand's Cress Restaurant, with the ultimate goal being to showcase the bounty of local ingredients and to push "culinary boundaries." Count me intrigued.

Sure, it's still nine or so months away, but the dates for this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have been released – Sept. 27-Nov. 10 … Former Blockbuster Video spaces are being gutted to make way for restaurants, and that's a good thing. BurgerFi moved into one in Lake Mary, and word comes that a First Watch will move into the one in the Aloma Shopping Center … Twin Peaks, a breast-enhanced eatery à la Hooters, is moving into the Kobe Steakhouse space on I-Drive. Laura Palmer is turning over in her grave.

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