Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chef Nat Russell leaving Winter Park's Cafe de France to do his own thing in Sanford

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 11:29 PM

click to enlarge Chef Nathaniel Russell's seared diver scallops with leek pearl couscous and roasted pork tenderloin with bacon hollandaise - IMAGE VIA CAFE DE FRANCE ON YELP
  • image via Cafe de France on Yelp
  • Chef Nathaniel Russell's seared diver scallops with leek pearl couscous and roasted pork tenderloin with bacon hollandaise
The dining options in Sanford just keep getting better. Sanford blog The Bokey reports that Nat Russell, chef de cuisine at Park Avenue mainstay Café de France, has left the French restaurant to host a monthlong pop-up that may turn into a permanent business.

The Memphis-born chef currently lives in Sanford, and tells the Bokey, “If the choice is Park Avenue or Sanford, I’ll choose Sanford every day. I like the small-town feel, and the eclectic vibe in downtown.”

His First Avenue pop-up will be called the Tennessee Truffle and will feature modern Southern cuisine. Russell hopes to open by mid-May, and, if response is strong, he may extend his commitment to the space and become a permanent Sanford fixture.

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