Chef Marc Kusche of Hamilton's Kitchen at the Alfond Inn will cook a multi-course dinner at the James Beard House in Greenwich Village Oct. 23. The theme is "Florida Farmhouse Flavor," with Kusche presenting such dishes as short rib pralines, shrimp and grits, slow-braised lamb neck, and olive oil-poached red snapper. Cost is $130 for JBF members and $170 for the public. Closer to home, Kusche plans a new chef's table at Hamilton's Kitchen that will seat up to 10 diners.
There's a new player in Orlando's food-delivery game – in addition to ever-growing Doorstep Delivery and Yelp's new Eat24, now you can order from local restos that don't deliver using OrderUp. Dandelion Communitea Cafe, Mamak Asian Street Food and Chipotle are among the choices (Mamak is exclusive to OrderUp).
Cupcake goddess Hollis Wilder (of Sweet! By Holly fame) takes over the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, which hasn't rolled since Joey and Alex sold up and moved to Philly. Wilder will rebrand the vintage silver wagon as Sweet Wheels.
On Aug. 29, Cress Restaurant in DeLand debuts its new concept, comprising three- and five-course tasting menus fashioned from seasonally driven ingredients. Cress will be closed Mondays-Wednesdays, but will begin Sunday brunch service Sept. 6.
Wine Barn has stopped serving its on-tap nitro coffee in favor of Barley Mow Maven Nitro Milk Stout, but if you can't get enough of that carbonated caffeine, Blacksmith Brew Works offers it up at Fresh, the Thornton Park farmers market 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays.
OPENINGS Another Broken Egg Café opened on International Parkway in Lake Mary Monday, Aug. 17 ... Cork & Fork, in the former Belle Isle Bayou space, had its soft opening Aug. 17 as well ... Brianto's Original Hoagies opens its second sub shop, this one in Waterford Lakes, later this month ... French revolution: La Madeleine Country French Café moves into Florida Mall's revamped food court, as well as taking over the former Mimi's Cafe space near the Mall at Millenia ... Osceola County will soon serve cheeseburgers in paradise when the Margaritaville Resort opens in 2017. Control the eye-rolls, folks.
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