Plenty of news out of Disney Springs: The restaurant formerly known as Fulton's Crab House will be called Paddlefish when it opens later this fall (expect a menu of seafood, steaks and chops); the Daily Poutine will bring in four varieties: Canadian (yay!), French (quoi?), Latin (huh?) and Italian (wha?); it's a mouthful to say, but celeb chef Art Smith's restaurant – Homecoming: Florida Kitchen & Southern Shine – is slated to open in June; and finally: Sprinkles, a bakery/ice cream shop complete with a cupcake ATM, opens May 15.
Jill Davis, celebrated sommelier at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and 2015 Best of Orlando winner, is leaving the Double Eagle for an opportunity at Failla Wines in Napa Valley.
Pizza@ Lake Eola has opened on Central Boulevard ... Mecatos Bakery & Cafe, specializing in Colombian baked goods and coffees, has opened on Woodbury Road near Waterford Lakes in East Orlando ... The Vineyard Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro has opened at the Cascades of Isleworth in Windermere.
Spoleto Italian Kitchen will open on North Orlando Avenue in Winter Park next to Mattress Firm at the end of May. Another Spoleto will open soon after in Windermere ... Lucky's Market will open on the corner of East Colonial Drive and Alafaya Trail by "mid-summer" ... Earth Fare, an Asheville, North Carolina-based grocery store specializing in organic/natural/healthy foods, will open in the yet-to-be-built Griffin Farms Town Center in Lake Mary.
Master sommelier Michael McNeill hosts a blind tasting at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 4) at SOMM. Cost is $35 ... The multicourse Jericho Canyon Wine Dinner Saturday, May 7, at Del Frisco's features swordfish, duck breast and lavender-spiced strip steak. Cost is $175 ... The blogger-friendly Food & Wine Conference goes May 13-15 at the Rosen Shingle Creek ... Big Brew 'N Que, a barbecue and beer class with dinner, is Saturday, May 7, at Highball & Harvest. Cost for the class is $95; cost for the dinner is $85. Get both for $160 ... Beer 'Merica, in celebration of American Craft Beer Week (isn't that every week?) is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Gaston Edwards Park in Ivanhoe Village ... The first annual Local Roots Chef & Brewer Festival at East End Market features 12 chefs and 12 breweries whipping up paired meals from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Cost is $45.
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