Tip Jar: Pho 88 opening new location, TV cocktails in St. Augustine, and Pulapaka and Sampath team up for a night 

Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant

Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant

Oshio, a "Korean-Japanese sushi restaurant," has opened in the former Trey Yuen space on I-Drive, which closed in early 2013. Oshio will serve Korean cuisine, Korean barbecue ("yakiniku") and a variety of sushi rolls. The similarly named Oyishi, a slick Japanese steakhouse, has opened at the Oviedo Mall. Pho 88, the popular Mills 50 diner, will open a second restaurant in the Colonial/Dean Road area.

MasterChef finalist Francis Biondi hosts a seafood cooking workshop Monday, Feb. 23, at the Ancient Olive in Winter Park with clams, mussels and shellfish as the featured ingredients. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. and cost is $35.

Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort hosts A Taste of Piedmont Wednesday, Feb. 25, with a five-course meal prepared by executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi and wine pairings from the storied region in northwestern Italy. Cost is $175 per person. Call 407-313-6934 for more info.

Chefs Hari Pulapaka and Aarthi Sampath host a collaborative dinner Friday, Feb. 27, at American Gymkhana. A cocktail hour followed by a five-course tasting meal will be presented, with the option to include wine or cocktail pairings. Cost is $125 ($150 with pairings); seatings are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Not to be outdone, Norman's at the Ritz Carlton hosts its four-course Opus One Wine Dinner Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Wines from the storied Rothschild-Mondavi winery in Napa Valley will be paired with dishes prepared by Norman Van Aken. Cost is $300 per person, but it promises to be an epic event.

BRIEFLY:
If you happen to be in St. Augustine on Saturday, Feb. 21, check out the St. Augustine Distillery and their class Cocktails From the Small Screen: Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. The class is $35 and starts at 8 p.m. ... Chef Hari Pulapaka hosts a signing party for his book Dreaming in Spice from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at East End Market. Cost is $75 per person or $112 per couple, and includes champagne, hors d'oeuvres, a signed copy of the book and a Cress T-shirt.

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