Another Trader Joe’s, Second Harvest Guest Chef Night, Green Chile Festival, Seed Swap, and more

Tip Jar: local food news

The inaugural Second Harvest Guest Chef Night Aug. 29 will feature Cress Restaurant’s Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka preparing a multi-course dinner for guests in the Darden Community Kitchen. The new monthly event is limited to 100 guests and costs $50 per person, with all proceeds going to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank and its outreach activities. Visit or call 407-514-1048 for tickets.

Also for the first time, Austin-based Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s will celebrate their Green Chile Festival at the Kissimmee branch – though it’s the 25th annual fest for the chain. A batch of the harvest-fresh peppers has been brought in from Hatch, N.M., and is being featured in seven green-chile-touched dishes through Sept. 8.

If you’re looking to do a little good or maybe learn a little something, Do Good Farms has volunteer opportunities at their aquaponics facility on Aug. 22, 27, 29 and 31. Expect at least three hours of hot, sweaty manual labor to help people in need. Visit

Mills Park will see the first Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in Florida … Also at Mills Park, buildout continues for the highly anticipated Segafredo Zanetti Café scheduled to open in December … Graffiti Junktion plans to open this fall in the former Harmoni Market space in Longwood … The area’s second Trader Joe’s has been confirmed for the yet-to-be-built Parkside at Dr. Phillips.

If you like the idea of eating for free, register for First Watch’s Sun eClub for a chance to win a weekly breakfast, brunch or lunch for two for a year … Shipyard Brewery in Winter Park served its last pint last Thursday … The Swan and Dolphin Resort announced its Fourth Annual Food & Wine Classic will take place Oct. 18-19, with chef Todd English making a special appearance … The Seed Swap at Leu Gardens takes place Saturday, Aug. 24 – barter some plant starters for free admission to the park.

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