Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant

Chef Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant

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

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.

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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