East End Market chef-in-residence Jessica Tantalo hosts a crêpe breakfast July 11 as part of the Audubon Park Garden District's annual Bastille Day celebrations. Also on tap that day for French food lovers: La Femme du Fromage hosts a very exclusive cheese tasting, a special edition of the Dinner Party Project happens at P Is for Pie Bake Shop, and there will be baguette fencing sponsored by Olde Hearth Bread Co. Go to audubon parkgardens.com for more info.
Union Burger, a Canadian burger joint, is now serving authentic poutine in Lake Nona. Taverna Opa owners Katarina and Vassilis Coumbaros have opened Tapa Toro, a Spanish tapas and paella concept, on I-Drive. And This N' That Eats has opened in Ivanhoe Village: Sandwiches on the menu include a Cuban, a banh mì, a Mexican torta and an Italian-inflected vegetarian ... trés global.
Peperoncino in Dr. Phillips is expanding into the adjacent Bay Hill Eye Care space and adding an imported pizza oven. The expansion will allow chefs Barbara Alfano and Danilo Martorano (Alfano's husband) to make authentic Italian pizzas in the Roman and Neapolitan style. The bigger and better Peperoncino should open in three or four weeks' time.
Marlow's Tavern in Winter Park and at Pointe Orlando celebrates South African wine and cuisine until Aug. 3. Don't expect to see bunny chow or chakalaka, though there may be biltong.
South Meets South when chefs Greg Richie (Soco, Cityfish) and John Rivers (4 Rivers Smokehouse, the Coop) team up on a special five-course meal July 16. Cost is $100, or $135 with cocktail pairings. Visit socothorntonpark.com to make reservations.
King Cajun Crawfish will move into the old Bananas Diner space, while, next door, Funky Monkey Wine Company will soon give way to the Mills Bistro Wine Bar ... Hummus House will open next to the First Green Bank in Winter Park in the coming weeks ... Look for Gator's Dockside to open the first week of July in the SoDo complex next to the former/current/former/whatever OLV Café space ... Two Memphis-based eateries are coming soon to Pointe Orlando: Lafayette's, specializing in NoLa-inspired fare, spirits and live music; and Itta Bena, serving "contemporary Southern cuisine with a Delta influence."
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