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2 Out of 3 Park Avenue Venues Open; Boca Set to Start Serving Monday. But There's More to the Story
- Published on Friday, 24 October 2014 15:26
- Written by Scott Joseph
I had announced earlier that SoHo Hospitality Group of Tampa would be opening three new concepts on the corner of Park Avenue North and East Canton Avenue in Winter Park. That's no longer true. Wait, don't get upset — the bars and restaurants are still going to open. In fact two are already taking customers and the third has set Monday as its opening day.
It's the SoHo part that has changed.
Because of a dispute among its partners involving the group's restaurant CopperFish in Tampa, SoHo Hospitality has divided into two separate entities. According to an article by Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times, Kevin Enderle and Chas Bruck have left CopperFish to their former partner, Gordon Davis, and have formed BE-1. Under that company, Enderle and Bruck will keep Boca Kitchen Bar and Market and Ciro's Speakeasy and Supper Club in the Tampa area and the three Winter Park businesses: Boca, Atlantic Beer & Oyster and Park Social.
The split settles a dispute that included a lawsuit filed by Howard Park Properties, where CopperFish is located, against SoHo for nonpayment of rent. Howard Park Properties is owned by Gordon Davis. The breakup settled the lawsuit.
All that unpleasantness (there also apparently were fines from the city levied against CopperFish), which was resolved in September, may have been part of the reason that the Winter Park properties have taken so long to finally open. The delays certainly have led to several of the staff, some who told me they had been waiting several months with the promise that the businesses would be open "soon," leaving the company. Among those who departed were Dominic Rice, who was hired to be the chef of the downstairs restaurant that will be called Boca, and a bar manager Park Social, who told me that as many as seven other bartenders and servers left when he did, about 10 days ago. A spokesman for the restaurant group denied that there had been any departures other than Rice.
Atlantic Beer & Oyster opened the weekend of October 11. It occupies a stylized shanty off Park Avenue in the Hidden Gardens. I stopped in the other evening and would have stayed except that there were no other guests at the bar (and I didn't want to sit there alone). There was also an odd smell that I can only describe as the odor that comes from a refrigerator that has sat empty without power and with the door closed for a long time. I hope they figure out how to get rid of that smell because I like the look of the place, and I'd love to try the oysters and a cold beer.
As I was leaving, I was approached by a young man on Park Avenue who handed me a card for Park Social and asked if I would like to go upstairs and check it out. Park Social is supposed to be a speakeasy, so it seemed a little incongruous to have someone hawking for it on the sidewalk, but there you go. (In the future, the young man told me, I would have to call the number on the card that he handed me and get the password, which is to be entered on the keypad of the pay phone next to the door that leads the the stairs to Park Social.)
I went upstairs and sat at the bar and tried one of the retro cocktails and a flatbread from the menu. It would be unfair for me to give a review based on that early visit, so I'll reserve comments for another time.
Downstairs, the staff of Boca was conducting practice service for invited guests. A sign out front said that the restaurant would open on Monday. As I told you previously, Rocky Tarantello, who had collaborated on the original Boca in Tampa, has taken over the Winter Park kitchen as the group's corporate chef.
More to come.
A Full Plate of Food Fun for Central Florida This Weekend
- Published on Friday, 24 October 2014 10:47
- Written by Scott Joseph
This is a great weekend to be a Central Florida foodie. There's so much going on — food being flung and drinks being slung — that I'm exhausted already. Here's what's happening:
Global Venture — A Wine Pairing Dinner
During its Food & Wine Weekends, which run through November 9, Waldorf Astoria is hosting wine dinners at its Bull & Bear restaurant. The dinners are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and feature an exclusive three-course menu. Cost is $110 plus tax and gratuity. Tonight's dinner is sold out, but there are seats available for Saturday. Call 407-597-5500 for reservations.
Edible Orlando Cooking Stage at the Orlando Home Show
My good friends at Edible Orlando will be hosting the cooking stage at the massive home show that takes place at the Orange County Convention Center. They've put together a roster of terrific chefs who will demonstrate some of their key dishes. Some of the highlights include:
Hari Pulapaka of Cress in DeLand at 12:30 p.m.
Mark Jeffers, chef de cuisine at Highball & Harvest at 1:30 p.m.
Jairo Mehia, Oceanaire Seafood Room, 12:30 p.m.
Melina Salazar and Tyler Hoffert, chefs at the Wine Barn, at 2:30 p.m.
Camilo Velasco, Barnie's CoffeeKitchen, 4:30 p.m.
Marc Kusche, Hamilton's Kitchen, 12:30 p.m.
Laurent Hollaender, the Boheme, 2:30 p.m.
Admission to the show is required, of course, but you might be able to find some ticket discounts online. I hosted the cooking stage a couple of times, several years ago, and it's a lot of fun. I know that Edible Orlando does a great job here.
Central Florida Veg Fest
Vegetarians, rejoice! It's the ninth annual Veg Fest, dedicated to vegetarian cuisine, health, animal welfare, and the environment. It's Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's at the Orlando Festival Park, 2911 E. Robinson St., and admission is free. There will be exhibits, vendors with food, demonstrations and all sorts of other unmeated activities. And dogs are welcome. More details at the Central Florida Veg Fest website.
Cows 'n Cabs
This is the fun event spearheaded by John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse and the Coop, held in a big ol' tent next to Winter Park's Central Park off Park Avenue (no, I don't know where you can park). I had a great time at last year's CnC (see the video above) and I'm sorry that I have to miss it this year (I told you there's a lot going on). It's from 7 to 10 p.m. (a fact that is well hidden on the website) and general admission tickets are $110. The $140 VIP ticket gets you in an hour earlier, and for $200 you can have access to a private lounge with its own bar.
This year's food talent includes:
John Rivers, of course.
Kevin Fonzo, K restaurant
Greg Richie, Soco Restaurant
Katerina Coumbaros, Taverna Opa
Hari Pulapaka (does that guy ever stay at his restaurant?)
Lucas Reid, Citrus
Andres Mendoza, Norman's at the Ritz-Carlton
And several others, including Aarthi Sampa, who will head the kitchen at the soon-to-open American Gymkhana. Check out the site for all the chefs and for ticket info.
Party for the Senses Featuring Disney Chefs from Around the World
Saturday's edition of the weekly extravaganza that is part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a unique one. Disney has brought in star chefs from its properties around the globe — not just around Epcot's World Showcase, though there are some fine chefs there, too. General admission is $149 plus tax; admission to Epcot is required; 7:30 p.m. I don't have a list of the chefs who will be there, but this is bound to be a special one.
Supper Club at Eddie V's
Then of course there's tonight's Supper Club at Eddie V's with premium wines from Rioja. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, sorry, we're sold out. If you are joining us, we'll begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. (If you arrive early, please enjoy yourself in EV's lounge and enjoy the music). Valet parking is complimentary and, trust me, better than trying to find your own parking space. Dress code is casually upscale — this is a classy joint — but jackets and ties are not necessary.
Want to plan ahead? Join us for November's Supper Club at Highball & Harvest.
Orlando Will Not Be Home to Next Planet Hollywood Hotel
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 16:41
- Written by Scott Joseph
You might have thought that when Orlando based Planet Hollywood got around to building its second PH hotel, to got with the one it has in Las Vegas, Orlando would be the logical location. Because, you know, hometown and all. Plus, we use a lot of hotels around here. Just sayin'.
But no. As hotelchatter.com reports, the city chosen for a new Planet Hollywood hotel is Utorda Beach in lovely Goa, India. According to the article, the hotel will feature "115 rooms, 15 luxury tents, spa, and multiple swimming pools."
I'm sure it will have all of the amenities that...
I asked a Planet Hollywood spokeswoman what that means and she said she didn't know but plans to find out. I'll pass the info along to you. In the meantime, start planning your Goan getaway.
The Daily Chew: Chicken-Fried NY Strip with Greg Richie of Soco Restaurant
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:58
- Written by Scott Joseph
Here's the debut edition of The Daily Chew, featuring Greg Richie preparing Chicken-Fried NY Strip from his Soco Restaurant in downtown Orlando's Thornton Park. You can find the recipe at icFlorida.com.
"The Daily Chew" Debuts Thursday on WFTV
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:51
- Written by Scott Joseph
Come join me for a chew or two.
Beginning today I'll be hosting a new segment on WFTV-Channel 9 called The Daily Chew with Scott Joseph. Each week I'll invite a chef to join me in the kitchen to prepare one of his or her favorite dishes, with tips and techniques you can use to try the recipe at home. The premiere edition has Greg Richie of Soco Restaurant in Thornton Park demonstating that restaurant's Chicken-fried New York Strip. Upcoming episodes feature Kathleen Blake of the Rusty Spoon, Kevin Fonzo of K, and David Ramirez of David Ramirez Chocolates.
The segments air on Thursdays between 12:45 and 1 p.m. and replay Fridays at 8:20 a.m. on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27. You can also find them online at icFlorida.com, where you can download the recipes, as well.
We've already got several episodes "in the can," as we say in this business called show, although I'd prefer fresh to canned. I'm thrilled to be working with the professionals at WFTV -- they don't do things halfway -- and I appreciate the support of sponsors Southeast Steel and Teco People's Gas. And wait until you see the beautiful kitchen facility we're taping in at the Viking showroom in Winter Park. (Though I'm a little concerned that Todd Ulrich might show up for a suprise kitchen inspection in an upcoming segment.)
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