Lots of Fun Events This Weekend for Foodies (Drinkies, Too)

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Lots going on this weekend, especially if you like food, drinks and fun stuff.

I already told you about Sake & Shine, the progressive dinner that celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto and Art Smith are doing at their Disney Springs restaurants Saturday. Morimoto figured that as long as he was in town he might as well host an omakase dinner at his Morimoto Asia. Momokase will be tonight (Dec. 2) at Mormimoto Asia. Only 12 seats at $250 per person, all prepared by Morimoto himself. (I’m told he tends to go a bit overboard when he hosts an omokase, so prepare yourself.) If you missed it before, read about my experience with the omakase at Morimoto Asia. Call 407-842-7123 and speak with Molly with Morimoto Asia to reserve your seat.

On Saturday, DoveCote is having a farm to table dinner. Wait, change that. It’s a Table to Farm dinner.

Stefano LaCommare Back with Nonno's

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LaCommareFaiyaz Kara of the Orlando Weekly reports that Stefano LaCommare is coming out of retirement to open Nonno's Ristorante Italiano in Altamonte Springs.

LaCommare and his wife, Marie, have owned and operated several popular restaurants in the area, most recently Stefano's Trattoria in Winter Springs. They sold that restaurant in 2015 and announced they were retired. (Stefano's Trattoria continues to operate under a new owner.)

Their children, son, Leonardo, and daughter, Antonella, with her husband, Frank Paradiso, who had worked with the LaCommare's at the family restaurant, opened Antonella's Pizzeria in Winter Park, which I reviewed earlier this year.

From the new restaurant's website, it appears that Leonardo, who also goes by Lenny, will be the offical chef at Nonno's. But the name -- it means grandfather -- clearly indicates that the elder LaCommare will have a presence. Stefano grew up in Sicily and his menu will feature his native cuisine. According to Kara, however, Nonno's will not try to compete with Antonella's Pizzeria with its own pies.

Opening date is not yet firm -- later this month or sometime after the first of the year.

It will be located in the GFS Plaza at 1140 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, where Athena Cafe used to be.

Celebrity Chefs Morimoto and Smith Plan a Progressive Dinner at the Springs

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This is just the sort of thing you hope might happen with the celebrity chef-driven restaurants at Disney Springs.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, Masaharu Morimoto of Morimoto Asia and Art Smith of Homecoming Florida Kitchen will host Sake & Shine, a progressive dinner between their two D-Springs restaurants.

The evening will begin second floor terrace at Morimoto Asia with three Pan-Asian courses selected by the Iron Chef himself. They’re include Alaskan King Crab and Nantucket Bay Scallop “Ankake” over crispy noodles; five-spiced braised beef short rib with a Sansho Peppercorn Sauce and Wilted Dou Milao; and a special sushi course showcasing ingredients of Morimoto’s native Japan.

From there, guests will take a short walk across the courtyard to Homecoming, where Smith will offer the sweet endings to the evening. Guests will be able to indulge in a Build-Your-Own-Florida-Strawberry-Shortcake-Bar while also enjoying Smith’s signature Hummingbird and Shine Cakes.

New Home for Claddagh Cottage

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It looks as though Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub has found a new home, and loyal fans will be happy to know it isn’t too far from its current location.

That spot, as we reported in August, is due to be demolished to make way for a Walgreens store. At the time of that report, owner Scott Vocca said that things were still up in the air regarding the date they would have to vacate the premises. It was stipulated by the developer, Vocca said, that they would get a 60-day notice.

That notice was served on Nov. 2, so the current Claddagh Cottage will close after a final New Year’s blowout.

Then, later in the new year, if all things come together, a new Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub will move 1.1 mile west to 2421 Curry Ford Road.