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Ground Breaking Signals Start of Construction for Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden

Kitchen House Exterior copy

With the announcement of a $250,000 gift from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, students of Orlando Junior Academy's Edible Education Experience broke ground Wednesday morning on the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden on King Street across from the school in the College Park neighborhood.

Brian Kish, president of the New Orleans based organization, was on hand for the Wednesday morning ceremony. "The Emeril Lasse Foundation is very excited to be here to partner with Orlando Junior Academy and the Edible Education Experience to help reconnect students back to the source of their food," Kish said, "to understand where their food comes from and maybe more importantly the nutrition behind it."

Pairings Announced for Friday's Supper Club at Eddie V's

EddieVs LogoOh, this is going to be a good one.

The menu has been finalized for Friday's edition of Scott Joseph's Supper Club, which has us convening at the wonderful new Eddie V's on Sand Lake Road's Restaurant Row. EV's wonderful menu is being paired by selections from our friends at Rioja. Here's the full menu:

Maine Lobster Taco
House Made Fresh Tortillas with Grilled Sweet Corn Pico
Paired with Viña Herminia Rosado

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Bufala Mozzarella, Basil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar
Paired with Sierra Cantabria Organza Blanco

Halibut Filet
Sautéed with Sweet Corn, Morels, Edamame and Smoked Pork Shank
Served with family style Sugar Snap Peas and Monterrey Corn
Paired with Viña Pomal Crianza

USDA Prime New York Strip
Mushroom Shallot Reduction
Served with family style Truffled Macaroni and Cheese and Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
Paired with Fincas de Ganuza Reserva

Family Style Dessert Trio
Hot Chocolate Godiva Cake, Fresh Berries and Crème, Hot Bananas Foster Butter Cake
Paired with Marqués de Cáceres Satinela

And here's something else that's special. The fine folks at Wine on the Way, the premium wineWine on the Way-1 retailer, will be offering the evening's wines at a discount to Supper Clubbers who'd like to have a bottle of their favorite. The exceptional menu and wine pairings are already an incredible deal at $100.70 (tax and gratuity included). With Wine on the Way's discounts the savings keep coming.

I have five seats left for Friday's dinner. Here's a link to the Eddie V's Supper Club page.

Capa Opens Monday at Four Seasons

Capo interior

Update: Although not announced in the Four Seasons' press release, Plancha, the Cuban-American restaurant at the new resort, has also opened.

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort — that's right, a resort within a resort — opens its newest restaurant to the public Monday, October 20. Capa, located on the hotel's 17th floor, has a menu of Basque country cuisine.

The decor is meant to provoke a northwestern Spain and southwest France feel, too. The restaurant was designed by the Puccini Group of San Francisco, which also did the redo of the California Grill last year.

Capa's chef is Florida native Tim Dacey, who returns to the state after cooking in several New York restaurants, including Reynard in Brooklyn, the Setai and the NoMad in Manhattan. In 2004, he cooked with the Four Seasons' executive chef, Fabrizio Schenardi, at Tampa's Pelagia Trattoria.

Capa will be open for dinner daily. It joins Ravello, an Italian restaurant, and PB&G, the Pool Bar and Grill barbecue specialty. Yet to open is Plancha, a Cuban-American restaurant. Watch for that one next month.

Latin Food & Wine Festival is Saturday


I'm honored to once again be serving as emcee for this evening's Savor the Night event, this year sharing duties with the indefatigable Jorge Estevez of WFTV. Savor the Night is the kickoff to the Latin Food & Wine Festival, sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando.

Latin Food and wine logo

Tonight's event is sold out, but Saturday's main event is not, mainly because there are no tickets to buy. It's a free event (parking, too) and takes place from 3 until 9 p.m. at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs.

Since you get in free, the food and drink samples are sold separately. There will be plenty of live music, undoubtedly some dancing, and generally good times. And, of course, wonderful Latin cuisine. See below for a list of vendors.

If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to tonight's event, which is from 6:30 until 10 p.m., also at Cranes Roost Park, please stop by and say hello (although I'll be frantically running around trying to keep up with Jorge).

Some of the participants include:

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

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