Pharmacysc menu

We had a wonderful pop-up Supper Club at the Pharmacy the other evening. I'd say that I wish you had been there but I don't know where we would have put you -- there wasn't a seat available at the table.

I probably should have capitalized The Table, because that's the space where the dinner was held. It wasn't the same big table from the old venue but rather an expandable version that allowed us to invite more people.


Beard Rise

The finalists for the 2018 James Beard Foundations Awards were announced this week. It was a nonevent for most of Central Florida given that for the first time in decades there were no semifinalists among the nominees for Best Chef: South. But seeing how there has never -- not once -- been a local chef on the long list make it to the finals, we're pretty much in the same spot we're always in.

The South region includes Florida along with Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, and Louisiana. And by Louisiana, I mean New Orleans. Here are this year's finalists:

Big Fin dining room

Things have changed at Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. Then again, not so much.

What has changed is that Bobby Moore, the original owner of the restaurant in Dellagio Town Center, has retired and turned over ownership to a group that includes James Slattery, who has been the executive chef since Big Fin opened in late 2009. And because Slattery remains in the role of chef, what hasn't changed is the quality of the food. It's still first rate with some of the best seafood in Central Florida.


The restaurants listed here are the finalists for the Best Outdoor Dining Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

To vote for your favorite, check the box next to it and the press the Vote button. You may vote for only one restaurant one time.

After you vote, leave a comment below telling us which restaurant you voted for and why. We may use your comment when the winners are announced on April 19.