Maxine’s on Shine is throwing an 80th birthday party for executive chef George Vogelbacher on Tuesday, April 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. The celebration is open to the public and you can register your interest to attend at the event’s Facebook page.
Vogelbacher joined the neighborhood boîte almost exactly seven years ago, in April of 2014, and was named its executive chef a couple of months later. But he has a long history of cooking in Central Florida restaurants as chef and sometimes owner. Most notably, he and his wife operated Le Cordon Bleu, a French restaurant that opened in 1968 in the building where Ravenous Pig now resides; Harper’s Tavern was on the other side of the building. The restaurant was a popular special occasion destination for many locals until fire destroyed it in the summer of 1996.