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Charles “Chuck” Cobb, a local chef who had been enjoying newfound popularity for his barbecue business, Git-N-Messy, died Thursday, April 29, from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. He was 34.

Cobb was riding a motorcycle near the intersection of State Road 434 and Hayes Road in Winter Springs at about 11:25 a.m. when the accident involving another vehicle occurred. Shelly Brana, communications supervisor for Winter Springs Police Department, said Friday afternoon that the incident was still under investigation and no cause had been determined. According to initial reports, Cobb was ejected from his motorcycle. He was transported to a hospital where he died shortly after noon.

The intersection where the accident occurred is less than a mile from Red-Eye Sports Tavern where Cobb had moved his barbecue operations. Before partnering with Red-Eye, he sold his barbecue out of a Citgo gas station. Last summer Cobb appeared on a segment of Live with Kelly and Ryan to demonstrate a dish he called Southern Poutine. It was based on the Canadian poutine but featured pulled pork, coleslaw, cheese sauce and barbecue sauce on top of beer-battered fries.

Cobb is survived by his wife and four children. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral costs. As of Friday afternoon the fund had surpassed its original goal.

A note on the Git-N-Messy Smokehouse & Tavern Facebook page Friday said the restaurant was open for business as usual.


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Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us, just like mom used to do when she thought we were up to something.

I’m hoping that you and your mom – and all the others close to you – will be fully vaccinated by May 9 so that you can finally treat her to a proper Mother’s Day brunch. The Mother’s Day category in our Holiday Dining listings will have plenty of options for you, but consider some of our favorites.

Tap Room at Dubsdread will be featuring a version of its popular brunch buffet, with roasted leg of lamb, herb encrusted prime rib and grilled mahi mahi, among other items. Visit the website for reservation details

Tornatore’s is doing something a little different and offering a charcuterie class at noon. You and mom can learn about making your own charcuterie board with cured meats and cheeses, dried nuts, fruits and crackers. And while you’re learning you can sip on bottomless mimosas and endless glasses of wine while nibbling on appetizers and dessert. Class is $100 per person and space is limited. Call 407-292-2248.

Our friends at Mia’s Italian Kitchen will celebrate mom all weekend with two entree specials available Friday through Sunday. Choose between prosciutto wrapped chicken involtini ($26), stuffed with ricotta, parmigiano, roasted red peppers, basil, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted romanesco; or jumbo red shrimp scampi ($24), with house-made pappardelle, lemon, butter, white wine, garlic, and parsley. Reservation details at the website.

The chefs at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek are featuring dishes they cooked with their moms as kids. Such as, Chef Justin’s Sage & Rosemary Biscuits & Gravy; Chef Alex’s Salmon Cakes; and Chef Jonathan’s Texas Sheet Cake. Reservations are required: 407-919-6300
$65 per person $35 per child (4 - 12 years of age) Complimentary (3 and under)


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On a shelf just below the counter at Deli Desires where customers place orders and pick up their food is a row of boxes of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt. I mention it because that may very well be the only kosher item in the place.

Not that Deli Desires is trying to pass itself off as a traditional kosher deli. How could they when the second item on the menu board, just beneath the Jewish staple latke, is a bacon sandwich?


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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, will begin accepting applications on Monday for the $28.6 billion in grant funds to aid restaurants, bars, caterers, food trucks and other foodservice operations that lost money due to the pandemic.

Almost no one believes the funds are sufficient to meet the demand. In fact, it is fully expected that the monies will be depleted during the initial 21-day period during which the Small Business Administration, which will oversee the application process, will give priority to businesses primarily owned by women, veterans and individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged, as stipulated by Congress.

All eligible businesses may apply beginning Monday whether they fall into one of the priority groups or not. Applications can be submitted online through the Small Business Administration website, which also has a 16-page sample application available to use as a worksheet. Additionally, some point-of-sale systems – including NCR Corporation, Square, Clover and Toast – are working with the SBA to enable applications through their technology.

Hopeful applicants should be prepared for the typical snafu associated with a launch of a government-operated website. It is also possible, theoretically, to apply by phone.

Businesses are basically eligible to receive the difference between their 2019 and 2020 gross receipts, minus any other federal assistance funds, up to $10 million. Publicly traded businesses and chains with more than 20 locations are not ineligible, as are restaurants that have permanently closed.

Pandemic-related losses to fund-eligible restaurants and bars are in the hundreds of billions of dollars, according to congressional estimates, so the $28.6 billion allocated will be insufficient funds. Lobbying is already underway to have Congress designated additional monies.