Baba’s Orlando Mediterranean Grill has opened in downtown Orlando in the space that had been occupied by WhiteWood Mediterranean Grill and continues the serving of such things as shawarmas and kababs (though one hopes with better pest control than was detailed in this article from The Daily City).
Baba’s is an ideal spot for a quick bite of something beyond the basic sandwiches and burgers. (Hey, all you people standing in line down the block for a Wahlburger! You have options.)
Well, here we are back at the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. It seems there has been more restaurant happenings here lately than anywhere else in Central Florida. Just last week I told you about El Inka Grill, a new Peruvian outpost, and before that we were at Bistro Le Coq au Vin Dr. Phillips. There was a nod to Jamba Juice (no, that wasn’t Adele you spotted there), and, just next door at Dellagio, we visited the new Urbain 40.
SJO has learned that when Flying Fish Cafe reopens after its months-long renovation at Disney’s BoardWalk, its executive chef will not be there. Timothy Keating will be leaving Disney to pursue other interests, sources said.
Keating is considered one of the top chefs at Walt Disney World Resorts and Flying Fish Cafe one of a triumvirate of restaurants considered to be in the top tier (Victoria & Albert's is in its own class). The other two restaurants, Citricos at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, have also seen personnel changes recently. Phillip Ponticelli left Citricos for Golden Oak in November and, as reported earlier today, Brian Piasecki will leave California Grill for a newly created position within the company.
Brian Piasecki, who has been chef de cuisine at California Grill for the past seven years, has accepted a new position with Disney as Executive Chef WDW Resorts, Moderate, Value and Standalone DVC properties.
“It was a bit of a difficult decision, because California Grill, after over 7 years, seems like home and truly has become my life,” Piasecki said in a message. “But the holistic scope of the opportunity will allow me to develop and grow in new ways.”
Piasecki told me that in his newly created position he’ll be working in the development phase of rolling out new concepts with an emphasis on redefining what quick serve will be. He’ll also be working on the “succession planning for the talented team of chefs that are across property.”
Beginning March 6, if you have a craving for something from Rangetsu, you’ll have to book a flight to Tokyo to satisfy it. The Japanese restaurant that started on International Drive then moved to Maitland, will close that location March 5. The above image is from the restaurant's Facebook page where it made the announcement.
EXCLUSIVE — Chef Creations, the Manny Garcia company that produces wholesale soups and sauces for restaurants and retail operations, has been sold to Kettle Cuisine, a Boston-area food manufacturer. The deal, which was finalized Friday, was a cash sale for an undisclosed amount.
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I'm happy to announce that our next Supper Club will be at the wonderfully reimagined Tabla restaurant.
The four-course menu with wine pairings is being offered at $65 plus tax (gratuity is included). Total per person charge is $68.90. We have a limited number of seats available to us for this dinner so it's first come, first reserved.
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