2018 Taste of Dr. Phillips is Nov. 11

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It's time for a Taste of Dr. Phillips. No, not the actual person; that wouldn't be palatable.

We're talking about the area of Orlando known as Dr. Phillips, which as you know incorporates Sand Lake Road's Restaurant Row. And with so many good restaurants in the area (if there weren't I wouldn't have dubbed it Restaurant Row in 1995), a Taste of Dr. Phillips starts to sound a lot tastier.

This will be the 12th annual ToDP, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips Foundation, Inc. It takes place on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dellagio, which is a terrific venue for an event like this.

This, of course, is a walkabout event where attendees, um, walkabout and visit the various restaurant cooking stations. Our friends from Big Fin Seafood Kitchen and The Whiskey are among this year's participants.

They'll be joined by such estimable names as Eddie V's, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, Pharmacy, Slate, Seasons 52, Peperoncino Cucina, Vines Grill and Wine Bar, Capital Grille, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Urbain 40, Dragonfly Sushi and more.

And there will also be wine and beer to go along with all the tasty food. Also, a silent auction will be involved.

Tickets are just $75 per person with proceeds going to the many local charities supported by Dr. Phillips Rotary. You can find out more details and purchase your tickets at the official 2018 Taste of Dr. Phillips website.

Swine & Sons Looking to Relocate

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The For Lease sign in front of the building on Fairbanks Avenue that houses Swine & Sons is officially for the space next to the Ravenous Pig offspring.

But I've learned that Swine & Sons, too, is expected to move out of the space sometime next year. The issue, I'm told, is that the sandwich, charcuterie and provisions market has outgrown the small space. It would prefer something that would allow it to continue to function as a dine-in eatery but also allow for an expansion of catering operations. And parking is a problem, though it is located across from Ravenous Pig's parking lot. Swine & Sons opened in April 2015.

No specific location has been chosen, though Baldwin Park and downtown Orlando are being looked at. Specifically, a location within the downtown dining district that would allow a smaller restaurant to offer a full liquor bar is being considered.

But the owners would rather find something closer to turnkey, or at least a space that has previously been a restaurant.

So if you know of any spaces available, you might want to let either the Swine or any of the Sons know about it. Do NOT suggest the recently vacated El Buda space in Church Street Station -- these people are much too smart to consider that a viable location.

The Whiskey to Host Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tasting Chef's Table

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Our friends down at The Whiskey on Restaurant Row are hosting a Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Line Chefs Table on November 4 at 6 p.m. Not only will you get to sip Jack Daniel’s — five cocktails in all — but you’ll get a chance to meet the Whiskey’s new chef, Chastity Harvey.

Harvey has put together a menu that sounds wonderful, and I can’t wait to try her cuisine. The Whiskey has always surprised with its food. Now it seems the restaurant is really upping its quality.

Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased at this link. And by the way, the Whiskey will be closed all day on Nov. 4 to get ready for that evening’s Chef’s Table.

Here’s the menu that Harvey has planned. You can see the cocktails at the ticket link.

New Restaurant Coming to Lake Nona

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Tavistock Restaurant Collection will open its third local restaurant in, like the other two, Lake Nona.

Park Pizza & Brewing Company. a 186-seat restaurant, will open in November on Lake Nona Boulevard. According to a press release, PP&BC will be a “gathering place featuring scratch-made pizza from wood-burning ovens, an onsite brewery and indoor-outdoor seating appropriate for families, friends and co-workers to gather and enjoy hand-tossed pizzas and craft beers.”

(Another gathering place. I’m waiting for someone to open a scattering place.)

Park Pizza & Brewing Company will be part of Lake Nona Town Center, which is also home to Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen, another Tavistock restaurant. Chef Jason Bergeron will be in charge of both restaurants as well as Canvas Restaurant & Market, which was the first Tavistock brand to open in the area.

One wonders if Tavistock will ever venture into other areas of Orlando and Central Florida with some of its restaurant brands. Not likely, seeing as how the restaurant group’s parent company is a major owner of Lake Nona real estate.

Regardless, it’s nice to see more dining options coming to Lake Nona.Tavistock Restaurant Collection will open its third local restaurant in, like the other two, Lake Nona.