Swine & Sons Provisions, the new concept from the owners of the Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, will open to the public on Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m. S&S is part cafe, part gourmet store, and features crafted sandwiches, housemade charcuterie and jars of various sauces and rubs.
James and Julie Petrakis, owners of the acclaimed restaurants, are joined in the endeavor by longtime collaborators Rhys and Alexia Gawlak. You may recall that the Gawlaks had been scheduled to be one of the opening businesses at East End Market when it was in the planning stages. They were to open Cuts & Craft that would showcase, among other things, Rhys Gawlak's charcuterie. Delays in the construction caused those plans to be scrapped. (You may recall that Alexia had taken the chef de cuisine position at Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen at the Marriott Orlando World Center.) I wonder if they had gone ahead with Cuts & Crafts if it would be as promising as Swine & Sons Provisions appears to be.
I stopped by for a media preview, and the space, a former cellphone repair storefront across the parking lot from Cask & Larder, looks terrific. (So does the food — I sampled a number of items and will report on them later.) It isn't a huge place, but it is chockfull of high-quality products to eat at one of the picnic tables or to take home, which is probably what most people will do.
Also available to take home are the beer crowlers, 32-ounce supercans of brews from Cask & Larder's casks. A potentially popular item will be the weekly "Blue Pig Specials," full dinners that you can order online and have ready for pickup on your way home from work. All dinners will be $17. Throw in a crowler and you're set for the night.
Swine & Sons Provisions is at 595 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. It's open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The phone number is 321-280-4200.
Here are some of the sights from the media preview: