I know you come here because you are a fan of good food. So I know you’re also a fan of Edible Orlando, the quarterly publication that showcases the incredible culinary scene of Central Florida. My friends, publisher Kendra Lott and editors Katie Farmand and Pam Brandon, are asking for some help to “keep the presses going” for the August issue. A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations and I encourage you to give what you can. As you know, Edible Orlando is distributed free but has a wealth of valuable information in each issue. The beautifully written stories and gorgeous photography help demonstrate that Orlando’s food purveyors and restaurant professionals are worthy of national attention. I consider Edible Orlando an essential service.
Speaking of Orlando foodsters worthy of national attention, Gideon’s Bakeshop, the East End Marketeer known for its half-pound chocolate chip cookie, will be opening a location at Disney Springs. Owner Steve Lewis said in a statement that he hoped to open “later this year” (you mean this year isn’t over yet?). With such recognition as Best Place in the World to get a Cookie (Boston Globe), Top 10 Best Cookies in the U.S. (Sports Illustrated ((!?))), and a Must Visit in Orlando (New York Times), Gideon’s Bakeshop stands to do for chocolate chip cookies what Magnolia Bakery did for cupcakes, except Gideon’s cookies are actually worth waiting in line for. And kudos to Disney Springs for featuring another local business. We like that you have locals like Wine Bar George and Polite Pig for tourists to try, and we’d like to see more of them out there. I apologize for calling you Dismal.
Brew Theory, a contract beer-producing facility in Orlando Creative Village, will be producing the brands of Shipyard Brewing Company, the Portland, Maine, beermaker, for distribution in Florida. BT will also take over brewing for Sarasota’s JDub’s Brewing Company. That partnership is to include JDub’s Dub Shack serving beer and food from Grilled Cheezus Sandwich Shop. All of that is happening at 400 Pittman St., Orlando.
Old Jailhouse in Sanford has announced the appointments of Barry Czekaj as executive chef and Celeste Vermeer as sous chef. Czekaj started his career as a line cook at Harmoni Market ( who remembers that?) and more recently was at K restaurant. Vermeer is also a K alumnae but most recently was at Elize in downtown Orlando.
Look for Mason Jar Provisions, a barbecuer, to take over the space next to Burton’s Bar in Thornton Park. Soon, apparently.
And in celebration of Pride Month, Cafe Tu Tu Tango is featuring a Love is Love rainbow cocktail, with a portion of the sales benefitting Zebra Coaliton, a terrifi organization that helps local LGBTQ+ youth.