Newsy Nuggets: Cooking class, classy French, and Yelp fights racism

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Here’s something to do, and I know you’ve all bee looking for something to do.

Tapa Toro, the tapas and Spanish restaurant, is hosting a cooking class on Oct. 15 as a farewell to Hispanic Heritage Month. The class will be limited to 12 participants to assure social distancing. The class and the eating of the class project will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 8441 International Drive. Cost is $54 plus tax and tip and reservations are required. Make them here.

  • Chefs de France has reopened at Epcot.
  • The Ravenous Pig is opening its beer garden Friday at 4 p.m. If you’re not available then, stop by beginning at noon on weekends. Work is still being done on the mobile kitchen for the outdoor space. In the meantime, food will come from the restaurant’s kitchen.
  • Michael Collantes, the affable owner of Fillipino Taglish at Lotte Plaza Market, is partnering with Denni Cha of Kaizen Izakaya to open Soseki, an omakase restaurant next door to Vines & Forks at the Wine Bar on Fairbanks Avenue.
  • Yelp, the crowd-sourced review site that people love to hate, unless those people happen to own a restaurant, in which case there is no love, has announced a new initiative to alert the public to businesses that have been accused of racism. According to Yelp’s website, if an incident involving racism occurs it will issue a “public attention alert.” If there is “resounding evidence of egregious, racist actions from a business owner or employee, such as using overtly racist slurs or symbols” the business’s listing will be stamped with an “accused of racist behavior” alert.

Seeing as how the restaurant reviews on Yelp are always honest and fair, I can’t imagine anything going wrong with this new alert system.

  • Orlando Meats is moving to Winter Park. The Virginia Drive butcher (and maker of a really terrific burger) will vacate its cozy space next door to Santiago’s Bodega at the end of the year and take over the more sizable digs that most recently was the home of Todo Sushi at Ravuadage Winter Park.
  • The space that briefly was Earth Fare, an organic grocery store in SoDo, will become...Earth Fare. The grocer closed all of its stores nationwide earlier this year, about the same time that Lucky’s Market’s luck ran out. A new ownership group that includes former Earth Fare management is apparently behind the reanimation. No date announced for reopening, but it’s not like they have a lot to do to the space – it was practically brand new when it closed.

 

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