Bullet Point Buffet: A lovely bunch of coconuts

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Poke Hana bowl

  • It’s starting to look like it’s going to be a race in 2019 to see which concept becomes more dominant in Central Florida, ramen or poke. Pokéworks puts its bid in with a new location in the Stonehill Plaza in Oviedo. As part of its grand opening celebration, it is offering poke bogos on Saturday, Feb. 2. Also, I’m told, the first 50 customers that day will receive “a coveted Pokéworks branded coconut.” I can’t imagine what that is and I’m afraid to meet someone who might covet one.
  • Kona Poké has opened in Lake Mary. It will celebrate its opening on Fri., Jan. 25, with food specials. There is no mention of coconuts.
  • Also Friday, Paddlefish at Disney Springs will offer Seafood Secrets Cooking Class with executive chef Steve Richard. Cooked seafood — what a concept. Cost is $60 per person. You must bring your own coconut.

Delicious Disney Chef Series announces new dates for 2019

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Delicious Disney table

Walt Disney World has announced the first three dates for its Delicious Disney Chef Series — Storytelling with Food, an ultra fine dining event that showcases the talents of the resort’s top chefs.

The first dinner will be Jan. 28 at Markham’s at Golden Oak, the exclusive community of multi-million dollar homes. Markham’s is the community’s clubhouse and private restaurant that is usually off limits to nonresidents.

Dominique Filoni, chef at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, will lead a team of chefs in the evening’s theme: A celebration of the 60th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty. The actual menus are always a surprise, but each course will somehow be tied to an aspect of the classic animated feature. I’m going out on a limb and predicting there will be apples somewhere.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner in the elegant dining room. Tickets for this dinner are $399 per person, all inclusive. Reservations, if they are still available, may be made by calling 407-939-5773.

Epcot Festival of the Arts debuts Friday

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Epcot Arts panna

Next up in Epcot’s revolving door of jamborees is the Festival of the Arts, opening Friday, January 18. You’ll have 39 days to experience culture a la Disney before it ends Feb 25 to make way for the next festival.

When most people thing of artistic endeavors they think painting, sculptures or maybe even performing arts, all of which you’ll find at the FotA. But Epcot gives equal time to the culinary arts, perhaps because the organizers know that more people are likely to shell out some money for something to eat than for something to hang on a wall.

At a media preview event Wednesday morning, I got to sample some of the foods that will be available throughout the park at the various kiosks, called Food Studios for this particular festival.

Bullet Point Buffet

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Dubsdread catering

  • Our friends at Dubsdread launched a new website for their catering division earlier this week. Most of us think of the Tap Room when we think of Dubsdread, but they do a huge amount of catering, including weddings. The new website, which was unveiled at a party set up like a wedding reception inside and outside the venue (it was a gorgeous night on the patio and the open bar there hadn’t been discovered yet by the people inside), allows prospective clients such as brides to be to meet the team members they’ll be working with and crying to about wanting everything to be perfect. Nice touch.
  • Trina Gregory-Propst and Va Propst, owners of Se7en Bites Bakeshop, announced they would open their new restaurant in the recently available Stir space at Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive. Gregory-Propst said she prefers to think of the address as the former Brian’s Diner, perhaps because that old greasy spoon lasted longer than Stir or its predecessor, Nova. Or Elliott’s Public House before it. Perhaps seeing something lucky in the number, the owners will call the new restaurant Sette. At least it’s not 7ette. They hope to start serving their Italian food within 60 days.