Cattle Baron's Ball returns Dec. 4

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The Cattle Baron’s Ball, the annual event to “give cancer the boot,” returns to Rosen Shingle Creek Sat., Dec. 4, from 6 to 11 p.m.

This is the twentieth annual fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society and the first return to an in-person event since the pandemic.

If you’ve never been, the Cattle Baron’s Ball is a big, fun Western-themed hoedown featuring numerous restaurants situated around one of Rosen Shingle Creek’s grand ballrooms. It’s a walkabout event so you’re free to roam – just like buffalo – to sip, taste and sample as much as you’d like.

Individual tickets are $250 and table purchases are also available. Proceeds will fund pediatric cancer support.

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Some of the restaurants participating this year include:

College Park Cafe under new ownership

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College Park Cafe, the Edgewater Drive diner, has been under new ownership since Oct. 18 when Alan and Joey bought the business. You’re asking, “Alan and Joey who?” and I’d love to tell you. But Joey told me in a phone conversation that they have been receiving threats and are concerned for their safety. So first names only.

Longtime fans of the cafe might also like to know that they’ve brought back David – also no last name – who cooked at the diner from 1988 through 2018 when the previous owners took over. David has brought back the “world famous” made-from-scratch biscuits and collard greens.

The previous owners had introduced a line of Cuban dishes gathered, according to a note on the cafe’s Yelp page, from their grandmother’s recipes. And the place was dubbed Abuelita Kitchen at College Park Cafe.

But what about the threats?

Smoke & Donuts moving into wheelless location

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Smoke & Donuts, a popular food truck, is going brick and mortar. Again.

S& D, which has been smoking and donuting in the A La Cart food truck court in the Milk District, is moving into a nonmoving space, and it doesn’t have far to drive. It will take over the former Kernel Encore Gourmet Popcorn building at the corner of Primrose Drive and Fairgreen Street.

Smoke & Donuts, which is owned by Ian Russell and his wife, Juliana Pena, will offer quick-serve lunch and dinner dine-in and takeout service. A catering arm that had been working out of a space in College Park will also relocate to the Milk District location, which is next door to Se7en Bites (donut wars!) and a block from the A La Cart court.

Previously, Smoke & Donuts had offered its barbecue and pastries in a Mills 50 restaurant space it shared with Belicoso Cigars & Cafe, now the home of Bites & Bubbles.

An opening date for the Milk District restaurant has not been announced.

Hemingway's replacement has a name

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Four Flamingos with be the name of the restaurant replacing Hemingway’s at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. Its subtitle is: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen. It is slated to open in December.

The name is a nod to the four species of flamingos that are native to the Americas and, according to a press release, a tribute to the birds’ proclivity to gather and eat in groups. The Blais part reflects the participation of the television chef, pictured at top, known as the first winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars program. He was recently announced as Gordon Ramsay’s co-star for the cooking competition program Next Level Chef, so I hope he’s honing his swearing skills.

The menu, one presumes, will feature foods fond to flamingos, such as fresh-caught fish and steaks (not sure flamingos like steak but it’s on the menu anyway).

Hemingway's closed at the beginning of the pandemic and never reopened.