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Curation is Key to Food Hall Says Downtown Developer

Signage inside Gotham Market West in New York City. It shows the numerous food options, the map of the facility and its ethos: "Eat. Drink. Sit wherever you want." Photo Credit: Gotham West Market

By Mark Baratelli
mark@thedailycity.com


We told you that food halls were the new trend coming to Orlando and that's already somewhat already present. With East End Market, Plant Street Market and other, we are seeing the seeds that have driven the excitement for the city's burgeoning food hall scene. 

One particular food hall that started out as a rumor heard within the walls of City Hall by, well, me, received lots of attention last week. 
The hall will be developed by local notable developer Craig Ustler and will be located within the downtown Creative Village project of which he is lead creative.
We had the chance to ask Ustler a few questions about his project. Below are his answers. 

Why a Food Hall: 
"Food halls are clearly popular and great community assets in many oth…

Hinckley's Fancy Meats Instagram Account Goes Behind the Scenes of a Butcher's Life

We told you in October when Hinckley's Fancy Meats (Instagram | Website | Facebook), a locally sourced artisanal meat company, had its soft opening inside the East End Market building. Owner Matt Hinckley cuts up a whole pig in the back kitchen at East End, prepares everything by hand and displays it in a front glass case just to the left as you walk in the front door. N

Their Instagram account is mostly made up of lovely photos of meat cuttings and friendly pigs at the farm. But two photos of theirs did not hold back in showing the butcher's daily behind the scenes reality.


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Bubbleology Bubble tea Opens at Florida Mall inside Dining Pavilion

Bubbleology (Website) opened inside Florida Mall's spacious Dining Pavilion this month. They sell bubble teas. Some of their milk tea flavors are Assam, Jasmine and Honeydew. Their fruit tea selection includes flavors like Lychee, Kumquat and Kimi. 

Fruitcake Scones at Blue Bird Bake Shop

Blue Bird Bake Shop (3122 Corrine Drive. Orlando, FL 32803) is doing fruitcake scones. Theyre only available seasonally during breakfast hours or until sold out. Description:
Spiced scone studded with a holiday mix of dried fruits and nuts, and topped with a rich vanilla glazeMore Blue Bird Bake Shop Stories:
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Sneak Peek Inside Armando’s Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria in College Park

College Park's Armando’s Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria (Facebook | 2305 Edgewater Dr, Orlando) is under construction. The last picture shows a huge tile-covered pizza oven. Their impending opening was first announced in February by Orlando Weekly.



Kappo Threatens to Close, Wins Their Case, Then Closes Anyway

In August, when the DBPR demanded Kappo build a sneeze guard onto the top of their serving bar and address all 28 of their Health Violations. Kappo lawyered up, refused to speak directly with the state agency, started an online petition and threatened to shut down.

The DBPR backed down and allowed them to operate without a sneeze guard.

They are the only restaurant in Orlando that serves uncooked food without this requirement.

Three months later they shut down anyway, saying they're looking for a new location for their restaurant. They will keep their spot in East End Market and operate it as a store.

RELATED:
It's Curtains for Kappo if DBPR Is Snot Given It's Sneeze GuardKappo is Lawyered Up and Willing to Shut Down; DBPR Willing to Work with Kappo to Find Solution28 Kappo Restaurant Health Violations Beyond the Missing Sneeze GuardKappo at East End Market Needs No Sneeze Guard

3 Simple Holiday Treats

Squirrel gingerbread cookie Distributed by Simply Scrumptious and sold at Peterbrooke Chocolate in Winter Park
Handmade tree lollipop Made by Hammond's Candies and sold at Peterbrooke Chocolate in Winter Park
White chocolate coconut bar Se7en Bites Bakery

Krungthep Tea Time in Winter Park's Ferrero Choco Dessert

Krungthep Tea Time (Facebook) 1051 W. Fairbanks Ave in Winter Park sells a dessert called Ferrero Choco brick toast dessert.

Name: Ferrero Choco
What it costs: $7

What it is: White bread is toasted, buttered and chucked into squares, then stacked in a wide lumpy pile and layered with chocolate fudge gelato ice cream, chocolate syrup, peanuts, whip cream, powdered sugar, chocolate powder, and topped with an chocolate covered espresso bean. 


Luma on Park, Prato and Slate get Sister Restaurant Canvas in Lake Nona

By Mark Baratelli

Canvas, a 278-seat dinner-only restaurant, is opening January 2016 in Lake Nona at the Laureate Park Village Center.

The interior will feature an exhibition-style kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, banquettes and a large wooden bar.

The restaurant will have a classic American chef-driven menu and offer waterfront views on a private lake. The menu will include local ingredients and Florida seafood. 
To-go items for breakfast and lunch will be offered at the Canvas Market, located inside the restaurant. It will have a communal table, coffee, juices and smoothies. The market will also contain a curated selection of housewares, books and locally-made goods, along with the Lake Nona Info Center. 
The restaurant is hiring (apply online) Nov 30-Dec 5 during an employment open house at the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott in the Lake Nona Town Center.
Concentrics Restaurants (Website), the restaurant operating group responsible for Luma on Park, Prato and Slate, have …

Colette's Clean Eats Provides the Healthy in 4Rivers City Hall Restaurant

4Rivers was required by City of Orlando to provide healthy options on it's downtown Orlando location's menu as a condition of getting it's 20-year contact to be inside City Hall.

4Rivers outsourced that task to a Longwood-based meal prep delivery/pick-up service called Collette's Clean Eats (Website).

Collette's Clean Eats is a full-service operation for busy, healthy people, similar to Farm-Haus (Website) in Orlando.

The business is owned by Collette Haw, a former Personal Chef and employee of Ravenous Pig. 
The products offered at the City Hall 4Rivers, chicken salad sandwich, tuna salad in a box and grilled chicken sandwich, do not reveal the full potential of the food delivery service. 
Their delivery/pick up meal menu includes soup, salad, sides, lunches, entrees, snacks and even a full Thanksgiving Day menu.



Swan + Dolphin Food and Wine Classic 2015 Recap

The Swan + Dolphin comped me into their 2015 Food and Wine Classic (Website) on October 31st, so I spent my Halloween eating, drinking and enjoying great live music with my boo! See photos from the event below.

The Food

Juiced Orlando in Thornton Park Grand Opening

Juice'd Orlando (Website) hosts it's Grand Opening Celebration Thursday November 12th starting at 6pm at 12 N. Summerlin Ave, Orlando, FL 32801. See our sneak peek we shared August 20th.

UCF Might Kick Out Local Restaurants if Aramark Deal is Accepted

Photo Credit: Chris McGrath/WPBF
In exchange for money to add 750 seats to and a renovation of it's student union dining area, UCF is considering handing over the complete food service contract to Aramark (cafeteria and all restaurants), disallowing any other company from bidding and kicking out some of the locally owned restaurants according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A vote takes place November 19th on whether Aramark should run the student union restaurants. It already runs the cafeteria.
Aramark also runs every food aspect of the student unions at UF, FSU and SF.

Wonut - Waffle Donuts - Come to Winter Park

According to Bungalower, the Wonut, a waffle-shaped donut, is coming to Winter Park. They will be part of the menu at the newly opened TR Fire Grill restaurant (Website | 1035 North Orlando Ave. #101, Winterpark, FL 32789 | Map).

The restaurant is 5,600 sq ft with a large outdoor patio.

The dessert dates back to 2014, but as far as we know, it never hit Orlando in any meaningful way.

Provisions & Buzz Co to Open in Baldwin Park

Baldwin Park is getting a brand new restaurant. The long standing Jack's Steakhouse went through a rebranding, interior renovation and complete menu overhaul (see full menu below photos on this post).

It's now known as Provisions & Buzz Co (Website). It's located at 4868 New Broad Street, Orlando, FL, 32814. Hours of operation are: 5pm - 11pm Sunday to Thursday, 5pm - 12am Friday and Saturday.

Public grand opening date is Friday, November 6th.

Menu below photos.

(All photos provided by Provisions & Buzz Co)





Owners: Lisa & Bob Lacey
Executive Chef Josh Spisak


Starters 8 
GARLIC BREAD French bread, hand-rubbed with roasted garlic butter and parmesan cheese 8 
HOUSE-SMOKED WINGS  Eight wings with your choice of sauce (sriracha nectar, hot, hot garlic, sweet chili honey mustard, or bbq) 8 
CHEESE PUFFS Lightly fried pillows, filled with fontina cheese and crispy pancetta 10 
CARAMELIZED ONION AND SMOKED GOUDA QUESADILLA Fresh salsa, smoked tomato sour cream

Swine + Sons Now Stocking 5 New Food Products

Swine & Sons (Website) at 595 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 recently started carrying 5 new products from around the US: Muddy Pond syrup, Webb's Wild Flower Honey, Georgia Olive Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bradley's Country Store Coarse Stone-Ground Grits, Lake Meadow Naturals eggs. 

Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill - (from the website) How' it's made: a self-propelled cane cutting machine deheads the cane, cuts it off at the ground, then chops the stalks into short pieces and blows the leaves out. Then the pieces of cane are dropped into a press that squeezes out the juice and pumps it into a tank that is pulled behind the machine. The tank of juice is taken to the sorghm mill and pumped into a holding tank. It is preheated overnight, and early the next morning we start boiling it. The juice is cooked in a 22 x 8 foot evaporator pan. It is heated by steam produced by a wood fired, steam locomotive boiler. The finished product is then cooled and bottled, ready t…

Cows & Cabs Winter Park Event 2015

Cows n Cabs gave us free tickets to their Saturday October 24th event inside a giant white tent building on Winter Park's West Meadow at 150 North New York Avenue​ Winter Park, FL 32789. 
It featured wine and spirits, food, craft beer, cigars and music.
Tickets are $110, so it's not going to make everyone's budget. However, if it does make sense for you, go. It's a lot of restaurants, wine and people.