A Trip to France, plus restaurant reviews and news

Written By Scott Joseph On November 16, 2017

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Join Scott and Kevin Fonzo on a Trip to Paris and Lyon

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If you’ve been wondering what to give yourself for Christmas this year, I’ve got just the thing: A trip to Paris and Lyon co-hosted by chef Kevin Fonzo and me.

The trip, which is being organized by Art in Voyage, will be April 21 to 28, 2018. We’ll visit Michelin-starred restaurants, neighborhood bistros and the famous French food markets where Fonzo will gather ingredients for a cooking class.

We have a lot planned, including dinner at Le Jules Verne on the second level of the Eiffel Tower, a day trip to Reims to visit some Champagne houses, and a night in Versailles with dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s acclaimed restaurant au Trianon at the Waldorf-Astoria (we’ll stay the night there, too).

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

K Restaurant & Wine Bar

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There’s always a bit of trepidation whenever a major change occurs at a popular restaurant. At K Restaurant & Wine Bar, of course, the change was a transfer of ownership from founding proprietor and chef Kevin Fonzo to Chad Phelps, a longtime chef with mainly institutional experience. (His resume includes 21 years as a chef in the U.S. Navy aboard a submarine, which probably prepared him for the cramped confines of the K kitchen.)

Fonzo seemed inextricably attached to the popular College Park restaurant; after all, it’s his initial that gives the restaurant its name. And the James Beard Award-nominated chef has been a charismatic and visible promoter of the restaurant, regarded as one of the area’s top chefs. Surely things would not be the same without Kevin at K.

Kevin who?

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Buttermilk Bakery

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I stopped by Buttermilk Bakery on a recent Saturday and found it bustling with people patiently waiting in a line that snaked through the shop.

Of course, we’re not talking about a big shop, so the snake would be more like a large garter than, say, an anaconda. Or maybe more like a racer because the line moved pretty fast.

 

A little too fast. You can’t really make your decision about what to get until you’re right up to the glass that separates the drooling public from the tempting array of freshly baked goods.

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Other Stuff

Cows ‘n Cabs Expected to Raise Record Amount

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They’re going to need a bigger tent.

Cows ‘n Cabs was held in Winter Park Saturday, the seventh year for the event, and it seems to have grown exponentially.

The fundraiser takes place under a pavilion sized tent set up in Central Park’s West Meadow (there is no East, North or South Meadow, as far as I can tell). At least some of it takes place under the tent. This year the food and beverage vendors spilled far outside the confines of the big top.

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Finalists Named in Visit Orlando Honey Based Dessert Quest

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The finalists in the contest to find a honey-based dessert to represent Orlando’s signature dish have been announced. The 10 top vote-getters in an online poll conducted by sponsor Visit Orlando will present their desserts to a panel of judges on Thursday at a private tasting. The winning dessert will be announced at Visit Orlando’s annual luncheon on Dec. 7.

The Top 10 Finalists (Listed in alphabetical order by the Chef’s last name)

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On the House: Fall Apple Cider Sake Sangria from Umi

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Umi Japanese Restaurant in Winter Park is featuring a special cocktail for the season: Fall Apple Cider Sake Sangria. General manager Blake Cain shows you how to make it in the video. The full recipe is below:

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