Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar Introduces Fall Menu. Featured at Supper Club Tuesday
I stopped by Carmel Cafe the other evening for a peek at some of the new fall menu items, and, not incidentally, a preview of what the Supper Club menu will offer on Tuesday. I enjoyed it, and I know you will, too.
I also had a chance to chat with Brian Waggoner, operating partner for the Winter Park restaurant. As I’ve mentioned before, Carmel Cafe is out of Tampa and has only six locations, just one outside of Florida (in Wayne, PA). With so few locations, and the attention of separate operating partners, Carmel Cafe is able to maintain a certain individuality.
The chef at the Winter Park Carmel Cafe is Adam DuCharme, a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, so that should tell you something about how serious CC is about its food.
We started our dinner with arancini paired with a not-too-sweet prosecco from Enza, a winemaker in Veneto, Italy. The rice balls had parmesan, fontina and asiago cheeses blended in. Delicious little two-bite appetizers.
It’s time to start compiling a list of restaurants that will be open for Thanksgiving Dinner. Thanksgiving Day is November 28 (it’s a Thursday again!) and I’ve already got lots of people asking me where they can get their bird on. If your restaurant will be open, send me a note here with the name of your restaurant, physical address, hours of operation on Thanksgiving, and details about the dinner. You’re welcome to attach menus and other information, but please — Word files instead of PDFs are appreciated. I’ll keep a running list of all restaurants that respond.
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