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Cask & Larder Named 1 of Esquire’s 11 Best New Restaurants in America

Written By Scott Joseph On October 14, 2014

EsquireCask & Larder, the Winter Park Southern Public House from the owners of the Ravenous Pig, has been named one of Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America in its 2014 American Food & Drink Awards issue. Owners James and Julie Petrakis are attending a ceremony in New York this evening at The Cecil in Harlem, which is receiving the magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America award.

“It was an honor to just be in that category and be considered,” James told me by phone as he and Julie were preparing to head out to the ceremony. “So it was definitely a thrill when we heard that we had won.” He said they were notified by the magazine about six weeks ago but were sworn to secrecy.

The Petrakises are natives of Central Florida but didn’t meet until they were living in New York attending the Culinary Institute of America.

Petrakis said the award is a coup for all of Central Florida. “I think it’s really good for Orlando,” James Julie copyJames and Julie Petrakishe said. “This is a big publication, and it’s good that a local restaurant is getting this kind of recognition.” He acknowledged that a lot of people have been working to improve the area’s culinary image in the eyes of outsiders; the award, he said, will help do that. “I think we’re just as excited about that.”

Only 11 restaurants are being named as Best New Restaurants by Esquire this year. New restaurants may be open more than a year to be considered. Cask & Larder opened in 2012.

The other 10 restaurants on the list are: Chi Spacca, Los Angeles; The Commissary, San Francisco; Faith & Flower, Los Angeles; Gunshow, Atlanta; Husk, Nashville; Knife, Dallas; Nico Osteria, Chicago; Rappahannock, Richmond, Virginia; Take Root, Brooklyn; and Tosca Cafe, San Francisco.

Paul Qui of Qui in Austin is Esquire’s Chef of the Year. And chicken pot pie from the NoMad Bar in New York is the Dish of the Year.

The magazine will feature additional coverage on its website and in its November issues, which will hit newsstands on Oct. 21.

Cask & Larder is at 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.

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