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Hands-On Cooking Demonstration at Dinner Party, plus recent reviews

Written By Scott Joseph On March 9, 2017

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Let’s Cook: Tapa Toro Dinner Party will include hands-on cooking demo
Tapa Toro logoRoll your sleeves up. At our next Dinner Party, chef Wendy Lopez is going to teach us how to make her popular Flatbread “Coca.”
We’ll mix the dough, form it, stretch it, and get it ready for the ovens. Then while we eat dinner, chef’s crew will cook up our creations for us to take home and enjoy later.
Dinner Party is slated for Wed. March 15 at 7 p.m.
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Alfond Inn’s Annual 5 C Event is March 12


I hope you’ll join me on Sunday, March 12, for the annual 5C event at the Alfond Inn at Rollins College. The long title is 5 Chefs, 5 Course, 5 Charities.

I always look at this event as the heralding of spring in Central Florida. The family style dinner is served in the Inn’s lovely courtyard at long tables. It’s always wonderful conversation and wonderful camraderie. (They should add those to the other C’s.)

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Recent Restaurant Reviews

The (New) Ravenous Pig

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The new Ravenous Pig is quite different from the old Ravenous Pig. Not better, not worse, just different.

The new Pig is in the old Cask & Larder spot. (The new restaurant in the old Pig place is Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen & Bar; I’ll have a review soon.)

Ravenous Pig, of course, is the popular restaurant from husband and wife team James and Julie Petrakis. When it first opened at 1234 N. Orange Ave., in late 2007, it became an instant hit. The Petrakises earned, deservedly, widespread recognition, including multiple nominations for the James Beard Award’s Best Chef, South, for which they were jointly nominated.

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Zeytin Turkish Cuisine

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I love seeing culturally diverse restaurants pop up in varied areas of town. So I was pleased to see Zeytin Turkish Cuisine open on Edgewater Drive just east of Lake Fairview and within sight of the Orange County VFW.

Zeytin is a small buisiness in a free-standing building, the former site of Woody’s Italian American Grill and Woody’s Wings & Whatnot. Woody’s gone.

Zeytin has a menu that belies its size, with myriad hot and cold appetizers, assorted Turkish pides (flatbreads), kebabs and sautés. It looks like an ambitious set of offerings but most are variations on the same theme.

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