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Newsy Nuggets: East End anniversary; immersive chocolate class; Superica; Chayote; and one fewer Credo

Written By Scott Joseph On October 20, 2023

EEM 10 year

Hard to believe that East End Market is 10 years old. They grow up so fast, don’t they? To celebrate, Team EEM is hosting Taste and Toast, Friday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The ticketed event will feature tastings from the market’s food merchants and passed hors d’oeuvres from Cuisiniers Catering, which was one of the first tenants at East End. Domu and La Femme will have a cocktail and wine tasting, and Will Patrick will provide entertainment.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

On Sat., Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., the market will feature Family Fun Day, with activities for the kiddies, $10 marketwide specials, live music, a popup and a movie showing.

Southeast Black November

Also Sat., Oct. 28, Caribe Royale Orlando will offer Studio du Chocolat, an “immersive” and hands-on” experience with chocolate, which sounds quite messy. The event, from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature the resort’s executive pastry chef, Joshua Cain, who was recently featured on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship, and chocolatier Maria Sanchez. They will help participants create Halloween themed treats and chocolate sculptures, such as Frankenstein Cereal Treats, Boo Bons and Cake Eyeball Pops they can take home. Tickets are $135 per person and participants much be 13 years of age or older. (Sorry, East End Market.) Get your tickets here.

Atlanta chef Ford Fry (no relation to Fish) will open an outpost of his Tex-Mex brand Superica in the new Palm Hills development, which is the little strip where the original Black Bean Deli used to be. A press release for Superica helpfully points out that the name is pronounced super-eeka, though you just know some evil restaurant critic will pronounce it super-icka if it isn’t good. But Fry has a pretty good reputation, and he grew up in Texas, so we’ll keep a positive thought. This will be the chain’s 12th location and the first in Florida. No specific date has been given, just November.

Just up the road in Winter Park Village, Chayote, from chef Mario Pagán is set to open, serving what he calls “Latin-forward” cuisine. Also called Nueva Mesa Latina, it, according to the restaurant’s website, “celebrates the traditions and culinary footprint of all cultures with Hispanic heritage while also looking forward to where Latinx cuisine will go in the future.” Well, that clears it up. Chayote (pronounced chai-ow-tee) will be in the former Crispers space across from Cheesecake Factory. The opening is imminent.

Also open: Zorba’s Kitchen, in the recently vacated Meatball Stoppe spot on Lake Underhill Road.

And now closed: the Downtown Credo coffee shop that opened only recently inside the Downtown YMCA. It never did seem like a good fit – Credo was open weekdays only and only until 3 p.m. Credo once had multiple locations and now is down to only its North Quarter shop.

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