When Edible Orlando’s initial publisher announced that the issue released in October would be the last until new ownership could be found, I was of course disappointed to lose the staff’s unique and informative takes on the local culinary scene and their ways of presenting it eloquently and stylishly. I also secretly mourned that Field to Feast, the annual fundraising event Edible Orlando hosted at Long & Scott Farms with Walt Disney World chefs to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, would be no more.
But it will be again.
Edible’s erstwhile Kendra Lott, Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand have conspired to host the event again on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the Mt. Dora farm. Even master sommelier George Miliotes has signed on to once again lead the wine, cocktail and beer pairings. There’s one other thing that’s likely to be the same as in past years – Field to Feast is likely to sell out. Tickets are $195 per person ($209.93 all in) and can be purchased here.
Speaking of Pam Brandon, she’ll be signing copies of her newest Disney cookbook, “Delicious Disney Disneyland: Recipes & Stories from The Happiest Place on Earth,” celebrating Disney’s 100 years, at The House on Lang Sat., Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. It would make a great gift for the food lover on your list. And if it’s someone you really love, you could also slip a ticket to Field to Feast inside the cover.
Jeff Perera is going to be doing a lot more running. He and his wife, Danielle, have announced the eighth Jeff’s Bagel Run will open in the Kirkman Shoppes “early next year.” Technically, there are currently only two locations, in Ocoee and College Park. Others in Celebration, Orlando, Oviedo and Winter Park are under construction, and another in Clermont is in the permitting process. So it’s entirely possible that the Kirkman Shoppes bagelry could be the fourth or fifth to open.
Thai Basil, which brought its delicious cuisine to the Winter Springs area 20 years ago, has announced that it will not renew its lease and will close “on or before January 31, 2024.
Also sorry to see that Hungry Pants, the SoDo District restaurant that catered to plant-curious diners (while still selling meats), has closed. Joey Conicella and Alex Marin opened the cheekily named eatery in November 2019, just a few months before Covid would place financial burdens on businesses all over. Marin posted the news of the closing on Hungry Pants’ Instagram page and wrote: “If you have the money to spend, spend it locally. Spend it with a small creative business that is filling a void and building upon our communities creative fabric.”