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Newsy Nuggets: Soco whiskey dinner, Edible Education Spring Soiree, Norman’s recogniton and new Soseki concept

Written By Scott Joseph On March 11, 2024

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Soco Thornton Park is hosting a dinner to commemorate the release of its Wyoming Whiskey single barrel private stock on Monday, March 25. Evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. with seated dinner at 7:30. Executive chef/partner Greg Richie has put together a four-course menu with whiskey pairings (see the menu at the bottom of the page). Tickets are $125 plus tax and gratuity and can be obtained through Soco’s OpenTable reservation page.

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Edible Education Experience will host its spring fundraiser on Monday, April 22, at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, 26 E King St., College Park. The six-course dinner will feature an impressive lineup of chefs, including: Lordfer LaliconKaya; Wendy LopezReyes; Fabrizio Schenardi – Four Seasons Orlando Resort; Ian Russell – Smoke & Donuts; Kevin Fonzo – La Tavola; Jamie McFaddenCuisiners; and Maria  MercadoSampaguita Ice Cream

Tickets for the Spring Soiree are $275 and go on sale Mar. 13 at edibleed.org. Admission includes wine, beer and welcome cocktail. Edible Education Experience is a nonprofit organization that “empowers students and communities with life skills from the garden to the table.”

Kudos to Norman’s restaurant for being named the Florida’s entry in Southern Living magazine’s roundup of “The Best New Restaurant in Every Southern State 2024.” That link will take you to the full article. If you happen to know any of the Michelin Guide inspectors, please feel free to share it with them. Stupefyingly, the guide has not included Norman’s in the announcement of upcoming additions to the Florida book. (Even though most of those that will be included opened after Norman’s did.)

It would seem that, according to an article on its website, Michelin is already breathlessly awaiting the opening of Bar Kada, a 30-seat seasonal small plate concept from the Soseki team, slated to open soon next door to the Winter Park one-starred omakase restaurant. The drinks menu will feature ancestral sakes and sake-based cocktails.

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