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Recent Reviews and Restaurant News

Written By Scott Joseph On July 19, 2018

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News from the Flog  

Tickets Now on Sale for Morning Supper Club at Ravenous Pig
Sunday BrunchTickets are now on sale for our next Supper Club, which will take place during the daytime.

It’s brunch at the popular Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. We’ll convene at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, for a four-course meal hosted by James Beard Foundation-nominated chef/owners James and Julie Petrakis.

Tickets are $50 per person (tax and gratuity included) and include a welcome cocktail. A $30 cocktail pairing option is also available, or you can just choose to sip your welcome drink or order something else from the bar, your call.

Here’s a link to the Scott Joseph Brunch at Ravenous Pig event page where you can see the full menu and reserve your space. Hope to see you there.


Recent Restaurant Reviews

Taco Maker Mexican Grill

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Taco Maker Mexican Grill had me at goodbye. As I walked out of the fast fooder across the street from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the manager and her young staffer behind the counter both called after me, thanking me for coming in and hoping that I enjoyed my food. Hospitality management, indeed.

Unfortunately, everything before that wasn’t so hot.

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Café Linger

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I expected to find Avocado Toast on the menu at Café Linger, a new coffeeshop with food in College Park. I’m pretty sure a coffeehouse can’t pass city inspection without Avocado Toast on its menu. I expected to find a Croissant Egg Sandwich, too, and I wasn’t even surprised by the Smoked Salmon & Avocado Tartare.

But Späetle? That I didn’t expect. Or Cod Fritters. And even Steak Frites, considering the place closes most days at 7 p.m.

But there they were, and there I was, so I ordered the Späetzle (which for the record is spelled Spätzle on the menu). I had just returned from, among other places, Germany and was feeling bad that I hadn’t had any of the traditional egg noodles the entire trip.

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Hampton Social Confirmed for Pointe Orlando

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As first reported here — well, it was first conjectured here — Hampton Social will take over the former Tommy Bahama Cafe and retail space at Pointe Orlando. Joanne Helbourg, Pointe Orlando’s marketing manager, confirmed the lease agreement, however, the restaurant is not expected to open until late 2019.

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Other Stuff

Bullet Point Buffet: Philanthropy Through Food

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A smorgasbord of bits and tids about Central Florida restaurants.

  • The lineup of restaurants for this year’s Taste! Central Florida (formerly known as Taste of the Nation — Share Our Strength) is complete and it’s a good one. There are 41 restaurants signed up to offer you samples of their best at the event, which is Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6:45 to 10 p.m. Among those who will be serving at the walkabout affair are The Whiskey, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Highball & Harvest, Whisper Creek Kitchen, Tapa Toro and Taverna Opa. Tickets are $175 and 100 percent of the profits stay in our community to fight childhood hunger through Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. As always, Taste! Central Florida will be at Orlando World Center Marriott. Do the clicky thing here to see the full list and to get your tickets.
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Magical Dining Month Lineup Announced

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It’s still six weeks away, but Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month has announced the list of participating restaurants, and those venues are now accepting reservations. MagDinMo, which historically was confined to the days of the ninth month of the calendar, will run from Aug. 24 through Sept. 30.

During Magical Dining Month, restaurants that have paid a fee to be part of the program offer special three-course menus priced at $35. Often — but not always — these menus give you a taste of what the restaurants have on their regular menus at a significant savings.

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Lyon Day 2: Paul Bocuse in the Morning and Paul Bocuse at Night

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Note: This is one of a series of articles about Art in Voyage — Beyond Travel’s tour of Paris and Lyon, co-hosted by Scott Joseph with Kevin Fonzo. Previous articles include A Food Adventure in France BeginsParis Day 2Paris Day 3,  Paris Day 4 and Lyon Day 1

Our second day in Lyon was to have begun with a tour of a high-end chocolate producer, but the shop had gotten the date wrong. So instead, our afternoon tour guide came early and took us on a mini food tour of Lyon, beginningwith Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, a permanent indoor market with upscale vendors. (You can’t miss it; it’s right across the street from a building with a mural of Bocuse painted on its side, shown at top.)

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We sampled Pike Quenelles, one of the must-have dishes of the region, and local sausages. (One made with both pork and beef was my favorite.)

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