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Richie, Fonzo, Pulapaka will Preview Beard House Dinner in Orlando

Written By Scott Joseph On September 7, 2012

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Can’t make it to New York October 10 for the Orlando chefs dinner at the James Beard House? You can get a taste of the menu — heck, you can taste the whole menu — at a preview dinner Monday at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop in Orlando.

Kevin Fonzo, chef/owner of K restaurant, and Hari Pulapaka, chef/owner of Cress, will join Tchop Chop chef de cuisine Gregory Richie for a dress rehearsal of the “Sunshine State Celebration” dinner they will cook in New York. The public is invited, and there are a few seats still available (fewer than 10, actually, so you’ll want to jump on these pretty fast).

The cooking trio will be joined by Gene and Diane Zimmerman, owners of The Courtesy, a new bar scheduled to open soon in downtown Orlando. They will be offering the wines at Monday’s dinner.

The dinner at Tchoup Chop begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the restaurant inside the Royal Pacific hotel at Universal Orlando. (Drive to the ballroom entrance, not the hotel’s main lobby entrance, to access the restaurant’s valet.) Cost is $90 per person plus tax and gratuity. (At the Beard House, the cost is $130 for JBF members and $170 for nonmembers — airfare and hotel accommodations extra.) For reservations, call 407-503-2467.

Here’s a look at the menu, as it is published on the James Beard Foundation’s listing for the dinner (don’t hold me accountable if there are one or two differences Monday): 




Course one

Roast Butternut Squash Bisque “Home Grown For This Dinner”

Spiced Pumpkin Beignets, Lake Meadow Farms Duck Leg Confit

2010 Halter Ranch Viognier 


Course two

Spiny Lobster Crusted Florida Lane Snapper

Palmetto Creek Farm’s Pork Belly Hash, Korean Chili Herb Broth

2010 Halter Ranch Cotes de Paso Rouge 


Course three

Palmetto Pigeon Plant Squab Bisteeya 

Minted Heirloom Grains, Ras El Hanout Cream, Preserved Meyer Lemon, Squab Gribenes

2008 Halter Ranch Ancestor 


Course four

“Palmetto Creek Farms Hereford Pork Sampler”

Roast Shoulder, Jerk Spice, Smoked Onion Jus

Ginger Braised Shank, Cranberry Bean Ragout, Wilted Arugula, Crispy Shallot 

House Cured Guanciale Wrapped BBQ Pork Belly, Watermelon

2009 Halter Ranch Syrah 


Course five

A Tasting of Winter Park Dairy Cheeses

Assorted condiments

2006 Halter Ranch El Pecado {jcomments on}

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