Shine On

Maxine’s, veteran chef focus on seafood.

Courtesy of Maxine’s on Shine

Behind the scenes at Maxine’s on Shine, a Swiss chef, a former wine salesman and a flamboyant pillow designer are aspiring to transform a local neighborhood restaurant into a place of seafood excellence.

Ex-wine salesman Kirt Earhart bought the former Shine Neighborhood Kitchen in 2012, remaking the Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of a residential area into a quirky eatery featuring interesting food and nightly entertainment. And there was the presence of Shelly “Maxine” Earhart, recognizable from the restaurant’s caricature logo, who could be found chatting with diners most nights. 

Three years and three chefs later, enter George Vogelbacher. A 2013 Orlando magazine Dining Hall of Fame inductee, Vogelbacher is a local legend from his restaurants Le Cordon Bleu, Nicole St. Pierre and Winter Park Fish Company. When the 73-year-old chef parted ways with WPFC, everyone assumed that a much-threatened retirement had finally arrived. Everyone but Vogelbacher. 

“George sat at our bar,” Kirt Earhart says, “and suggested improvements to the kitchen.” Suggestions led to consulting, and since July he has been plying his encyclopedic knowledge of seafood full time in the tiny kitchen, attracting seasoned Chef George followers to Maxine’s. 

“This is the first time George isn’t the owner or partner,” Earhart says. “Working in a kitchen and not having to worry about running the place—for George, that is retirement.”


Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

2018 Premier Veterinarians

The 2018 Pet Guide: Pet Resource Guide

Here are some of the places you can go in Central Florida when you need supplies, products and services for your best friends.

Premier Realtors 2018

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!

Orlando's Best Lawyers 2018

Our annual list includes hundreds of Orlando-area attorneys in dozens of areas of practice.

Orlando's Top Dentists of 2018

Our annual list featuring 224 of the area's finest dental professionals.

Guide to Private Schools 2018

Our searchable annual database will help you chart an educational course for your family.

2017 Premier Doctors

Our annual list of over 500 doctors.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Health Hub: Cancer Care For The Body, Mind and Spirit

Treating the whole patient can improve outcomes.

Texas de Brazil Fall Feast Giveaway

Enter to win a $200 gift certificate for four to Texas de Brazil for a Fall Feast to remember!

Kid Kontributor of the Month - September 2018

Read all about why Leah's cat, Missy, is special, and learn all about our monthly feature, the "Kid Kontributor of the Month."

Orlando Burger Battle 2018 Giveaway

Enter to win VIP and General Admission tickets to our epic Orlando Burger Battle and a subscription to Orlando Magazine!

Health Hub: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Research and advancements in treatment provide hope for the future
Edit Module