The latest Savor Orlando blog post has some good news about coming attractions, grim news about planet Earth.
Some quick notes about restaurants just opened or on the horizon:
- Tamale Co. Hourglass, an offshoot of the popular food truck, opened on Cinco de Mayo at the Hourglass Market food hall on Curry Ford Road.
- Bigfire, a wood grill-centric restaurant owned by Universal Orlando, will replace the much-missed Emeril’s at CityWalk. In other theme park news, City Works Eatery and Pour House brings craft beers and pub food to Disney Springs this summer, and this fall, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios will offer two eateries; the sit-down Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and quick-service Ronto Roasters, along with the Oga’s Cantina bar and Kat Saka’s Kettle popcornery.
- Jaber, a Mediterranean-Brazilian restaurant, will open in the long-vacant space in College Park that used to house Peppy’s Bistro (or The Peppy Bistro at one point), and Paxia Alta Cocina and Moe’s before that.
- Still waiting on the opening of Bovine, the new steakhouse resuscitating the former Park Plaza Gardens space on Park Avenue in Winter Park. Likewise, Don Julio Mexican Kitchen and Ceviche Bar on Chickasaw Trail will feature the talents of Roberto Treviño, he of Church Street’s late and mostly great El Buda. Also to come: the Black Bean Deli takeover of the ex-Winnie’s Oriental Garden spot.
One of the best local dining for a cause events is Second Harvest Food Bank’s Chef’s Night, featuring some of the area’s greats to benefit Second Harvest’s Culinary Training Program. The second annual event happens on May 23rd, featuring Jason Wolfe (Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events); Scott Pizzo (Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton); Anukul Hampton (Hilton Bonnet Creek); Alberto Navarrete Arias (La Luce); and Rabii Saber, executive pastry chef of the Four Seasons. Wine for the evening will be provided by local Quantum Leap Winery. Tickets can be found at www.FeedHopeNow.org/ChefNight.
The World in The News …
The venerable New York Times reports that climate change is affecting, along with many other things, the geographic range in which maple syrup can be produced. According to the Canadian government, in 2012, maple production fell by 54 percent in Ontario and by 12.5 percent in Canada overall. The California Department of Food and Agriculture says that with winter chill already declining by as much as 30 percent, overall walnut, pistachio, peach, apricot, plum and cherry production in California’s Central Valley will probably end by the turn of the 21st century. Coffee and chocolate, which need a very specific range of temperatures, are being affected by warming seasons; Brazil in particular is already seeing a drop in production. Columbia University studies show that American lobster, red hake and black sea bass have shifted their range an average of 119 miles northward since the late 1960s to avoid warmer waters. Higher levels of carbon dioxide causes a shortage of iron and zinc in grain crops such as wheat, rice and barley, creating massive nutritional deficiencies even in those with “healthy” diets, according to a report from the Stanford University School of Medicine. PBS reports that farmers in Honduras are losing 90 percent of their crops from lack of rain. Which means they must move north just for survival.
Food, or lack of it, for thought.
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