We learned this week that ciabatta bread was only invented back in the 1980s. An Italian baker, Arnaldo Cavallari, created the broad loaf because he saw people making sandwiches with French baguettes and wanted to compete. Personally, we just love a toasted slice with a little cultured butter. Pick up the spring issue of Edible Orlando for the scoop on three local Central Florida small-batch bakers and their wonderful loaves.
Each week in this column, writer John Graham searches the local food scene for five fun Orlando food events in the next seven days. That includes local festivals, restaurant openings, cooking classes, product debuts, and anything else that might please the palate. Let’s get started!
Sanford Historic Garden Tour
Saturday kicks off the weekend with the Sanford Historic Garden Tour. Around 10 a.m., you start the day at the Bettye D. Smith Cultural Arts Center and stroll along on a self-guided tour through a dozen private gardens of blooms and architecture in the Sanford Historic District. For us Edible Orlando folks, one stop on Palmetto Avenue features vegetable beds, including Sanford’s historic crop, celery. You’ll also walk the Sanford Community Garden and learn more about starting a home garden. Tour tickets are $15, in advance or day-of. You can grab lunch or a Mother’s Day gift at Centennial Park next to the Cultural Arts Center. The day wraps up at 5 p.m.
Long and Scott Farms in Mount Dora is throwing its Spring Fling this Saturday and next (May 14). We also want to make sure you know about their weekly series of farm-to-table cooking classes, Wednesdays at 10 a.m., now through June 1. Classes are taught by Lori Johnson, Family & Consumer Science Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County. Each class covers a new seasonal vegetable and a recipe. That’s sweet onions (May 11), conch peas (May 18), cucumbers (May 25) and corn (June 1). Tickets are just $3 online. You get to both sample the recipe and take home a recipe card with nutrition tips.
Edible Orlando Mother’s Day Guide
Mother’s Day is Sunday, so order some flowers and contemplate a reservation for eggs Benedict and mimosas — the Edible Orlando Mother’s Day Guide is a great place to start planning a classic brunch or dinner. If you want to venture outside the norm, here’s a couple more: Is Mom cool eating with communal dining? Kamayan Supper Club by Taglish near UCF is doing a Mother’s Day noon meal, served Filipino-style, communally on banana leaves. Likely dishes include garlic rice, lumpia, pancit, mangoes, seasonal vegetables and a variety of meat dishes. Tickets are $45 per person and utensils are available on request. Over at Maitland’s Enzian Theater, they’re doing a combo brunch and screening of 1957’s “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Doors open with live music at 10:30 a.m. The movie starts at 11:30 a.m. General admission is $99 for two, but there are also VIP options. The first mimosa is free.
Monday, 5 – 9 p.m., Japanese pub Tori Tori will stage George’s Block Party Fundraiser, a food and drink benefit for the family of Chef George Foss, who died in a March motorcycle accident. The $40 admission gets you four drink tickets and all that money goes to the family. Pop-up food vendors will donate at least 20% of food ticket sales. Those vendors include Little Giant, Redlight Redlight, La Femme du Fromage, Dochi, Light on the Sugar and more. Beverage partners include Ilegal Mezcal, House of Suntory, Old Forester, SOTO Sake and Ravenous Pig Brewing Co. There will also be a silent auction and DJ Omakase will play.
Plant Street Market and Crooked Can Brewing
Plant Street Market and Crooked Can Brewing in Winter Garden celebrate seven years in business on Wednesday, so they’re throwing a brewery open house and offering a bunch of $7 specials. The free Crooked Can open house will tour you through the production brewery, the taproom, and let you talk with the owners and brewers. Multiple draft beers will be on $7 special as well as a $7 birthday flight of High Stepper American IPA, Cloud Chaser Hefeweizen, Florida Sunshine Lager and Sakura Zen Cherry Blossom Ale. Vendors inside Plant Street Market will also offer specials including $7 ceviche with guacamole and chips from Ceviche Mix, the $7 stromboli at Michael’s Ali Coal Fired Pizza, the $7 rose matcha boba latte from AntiquiTEAs, and a birthday chocolate cigar from David Ramirez Chocolates. Crooked Can, David Ramirez Chocolates, and Axum Coffee Roastery (also inside Plant Street Market) are featured in the Edible Orlando Artisan Guide.
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