New & Notable — Fall 2014

Specialty cakes from John Rivers’ Sweet Shop.

Specialty cakes from John Rivers’ Sweet Shop.

Work is under way on Plant Street Market and Crooked Can Brewery LLC at 426 W. Plant St. in Winter Garden. Vendors will include artisans, a juice bar, garden therapy, tea, chocolates, seafood, charcuterie, sushi and more, says Tanja Gerhartz, Winter Garden’s economic development director. The market and brewery, compared to East End Market in Orlando, is expected to open by March 2015.  •  Kappo (image above) is the newest shop to open at East End Market, the artful creation of Lordfer Lalicon, Mark Berdin and Jennifer Banagale, three young chefs who met at University of Florida. Look for sushi to go and a three-course lunch for $30. 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando.  •  Chef John Rivers launches a specialty cake business as part of The Sweet Shop. Fans of his 4 Rivers Smokehouse and Southern comfort food at The COOP can now order elaborately designed cakes via a web-based ordering platform that offers the opportunity to customize made-from-scratch specialty cakes.  •  Shake Shack opened its fourth Florida location in Winter Park, owned and operated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Best reviews for the SmokeShack burger with bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce paired with a frozen custard. Lunch and dinner daily. 119 N. Orlando Ave.; (321) 203-5130;  •  Yellow Dog Eats’ second location is on historic Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. The popular Gotha restaurant is owned by Chef Fish Morgan. Lunch and dinner daily. 147 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach;; (386) 410-4824  •  First Florida location for Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is at The Market at Mills Park in Orlando serving classic American cuisine including burgers, wood-grilled salmon and aged rib-eye beef. CEO is Mark Eason, a Winter Park native and University of Central Florida grad. Lunch and dinner daily. 1562 N. Mills Ave., Orlando;; (407) 581-9861  •  Good Catch, GoodCatch-coverRecipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters (University Press of Florida) is the newest cookbook by Edible Orlando editors Katie Farmand and Pam Brandon and Orlando Sentinel Food Editor Heather McPherson. The book debuts with a launch party Oct. 29 at East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive.  •  Congratulations to Bruce Crump, co-owner of Vo-Lasalle Farms, named Florida Innovative Farmer at the recent 2014 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference in Kissimmee. Winners are selected based on the long-term success and profitability of their operation, using practices that enhance natural resources, involvement in activities that support economic development and educating others on sustainable farming ideas and practices.  •  Chef William Campbell, formerly with Caribbean Cruise Line and Sandals Resort in Jamaica, leads the kitchen of the newly opened Monroe’s Caribbean American Cuisine next to Bravo’s Supermarket in Sanford. Campbell showcases classic Caribbean dishes like oxtail, curry goat and jerk chicken on the reasonably priced menu. RavPiglogoLunch and dinner daily. 2921 South Orlando Drive, Sanford; (407) 915-5563  •  The Ravenous Pig is celebrating its seventh anniversary with the introduction of a new logo and refreshed menu items, including a selection of shareable boards — handcrafted seafood crudos, artisanal cheeses, house made charcuterie and a charming array of desserts. 1234 N. Orange Ave; 407-628-2333;  •  The Talk of the Town Restaurant Group was selected by the Florida Department of Agriculture to participate in a pilot program called Fresh From Florida On The Menu, which will connect diners, restaurateurs and Florida growers in five regions statewide. Look for the Fresh From Florida logo on the menu next to select dishes at Charley’s Steak House, FishBones, Johnnie’s Hideaway, MoonFish, Vito’s Chop House and the Texas Cattle Company.  •  Artegon Orlando is seeking vendors for an outdoor market that will sell agricultural products sourced directly from Florida farms. The market will take place on a weekday in order to accommodate area chefs in addition to travelers and locals, and will launch in conjunction with the late November grand opening of Artegon Orlando, which will feature diverse food and handcrafted artisan items. Contact Sharon Yeago at (352) 256-8115 for more information.

—Pam Brandon