Ramen! Ramen! Everywhere ramen! (And tacos.) But back to ramen – the city’s love affair with these noodly bowls has only deepened, and a break-up isn’t very likely. In my estimation, the trend hasn’t even peaked, and that’s hardly a surprise. Ramen is cheap, for one thing, and it’s wholly comforting. Plus it elicits a mild snobbery – “ramen connoisseurship,” as Jonathan Gold calls it – particularly among millennials, many of whom gladly queue up for hours for a chance to dribble tonkotsu down their bearded yaps……
Orlando’s latest claim to foodie fame comes courtesy of an artisan cookie shop that has enjoyed a cult following for nearly seven years.Tourism website TravelPulse posted a list of the country’s must-have delicacies titled “Dishes You Have To Shove In Your Gaping Maw Before You Die.” The title of Earth’s Best Cookies went to Orlando-based Gideon’s Bakehouse, known for its selection of decadent desserts that sell out almost as soon as they are stocked…..
Freehand Goods, is the latest pop-up in East End Market. Freehand Goods is a Florida-centric retail outfit run by Jacob Zepf, the man behind Outfitters Co in Winter Park, which we’ve written about previously, HERE. You may recognize their name from our Orlando Bungalower Instagram account, as we’ve posted a few photos of their mobile trailer shop that they park around town……
Chef Kevin Fonzo and Chef Jamie McFadden with top Orlando chefs and food & beverage professionals hosted an amazing event called Food and Wine Unite to recognize the staff and volunteers of the LGBT Center of Central Florida for their continued dedication after the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Please enjoy the video below of this wonderful event by Dan Beckmann.
As we move into Summer we have some comings and goings at the market worth mentioning.
For starters we are excited to be welcoming Farm-Haus into the space vacated by Bookmark It. We started talking with Brittany and Patrick way back in August of 2014 about their farm-fresh dinner delivery service. They have been serving up delicious meals for home delivery and pick-up at the market ever since and are now preparing to launch their brick-and-mortar stall in the market hall. We are really excited to see what this team comes up with and for customers to be able to get the full Farm-Haus experience in person.
For all you Bookmark It fans, don’t fret. Kim has a selection of her books up at the Local Roots store at the front of the market and you can also check up their new shop across the street in the Lovely Boutique with their grand opening coming June 18th 5-6pm. Bookmark It still plans on bringing some top notch authors through East End and hosting their annual Locally Grown Words book fair and other local literary events in the courtyard and APEX, so thankfully it’s not goodbye forever.
We have some Summer pop-ups coming to the Fatto in Casa space beginning this weekend Cassandra and Georgie of Gezellig Cookies and Flour Life Bakery. This dynamic dessert duo will be serving up Dutch stroopwafels, French macarons and much more starting June 15th through mid July. Cassandra has been a regular a the market, baking away in our commissary kitchen filling the air with wafting caramel and baking waffle dough. It was hard to resist on the days that she was baking but now that she’ll be here more permanently a stoopwafel and flat white coffee may just become a new daily routine.
We are desperately going to miss Fatto in Casa’s pear torte and her amazing mocha cake, but with her heart and family in Italy we’re looking forward to what inspiration she brings back from her furlough with her family in Italy. Elisa, Fatto’s owner, has been a friend of the market long before it was even being considered and her warm spirit and hospitality have been a mainstay since the market’s inception. Her husband Ron Scarpa was the contractor who brought new life to this old building and without the two of them East End would be a shadow of what it is today. Thank you to you both and “via securi” Elisa.
We’ve got another biz that’s flown the coop. Cathy Sands has outgrown us. Demand for her design aesthetic and talents have required more staff and space. You can visit her in her new and ‘bigger’ space / showroom right across East End avenue in the Corrine Drive Marketplace, next to Eric Horner Interiors. Congrats Cathy on the growth of your business and thanks for spending 2 years with us. We look forward to hearing more about the next chapter in your entrepreneurial ventures.
Stepping into Cathy’s former office will be Steven Miller Photography. If you’ve been around Audubon Park in recent years you’ve undoubtedly seen this talented young photographer snapping memorable images of the local happenings. More often than not, if you see an amazing photo of a local event chances are good Steven was behind the camera. We look forward to becoming Steven’s home base as he continues to grow his business and bring attention to the wonderful sights of Central Florida.
Last but certainly not least – Txokos, the Basque themed restaurant started by James Beard nominated chef Henry Salgado, of Spanish River Grille fame, has closed its doors for good. This was a deeply personal project for the Salgados, inspired by their journey through the secretive gastronomic societies of Spain’s Basque region. They sold the concept in September of last year to raise capital for a potential relocation of their Spanish River Concept in New Smyrna and despite the new owners having the very gifted Gina Bugayong, formerly of FRESH, at the helm the restaurant failed to keep the same spark diners experienced while the Salgados were in the house. The current owners of Txokos are in the process of selling the business and working with East End to find a concept to bring a new culinary concept to the restaurant space at the market. We’ll keep you up to speed as things develop and look forward to debuting a new concept in late Summer / Early Fall.
Whether you are warming up to kick off the weekend, or winding down after a long workweek, East End Market now stays open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays to provide you with the perfect setting to eat, drink, and socialize.
To spice up the evening a little extra, the merchants are providing food and drink specials in addition to your favorite standard items – all graciously enfolded by the organic tones of live music.
Femme du Fromage educates and entertains the palette with informed wine and cheese pairings, offering three pairs for $20 or five pairs for $30. In addition, they offer a broccoli double cheddar mac & cheese with scallions, and a piperade flatbread with fried egg, prosciutto, and arugula.
Houndstooth Sauce Company will be serving Fish Tacos made with lightly battered and fried local Kingfish, sweet poppy slaw, and sriracha sour cream. Optionally, add it to a Tot Basket where you can get the tater tots plain or loaded with turkey chili and jalapeño pimento cheese.
Local Roots Bar is pairing the MIA Beer Company’s Domino Pils with Farm-Haus veggie lasagna stacked with pureed sweet potato, Frog Song Organics’ Swiss Chard, parmesan, and creamy mozzarella, with a side of salad. Mention #Dine2Nine to receive a $2 discount on the beer.
Fatto in Casa will be serving an organic chicken piccata on a bed of organic greens and on linguine pasta.
Bookmark It is offering 10% off all books for all dinner guests.
Porch Therapy is also staying open to offer 20% off all floral arrangements (excluding FarmGal Flowers).