The two workshops I attended put on by FarmStart.ca were incredibly inspiring. First of all to be surrounded by 60+ fellow and future farmers all focussed on learning to grow sustainably and profitablly was a powerful experience. Second, Jean-Martin was a refreshingly affaable and informative presenter. Through a miraid of pictures and stoires, he walked us through his own decade-long farming journey.
We’ve said it recently, but we’ll say it again…there is something really special happening in Orlando. Now, we have the big guys coming to town this Saturday, January 11th to back us up! The Food Network hit show Eat St. is coming to East End to film an upcoming episode featuring local food spots and trucks, including Sushi & Seoul on a Roll. Come on out to the market, try this TV-worthy local food truck, grab some snacks and drinks from the market and let show host James Cunningham know what you think about Orlando’s blossoming local food scene!
Eat Street is a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest and most irresistible street food. From Tijuana-style tacos served out of an Airstream trailer and pizzas baked in a brick oven on wheels to classic dogs with all the fixins and sirloin burgers slathered in bacon jam — food cart fare is the hottest trend going. The stars of the show are the vendors — food mavericks with creative takes on mobile meals and inspiring stories to tell. Seeking out the very best curbside eats all over North America, Eat Street is your grease-stained roadmap to the ultimate street food experience.
The James Beard Foundation and the official tourism association Visit Orlando recently announced that it will reveal the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists at a live press conference in Orlando, Florida, on February 19, 2014…AT EAST END MARKET! While it will not be a public event, it will be streaming LIVE and you’ll be able to tune in online.
“We’re thrilled to give special and well-deserved recognition to semifinalists this year,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “With a flourishing farm-to-table movement and a growing independent restaurant scene, Orlando provides a fitting setting for our first live semifinalist announcement.”
On the evening before the press conference, a ticketed dinner will be held at the Alfond Inn at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and will feature a prestigious group of Orlando’s past James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists including: Kathleen Blake (Rusty Spoon and Pine22), Scott Hunnel (Victoria & Albert’s), Brandon McGlamery (Luma on Park and Prato), James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder), Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant), Henry Salgado (Txokos Basque Kitchen and Spanish River Grill) and Hari Pulapaka (Cress Restaurant). Proceeds from the dinner will support the James Beard Foundation and tickets can be purchased here.
David Bressler may be a newbie to Central Florida, but he is no novice when it comes to food. Bressler owned a gourmet soup, salad & sandwich shop, The 5th Earl Market, in Atlanta for three years and has over twenty-four years in restaurant experience. Unfortunately, his shop was lost to a fire when the adjacent tavern caught flame on the night of President Obama’s inauguration. “Not the change I was looking for,” he says.
Besides his chef hat, he has worn several others since owning his own shop, including consultant, designer, builder and more. Now, his entrepreneurial spirit is calling him back to begin a new brand at East End Market, called Houndstooth Sauce Company. At Houndstooth Sauce Company, you’ll find dressings, marinades, dips, spreads, soups, fresh and composed salads and more. His unique combinations and creative use of fresh ingredients makes for flavors unlike any other. Bressler’s white bar-b-que sauce is anything but bland, and will leave your taste buds blown away. You’ll be able to eat-in or take home his creations, whether you have a carnivorous craving for Bressler’s brisket sandwich or an appetite for his tofu-based “egg” salad.
In the short time that Bressler has been in Orlando, he has made a place for himself in the community, building several raised bed gardens for local families, and teaching cooking classes at the fine gourmet kitchen shop, Truffles and Trifles.
Bressler says the site of such a quickly growing food scene and opportunities to launch his brand grassroots through Orlando’s farmers markets drew him to Central Florida. For this same reason, we are so excited to have this epic epicure join the East End Market merchants. We can’t wait to take a BITE of HoundsTOOTH!
Celebrating heart health in this Valentine’s Day Market Minute, we met with the owners of The Ancient Olive in Winter Park, Florida. Jeffrey Schrader and Bryan Behling chat with East End Market’s creative director, Emma Kruch Morris, about the health benefits of olive oil and special Valentine’s Day recipes using infused oils. Enjoy!