Massimo Fedozzi, the new chef at Cavendish & Ross, is taking the helm as the restaurant transitions from a traditional steakhouse to a neighborhood Italian restaurant and chophouse. Fedozzi has over 30 years of experience and has won several awards at his previous restaurants on Long Island and in Florida, including several AAA Four Diamonds, multiple three-star ratings from both Mobil and the New York Times, and a three-and-a-half star rating from Newsday. In addition, he was named "One of the Top Twenty Chefs in Central Florida_ by Restaurant Forum.
The newly-updated menu at Cavendish & Ross features a wide variety of Italian cuisine. The menu starts with such appetizers as crab cakes with tomato compote, cucumber slaw, and chipotle honey, or Bruschetta OTB, which comes with mozzarella, balsamic tomatoes, and olive tapenade on grilled ciabatta bread. Entrees range from Italian favorites, such as fettuccine or lasagna Bolognese, to grilled, grass-fed New York strip steak or the grilled Duroc pork chop. Cavendish & Ross's signature burger is an eight-ounce blend with brie cheese, caramelized onions, and hickory-smoked bacon served on ciabatta bread with hand-cut fries and a pickle. Desserts at C&R include flourless chocolate cake and tiramisu.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Your mouth will be watering from the fantastic meats available at this location.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Mediterranean Cafe.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
A healthy and light snack from Mediterranean Cafe is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
These fresh and flavorful canned food items will come in handy when you need a quick and convenient dinner option.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Mediterranean Cafe.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
When you want to cook chicken to juicy perfection, you're going to want to advantage of the oil offered here, and what's more? They also offer vinegar to transform your other creations.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
At Mediterranean Cafe, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
Mediterranean Cafe's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Mediterranean Cafe.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Mediterranean Cafe? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Mercato is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Mercato.
Mercato is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Mercato.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Mercato in jeans and a hoodie.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Mercato offers catering.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Mercato.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Mercato will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
Mercato accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Mercato is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Mercato and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to Mercato and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Mercato.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated Mercato.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Mary's Pizza and Pasta's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Mary's Pizza and Pasta, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Mary's Pizza and Pasta won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
For the tastes of Mary's Pizza and Pasta from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Mary's Pizza and Pasta is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
So come taste the pizza at Mary's Pizza and Pasta for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
Just because Mary's Pizza and Pasta is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Mary's Pizza and Pasta, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at Mary's Pizza and Pasta and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
The Good Life is serving up American favorites with a tasty tweak.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Got kids? No problem at The Good Life! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at The Good Life.
The Good Life is a prime location to dine with a group.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit The Good Life during the slower weekday hours.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so The Good Life encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
For the tastes of The Good Life from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
At The Good Life, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at The Good Life.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into The Good Life's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at The Good Life.
When you need an American restaurant that is sure to impress, come to the highly-rated The Good Life.
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Thai Taste.
For a new take on traditional vegan fare, check out Thai Taste.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Thai Taste won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
For the tastes of Thai Taste from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Grab this restaurant's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Whether you are looking for street or lot parking, Thai Taste is close to both.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
So if curry and peanut sauce is what makes you happy, make sure to try the much-talked-about Thai fare at Thai Taste.
If you're looking for an authentic Thai restaurant in the area, make your way over to Thai Taste and enjoy some good eats.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.