NORMAN’S ORLANDO; IN THE NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  NORMAN VAN AKEN ANNOUNCES THEIR NEW ‘RESTAURANT ROW’ LOCATION  AT DELLAGIO TOWN CENTER.  Orlando, Florida—Chef Norman Van Aken, his wife, Janet, and partners Tom and Kim Wood announced that they are reopening their flagship restaurant on sand Lake’s famed ‘Restaurant Row’ in the iconic Dellagio Town Center.  Plans for…

“We Taste Like Pork”

KEY WEST, 1973 “Then the static hum of the radio stretched into a languid Latin Rhythm, a distant faraway throb of rhumbas and saltwater breakers striking sandy shores. The music from Cuba filled the back room of the grocería with the swish of swaying palm trees. Bang! Justo’s grandfather’s cane would strike…

Linda Ronstadt; A Memory

The first words I spoke to Linda Ronstadt were these; “Why did you open for Jackson Browne? You are the bigger star”. The first words Linda Ronstadt spoke to me were, “Oh. Jackson would not have a girl be the bigger act”. She had just sat down next to me on a…

Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2020

COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN FORCES TO SUPPORT THE ARTS Two legends in South Florida’s restaurant scene have joined forces to announce a new partnership that will showcase the culinary talents of three nationally known celebrity chefs at the 57th edition of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival next February. Monty Trainer, president of the…

Robbin Haas. In Memoriam

“Robbin Haas has passed away”. Those were the words that woke me yesterday. They woke me with sadness. Especially for his family. But also for the South Florida food and restaurant community that Robbin joined us in and helped propel forward ever since his arrival here. When I met Robbin we were…

Looking For the Pope

It all began with a conversation in an espresso house in New Orleans with my two great friends Charlie Trotter and Emeril Lagasse. They said, “You must go see “The Pope” with us”. I knew they didn’t mean the Holy Pontiff in Rome .. they meant Chef Frédy Girardet in Switzerland. This…

Pan Con Podcast, An Excerpt

A few weeks ago I sat down for an interview for a podcast named “Pan Con Podcast”. The person that the show stars is Chef Mike Beltran of Ariete Restaurant, (as well as a few other fine places in town). I first came to know Michael when he came to work for…

NORMAN’S Orlando. “One Door Closes and Another Opens”.

Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel: Amy Drew Thompson “It was Saturday night in the ritzy enclave of Coral Gables and the board was full of tickets. Chef Norman Van Aken was expediting orders, hands flying fast, when a gentleman strolled into the madness of the kitchen and introduced himself. Van Aken didn’t know it, but…

Lost Kitchen Supper Club Event in Key West!

Lost Kitchen Spotlight Dinner: Chef Norman Van Aken Saturday, August 24 6:00pm “Meet and Greet” Reception 7:00pm Dinner Lost Kitchen Supper Club is proud to present an evening with Chef Norman Van Aken, a James Beard Award semifinalist for the “Best Chef in America.”  His namesake restaurant NORMAN’S, was nominated as a finalist…

 
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