♦ The blog Suntanned Mumford is keeping tabs on the demolition of Oak Plaza, that little oasis in the Design District named for the giant oak tree at its center, which was most recently home to the restaurant Mai Tardi. Here is a post about the demolition and here is a follow-up picture of the “carnage.” There are so many empty lots in and around the Design District and there are plenty of buildings with little or no character strewn throughout the city. Tearing up Oak Plaza wouldn’t have been on my to do list.
♦ The Chowfather is gearing up for Cochon 555, an opposite-of-kosher competition where 5 local chefs cook 5 whole heritage breed pigs. Michael Schwartz, Michelle Bernstein, and Aaron Brooks are competing, as are the chefs from Cafe Boulud in West Palm Beach and Ravenous Pig in Orlando. Schwartz is going to be working with an Ossabaw hog, which hails from an island off the coast of Georgia.
♦ Last up, a final plea to support Common Threads and LegalArt at the Pairings event on March 29th. The invite is posted here and tickets are $25 in advance, available through both charities’ websites. Great food, eclectic art, music, cocktails, beer.