Overheard in Orlando: The Fabulous Beekman Boys

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East End Market opening delayed
The much-anticipated East End Market held a fabulous grand opening in the Audubon Park Garden District in late October, but closed quickly with code problems. John Rife, developer of the culinary masterpiece, which boasts farmers, chefs and food artists, has worked out the kinks and it has reopened. The two-story building, at 3201 Corrine Drive, houses a dozen merchants, offices, retail, event space, and a restaurant. It will feature monthly events and classes, everything from wine tastings to yoga. Local businesses offer seafood, meats, breads, fresh roasted coffee, raw food specialties, soups and sauces, local produce and flowers. It’s open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. A restaurant, Txokos Basque Kitchen, will open at the end of the year.

Farm to Epcot
The Fabulous Beekman Boys, famous for their Cooking Channel reality TV show following their life on their upstate New York farm, have some Orlando ties. Several weeks ago the duo – husbands Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge – appeared on the Derek and Romaine Sirius-XM Radio Show where they announced that products from their farm would soon be sold at Epcot. The Beekman 1802 products have been spotted at American Adventure. It turns out that Romaine is a big Disney parks fan, and knows many Disney executives. Josh and Brent are frequent guests on the Derek and Romaine show, so Disney asked if Romaine would introduce them to Josh and Brent, which led to the business deal. The Beekman Boys said on the show that they will be at Epcot November 27 for the official debut of their items in the American Adventure shop.

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