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This week: International Bacon Day, Cress celebrates fourth anniversary with a star lineup of local chefs, Gateway to India closes, Cask & Larder opening date and more

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In celebration of International Bacon Day Sept. 1, the C&S Brisket Bus is teaming up with Peterbrooke Chocolatier in an effort to sell 10,000 chocolate-covered slices of bacon at the Winter Park candy shop. Also available on Bacon Day: bacon chocolate-chip cookies, pistachio-bacon brittle and gelato with bacon. As Homer Simpson once said, "Move over, eggs. Bacon just got a new best friend – fudge."

Cress Restaurant celebrates their fourth anniversary Sept. 3 with a "For Local, By Local" dinner featuring an awesome lineup: Hari Pulapaka, owner and chef of Cress, will be joined in the kitchen by Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant), Kathleen Blake (Rusty Spoon), Tony Adams (Big Wheel Provisions) and Lynae Gurnsey (Le Cordon Bleu) – but if you're not already on the list, you can't go. Tickets for the pricey dinner are already sold out. However, you still have a chance to contribute to the charitable recipient, the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia – see Culture to Go for details.

I-Drive's Gateway to India is now a gateway to Brazil – Jaber has taken over the space. The restaurant is owned by Brazilians of Greek descent and offers "especialidades árabes," which amounts to Mediterranean fare with Brazilian twists. Jaber is a chain out of São Paulo, but given the menu's price points (not cheap), my guess is that locals may shy away.

Briefly: Cask & Larder, the much-anticipated "Southern public house" by James and Julie Petrakis, is set to open Sept. 5 in the old Harper's Tavern/Boathouse locale on Fairbanks Avenue. Look for Marlow's Tavern, a restaurant promising "the best of the best in American tavern fare served in a modern atmosphere," to open at Pointe Orlando Oct. 9. One Eleven Wine & Champagne Bar opens any day now in the old Tastings spot in the mezzanine of the downtown Dynetech Centre on Washington Street; if it's anything like Tastings, we're sure to pay a visit. And in Turkish takeover news, Anatolia in Dr. Phillips is now officially renamed Bosphorous Restaurant (and owned by the same people as the Winter Park spot).

Last week's Tip Jar column contained incorrect information about tenants of the soon-to-open East End Market in Audubon Park. Big Wheel Provisions will not be a retail tenant, nor has a local cheesemonger been secured. We regret the error.

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