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Cress Restaurant: 7 Courses, 7 Countries


Although the Trump administration’s travel ban has been blocked by the federal court, it put a spotlight on America’s relationship with immigrants, perhaps nowhere more than in the restaurant industry, which depends heavily on immigrant labor. Restaurant industry leaders noted that 70 percent of their 12 million workers in the US are born abroad, and the importance of immigrant workers to our food supply chain can’t be overstated. According to the National Agricultural Workers Survey, 78 percent of agricultural workers are foreign-born. In response, chefs around the country vowed to celebrate the unique flavors of those seven banned nations. One such chef is Hari Pulapaka, owner of DeLand’s Cress Restaurant. Roughly a week after the ban was announced, Pulapaka tweeted, …
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Body Talk Dance, Cafe Davinci Brunch and Boy Kong


To old people, I am not old. To those who will attend the Body Talk dance party Saturday night at Wills Pub I am old. This ultra-amazing dance party is for the lithe, the spirited, and the free. . Old people stay out. That’s not Body Talk talking that’s me. Let the baby faced youth be around the other baby facers and you old people- go to the shuffle board court – No that’s for the young now. Go to the farmers market and – No that’s for the young except for that lady that sells the photos of other peoples’ graffiti. Never mind. Old people and young people meet together Saturday at Wills Pub on Mills at 10. I know …
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Independence Day Events


Saturday, July 2 Deland is hosting their second annual Firecracker festival with fireworks, food trucks and live music. Deland’s event happens Saturday 5:00 to 9:30 at Earl Brown Park. The giant planned neighborhood appropriately named Independence in Winter Garden is hosting a large fireworks show with music, food trucks and kids activities Saturday 6 to 9 at 14804 Avenue of the Grove. Sunday, July 3 Red, Hot & Boom is Cranes Roost annual event with fireworks, food, drinks and tons of traffic at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The event runs 4 to 11 Sunday with the fireworks starting at 9:30. Monday, July 4 Kissimmee has a huge annual July 4th event with fireworks show, live music, kids activities and 20 …
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Spotlight: The Actomatics Are Gearing Up To Rock Delandapalooza


The fourth annual DeLandapalooza Music & Art Festival is coming up Saturday, April 11th. At least 150 local and regional acts will perform on 27 stages throughout historic Downtown DeLand. Festival goers will hear a variety of music from rock, to jazz, to country, along with some hip hop and metal. Local music-scene fixture, The Actomatics, will be performing.
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