Florida celebrity chef Norman Van Aken opening restaurant in Mount Dora

By Heather McPherson, Contact Reporter - Orlando Sentinel  October 1, 2015, 3:14 PM

Chef Norman Van Aken is opening a new restaurant in downtown Mount Dora "by the first of 2016." Van Aken, who has played a pivotal role in changing the way the culinary world looks at Florida fare, was drawn to Central Florida by the proximity to farms and local purveyors.

"Norman's at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando will continue to showcase my signature fine dining dishes, " said the 64-year-old chef who is widely regarded as the founding father of New World Cuisine.

"The new restaurant, which is still under interior construction, will have a refined rustic cuisine. Denim shirts as opposed to tuxedos, if you will."

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esherick to NAKASHIMA - Press Release

For Pubic Release:  September 02, 2015

Exploring the DNA of Modernism in “esherick to NAKASHIMA”
On display at Modernism Museum Mount Dora

Mount Dora, Florida, a Fine Art and Craft Community, is proud to announce the opening of “esherick to NAKASHIMA” the newest exhibition at Modernism Museum Mount Dora, on Saturday, October 3.

“esherick to NAKASHIMA” comes on the heels of the successful inaugural exhibit “Wharton to Wendell”.
Continuing the theme of how the DNA of Wharton Esherick, “Dean of American Craftsman” influenced works of the generations of iconic artists that followed. Wharton is credited as being one of the most acclaimed artists of Modernism & the American Studio Arts Movement, as is George Nakashima.

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