When we heard Se7en Bites would be the next featured restaurant in Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Chef’s Night series, we knew it would be one not to be missed. Even before Chef Trina Gregory-Propst was showcased on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ “Wonder Women” episode, Se7en Bites had a local cult following, and for good reason. It’s nearly impossible for us to go there and leave without a box brimming with sweet treats.
And she would be serving brinner aka breakfast for dinner? Yep, that’s a winner.
Chef Trina’s menu was as much fun to say as it was to eat. We enjoyed getting to be in the kitchen, bobbing and weaving around servers, the food bank’s Culinary Training students and staff, and Trina’s team as each course was platted (and tested) with love, just as much as experiencing each course.
Check out the menu below to understand what we mean, but be warned … a road to drooling is ahead of you, food traveler.
- Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar
- Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon
- Pimento Cheese Biscuit Bites with Sweet Red Pepper Butter.
- Fried Grit Cake with Tomato Jam, Andouille and Dressed Arugula.
- Citrus Pistachio Salad.
- Colonel Marmalade in the Kitchen with a Knife: Biscuit Stacked with Pimento Cheese, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Over-Medium Egg, Sausage Gravy and Finished with a Dollop of Orange Blossom Marmalade.
- Cinnamon Roll Sundae Grammies: Cinnamon Roll topped with Vanilla Ice Cream Espresso Maple Caramel Garnished with Milk & Salted Caramel Crumble.
See what we are talking about? Even Chef Art Smith had to make an appearance for it.
While we enjoyed everything served, we would have been most content to have a tub of Chef Trina’s sweet red pepper butter and orange blossom marmalade. It deserved to be spread over everything, but we would have been happy with just dipping her buttermilk fried chicken (Um. Yum!) in it for the entire night!!
Chef’s Night is so much more than just talented chefs and great food – it’s all in support of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program. This program provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. While the entire evening was filled with scrumptious delights, it all came full circle when Chef Trina announced she was so impressed by one of the food bank’s Culinary Training students, Tiny, that she would be hiring her. Congrats Tiny and a big THANK YOU to Chef Trina and her team for all they do for our Central Florida community.
To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program and Chef’s Night series, or to learn more about the impact they make on the community, visit www.feedhopenow.org.
To get your holiday pies in time or to find out more about Se7en Bites, visit www.se7enbites.com.
Featured Writer: Ms. Melissa Kear.