Morimoto Asia and The Polite Pig at Disney Springs will present “Pigs + Pints” on June 24, 2018 featuring a mix of Pan-Asian and Southern-inspired dishes. During this ticketed event, Chefs Yuhi Fajinaga, James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis will present a wide variety of family-friendly fusion dishes that bridge Asia and the American South. In addition, guests ages 21 and up can enjoy craft brews from nearby breweries.
Menu items include Pork cheek tamales, Dim Sum Dogs (gyoza sausage with fried bao bun), Florida peach glazed pork belly satay with spicy peanut sauce, Pork Skirt Steak Yakiniku Tacos, and house-cured charcuterie which will be served throughout the second floor of Morimoto Asia, while a whole roasted pig will be sliced and served to guests on the upstairs patio overlooking Disney Springs.
With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, guests will have the chance to meet the farmers from Frog Song Organics and Palmetto Creek Farms, along with representatives from local breweries including Cask & Larder, Coppertail, Crooked Can Brewing Co., Red Cypress and Red Light Red Light.
Disney Springs is about to get a new “Modern Barbecue” eating establishment which will provide a fast-casual location for guests to grab some delicious wood-smoked and grilled fare items. The Polite Pig will open April 10 in Town Center and serve up featured items like the Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork off the smoker, apple slaw, mustard sauce and Duke’s mayo; peel-and-eat shrimp with bourbon-cocktail sauce, and crispy Brussels sprouts with whiskey caramel. There’s even a sauce bar to top off your selections featuring 7 different types of sauces.
The Polite Pig is owned by husband-and-wife team James and Julie Petrakis. The Orlando Chefs also own the Ravenous Pig and Swine & Sons in Winter Park and Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport. Their hope is to represent the atmosphere found at these restaurants in a new environment.
“We’ll have 190 seats, and the décor pays homage to the beloved swine of The Polite Pig, as well as antiquity. Whimsical pigs on various adventures can be seen throughout the space, and rustic touches are used for custom featured art pieces. Large faded graphics also adorn the main wall of the space adding to the feel of the long-time family run business,” says Julie.
Southern sides found on the menu include a tomato and watermelon salad, mac and cheese and smoked corn with lime butter. For those looking for an adult beverage, the restaurant will serve Cask & Larder Brewery beers, Florida/domestic craft beers, 5 cocktails on tap and also an extensive Bourbon Bar with more than 50 selections.