The grand opening of the new Shipyard Emporium will be held Friday, January 28 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. The Shipyard Emporium is located at 200 West Fairbanks Avenue (the former site of Strollo’s Cucino Due) in Winter Park, Florida.
The Emporium is a local market, bakery, and brew pub featuring a rotating selection of self-serve breakfast, lunch and dinner food items to take-away or eat-in.
“The grand opening will give customers the opportunity to meet local vendors, sample a variety of our food and beverage offerings, and check out everything our fresh marketplace has to offer,” noted general manager Allison Stevens.
The Shipyard Emporium features fine wine, hand crafted local beer, and award-winning ales and Capt’n Eli’s Soda from the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.
The kitchen will be overseen by Chef Joslyn Tusa and food offerings will include a revolving selection of deli items, fresh baked bread and pastries, local produce, eggs, cheeses, specialty foods and self-serve meal selections for the whole family.
The Emporium is home to a 28 gallon brewing system and beer will be brewed on the premises by accomplished Orlando brewer Ron Raike. Raike will brew small batches of seasonal and unique beers based on his own creativity and ingredient availability. During the opening celebration, customers will have the opportunity to meet Raike, learn more about the brewing process, and join the mug club.
The evening festivities will include an interactive photo booth, entertainment, and the chance to meet the Shipyard Emporium crew. In addition, thirty visitors from Maine will be in attendance including Shipyard Brewing Company’s owner, Fred Forsley.
More about Ron Raike: Raike is a native of Orlando, Florida. He has worked with Shipyard Brewing Company for over 13 years as a brewer and Florida brewery representative. He started brewing over 20 years ago while working on his Masters in Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He is a credentialed beer judge (through the Beer Judge Certification Program) and is a certified Cicerone. He is also a two time Southeast Homebrewer of the Year winner and has been awarded many National Homebrew Competition medals. He is an active member of the Central Florida Home Brewers and has served on the board of the Florida Brewers Guild.
More about Allison Stevens: Stevens is the general manager and creative director of the Shipyard Emporium. She grew up in her family-owned business in Northern New York and graduated from the College of Charleston, South Carolina in 2003. At a young age, she managed her own sandwich shop before becoming an event planner and managing the prestigious Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, the largest not-for-profit annual fundraiser in Central New York.
More about Joslyn Tusa: Joslyn Tusa is the Chef of the Shipyard Emporium. Raised in Orlando in a restaurant family, she began cooking at an early age and is passionate about food. She completed her culinary training at the Southeastern Culinary Academy in 2000 and joined the research and development culinary center at one of nation’s largest restaurant corporations. In 2010, she graduated from the Art Institute of Tampa with a degree in Wine, Spirits and Beverage Management and is continuing her studies at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality.
More about Shipyard Brewing Company: Shipyard Brewing Company was founded in 1994 by master brewer Alan Pugsley and entrepreneur Fred Forsley on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine. Shipyard produces 17 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers as well as a full line of hand-crafted Capt’n Eli’s Soda. Florida’s coastal heritage, ties to New England, and growing interest in craft beer makes it a strong market for the Shipyard family of products. www.shipyard.com
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