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We are now pleased to offer gift certificates online (via SquareUp) in three denominations: $50, $100, and $150. Here is a link to purchase these gift cards
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Buy our Cookbook Dreaming in Spice from the Amazon Kindle Store
You may also call us at 386.734.3740 or stop by the restaurant during operating hours and we are happy to help you obtain a wonderful gift.
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Cress Restaurant is an exciting independent restaurant that debuted in Historic Downtown DeLand, FL in August 2008. Cress is owned and operated by Hari and Jenneffer Pulapaka and supported by a dedicated and talented staff. Chef Hari Pulapaka is a four-time (2015, 2014, 2013, 2011) James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef-South, a two-time (2013 and 2012) Food & Wine Magazine's nominee for the top 100 People's Best New Chef, and is also an active, tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Stetson University and Dr. Jenneffer Pulapaka (General Manager and Wine Director) is also a podiatric surgeon who owns her own private medical practice The DeLand Foot and Leg Center. Hari, Jenneffer, and the entire Cress Staff are tirelessly re-inventing the cuisine, service, and overall dining experience at Cress.
Wine at Cress
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Our Food Stamp Challenges
Jenneffer and Hari Pulapaka have taken the Food Stamp Challenge on multiple occasions. The Challenge will include living on a budget of $4.20 per person per day. Here is a link to our daily posts during this challenge: Food Stamp Challenge Blog.
Upcoming & Recent Events
Sunday Brunch at the Farm
Sunday, April 17th
601 Johnson Lake Rd, De Leon Springs, FL 32130
We will host a very special Sunday brunch at Vo-LaSalle Farms in DeLeon Springs. Many of the ingredients will be harvested from or near the farm. The event will include a farm tour .
Click Here for the Online Link to Buy Tickets
Click Here for the Farm Brunch Menu
Cress Restaurant at James Beard House (NYC)
Monday, April 4th
"Global Table, Sunshine State", James Beard House
167 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
We are proud to be the featured restaurant at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.
Click Here for the JBH Menu & Online Link to Buy Tickets
Kestrel Vintners Winemaker's Dinner
Monday, February 22nd
We hosted our first winemaker's dinner of 2016. Kestrel Vintners (Washington State) and Cress Restaurant partnered for an exclusive, intimate, delicious wine and food event with winemaker Justin Michaud. The event was SOLD-OUT.
Sustainable & Locally Sourced Dinner
Tuesday, February 9th, 6:30 pm
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 NW Highway 17-92 (I 4 Exit 104), Sanford, Florida 32771
We showcased Florida Lionfish, an invasive specices recently rated a "Best Choice" by Monterey Bay Seafood Watch and a variety of locally sourced ingredients in a 3-course dinner and conversation. The event was SOLD-OUT.
Click Here for the Dinner Menu
Asheville CAN-JBF Mini Chef's Boot Camp & Advocacy Dinner
We partnered with the Chef Action Network, James Beard Foundation, and The Market Place Restaurant to bring leading chefs, artisans, writers, and scientists for a two day salon to think through ways of celebrating & improving the food culture & system of the Appalachian region followed by cooking a fundraising dinner titled "Eight Chefs. One Night Only. In Support of a Good Food System for All."
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 6:30 PM
The Market Place Restaurant, Asheville, NC
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