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Looking For Gift Certificates?
We are now pleased to offer gift certificates online (via SquareUp) in two denominations: $50 and $100. Here is a link to purchase these gift cards
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.
The food Stamp Challenge
Jenneffer and Hari Pulapaka re-took the Food Stamp Challenge during July 1-6, 2013. This time we emphasized eating healthy and fresh ingredients. Here is a link to the blog: Jenneffer and Hari Healthy Food Stamp Challenge. Last year during Hunger action Month in September (2012), we took the same challenge but did not emphasize the use of fresh and locally sourced ingrediensts. Here is an account of last year's experience: Cress-DeLand Foot and Leg Center Food Stamp Challenge.
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Every week, Chef Pulapaka personally sends an update to all subscribers about special events, weekend specials, and recipes. If you are interested, please sign-up for the Cress Newsletter. We strongly believe that food and wine are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. Every week in our newsletter, we share a “recipe” either from the Cress Menu, a Cooking Class, or just something that we hope you will enjoy, try, and most importantly, make your own. Please check back each week for new inpirations and recipes..
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 two-time (2013, 2011) James Beard Nominee 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.
The March to 100!
We frequently share original recipes because we beleive that all good things in life are meant to be shared. "March to 100" is Chef Pulapaka's personal goal to share at least 100 recipes. Here are Chef Pulapaka's Recipes to date.
Wine at Cress
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News and Events
Sunday Brunch at Vo-LaSalle Farms
On Sunday, December 8th, 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. Here is a link for more information and the menu. The event will include a farm tour as well as live music. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Lesser Florida Seafood Dinner
We are constantly trying to improve our ability to source ingredients that are sustainable and fresh. On Tuesday, November 12th, we partner with Mike and Tony's Seafood to showcase a wide variety of Florida seafood options that are often overlooked or discarded in lieu of staples and often overfished options. We have created an exciting menu that showcases the particular characteristics and flavour profiles of each fish. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Dinner at Tomazin Farms
We returned to Tomazin Farms on Sunday, October 6th for an Indian inspired dinner. Most of the ingredients was fromor within 75 miles of this 4th generation Florida farm located in Samsula, FL. Here was the menu and other information for this very special event.
Dr. Jenneffer Pulapaka Recognized!
Dr Jenneffer Pulapaka who runs her own medical private practice The DeLand Foot and Leg Center and is also the Wine Director, Manager, and Co-Owner of Cress was recently named one of The Most Influential Women in Business for 2013 by the Volusia-Flagler Business Report! We are proud of her accomplishments and recognition!
James Beard Foundation Chef's Boot Camp
Chef Hari Pulapaka was as one of 15 chefs nationwide to partcipate in the first official Chef's Boot Camp for policy and change hosted by The James Beard Foundation in Louisville, KY during May 12-14, 2013. For more information, please visit the JBF's official page for this event.
Cress and ZAGAT
Cress was rated the Top Restaurant in Central Florida in the new Zagat Orlando Guide. Here is more information in an Official Zagat Blog