Cress In The News
James Beard Foundation: Chef's Boot Camp for Policy and Change, May 12-14, 2013
Chef Hari Pulapaka has been selected 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. For more information, please visit the JBF's official page for this event.
Zagat Guide Orlando: Top Restaurant 2013
Cress was recently rated the Top Restaurant in Central Florida in the new Zagat Orlando Guide. Here is more information in an Official Zagat Blog
2013, 2011 James Beard Nominee - Best Chef South: JBF
Chef Hari Pulapaka is honoured to have been named a James Beard-Best Chef South nominee twice (2013 and 2011). Only a handful of Chefs received this nomination in a six region category inclusing the states of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Puerto Rico.
Food & Wine: The People's Best New Chef Nominee, 2013, 2012
Chef Pulapaka is honoured to have been nominated two years in a row as one of the top 100 People's Best New Chefs in the United States.
Orlando Sentinel: Critics's Choice Best Overall Restaurant 2013
Cress was recently choosen the Best Overall Restaurant in the 15th Annual Orlando Sentinel Dining Awards (Foodies). Here are all the results.
Le Cordon Bleu, North America: Interview with Chef Hari Pulapaka, 2013
Zagat Blog: 8 Chef's With Hidden talent, Kelly Snowden 2012
It is flattering to be mentioned alongside some star and established chefs ... More
Scott Joseph Restaurant Guide: James Beard Dinner Preview Dinner: 2012
This was a preview dinner held at Emeril's Tchoup Chop of our scheduled dinner at the James Beard House on October 10, 2012. Here is Scott Joseph's wonderful account of the preview dinner.
Scott Joseph Restaurant Guide: Pop-Up at Gary's Seafood: Featured Chef, 2012
We had a fabulous time bringing flavours from Cress to Downtown Orlando in a pop-up experience. Here are some reviews: Tasty Chomp's Food Blog, Scott Joseph
Wine: The View From Orlando, November 2011
James Beard Nominees Charity Dinner at Cress Restaurant: The Spinoff More...
Floridian View Magazine: Best Restaurant - West Volusia, September 2011
Thanks to the readers of Floridian View Magazine for voting Cress the Best Restaurant in West Volusia. Congratulations to all the other winners! More...
Orlando Weekly: Dining Feature (Big Beards), Faiyaz Kara, August 25 2011
Call it a gastronomic all-star game, a midsummer classic bringing five of Central Florida’s finest chefs together under one roof for one night. The names – Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and Wine Bar, Scott Hunnel of Victoria and Albert’s, James and Julie Petrakis of the Ravenous Pig and Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant – are notable in their own right, but more so for having been nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: South. More...
Orlando Magazine: Dining Feature, Joseph Hayes, July 2011
“I’ve been an academic most of my life,” says Hari Pulapaka, but there’s nothing staid and scholarly coming out of his kitchen at Cress. Time is a precious commodity for this 45-year-old chef. A full-time mathematics professor at Stetson University ... More
Daytona Beach News Journal: Dining Feature, Tom Iacuzio, June 2011
Whether in the kitchen or in the classroom, Chef Hari Pulapaka is an expert at measuring out variables to create the perfect equation. His work recently got the executive chef of Cress Restaurant in DeLand and Stetson University math professor nominated ... More
Floridian View Magazine: Dining Feature, Laurie Sterbens, April 2011
Now that Cress Restaurant is a solid success, someone should probably tell Chef Hari Pulapaka and his wife, co-owner Jenneffer Pulapaka, that they can quit their day jobs. Yet both Hari and Jenneffer continue to maintain full-time professional positions in addition to carving out culinary careers ... More
Restaurant Forum: Cover Feature, Alicia Callanan Mandigo, March-April 2011
Its a small restaurant in a small town built on a might melange of flavors. Cress Restaurant describes itself as a restaurant specializing in cuisine that is locally sourced and globally inspired, but its really much more complex than that.
Self Magazine: Featured Recipes by Merritt Watts, August 2010
Hari Pulapaka, chef and owner of Cress Restaurant in DeLand, Florida, scored a spot at a local community garden to sprout his organic produce for vitamin-packed salads like this one. The homemade dressing he created stays fresh in the fridge for a week ... More
One Plate A Time: Full Sail Documentary: Liam Pool, September 2010
Hari Pulapaka takes some time out from his career as a mathematician for a leading university to follow his passion as a gourmet chef. His successful restaurant is only the beginning ... More
On Dining: BrightHouse Channel 300 Dining Feature, Rona Gindin, July 2010
Sentiment is so strong about Cress, a truly unusual gourmet-casual restaurant, that locals will do anything to keep their favorite DeLand dig busy. I was brought to this charming and ambitious restaurant by my former accountant and his wife; we'd never socialized before yet they'd insisted on treating me to a Cress encounter just so I'd give the place some press. Done. Cress is truly unusual ... More
Florida Trend Magazine: Dining Feature, Chris Sherman, November 2009
Even in late summer when heat cripples most gardens, Cress turns out an elegant vegetarian composition, a stacked confection of lentils, beans, squash and peas topped with creamy grits infused with wild mushrooms and thyme. It sits in a creamy pool of peanut miso sauce; a nest of crisply fried shoestring parsnips is the crowning touch ... More
Orlando Weekly: Multiple Features, Faiyaz Kara, 2009 - present
Monday night is always date night for Cress Restaurant chef Hari Pulapaka and his wife Jenneffer. Shutting the doors to their intimate DeLand boîte once a week allows the charming culinarians an opportunity to spice up their love life, while doing the same for their tastebuds. So where does the personable pair seek retreat, and on what exactly do they nibble? ... More 1 ... More 2 ... More 3 ... More 4
WMFE 90.7-NPR: Intersection, Mark Simpson, December 2010
Every year, Intersection host Mark Simpson tries to get at least one food episode in for listeners. This year Intersection digs into some locally produced treats with great results. Michael Tiner, who directs the Homegrown Co-Op food market discusses the state of the local food movement in Central Florida, and brings a wide spectrum of snacks. Meanwhile Hari Pulapaka, who co-founded Cress Restaurant in DeLand, brings a broccoli soup made from local ingredients, as well as a succulent baby back pork ribs accompanied by a sauce with burning ghost chilies ... More
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4th Anniversary Charity Dinner
On Monday, September 3rd, Cress sparkled with our 4th anniversary charity dinner featuring five of Central Florida's finest locally inspired chefs! This year's theme was "For Local, By Local". Celebrations began at 6 pm with a special screening of "Vegetarian Bound: A Pilot for TV" at the Athens Theater followed by a decadent food and wine dinner at Cress. Here is more information about the event and a recap of the dinner at Cress.