Anna Schmidt project named among best airport dining in North America

Often, travelers want to get an authentic taste of their destination. At Orlando International Airport, visitors have one of the best chances to do that in all of North America.

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Credit: Gary Bogdon Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport was ranked No. 3 on USA TODAY’s list of Best Airport Local/Regional Dining.

Cask & Larder’s OIA location, designed by Anna Schmidt, was recently ranked No. 3 among the Top 10 Airport Local/Regional Dining in North America by USA TODAY.

Cask & Larder, which was a popular destination in Winter Park, was tapped to bring its local flavor to OIA’s Terminal 2 in 2015. A project of James Beard-nominated chefs James and Julie Petrakis, it serves up farm-to-table fare, signature drinks and beer.

But though the food gives diners a taste of Orlando, the design also helps transport them away from the terminal. Renowned restaurant and commercial interior designer Anna Schmidt drew on sustainable and natural elements to bring the restaurant’s theme to life.

The eatery incorporates wood and pops of sky blue and red. Wooden fencing and lush greenery serve to separate the space from the rest of the terminal, and at the center of it all is a huge oak tree with lighted lanterns and reclaimed jars hanging from its boughs.

The airport location of Cask & Larder opened late last year. The team worked closely with Johnny Rivers of Inglur, Inc. and Peter Amaro, Jr., CEO of Master ConcessionAir, LLC (MCA) to bring the concept to the OIA terminal.

The project’s architect was BCA Architecture, and the general contractor was Gomez Construction.

To compile the top 10 listing, USA TODAY worked with Airport Revenue News, which had industry experts vet and nominate 15 finalists. USA TODAY’s 10Best readers then had four weeks to vote daily.

Cask & Larder beat out airport restaurants around the country, including those at Los Angeles International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Denver International Airport.

To see the full listing, visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-airport-local-regional-dining-2017/.

Anna Schmidt adds upscale touch to Cask & Larder’s Orlando International Airport location

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Design embodies restaurant’s farm-to-table concept

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2016) – From the rich wood features and upholstery accents to the huge oak tree adorned with glowing lights towering overhead, nothing about the Cask & Larder’s new location makes you think of rushing through the airport to catch a flight.

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Credit: Gary Bogdon Designer – Anna Schmidt incorporated Cask & Larder’s farm-to-table concept into the restaurant’s design with sustainable and natural elements, such as reclaimed wood, lush greenery and a large oak tree adorned with reclaimed jars and lanterns.

In fact, renowned restaurant and commercial interior designer Anna Schmidt selected each element to transport diners away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando International Airport and give them a taste of Orlando.

Cask & Larder, a popular Winter Park destination since 2012, was tapped to bring its local flavor to OIA’s Terminal 2 last year. Cask & Larder is the project of James Beard-nominated chefs James and Julie Petrakis, who are also behind several other concepts, including Winter Park’s Ravenous Pig and Disney Springs’ Polite Pig.

The team worked closely with Johnny Rivers of Inglur, Inc. and Peter Amaro, Jr., CEO of Master ConcessionAir, LLC (MCA), to deliver the farm to terminal experience. MCA presently operates four retail locations in pre-security OIA and is partnered with Johnny Rivers to operate two Johnny Rivers’ Grill & Market locations, also housed at OIA’s Terminal 2. MCA has over 18 years of airport experience with over 100 food and beverage and retail locations in seven U.S. airports.

The OIA location is meant to offer diners a true foodie experience with dishes inspired by Cask & Larder’s original concept, as well as quick-serve options and signature drinks and beer. Schmidt designed Cask & Larder’s original Winter Park location, as well.

As with the original location, Schmidt aimed to mirror the restaurant’s farm-to-table concept in her design at OIA, which draws on sustainable and natural elements.

The main restaurant area incorporates reclaimed wood and pops of sky blue and red. Wooden fencing and lush greenery also provide a sense of escape. Diners can choose from a variety of table styles, including banquettes, singles seating, rustic communal tables, or a bar that offers views of the kitchen.

At the center of the design is a large oak tree with lighted lanterns and reclaimed jars hanging from its boughs.

Schmidt continued the theme into Cask & Larder Provisions, which offers travelers quick options such as paninis and sandwiches. The area includes a lighted wooden trellis that mimics the tree’s branches, as well as reclaimed wood shelves for products and an antique chalkboard to display specials.

Finally, the location includes a bar, which picks up touches of the restaurant’s greenery and includes antique painted door panels and wooden keg displays.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to draw from Cask & Larder’s concept but do something new,” Schmidt said. “I loved being able to create something that will both catch travelers’ eyes and give them a taste of the local area.”

Cask & Larder’s new location replaced Kafe Kalik and Au Bon Pain in Terminal 2 and extends into what was formerly a runway observatory.

Anna Schmidt Interior Design has worked with a number of national restaurants and companies, including Olive Garden, Seasons 52, Red Lobster, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ruby Tuesday and FOX Sports Grill.

For more information, visit www.annaschmidtinteriors.com.

For high resolution images of this project, visit http://bit.ly/2fOZILQ.

About Anna Schmidt Interior Design

Anna Schmidt Interior Design (formerly Schmidt Design Studio, Inc.) is a professional interior design firm with an exceptional reputation built over the years through the design of one-of-a-kind spaces and strong client relationships. Established in 2003 and based in Jupiter, Fla., the firm has worked extensively with nationwide brands, franchises and upscale independent restaurants throughout the country, as well as many corporate and commercial spaces.  For more information, visit www.annaschmidtinteriors.com or call (407) 399-6808.

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Wellons Communications
407-339-0879
will@wellonscommunications.com

Anna Schmidt featured in OBJ article

Anna Schmidt was featured in an Orlando Business Journal article for her work on the Polite Pig in Disney Springs.

5 design elements in Ravenous Pig’s new Disney-area sister restaurant

A new restaurant in the works for Disney Springs is taking design hints from the theme of its menu.

The Polite Pig is going in an end cap within Disney Springs' Town Center neighborhood. Rachel Williams

The Polite Pig is going in an end cap within Disney Springs’ Town Center neighborhood. Rachel Williams

The Polite Pig — a sister concept to Winter Park’s ever-popular The Ravenous Pig— will feature wood-fired, smoked and grilled items, as well as fresh seasonal sides, craft beers and more when it debuts in the  spring in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs.

Jupiter-based Anna Schmidt Interior Design seeks to bring some of those elements into the design of the new 5,000-square-foot, 200-seat eatery, said a news release.

Company owner Anna Schmidt has worked with the owners — local celebrity chefs James and Julie Petrakis and James Petrakis’ brother, chef Brian Petrakis — on past ventures. The couple owns The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, and are consultants for DoveCote French brasserie in downtown Orlando.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Petrakis family again,” Schmidt said in a prepared statement. “Their creativity in the kitchen knows no bounds, and I can’t wait to help bring their vision to life for visitors from all over the world to enjoy at Disney Springs.”

Here are some elements you can expect to see in The Polite Pig:

  • Vibrant colors
  • Wood tones
  • Crisp, light finishes
  • Antique furnishings
  • Worn brick walls

HHCP Architects is the project architect, Gomez Construction is the general contractor, and Lure Graphic Design is handling branding.

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Anna Schmidt selected to design The Polite Pig at Disney Springs

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Design of new 5,000-square-foot restaurant will take inspiration from local flavor

Orlando, Fla. (August 25, 2016) – Renowned restaurant and commercial interior designer Anna Schmidt has been selected to create the look and feel of The Polite Pig, a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant at Disney Springs.
The Polite Pig is the next project from husband-and-wife chefs James and Julie Petrakis, who developed the popular eatery The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, Florida. The pair will work on the restaurant with James’ brother, Brian, who owns and operates the Orlando restaurant Greens & Grille. Schmidt has previously worked with the Petrakis family to design their widely acclaimed Winter Park, Florida, restaurants Cask & Larder and The Ravenous Pig. Schmidt has also completed the design for their newest Cask & Larder location at Orlando International Airport, which will open this fall.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Petrakis family again,” Schmidt said. “Their creativity in the kitchen knows no bounds, and I can’t wait to help bring their vision to life for visitors from all over the world to enjoy at Disney Springs.”
The Polite Pig, which is scheduled to open in spring 2017, will feature wood-fired and smoked and grilled items, as well as fresh seasonal sides. It will also serve beer, wine, cocktails and house-made sodas and lemonades.
Schmidt plans to play on the restaurant’s fare and theme in her design. She will incorporate vibrant colors and wood tones to complement the wood-fired items and crisp, light finishes to showcase the fresh seasonal fare. Hints of days gone by will be captured in the furnishings and worn brick walls throughout, while elements of surprise will remind guests of the ingenuity of the founders’ culinary talents.
The Polite Pig will be located in Town Center at Disney Springs. The 5,000-square-foot space will accommodate about 200 guests, and the restaurant will be open daily. Gomez Construction is leading the project, and HHCP Architects and Anna Schmidt are working to develop the architecture and interiors, respectively. Lure Graphic Design will spearhead branding efforts.
Schmidt has also worked with a number of other national restaurants and companies, including First Watch, Olive Garden, Seasons 52, Red Lobster, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ruby Tuesday and FOX Sports Grill.
About Anna Schmidt Interior Design
Anna Schmidt Interior Design (formerly Schmidt Design Studio, Inc.) is a professional interior design firm with an exceptional reputation built over the years through the design of one-of-a-kind spaces and strong client relationships. Established in 2003 and based in Jupiter, Fla., the firm has worked extensively with nationwide brands, franchises and upscale independent restaurants throughout the country, as well as many corporate and commercial spaces. For more information, visit www.annaschmidtinteriors.com or call (407) 399-6808.

Media Contact:
Will Wellons
Wellons Communications
407-339-0879
will@wellonscommunications.com

Anna Schmidt named interior designer for new Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport

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Schmidt joining forces with Cask & Larder to deliver a homegrown experience at new location

Orlando, Fla. (12-01-2015) – Anna Schmidt, a renowned restaurant and commercial interior designer, has been selected to oversee a new Cask & Larder location coming to Orlando International Airport in 2016.

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Conceptual Rendering – Cask & Larder at Orlando International Airport (Credit: Anna Schmidt Interior Design)

Anna Schmidt has been a successful force behind a variety of commercial and hospitality design projects, including Winter Park’s popular Cask & Larder. Schmidt brilliantly captured the essence of the Cask & Larder brand for its flagship location in 2012, making her firm a natural selection when the restaurant’s farm-to-table concept was tapped to bring local flavor to Orlando International Airport. The new location will be a more mainstream version of its Winter Park counterpart, with the same homegrown elements and inviting atmosphere.

Schmidt joins Cask & Larder’s James and Julie Petrakis in the ambitious facelift of Orlando International Airport’s edible offerings. The team, which includes BCA Architecture, will work closely with Johnny Rivers of Inglur, Inc. and Peter Amaro, Jr., CEO of Master ConcessionAir, LLC (MCA), to deliver a farm to terminal experience. MCA presently operates four retail locations in pre-security OIA and is partnered with Johnny Rivers currently operating two Johnny Rivers’ Grill & Market locations, also housed at OIA’s Terminal 2. MCA has over 18 years of airport experience with over 100 food and beverage and retail locations, in seven different US airports.

Set to open late summer or early fall of next year, the airport Cask & Larder will replace Kafe Kalik and Au Bon Pain, in Airside Terminal 2. It will extend through an area currently serving as a runway observatory, which will become the new Cask & Larder’s bar. The bar will feature familiar signature drinks and Cask & Larder crafted beer.

Anna Schmidt Interior Design has worked with a number of other national restaurants and companies, including First Watch, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones, Seasons 52, Red Lobster, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ruby Tuesday and FOX Sports Grill.

About Anna Schmidt Interior Design

Anna Schmidt Interior Design (formerly Schmidt Design Studio, Inc.) is a professional interior design firm with an exceptional reputation built over the years through the design of one-of-a-kind spaces and strong client relationships. Established in 2003 and based in Jupiter, Fla., the firm has worked extensively with nationwide brands, franchises and upscale independent restaurants throughout the country, as well as many corporate and commercial spaces. Our mission is to create functional and beautiful places in which to work while delivering outstanding design and valuable service for each and every project.  For more information, visit www.annaschmidtinteriors.com or call (407) 399-6808.

Media Contact:

Will Wellons
Wellons Communications
407-339-0879
will@wellonscommunications.com

The Story of Cask & Larder

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When James and Julie Petrakis approached me to design their second restaurant, Cask & Larder, I was thrilled to begin a quest that would turn into one of the hottest restaurants in Winter Park, FL.  Their sister restaurant, The Ravenous Pig just down the street, was my first start at working with the husband and wife team years prior and is as equally as popular as it’s younger sibling.  Calling themselves a “Southern Public House”, Cask & Larder paid tribute to this legacy by creating a congenial neighborhood

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