About The Ravenous Pig
Husband-and-wife duo, James and Julie Petrakis both grew up in Winter Park, Florida and met while studying at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Collectively, their resumes including working in kitchens spanning from New York City to Atlanta. It was during this time where they gained a strong appreciation for local and sustainable ingredients. The couple returned to Orlando to start a family and open their first concept, The Ravenous Pig, in 2007.
Today, James and Julie are culinary leaders spearheading Orlando's bourgeoning food movement with multiple concepts in Orlando, including: The Ravenous Pig (2007), an award-winning American Gastropub; Cask & Larder (2012), a Southern Public House featuring seasonal ingredients located in Orlando's International Airport; and The Polite Pig (2017), a fast-casual concept in Disney Springs combining local Florida flavors with wood-fired, smoked modern barbecue. Their newest venture is The Ravenous Pig Brewing Company (2019), a 3,000 square foot facility that will produce namesake brews, available at both The Ravenous Pig and The Polite Pig and will also feature a future beer garden (2020). The brewery also brews the Cask and Larder beer line for their airport concept.
James and Julie have been recognized as semi-finalists by the James Beard Foundation for "Best Chef-South" for four consecutive years. They have also received notable accolades from publications, such as Food & Wine, Saveur, and Southern Living. They are also authors of The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida cookbook.
In November 2016, Cask & Larder took up permanent residence at the Orlando International Airport serving daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at one of the country's busiest transportation hubs. Cask & Larder beers are now brewed by The Ravenous Pig Brewing Co and is located in Winter Park on The Ravenous Pig property.
In 2017, the Petrakises expanded their Swine Family Restaurant Group to Disney Springs with a new concept, The Polite Pig. It features a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items. The Polite Pig has also introduced an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including TRP Brewing Co. beer, wine, and cocktails.