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๐Ÿฝ๏ธ This chefโ€™s serving vegan food with island flair

You'll find Chef Jenn with a smile inside or outside of the kitchen.

VEGAN FOOD WITH JAMAICAN FLAIR ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

When you stop by DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery in Eatonville, you just might be greeted with an infectious smile and a cheerful, “hello, dahling.”

That’s Chef Jenn, the owner of this vegan restaurant with a Jamaican flair.

Jenneil Ross, who goes by Chef Jenn, is a Jamaican immigrant who came to the U.S. to study law at Warner University and eventually found her way into the kitchen via her passion for veganism.

Learn more about Chef Jenn’s story and her passion for plant-based cuisine. BTW, you may have heard of DaJen Eats before โ€” it was the restaurant in the Citgo gas station on North Orange Blossom Trail.

This story is part four of our Immigrant Powered series. We previously met: QLatinx, a non-profit uniting Orlando’s LGBTQ Latinx community; Kostya Kimlat, a local magician who fooled Penn & Teller; and Dr. Anup Patel, a leading plastic and hand surgeon.

Immigrant Powered is a nonpartisan, grassroots initiative highlighting immigrant-powered businesses and organizations in our community. Request a sticker and show your support.

PRODUCED BY PULPTOWN CREATIVE STUDIO WITH IMMIGRANT POWERED

8 BUCKS WILL GET YOU ... ๐Ÿฅ‘

One poke bowl. Two craft beers at happy hour. Maybe some avocado toast. While we love these things as much as the next Orlandoan, we just have to make sure you know $8 will also get you a month-long supply of Pulptown deliciousness โ€” err โ€” membership. Pulptown members go the extra dollar to support this local newsletter and in return get sweet benefits, like discounts to our events (like our super fun, private seafood and wine pairing!) But this special launch price won't last long after this month, so join today to take advantage.

GET BOOKISH ABOUT BLACK HISTORY ๐Ÿ“š

Before Black History Month ends next week we want to highlight two great events happening this weekend as part of the national African American Read-In initiative this Sunday. Both events start at 2 p.m.

At the Orlando Public Library, you can hear reading, poetry and music from some notable local names. Some of the folks doing readings for the crowd include Nerd Nite Orlando host Ricardo Williams, WESH anchor Jazmin Bailey and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. Find more info here.

And over in Winter Park, the library is teaming up with the Hannibal Square Heritage Center for a family-friendly day of reading that will feature books on heavier topics and some lighthearted reads. Head here for more information.

โ€œSOME OTHER GREAT UNIVERSITYโ€™S GAINโ€ ๐Ÿซ

The saga of Dale Whittaker’s decision to resign from his post as UCF president was made official yesterday when the school’s board of trustees accepted his move.

Whittaker’s decision came after a contentious six-month fight over the school’s misuse of $38 million. The money was originally set aside as unspent operating funds for “general and educational expenses,” but the $38 million was instead used to construct an academic hall โ€“ the newly opened Trevor Colbourn Hall.

Board members voted to accept the decision but several of them expressed regrets over the move and praised Whittaker. Chairman Robert Garvy said, “Our loss will be some other great university’s gain.”

Whittaker also received plenty of support from students and even notable alumni, like state Rep. Anna Eskamani who tweeted that the controversy felt politically motivated: “It makes sense that a school like @UCF would be targeted by conservative leaders; a school in a blue county who opened the first early voting site on campus.”

The acting president, Thad Seymour Jr., is expected to lead the school for the next few months until a full-time replacement is hired.

In other newsโ€ฆ

  • This weekend you can enjoy some brunch in Sanford while also watching the town’s historic downtown area get some love. (Orlando Weekly)
  • Wondering about those red bikes that have been popping up around the city? They’re part of Uber’s shift into the electric bike game. (Bungalower)
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to get cheap Canadian prescription drugs here in Florida, and he said Trump supports the plan. (Tampa Bay Times)
Events

Things to do

OUR PARTNER EVENTS ๐Ÿค

โšฝ๏ธ Saturday, Feb. 23: Grab your tickets to The All-Star Soccer Ball and celebrate all-stars in our community, hosted by The Orlando City Soccer Foundation (SeaWorld)

๐ŸŽ‰ Monday, March 4: Support Orlando Fringe at its party of the year. The night includes live music, libations and local eats plus an exclusive performance of last years’ hit, El Wiz, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz set in modern-day Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.ย (Thornton Park)

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IN AND AROUND TOWN ๐Ÿ†•

TODAY
๐Ÿป Make March Madness more entertaining with a pub crawl (Ivanhoe)
๐ŸŽ‰ Kick off Porchfest with a little pre-party (Sanford)
๐Ÿ’ฐ The bigger the hair, the bigger the fundraiser? (West Colonial)
๐Ÿšฒ Air up those tires and put on your helmets (Loch Haven Park)
๐ŸŒฎ Grab the fam or friends and head to the food truck bazaar (Windermere)
๐Ÿถ Take the pups to this new yappy hour (Curry Ford West)


SATURDAY
๐Ÿฅƒ Check out this bourbon and buskers event (Audubon Park)
๐ŸŽถ Whatever you do, don’t miss this year’s Porchfest (Sanford)
๐Ÿป Celebrate Roque Pub’s anniversary with beers and live music (Curry Ford West)
๐Ÿฆž Mardi Gras is here! Eat all the crawfish, drink all the Abita (Wekiva)
๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Yoga and coffee more your speed? (Longwood)
๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Or yoga and beer? (Curry Ford West)
๐Ÿ—ฃ Through Sunday Ever dreamed of becoming an engineer? (Loch Haven)


SUNDAY
๐Ÿ“š Celebrate African-American literature at this read-in (Downtown)
๐Ÿ“š Or celebrate it here (Winter Park)
๐Ÿงช Calling all Harry Potter fans, learn to make magic potions (Oviedo)
๐Ÿ› Shop this local vintage market (Downtown)
๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Love reggae and running? Don’t miss this 5K (Baldwin Park)
๐ŸŽฌ Watch the Oscars on the big screen (Maitland)


MONDAY
๐Ÿฟ Great Scott! Don’t miss this movie night at A La Cart (East Colonial)
โ“ Who knows Dr. Who better than you? (Downtown)
๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Get your buti yoga on beside this pool deck (Thornton Park)
๐Ÿ› Shop this Monday community market (Audubon Park)
๐ŸŒณ Volunteer to clear the Oakland Nature Preserve (Oakland)
โšพ๏ธ The Atlanta Braves are back in town for spring training (Lake Buena Vista)


TUESDAY
โ“ Are you more of a Ted Mosby or Barnie Stinson? (Downtown) ๐Ÿ†•
๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Get your downward dog on under the stars (Downtown) ๐Ÿ†•
๐Ÿ˜Ž It’s the perfect night for dirty bingo (Thornton Park) ๐Ÿ†•
๐ŸŽŸ An unforgettable show, 10 years in the making (College Park) ๐Ÿ†•
๐Ÿค— Hey mamas, grab your sons for date night (Waterford Lakes) ๐Ÿ†•
๐Ÿป Grab your drinking buddies for a brewery hop (Curry Ford West) ๐Ÿ†•


Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a Pulptown membership.

ONE MORE THING ๐Ÿ‘‹

Pinching pennies waiting for that tax refund? Check out Orlando Date Night Guide’s list of 75 free things to do in Orlando and enjoy our City Beautiful this weekend.

See ya Monday,

โ€” Pulptown

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