• IN THE BLOG: Orlando magazine 2020 Dining Hall of Fame

    Five new inductees joined the Hall of Fame ranks this year, including Evette Rahman of Sister Honey’s

    Evette Rahman opened Sister Honey’s in 2012 and soon began winning ribbons and accolades for her baking. “Our philosophy,” she says from her SODO-area shop, “is to make a quality product, provide people with something to enjoy. I think to myself: ‘I’ve got to make this right.’ ” Over a slice of extraordinary apple pie, she talks about her skills and where they came from. “It’s been a baking journey. Sometimes I think if I had gone to formal culinary school, I would have learned things that would make this easier. But because I didn’t, I can think out of the box and create things that are a bit unique.” Rahman is known for her moist, custard-filled coconut cake—and a four-layer pistachio variant that is killer; a sweet and billowy lemon meringue; and hand-squeezed Key lime pies.

    “My parents were both from Jamaica and into natural foods,” she says. “I was used to quality ingredients at home. My mother was always baking and I wanted to be around that. If I’d make something that wasn’t quite right, she would be like, ‘What was that?’ Sometimes, I still hear her saying things while I cook.”

    I love competitions, not for the end result, but the process. Testing recipes for that final product, and seeing what others are doing, is the best part.”

    Her efforts have been applauded by retail customers (she’s about to offer online shipping of her products), her main taste tester (husband Andy) and honored frequently in the rarefied world of baking competitions. She won the 2019 World Dessert Championship for her Razzleberry swirl Key lime pie stuffed cookie against more than 1,400 other competitors. She’s also won two World Dessert Championships (the first baker to win twice) as well as an American Pie Council Championship, three years’ Best of Show at the APC National Pie Championships and numerous blue ribbons.

    “I’m thankful to everyone who ever cooked and baked,” Rahman says, “and put their recipes out there for me to try.”
    So are we. sisterhoneys.com

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR JOSEPH REED HAYES

    I've been writing about food and travel for more than 25 years. I am available for feature articles and copywriting work, by contract or on assignment. My other hat is worn in performance spaces, as an award-winning playwright, jazz event producer and advocate for new, original creative work for in-house and online audiences.

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As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.

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My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 44 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13 series of shows. "Best local playwright: Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

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Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic for 20+ years. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs. I can write about the front of the house of a restaurant as well as the kitchen with equal expertise. Founding member, goFLA/SunshinePlate Central Florida.

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Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Chair of Alternative Programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.