Soco’s Chef Greg Richie and Chef John Rivers of 4 Rivers and The Coop combined their talents to create a spectacular Southern culinary dining experience. Held at Soco, a Southern Contemporary Cuisine concept in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood, the collaborative dinner featured alternating dishes between Chef Greg Richie and Chef John Rivers.

Each dish was made with fresh local ingredients and had a great balance of flavors.

Executive Chef Greg Richie has established himself as a passionate advocate of enriching Thornton Park culture and elevating the culinary scene in Orlando. His experience alongside industry heavy hitters Emeril Lagasse and Roy Yamaguchi was only the beginning as he’s become a star in his own right. His accolades include Chef of the Year and Best Local Chef among many others. Richie is committed to using local ingredients and strengthening bonds among the downtown Orlando community.

Chef John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse effectively created the most successful barbecue chain in Florida without any culinary experience. His love for brisket and passion for helping people skyrocketed him to success, starting with a “Barbecue Ministry” in 2004 that raised money to support a local family whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Now, Rivers continues to keep community at the forefront as he brings his southern cooking style to the residents of Central Florida.

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Blue Crab Topped Fried Green Tomatoes // Watermelon rind syrup, balsamic reduction, roasted pepper jam (Chef John Rivers)
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Molasses and Soy Glazed Pork Belly // Caramelized watermelon, pickled rind, chicaronnes, bourbon barrel aged soy emulsion
(Chef Greg Richie)
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Tempura Crisped-Collard Greens Wrapped Tuna Loin // Okra “caviar”, pickled mustard seed butter
(Chef Greg Richie)
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Lake Meadows Free Range Chicken // Bourbon peach glaze, southern succotash, poblano & serrano ham baked grits
(Chef John Rivers)
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Left: Local Blueberry Bread Pudding // Georgia peach whiskey sauce, buttermilk ice cream (Chef Greg Richie)
Right: Southern Bourbon Pecan Pie Bread Pudding // Praline crumb topping, salted bourbon caramel ice cream (Chef John Rivers)

Location: Soco Restaurant – 629 E. Central Blvd. in Thornton Park
Social: #SouthMeetsSouth

Soco Restaurant Thornton Park
629 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 849-1800

4 Rivers Smokehouse
1600 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 474-8377