by erin thursby
1171 on Edgewood bit the proverbial dust last month. Not really sure if it was a victim of the economy or the location. It sure wasn’t the food that sounded their death knell.
In brighter news, Fu Hao Bistro (1003 Park St) should be opening soon, adding a little non-sushi, pan-Asian flair to 5-Points.
Open in mid-April is Walker’s Wine Bar, located at the corner of Post and King, across from Park Palace. A glass of wine starts at about $5. The place is all exposed brick and racks of wine. It looks like a cool place to hang.
Orsay (3630 Park St. 904-381-0909) in Avondale is adding Sunday brunch. Sure they’ll be serving Eggs Benedict and the like, but this is Orsay’s, so they have items such as Duck Confit sauteed with fingerling potatoes and fresh sage, topped with fried eggs. Brunch will be first come, first served.
While you can go to any restaurant on mother’s day, we’ve got two picks for mom’s special day: Cozy Tea (1029 Park St 329-3964) will have three sittings on Saturday, May 9th at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. There will be two sittings on Sunday May 10th at 11am and 1pm. They’ll offer a full afternoon tea at each sitting including a pot of tea, soup, salad, quiche, sandwiches, fruit and pastry. Each quest will receive a special gift – a teacup and saucer as they leave. The price is $30 per person. Blue Bamboo (3820 Southside Blvd 646-1478) for a mom who’s into Canton roast duck or honey seared ahi-tuna. Their feature item is a gooey white chocolate center cake made especially for Mother’s Day!
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
(Every Sat. 10 am- 4 pm) A new place to get your fresh produce and whatever else you might want! Under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge on Riverside Ave.
WORLD OF NATIONS
(Fri.-Sun. May 1-3) Multiculturalism is great, but I’m in for the food. This annual celebration of diversity thankfully celebrates our differences in cuisine. Metropolitan Park. Info: MakeASceneDowntown.com
46TH ANNUAL ISLE OF EIGHT SHRIMP FESTIVAL
(Fri. & Sat. May 1-3) The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival includes dozens of food booths featuring shrimp specialties. Each year, the Festival is held in the historic Downtown Centre Street business district in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. The festival is a lively mixture of fun including an annual “Pirate Parade” to kick things off on Thursday and features juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, Southwest Airlines Kids Korner, contests, pirates, free admission and 25 food booths featuring shrimp prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations. Info: shrimpfestival.com or call toll free (866) 426-3542
AN OLD FLORIDA EVENING WITH MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS
(Sat. May 2 at 7 pm) A five-course meal inspired by Rawling’s work about Old Florida cuisine. There will also be an auction and a historic talk. The evening is sponsored by First Coast Slow Food. Tickets are $75 and can be reserved by calling (904) 827-1350.Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, St. Augustine.
ZAITOON WINE TASTING SERIES
(Wed. May 6 at 6 pm) Special guest and Sommelier, Kori Blacker, will be showcasing several different wines and Zaitoon’s Executive Chef will be preparing special hors d’ouevres for the event. Tickets are $12. Guests that decide to stay for dinner after the Wine Tasting will receive a 10% discount off of their entire check for that evening! Zaitoon, Intercoastal behind Fresh Market. Info:221-7066 or ZaitoonGrill.com
2009 ONE JAX HUMANITARIAN AWARDS DINNER
(Thurs. May 7 at 6 pm-9 pm) The OneJax Humanitarian Awards honor those who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively to our community, and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community. Hyatt Riverfront Hotel. Info: Call for tickets at 354-1JAX (1529) or onejax.org
ANCIENT CITY CRAWFISH BOIL
(Sat. & Sun. May 8-9) See page WHATEVER FOR DETAILS.
SEAFOOD DINNER AND AUCTION
(Sat. May 9 at 6 pm) Salmon, shrimp, fried fish and side of hush puppies please! This event is a fundraiser for 4H youth development. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Holiday Inn at Commonwealth. Info: Duval Extension Office, 387-8858 or e-mail, [email protected]
WHAT’S KILLING OUR HONEY BEES?
(Mon. May 11 at 7 pm) Sam Van Leer, beekeeper in Ponte Vedra, will educate us on the state of bees and beekeeping in northeastern FL. Bees are an essential part of our life, being the primary pollinators for crops that we eat daily. But According to the University of Florida for the last 40 years, honey bee forage has been on the decline in the US, due to changes in agricultural practices and urban development. These problems as well as diseases of bees including the little understood Colony Collapse Disorder as well as pesticides and insecticides that many of us use present a constant threat to healthy bee populations. Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 2001 University Blvd. W., Jacksonville – just east of San Jose Blvd.
A FABULOUS DAY IN HISTORIC AVONDALE: PREVIEW LUNCHEON
(Thurs. May 14 at 10:30 am) Be the first to celebrate the opening of the 2009 34th Symphony Guild Designer Showhouse at Ortega Landing & Marina. Begin the day at 10:30 a.m. with a bit of the bubbly at Avondale Gift Boutique. Then browse the many unique shops along St Johns Avenue before enjoying a delectable courtyard luncheon at Sterlings of Avondale. Following lunch, be prepared to be enlightened, entertained and inspired by Tony Sirianni! In addition, the Avondale Merchant Association has graciously donated door prizes and gift bags to provide closure to the first half of this exciting adventure. Complete your day by dropping into Gardners of Ortega. Here you will toast the culmination of an exciting kick-off to the 2009 Showhouse and take with you a floral treat as the finale to a fabulous day in Historic Avondale! Early reservations required as space is limited. Info: 280-2373 or waters-edge.com/showhouse
TASTE OF TALENT
(Thurs. May 14 at 6 pm) Enjoy live music from 12 different musical groups, taste food from local area restaurants, beer and wine, and a silent auction. Food from Heirlooms Bistro, Sheff’s Everyday Gourmet, Blue Bamboo, Tidbits, Whiteway Deli, Edgewood Bakery, Demato’s Cupcake Cucina, and Florida Yacht Club. Proceeds benefit Riverside Fine Arts Association and Project Listen. $60 per person or $250 for a Patron of the Arts. $35 is tax deductible. Church of the Good Shepherd. Info: riversidefinearts.org
JACKSONVILLE BACKYARD BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP
(Sat. May 16) This amateur barbeque contest raises money for scholarship for Daniel Kids. No professional barbecue cooks are permitted to compete. Tickets are $10 in advance. Firefighter Hall, I-10 and Stockton Street. Info: jaxbbqchampionships.com
AUTHORS & INNS TOUR
(Sat. & Sun. May 16-17) The Historic Inns of Spring Lake are hosting their 3rd Annual Authors & Inns Tour. Tour of 11 inns features cookbooks by a star-studded celebrity list of chefs, restaurateurs and culinary TV/media personalities who will be personally signing and selling their books. Info: 732-449-2010, Spring Lake Inn; 732-449-0211, White Lilac Inn; 732-449-0577 Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce.
BAHAMIAN BREAKFAST & JUNKAROO RUSH OUT
(Sun. May 17 from 9 am to Noon) Help send a deserving Abaco Student to Flagler College. Enjoy “fire engine”, “chicken souse”, Johnny cake, Scrambled eggs, peas ‘n rice, grits, fruit salad. Reserved ticket — $28. Creekside Dinery Matanzas River Creek, 160 Nix Boat Yard Road. Information: 827-9030, 312-1194, 806-2898
CAPITAL GRILLE DEMO AT THE APRON’S COOKING SCHOOL
(Thurs. May 21 at 6:30 pm) The Capital Grille, nationally known for its dry-aged, hand-cut beef and extensive, award-winning wine list, is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, and most recently received the “Award of Excellence” in Fine Dining from the American Culinary Federation. The restaurant also earns rave reviews for its popular Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese and Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, among other dishes. Cost $40. Mandarin Publix, inside the Apron’s kitchen Info: 262-4187
THIRSTY THURSDAYS AT THE SHOWHOUSE
(May 21, 28 & June 4) Please join The Guild at Ortega Landing for complimentary wine tasting each Thursday evening – May 21, May 28, and June 4 – from 5 until 7 pm. Neil Roberts of PRP Wines will be pouring selections from the company’s vast inventory of fine wines. In addition, new Guild members will be serving complimentary appetizers from “Sounds Delicious”, The Guild’s cookbook released in 2008. Ortega Landing and Marina. Info: 358-1479. waters-edge.com/showhouse
DINE ON THE WILD SIDE TO BENEFIT WILDLIFE
(Sat. May 23) Ever dined next to a hungry gator or a nesting heron? This May, you can while supporting a very worthwhile organization. HAWKE, The Humane Association of Wildlife Care & Education, a 501 (3) nonprofit charity that rescues and rehabilitates orphaned wild birds, mammals and reptiles announces their annual “Dine on the Wild Side” fund-raising dinner. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Info: hawkewildlife.org or 692-1777.
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S VEGAN COOKING CLASS
(Sat. May 30 at 6:30 pm) Vegetables are king in this class that explores great tastes without the meat. The menu will be: Polenta Zucchini Boats; Grilled Marinated Portabellas with an Oven Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette; Eggplant Parmagiana over Spinach Fettuccine Nests; Brown Rice Pudding. Cost $35. Mandarin Publix, inside the Apron’s kitchen Info: 262-4187
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by erin thursby