Dish Update

by Erin Thursby
Beethoven’s Bistro (5917 Roosevelt Blvd., 771-6606) got a little glory as the backdrop for a faith-based indie film called Daniel’s Lot. The film should be completed by Christmas.
Karlene’s Deli in the Jacksonville Landing closed down last month, leaving the store front empty once again.
Also closed Downtown, the beloved Worman’s, which has been around for a solid 70 years. Folks are attributing their demise to the unfinished courthouse.
Brown Brothers BBQ on King Street bit the dust last month. A sad turn of events, because although the Westside does have its share of barbecue, Riverside doesn’t.
On the bright side, weekly markets are popping up like mushrooms, possibly because of inspiration from RAM (that’s the Riverside Arts Market). The same folks that brought you the St. Johns Town Center Market will be opening up the Orange Park Market on Saturday October 3rd.

September 2
Wine Tasting Series at Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill Monthly Wine Tastings will be held on the First Wednesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm. $15, 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40 (located behind Fresh Market in the Harbour Village Shopping Center),

September 4-6
RiverGrille Clambake Oysters, clams and lobster will be on teh menu for this clambake, along with entertainment, drinkspecials and a riverfront deck in Ormond Beach. RiverGrille 950 N. US-1, Ormond Beach 368-615-2004

September 8
Native Sun Hosts Gourmet Honey Tasting Shalom Jacksonville, the Jewish Federation’s official welcome wagon for Northeast Florida, has planned a Gourmet Honey Tasting at both Native Sun Natural Foods Market locations in advance of the Rosh Hashanah holiday when honey is used to prepare many traditional dishes. Mike Thomas, of Thomas Honey in Lake City, will speak, explaining t types of honey, the honey making, medicinal benefits and will have a living bee hive on display. Please RSVP to Isabel Balotin with Shalom Jacksonville at 448-5000 x206 or

September 11
SHINDIG for the Sanctuary Silent auction, chance drawing, cameo performance by Al Letson & entertainment by the Sanctuary children.
Tickets for a chance drawing to a Jaguars’ home game with seating for two in the Weaver’s Stadium Box Suite are $10 each. Food compliments of Bono’s & B.B.’s. Beverages compliments of Harpoon Louie’s. Call for tickets at 356-3588. $35. 6 – 9 pm. Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave.,

September 6-12
Delicious Destinations 2009 Delicious Destinations 2009 events held at the historic Ponte Vedra Inn & Club include a Gourmet Wine Dinner at the Surf Club at Ponte Vedra, an evening in Little Italy at the Lodge at Ponte Vedra Beach, the Celebrity Chef by the Sea reception and luncheon, Sponsors Preview Reception and The Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting. Proceeds from the week long event will benefit St. Vincent’s Community Health Outreach Ministries. Reservations are available for $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten. The event begins at 11:30 am with a champagne reception. Sponsorship packages are available, as well as a limited number of individual reservations at $250 per person. Contact Michelle Branly at the St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation, 308-7338 for reservations or more information.

September 14-15
The Kossak Companies Golf & Tennis Gala Washington Kids Foundation’s largest fundraising event. Deerwood Country Club will kick off the event with a Tennis Pro-Am followed by a brief awards ceremony. The evening will end with a Gala Dinner & Auction at the beautiful Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa where deserving students are recognized with awards and college scholarships. Tickets, table packages and Pro-Am spots are available but limited and have sold out in previous years, so please secure your spot soon! Deerwood Country Club, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Marsh Landing Country Club, 359-5437

September 16
Especially for Seniors Talks and Tea Art and tea go beautifully together. Part of the Woodcock Foundation Learning Initiative. Saving Art: The Restoration of Diana of the Hunt. Seated gallery talks with post reception. Seating limited and pre-registration required. $6. to register. 1:30 pm Cummer Museum, 829 Riverside Ave., 355-0630

September 19
3rd Saturday at 3 Layers “Dulcet Perks” with Catharsis The newest and hottest addition to the downtown renaissance of Springfield. This warm and inviting loft style coffee house has become a hot spot for the tight knit neighbors in Springfield and the buzz of Jacksonville (literally!). There will be an art opening that evening with a free wine tasting and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Free. Evening. Three Layers A Coffeehouse 1602 Walnut St., 355-9791

September 25
4th Annual Wedding Crashers Party The 4th Annual Wedding Crashers Party is a mock wedding and reception has become one of Jacksonville’s biggest and craziest events! Your ticket to crash includes free Bud Light, Bacardi and wine all night, free food, Angie’s Wedding Cakes, the wedding ceremony at 7:45 pm, games and surprises that will be even better than last year. The Party doesn’t stop there though. Join us for the After Party and get free entry with your Crasher’s wrist band! Life’s a Party. Crash it. Benefits Jacksonville Historical Society. Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door. 7 pm – 11 pm. Historic St. Andrews Church, 317 A Philip Randolph Blvd. Get your tickets online:

September 30
FOCUS Cummer Kickoff Meet old and new friends and kickoff a new season at our welcome back beach bash. FOCUS membership is not required, but it is encouraged! We know you’ll want to join the fun while helping to support The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Cost: $50 per person benefits The Cummer Museum. 6 pm – 9:30 pm, Plantation Country Club Beach House Mickler’s Landing and Ponte Vedra Blvd.,