dish events

Miranda Lawson and Lee Hamby, Leslie Richart, Josh Waller, Gary Baker and Julia Fallon

by Erin Thursby
The Mandarin Farmers Market is now every Sunday from noon to 4 pm.
Grand opening of the Orange Park Farmers Market will be on October 3rd. Market hours will be 10 am-2 pm at the Orange Park Mall on the SEARS parking lot, facing Blanding Blvd
The Uptown Market in Springfield is now open. The market serves breakfast, lunch, and other deli needs. They feature fresh ingredients in familiar dishes as well as introducing you to new tastes. Hours are 7 am – 8 pm, Mon thru Sat. Uptown Market is located at 3rd and Main (1303 N Main St), 355-0734,
Giving a pub another go at the sport complex is the newly opened City Hall Pub (234 A. Randolph Blvd. 356-6750).
AJ’s Riverside Cafe and BBQ has moved into the 630 Park Street locale. Tad’s moved back on to Park Street (436 Park St.), just two doors down from its original digs, albeit with a different name: Two Doors Down.
Sterlings, an upscale Avondale standby, has been purchased by its original owner. By the end of the month it will be renamed (The Bluefish Restaurant and Oyster Bar) and the menu revamped. While still on the expensive side (average entree $24) there will be lower cost entrees available.
October 7: Wine Tasting Series at Zaitoon Mediterranean Grill Monthly Wine Tasting 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)
October 8: Introduction to Wine and Wine Tasting This class covers vinification, wine basics, proper tasting and presentation techniques, and tips & tricks. The cost of the wine is included in fee. Please call 620-4200 for info. 6 pm -9 pm University of North Florida 12000 Alumni Dr.,
October 10: First Coast Premiere Wine Extravaganza Benefiting The Child Cancer Fund. Experience more than 150 wines from all around the world, presented by Premier Beverage Company, and food samplings from dozens of Jacksonville restaurants. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting For more information, call 396-4223. 3 -7:30 pm. VIP Admission (access to VIP tent) tickets are $75 and General Admission is $50, Jacksonville Landing.
October 10: The Toyota Hybrid Farm to Table Tour Twelve local beloved chefs and farmers will be paired together for a day that highlights the Riverside Arts Market’s offerings. The chefs will prepare special tastings showcasing their partner farm’s fresh ingredients and visitors will have the opportunity to sample the chefs’ creations while also learning more about the market vendors, their products, and how to buy and eat seasonally. The chefs will be serving up samples from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Riverside Arts Market, Under the Fuller Warren Bridge.
October 17: An Evening for Art With A Heart In Healthcare Tickets include Catering by Liz, specialty Artini, music and silent auction. Guest will tour the gallery’s offerings while participating in a silent auction which includes a major work by Mr. Mora, an artist featured in this year’s prestigious Florence Biennale. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, call 306-0390 or email 7 pm, $85, J. Johnson Gallery 177 4th St. N.,
Oct 18: Yappy Hour “Howl-o-ween” Party Enjoy the final Yappy Hour of the year with a costume party just made for the pooches! Trick-or-TREATing around the property, a costume contest and The Scariest Howl-er Award! Live music by the George Aspinall Band till 8 p.m., pet expo, games, prizes and drink specials. 4-7 pm. The Jacksonville Landing, 353-1188,
October 24: Let’s Party-GALA on the Grounds Support the Beaches Museum & History Center at their 29th Annual Gala Fundraiser. Open Bar, Heavy Hors d’oevres, Music & Dancing, Silent & Live Auctions. 6 pm. 241-5657. Beaches Museum & History Center 380 Pablo Ave.
October 25: 26th Annual Caring Chefs The food-tasting event that started it all on the First Coast is the one you don’t want to miss. Visit more than 50 restaurants in one night at the most popular food and wine tasting event on the First Coast. There’s entertainment including three live bands and the opportunity to purchase chances to win a one-carat diamond! 7 pm. $60, The Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd.