Dish Update – February

No Meat March is a movement toward an all plant diet. It’s being promoted by Girls Gone Green and their president, local meteorologist (WTEV/WAWS) Julie Watkins. Watkins explains, “We just want you to use the 31 days of going meat-free as a way to explore your body and health. Try giving your body a break from foods high in fat and cholesterol to see if you like the way it makes you feel. We are here to offer support and encouragement.” During the month of March there will be activities, meets and gatherings. For more info go to
Metro Diner expects to add another restaurant to the area, this time in Roosevelt Square where Harry’s used to be.
The Gourmet Hut in St. Augustine has a new team of chefs specializing in international flavors, so expect new items and an emphasis on locally harvested, fresh ingredients.
Saturdays FRAM Even though the Riverside Arts Market won’t reopen until March 2, FRAM (the farmers market portion of the market) is currently open every Saturday 10 am-1 pm.

Feb 9 2013 North Florida Lunar New Year Gala Celebration The Celebration will be an exciting opportunity to share in the vast richness of the Chinese culture, as we promote peace through people and strive to establish Jacksonville as an active participant in the global community. Eight hundred members and guests are expected to join the celebration. Local community leaders, local business owners, school officials, Jacksonville-area elected officials and event sponsors are also invited to attend. VIP $30, $15 for adults, $7 for kids. 3-5 pm. Andrew Robinson Theater of University of North Florida

Feb 9 Bella Luna: Dessert Under the Stars Treat your sweetheart to the Museum of Science & History’s annual Valentine’s event. The event will treat guests to decadent desserts and hors d’oeuvres from some of the area’s top restaurants and caterers; wine and beer from local wineries and brewers; rooftop stargazing with the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society and full museum access (child-free!). Museum programs will include a love-themed Cosmic Concert, and Cuddly Creatures, which will allow guests to get up close and personal with the scaly and furry residents of the Florida Naturalist’s Center. Guests can also get in on the action by playing Name That Tune or The Newlywed Game. Tickets are $50 per couple ($40 for MOSH Members). 7-10 pm.

Feb 9 Valentine Jam In this canning workshop, come learn to make preserves and take home some of the product made at Duval County Canning Center. Cost is $20 with pre-registration and pre-payment required. Space is limited. Please contact Jeannie Crosby at 255-7450. Duval County Extension Office

Feb 9 Eating and Growing Seasonally An “Eating and Growing Seasonable” Workshop; a food demo/sampling using seasonal produce and information about learning to grow warm season vegetables. The event will be held at the Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue. Cost is $10 with pre-registration and pre-payment required. Please contact Jeannie Crosby at 255-7450.

Feb 9 Citrus Festival The annual Citrus Harvest Festival occurs with the popular Second Saturday Plant Sale. The Historical Gardens contain a citrus grove with several varieties of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes. This citrus grove provides the perfect environment for you to enhance your knowledge of citrus. There will be an “All About Citrus Garden Tour” of the historic citrus grove at 11 am and again at 2 pm. At 12 pm “Cooking with Citrus” by Ruth Micieli of Simple Gourmet will demonstrate the preparation of various recipes using citrus. These demonstrations will be followed by a tasting among the guests. In addition, Friends of Washington Oaks will offer for sale “home-made” baked goods featuring citrus and accompanying hot and cold beverages. The Flying Dragon Citrus Nursery of Jacksonville will be selling cold-hardy citrus trees in 3 and 5 gallon containers. 10 am-4 pm Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd. Palm Coast, FL (386) 446-6780

Feb 12 Jewish Young Adult Mix’n’Mingle Join other young adult Jews between 25-45 years of age for fun, food, drinks and socializing at Black Finn. 6-8 pm

Feb 13 Dahlia’s Wednesday Night 5K Running Club Join Dahlia’s Wednesday’s at 7 pm to run/jog/walk a 5K, meet new friends and drink some great brews! The one-time entrance fee of $5 is being donated to the Donna Foundation until we reach $1,000! Drink specials and a free 5K Running Tee after you complete your 10th run!

Feb 14 Valentine’s Dinner Café Nola will be open for Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss our famous three-course Valentine’s Day dinner. This includes Champagne and a romantic dessert perfect for sharing. Menu will be available online by February 1.

Feb 15 Lunch & Learn Enjoy your noon lunch break by eating a delicious meal in Café Nola. At 12:45, bring your receipt and head upstairs for a fifteen minute discussion in the galleries about one of the artists from our featured exhibition SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film. Noon.