DISH UPDATE-May 2013

by erin thursby
Intuition Ale announced that they will be opening the Intuition Biergarten in Avondale this fall. Let’s hope that it’s open in time for Oktoberfest. Word is, they’re going to have food trucks on site, parking shuttling and a substantial bike rack.
A new pastry chef, Courtney Slipko, has been named at Azurea Restaurant and One Ocean Resort & Spa. She’s into local ingredients, modern techniques, baking for charity and custom cakes.
Seasons of Japan is now open at St. Johns Town Center, in the same shopping area as Publix. Unsurprisingly, it is a Hibachi and sushi joint, but surprisingly, it’s more of a fast-casual thing. To learn more, visit www.seasonsofjapan.com.
The Foodie’s Guide to The Player’s Championship May 6-12
There are lots of dining options at TPC this year:
Taste of JAX – Located between No. 11 green and No. 12 tee A new, upscale fan venue on site offering high-end food and beverage options from local Jacksonville restaurants, Taste of JAX will feature three restaurants, Pele’s Wood Fire, Indochine and Metro Diner, and it will bring a new dimension to dining at the tournament. Many of the restaurants at Taste of JAX and Wine & Dine on 9 (below) will offer low-fat, vegetarian and gluten-free items.
Wine & Dine on 9 – Located left of No. 9 fairway Spearheaded by local celebrity chef Matthew Medure, Wine & Dine on 9 offers tournament-goers the chance to enjoy Medure’s gourmet, small plates and a glass of wine from an expanded portfolio of upscale varietals from Beringer.
The Patio – Located close to No. 10 tee and the hospitality area on 18 The Patio provides fans with the ultimate outdoor venue for taking in the tournament. It features the Michelob ULTRA “Chill Chambers” in the ULTRA Bar – a state-of-the-art refrigeration system that cools beer down to 22 degrees without freezing.
Food Court – Located behind No. 16 green Plenty of options including Bono’s Pit BBQ, Brucci’s, Firehouse Subs, MShack and Tropical Smoothie Café. The PGA TOUR Café near the Food Court will be dedicated solely to serving healthy alternatives.

May 4 Derby at the Dog It’s Kentucky Derby time again! Explore a new destination to view the most exciting two minutes in sports! Join Sun Dog Brewing Co. on Saturday May 4th at 3 pm, at their new location in Ponte Vedra, for this year’s “Derby at the Dog.” They’ll be mixing up the featured drinks for the race (mint juleps, naturally) and are encouraging guests to dress to impress. Yes, that means large hats and bowties! 3 pm-1 am. Sun Dog Brewing Co., www.sundogbrewingco.com/derby-at-the-dog/

May 4-5 21st Annual World of Nations Celebration Have you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? We have your passport ready! The City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet. It puts the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of different nations within your reach. Admission is $5 (one-day ticket) or $8 (two-day ticket). Children ages 3 and under are free. Metropolitan Park. www.makeascenedowntown.com/Events/World-of-Nations-Celebration.aspx

May 5 Margaritas & “Chips” TPC Sawgrass Kick-off Party Join the Youth Crisis Center at TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Village–the huge, air-conditioned tent located between the 18th green and the TPC Clubhouse–for food, live music, legal beverages and fun. The event is open to all ages and will include a raffle for wonderful items and a chipping contest at the legendary 17th island hole. The winner of the contest will receive a deluxe vacation to Cabo San Lucas’ four-star Hilton resort, plus round trip airfare for two. The vacation is valued at close to $8,000, but someone will have a chance to win it for a hole-in-one or by being closest to the pin. Chip shots are $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets to the event will be at the door or you can go to www.ycc.eventbrite.com. $15 each. Tickets include either a complimentary drink or chip shot for the vacation. Parking is free, and there will be a shuttle to the event. www.youthcrisiscenter.org

May 5 Harriets Bluff: Tour de Farm Sunday Supper Series Join us for a family-friendly day at Harrietts Bluff Farm, a Slow Food First Coast Snail of Approval recipient. U-pick is fun for everyone on this four-acre organic blueberry and blackberry farm. You can tailgate with a lunch purchased from Captain Stan’s Smokehouse, famous for his slow-cooked, dry-rubbed southern, smoked pork sandwich at $9 or a hot dog for $4. The Hyppo from St. Augustine will be there with handmade, fresh-frozen fruit popsicles for purchase. Bring containers to transport your berries, wear sensible shoes, and apply your sunscreen and bug spray before arriving at this organic farm. Bring cash or check. $2.59 U-pick/pound. 9 am-4 pm. For directions go to www.harriettsblufffarm.com, or follow the Slow Food First Coast red snail signs off Exit 7 of I-95, East on Harrietts Bluff Rd to Pine Dr. (This new address may not show up on your GPS.) From the south, the farm is 25 minutes from the Jacksonville airport. 762 Pine Dr, Woodbine, GA 31569

May 15 Blue Bamboo Wine Trinitas Wine Dinner A four-course wine dinner, with each course paired with a wine from Trinitas Cellars. Cost is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call to make reservations. 646-1478, 7-9:30 pm, bluebamboojacksonville.com

May 17 5th Annual Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival This year’s largest beer festival is expanding to use all three levels of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, and the entire Arena floor to ensure plenty of space for all patrons, and for all of the new beer and restaurant booths and entertainment. ULTRA VIP starts at 5 pm. VIP starts at 6 pm. General admission starts at 7 pm. This event runs until 10 pm. Tickets: General Admission is $40. VIP is $55. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, www.beerfestjax.com

May 18-19 The Land Between the Lakes Bluegrass and Folk Festival Normally, a bluegrass fest wouldn’t end up in Dish, but in this case we’ll make an exception not only because of the food, but also because of the beer tent, local wine (from Royal Manor) and because they’re serving mead. Cost: $10 per day or $15 for both days.10 am-7 pm, 224 Royal Ave, Interlachen, FL 32148. www.royalmanorwinery.com

June 6 The 23rd Annual Jacksonville FOODFIGHT The event will feature more than 60 local restaurants, beverage distributors and caterers engaging in a friendly competition showcasing their signature dishes. In addition to the fabulous food and spirits, live entertainment will be provided by a local band. Last year, nearly $100,000 was raised at the event – a record total – with all proceeds benefiting Second Harvest North Florida. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door. VIP tickets are $100. Raffle tickets are $100. 6:30 pm-9 pm, EverBank Field Touchdown Club East, www.jacksonvillefoodfight.org

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