UPDATE – Nov. 2013

by Erin Thursby
The former Times Grill/Bubba Burger Grill spot at the Beach and Hodges intersection now has a new tenant: Copper. It’s all about craft beer, but without the thousand page menu. The selection will be pared down to a less confusing 24, representing geographical regions.
The Tasti-D-Lite on Park Street in 5 Points is closed.
The much anticipated Blind Rabbit: A Burger & Whiskey Bar has opened in Jacksonville Beach, at 311 Third St. N. It’s modern American cuisine with Southern stylin’ and a heckuva whiskey list.
Restaurant KC Krave in Jax Beach is hosting a promotion this month titled “Salute to the Veterans.” It supports local nonprofit Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (CFPF). Three of KC Krave’s items have been selected to help CFPF raise funds: Pow Sesame Mayport Shrimp, Bourbon Chicken Stir Fry, and their Patriot Punch, a new cocktail. Throughout November, 25% of the money collected from these items will go to ensure a debt-free college education for military children who lost a parent while on active duty.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens kicks off Tapas Tuesdays at the Café every Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm. Visitors can relax on the new outdoor deck, take in the sunset while listening to local musicians and enjoy beer and wine tastings paired with artfully inspired tapas.
Through the Holidays Make candy canes with Sweet Pete! The group chooses the flavor and color of the canes. Each person makes approximately six canes and enjoys a cup of decadent hot chocolate or ice cream. The shop is decorated for the holidays and snow blows on the front porch. This is a wonderful holiday tradition! Book now as there are limited spaces. Reservations are required. Groups are combined to reach a group total of up to 12 people. Book 12 people or more for a private group. $15 per person, 376-7161
Nov 9 10th Annual Festival d’Vine A night in Treaty Oak Park with an extensive selection of wines and delicious foods will be available from the following participating businesses: All Spiced Up, bb’s, Biscotti’s Catering, Bistro Aix, Black Sheep, Burrito Gallery, Café Nola @ MOCA, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, European Street Café, Fionn MacCool’s, Havana-Jax Café, III Forks, Indochine, Mojo BBQ, Ovinté, Stonewood Grill & Tavern, Sweet Pete’s, Taverna, The Phantom Chef, The Wine Cellar and Uptown Market. The featured vintner for the evening is Foley Family Wines, and entertainment will be provided by Freudian Slip. Wines tasted will be available for purchase at a discount with a portion of the sales benefiting Catholic Charities. Tickets for Festival d’Vine are $75 per person or $50 per person for Junior Patrons–ages 21-35. 6:30-9:30 pm, Treaty Oak Park, www.ccbjax.org
Nov 9 Northeast Florida Veg Fest The day-long event will feature various healthy and sustainable foods, cooking demonstrations, live music, informed speakers and movie screenings. The best of the best organic, green, animal-friendly and wellness businesses along with various nonprofits will come together to celebrate our planet and all it has to offer. Everyone interested in becoming leaner, greener or cleaner should plan to attend for a day of family fun and positive action. Riverside Park, 753 Park St., www.nfvegfest.org
Nov 10 6th Annual 2013 Grape Escape The Child Cancer Fund and the Premier Beverage Company present the 6th Annual 2013 Grape Escape hosted by Ovinté at the St. Johns Town Center. The event will feature wine selections curated by world-renowned Master Sommelier Andrew McNamera. Proceeds will benefit the Child Cancer Fund’s programs and services. $60 regular/$120 VIP, 3 pm, Ovinté at the St. Johns Town Center, 10208 Buckhead Branch Dr., 396-4223, www.grape-escapejax.com
Nov 10 North Florida Honeybee Festival There will be honey sampling, fun activities for children, a variety of food and craft vendors and a series of entertaining and informative bee seminars for adults and kids alike. 10 am-4 pm, Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave., beefriendsfarm.com
Nov 16 FARE Walk for Food Allergy Welcome to the FARE Walk for Food Allergy! The FARE Walk for Food Allergy brings together thousands of Americans seeking a safe world for those living with food allergies. The Walk is a family-friendly event that takes place in communities nationwide to fund food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Help us say FAREwell to food allergies! Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., www.foodallergywalk.org
Nov 19 29th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon Several years ago, a high school art teacher came up with a creative way for his students to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make clay bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year, the originator had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Local potters and ceramic artists have also donated their time and talents to create unique bowls. In addition, the Empty Bowls Luncheon includes celebrity signed bowls. Recognized personalities from the national stage have lent their names to the cause. Purchase tickets online or at the door. Individual tickets: $30 – Nonprofit tables: $300 – Corporate tables: $600, Noon, Prime Osborn Convention Center, wenourishhope.org
Nov 22-24 The Smokin’ Flamingo BBQ & Music Festival There will be several BBQ Cook Team Competitions sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association with more than $15,500 in cash prizes. The competitions are split into two divisions, Professional and Backyard. Expect live music, sun, food and fun! Cook-offs will be the 23rd. Tickets are $5 per person. Children under 6 are free. Standard camping fees apply, and no admission/grounds fees are applied to registered campers. Benefiting the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation. Flamingo Lake RV Resort 3640 Newcomb Rd.
Nov 23 Riverside Wine Festival Join hundreds of your closest friends and more than 300 of their favorite wines in the streets of Five Points for more fun than you can stand. This charitable fall festival features food vendors, live entertainment and shopping. riversidewinefest.com
Nov 23 Fall Food Festival Food Truck and Restaurant Rally Gobble up great food from the Jacksonville Landing restaurants and over a dozen Jax Truckies Food Trucks featuring raffles, live music, giveaways and more. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Northeast Florida. 11 am, Jacksonville Landing