#EATUPJAX: Dining News for MAY 2017

On the horizon is a possible reboot of the Homestead Restaurant, of Jax Beach, albeit at an alternate location, in the old Parsons Seafood Restaurant at the Beach on 6th Street.

From Chef Tom Gray’s new restaurant, Town Hall

Town Hall, in the location where the Grotto used to be in San Marco, opened last month. This is another restaurant from the celebrated Chef Tom Gray, owner of Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, formerly of Bistro AIX.

The Bread & Board has opened to much rejoicing, in the old Richard’s Sandwich Shoppe location. So far we’re hearing that it lives up to the hype!

Block and Board // Photo by Jacqui Burns
Block and Board // Photo by Jacqui Burns


There’s a lot going on in the world of food and beverage events this month, so we’ve gathered together some of the highlights for the month. Take a look, and maybe you’ll even take a bite!

May 1-7 Every year, communities around the country observe National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 8-12). The American Lung Association in Northeast Florida will begin its observation of National Women’s Lung Health Week a week early, in partnership with Forking Amazing Restaurants. From May 1 through May 7, Forking Amazing Restaurants will donate five percent of all food and beverage sales from Ovinté, Bistro Aix and Il Desco to the American Lung Association in Northeast Florida, as part of a special weeklong Collaborate & Give campaign.

May 6 Dinner from the Farm by Down to Earth Farm Featuring Chef Emilio Dinzel for an Argentine-style pig roast with spirits from Manifest Distillery and local breweries. Start the evening with a freshly made empanada and a cocktail featuring spirits from Manifest Distillery during a farm tour. Watch Chef Emilio as he prepares part of the meal roasted over an open fire. Then sit and enjoy live music and an expertly prepared meal with all the freshest organic ingredients from the field. Finish off the meal with a delicious baked treat from our friends at Community Loaves. Vegetarian option available upon request. This event is on a working farm, so remember to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Long pants and sleeves are preferable. Alcohol will be served, so please drink responsibility. $75, Down to Earth Farms, eventbrite.com

May 13 Mother’s Day Un-Cooking Class For something a little unusual the day before Mother’s Day, attend the very special Un-Cooking Class where Chefs James Phelan and Shantrell Mixson explore and instruct on the delightful and healthy world of raw, cured and pickled food. Learn the techniques you can use at home and enjoy a fresh lunch. $100, J. William Culinary, 4260 Herschel Street, eventbrite.com

May 14
Mother’s Day at Azurea at One Ocean Resort & Spa Azurea, the signature restaurant of One Ocean Resort & Spa, invites family and friends to celebrate the amazing women in their lives with a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch or dinner at Northeast Florida’s beachfront boutique resort. Created by Chef Jay Mendoza, guests will enjoy a special à la carte brunch and dinner menu featuring items such as Thick Sliced Brioche French Toast, Tuna Carpaccio, Atlantic Beach Fish Tacos and Duo of Petite Filet and Lobster. Reservations are required and may be confirmed through Open Table. 11am, One Ocean, Atlantic Beach

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May 15 Extreme Food Fights Presented by Chef Amadeus, winner of Food Network’s “Extreme Chef” title. The winner of this event will win a golden ticket to compete in The World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Our reigning champion, Chef Jerry Asker of Funkadelic Food Truck, will be defending his title from several challengers. Round up your foodie friends, and come out to Seachasers to witness local chefs battle to see who has the best flavors. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 5pm, Seachasers, Jacksonville Beach, eventbrite.com

May 18 Downtown Cigar Lounge Wine Tasting Happens every 3rd Thursday of the month. 7-8 pm, $10, 11 Ocean Street

May 19 Farm-Fresh Feast & Wine Pairing A beautiful charcuterie board of local meats, cheese and pickled veggies, local honeycomb and homemade breads will be waiting as you sip on a glass of wine and enjoy the ambiance of one of Palm Valley’s oldest buildings. Dinner features smoked pork belly, crawfish arancini, cauliflower puree, fresh-picked beet greens sauteed with a pan sauce, micro mustard greens, pea shoots, and sweet potato creme brulee with honey butter foam. Vegan options are available if requested when purchasing tickets. Each ticket includes two glasses of wine and flights. Glasses and bottles are available. All ingredients are being hand selected from local farms such as Peace of Heart Community Farm, Alvarez Farms, Ruffled Feathers, GYO Greens, and Urban Folk Farm. The event is a collaboration by Rosaria Cammarata of ThisChickCanCook, Joseph Lennon of Teal City Traditions, and Ro Gioia of Savour Sensations. Proceeds from the ticket price will be shared with Peace of Heart Community Farm Autism Programs. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite or by calling 778-5404. 7-9 pm, $75, 148 Canal Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach

May 20 New Food Truck Rally Jax Truckies’ annual new food truck rally is back! More than 20 of Jacksonville’s newest food trucks will line up to dish out food, fun, drinks, music and games. 4pm, FREE to enter, Jacksonville Landing, jacksonvillelanding.com

May 25 Boozy Cupcake Party Has there ever been a better excuse to get out on a Thursday night than Alleycakes signature cupcakes infused with your favorite liqueurs?! Bonus – they will show you six fun and unique piping techniques to take your cupcakes to the next level! It is BYOB, so grab a bottle of bubbly. They provide Alleycakes branded aprons to wear during class, bottled water, all the necessary ingredients and tools to decorate six cupcakes, and of course a bakery box to take your creations home! This class is 21+. 7-9 pm, $35, 1523 Atlantic Boulevard, Neptune Beach, eventbrite.com


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