#EATUPJAX: Cowford Chophouse Opens, Moon Over the Market & Other Dining News

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We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of the Cowford Chophouse for over two years, and it was worth the wait. Because of the historical nature of the building, which dates back to 1902, they’ve worked very hard to restore a lot of the architectural details (like the arched windows, exterior bricks, and metal cornice). The lead architect and designer for the Cowford Chophouse was Design Cooperative (DCOOP) and Danis Construction served as the contractor. The old pine in the building was repurposed throughout the building, and you’ll see the beautiful wood in the community tables.

The view from Cowford Chophouse in Downtown Jacksonville,  Erin Thursby
The view from Cowford Chophouse in Downtown Jacksonville

While parking after dark is easy Downtown, and they should have some spots nearby, they also have a valet onsite make it even easier. The roof has a great view at Cowford Chophouse, so don’t limit yourself to the dining room, especially if you’re coming in for drinks.

The menu has a surf and turf focus, classic chophouse fare, with some of the most expensive cuts of meat in Jacksonville. There’s a bit of a southern and coastal slant. Even something like a simple side of baked potato is impressively plated. We highly recommend that you chose the cheddar drop biscuits when they offer you bread before the meal.

If you wander away from steaks, you might be very pleased with the Bone-in Pork Chop (14oz.), cooked with perfect technique, and a surprisingly savory Georgia peach chutney.

Upcoming Events

Nov 3-5 Jax Bar-b-que Festival

The Landing is grillin’ & chillin’ at a three-day BBQ Festival on Hogan Street and in front of The Landing. The festival will feature national BBQ food vendors, local market vendors, and live entertainment on two music stages. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and listen to some great local music. The Jacksonville Landing, JacksonvilleLanding.com

Nov 9 Moon Over the Market

Included in your Moon Over the Market ticket price of $35 will be 10 samples from local food providers (Black Sheep, Blue Bamboo, Blue Orchid Thai Cuisine, German Schnitzel Haus, Magnolia’s Pub on Edgewood, The Pear, Pie 95 Pizza, Rummies and Yummies, Seagull Bakery, and Sunshine Grind), an adult beverage of beer from Engine 15 or wine, unlimited cocktails from Manifest Distilling and Island Oasis, and samples from high school culinary students in a competition using ingredients from the market, with mentorship from local chefs at restaurants such as Trasca & Co and Black Sheep. Just $2 more to vote on your favorite! All general ticket holders can taste, but we ask that you vote on your favorite to benefit the school of your choice. All proceeds from the voting are donated directly to the schools. Also onsite, Feeding NE Florida will be there, and Eco Relics will be creating a lounge area. It’s a celebration of Jacksonville & the Railyard District. Sponsors are Heartland Payment Systems, Infinite Energy, Blue Bamboo, Sawyer Gas, Island Oasis, and Engine 15. Media sponsors are EU Jacksonville, I Know Jax and Yelp Jacksonville. https://904tix.com/events/moon-over-the-market

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Nov 11 The Roaring Twenties

If you’re still looking for an excuse to dress up as someone else and Halloween has passed you by, come as a flapper, gangster or silent screen star (or come as you are). Features beer, wine, and food from local Jacksonville restaurants, bakeries, and caterers. Funds raised from this event will go directly towards professional development for teachers at Melrose Preschool. Child Care will be provided for a fee. Child must bring a snack, packed dinner, and water for the evening. Tickets are $25-40 on eventbrite.com depending on how many children you bring. Melrose Avenue Preschool and Kindergarten, 4305 Melrose Avenue

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Nov 14 Secret Supper Club – Craft Pizza Co. Neptune Beach

The evening’s theme is modern Italian small plates and features TWO secret courses from the upcoming Coop 303 menu. Includes alcohol pairings, see https://904tix.com/events/secret-supper-club-craft-pizza-co for a full menu. Tickets $50. 240 3rd Street Neptune Beach, FL

Nov 18 Celestial Farms Fall Festival

Celestial Farms grows healthy nurturing children by demonstrating the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual benefits of farming. By caring for animals, children learn about unconditional love and responsibility. In the gardens, children learn how to be self-reliant and delay gratification. Most importantly, children learn healthy eating habits and from where their food comes. Children and adults will enjoy spending time with the animals (they like apples and carrots). Shop local for Christmas. Pony rides and train rides $3. Donations welcome they help support and take care of the animals and the education building. Celestial Farms, www.celestialfarms.org

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Dec 2 Blue Bamboo’s Traditional Asian Cooking Class: Holiday Appetizers and Desserts 

Whether it is a country of the month cooking class, or taking class field trips to find the best ingredients; you can be assured that you are on a cooking journey at Blue Bamboo. Presenting you with a new theme every month, Chef Dennis Chan delights his students with anecdotes from his days as a Culinary Institute of America student, shares secrets, and explains the science of cooking. $50 https://904tix.com/events/holiday-appetizers-and-desserts 3820 Southside Boulevard




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