Food + Drink

  • Folio Vol. 36, Issue 6

    Hello hello, more Northeast Florida news and opinions coming your way! Click to read on issuu March …

  • Not Bad Activism

    Today’s whirlwind of media and pseudo activism makes it really hard to tell who is behind a business…

  • Eat Your Yard Jax

    Kale Boucher I’ve long romanticized gardening. As soon as I got my hands on “The Adventures of Peter…

  • 73-Year-Old Staple

    Rain Henderson Arriving at 3646 Post St, a line of eager people wraps around the small white buildin…

  • Cool With Everyone – Neon Moon

    There’s a new face in the neighborhood. Since its first soft opening at the beginning of January, Ne…

Saturiwa Trading Company: A Mobile Market

Imagine a market that pops up around town. Setting up fresh fruits and veggies, delicious local honey, and other great products…and then disappears. Only to be found again, at a new location, later that week. That dream is the reality of the , a mobile market that is the latest addition to Jacksonville’s local food scene. You’ll find at the head of this new venture, and if you haven’t met him you’re missing out. Stowers isn’t new to the food culture here in JAX. He’s been providing hard to find food items for 20 years for chefs in the city. …

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Creative Spaces: Michael and Christie Leach of Bee Friends Farm

Christie and Michael Leach of Bee Friends Farm

When he was sixteen years old, an employer advised beekeeper to quit his job every five years. “Incidentally, that’s what’s happened,” says Leach. Yet the bee business seems to stick. These days, he’s on his third year of the honey product development side of with his wife, Christie, and their three children. Bee Friends produces over a dozen unique varieties of honey. Their most commonly harvested products include gallberry honey, a berry native to Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, and wildflower honey. Over time, Christie has developed and perfected Bee Friends Farm’s spreadable creamed honey flavors, including Chocolate (destined for …

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Best Tacos in Jacksonville

Cantina Laredo Tacos, photo by Francesco Salomoni

It’s not a surprise that I’m interested in good and delicious tacos. As I’m from Mexico, the mother country of tacos, getting tacos is one of my earliest memories. Wherever I live, I make sure I always find good tacos. They’re part of my survival kit. Eating tacos with friends and family is a necessity for me, it goes in the same group as drinking water and getting enough sleep. I can eat tacos every day, maybe even multiple times a day, for the rest of my life. Fortunately, my love for tacos seems to be an American obsession too. …

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Native Sun Celebrates 20 Years as Jacksonville’s Homegrown Organic Grocer

Twenty years ago, Jacksonville didn’t provide many options for people looking for organic and natural foods. A husband and wife team saw an opportunity to fill that void by launching a business that would become a homegrown success story. Jacksonville’s leading chain of locally owned and operated natural foods stores, , celebrates its 20th Anniversary at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 18 at its , , and locations Owners opened the original Native Sun Natural Foods Market at 10000 San Jose Blvd in February of 1997. As a Jacksonville native, Aaron recognized the city’s need for natural and organic foods, turning …

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Duets for Valentine’s Day

On February 12, join at the (101 W State St) as they present their third annual “Duets for Valentine’s Day” concert. The dance company, founded only five years ago in 2012 to prevent “talent-flight,” has established a reputation for bringing exquisite contemporary dance to stages both in Jacksonville and across the country. Billed as a “unique, exciting alternative to the typical dinner and a movie option,” couples will be captivated by the intimate and theatrical performances. “We were inspired by a Chicago-based dance company that does a similar evening of duets around Valentine’s Day. JDT has a lot of duets …

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The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails Launches “Cocktail Artist Series” Program

Candy Apple, The Artist Series,

Restaurant will serve cocktails inspired by The FSCJ Artist Series productions “Our goal is to encourage guests of our restaurant and The FSCJ Artist Series to think of Downtown as a cohesive destination for entertainment and dining.” The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails, an award-winning restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville, today announced its new Cocktail Artist Series program. Through this program, the restaurant will serve cocktails inspired by select Broadway productions from The FSCJ Artist Series’ 2016-17 season. All Cocktail Artist Series drinks will be available during their corresponding show’s run dates. The Cocktail Artist Series for the current season includes: …

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Native Sun & Montessori Tides School Bring Food to USO Families

“Community service is one of our most enjoyable activities, and we were able to give back to our community because of support from our Montessori Tides School families and Native Sun.” Local grocer hosted Montessori Tides School’s elementary students on December 13th, 2016 for their 15th annual shopping event benefitting the USO. Twenty 3rd through 6th grade students planned and shopped the aisles for meals to feed over 140 families at our local USO Mayport Center. As the students arrived at the Native Sun Baymeadows Road location, they had shopping lists in hand. Having raised a sum of almost $1,300 …

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Who Else Wants South Kitchen + Spirits? Brian Siebenschuh’s New Restuarant in Avondale

South Kitchen + Spirits, fried chicken bucket, Jacksonville, Florida, Avondale, Park Street, Brian Siebenschuh, photo by Nate Mayo, nomnomjax, natedoesfood

South Kitchen + Spirits is a brand-new restaurant at 3638 Park St in , opened by . Brian was super influential in my entrance into the Jacksonville food scene. Two years ago when he was at he helped me plan my first food event. It was a fundraiser brunch for about 40 people, and we used most of the proceeds to host a multi-course dinner for my culinary school class at Orsay. (On a side note, that was the first time I tried popcorn ice cream, and I remember it like it was yesterday.) Brian didn’t go to culinary school. …

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Barrel-Aged, Sour, and Cider Festival: A Celebration of the Biggest, Wildest Beers Brewed in the Sunshine State

Florida Brewers Guild, Barrel-Aged Sour and Cider Fest

While barrel-aging has established itself as a tried and true way for brewers to experiment in the brewery, sour beers are really having a moment right now. In recent years, many breweries across the state have expanded to include sour programs, which is no small feat considering the need to invest in isolated systems that guard against cross-contamination. But the people are demanding the funky stuff, and Florida brewers are delivering! For the second year in a row, Jacksonville will play host to the Florida Brewers Guild Barrel-Aged, Sour, and Cider Festival, a celebration of the biggest, wildest beers brewed …

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CONTEST: Win tickets to Moon Over the Market on Nov 10

Moon Over the Market, GastroJax, FRLA, Jacksonville Farmers Market

Moon Over the Market is a tasting event brought to you by GastroJax, and the First Coast Chapter of FRLA, featuring the iconic Jacksonville Farmers Market. Included in your ticket price will be tastes from local food providers, an adult beverage, and samples from the next generation of chefs as they are mentored in a competition using food from the market. Market guides will be on hand to tell you about the history of the market as you walk through! High School ProStart Culinary Students will be cooking with mentorship from local chefs such as , reigning champion of the …

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april, 2022