Food + Drink

Social Security – Alhambra Dining & Theatre review

The Alhambra opened Andrew Bergman’s comedy “Social Security” for a limited run through June 8, 2014. It is the hottest ticket in town, starring BARBARA EDEN from the long-running television series “I Dream of Jeannie.” This play was on Broadway beginning in 1986, and featured star power there also. With Mike Nichols as Director and Marlo Thomas and Olympia Dukakis in the leading roles, it ran for 388 performances. The plot concerns a feisty, widowed senior citizen Sophie (BARBARA EDEN) who disrupts the lives of her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and David Kahn, by moving into their up-scale New York …

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One Spark Creator-The Girls Gone Green

There are few projects with the ability to capture so many great causes: environment, animals and health. The  have been growing strong here in Jacksonville for more than 5 years, but the group is ready to move to the next level. After establishing successful local campaigns like , , , and , the Girls now want to build regionally with a conference on animal/environment/food issues right here in Jacksonville. A regional conference of this kind could put Jacksonville on the map for all the right reasons, building on the great things we have to offer here in our city. “Becoming …

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One Spark Creator – GASTROFEST 2015

Have you heard about  2015? It’s a  project with the hefty aspiration of creating a food and beer festival that will bring national attention and (over)due respect to our evolving food and craft beer scene.  (EU Jacksonville’s Food Editor) is the creative mastermind behind this project. While still early in its genesis, the mission is to create a very inclusive festival that celebrates our local talent, from fine dining to farmers, and everything in between. For the inaugural year, the festival will be a single day event, but will eventually grow into a multi-day experience. The core of the festival …

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WHAT’S BREWING

Feel that? It’s the feeling of spring. Forget the fact we had some bone-chilling weather in late March–it’s time to look forward to springtime beers! This is an exciting season for craft beer lovers. It’s much like legendary Hall of Fame baseball player, Rogers Hornsby, said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring”. Saisons, sours and lambics are traditionally featured during the spring and are the source for a lot of excitement. The anticipation of warmer months and these styles …

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Downtown, In Focus

In the immortal words of former Jacksonville Mayor , “As your Downtown goes, so goes your city.” So then, how are things Downtown going today? The number of Downtown residents is the highest it’s been in decades, and residential properties are more than 90% occupied. Downtown office vacancy rates continue to drop each year. Crime in Downtown accounts for only 2% of serious crime in the entire City of Jacksonville. And, Downtown has more parking than , not including . Downtown champions are hard at work. The  has created a Spark Grant program for Downtown revitalization through the arts. , …

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Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s Night Of Fire

Just as Downtown continues to go through a renaissance, so is the  ’s leadership, as it is sparking the fire and turning Downtown into a hot flame of the arts and cultural activity-–the phoenix is rising. The evolution of Downtown is intertwined with that of the Cultural Council, both integral and symbiotic parts of the economic engine focused on re-defining  as a vital place to live, work, and play. The iconic , the nexus of the now infamous , will soon come alive inside and out with, respectively, the ticketed Council’s 38th Annual Arts Celebration dinner inside, followed by a …

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Slow Food First Coast

Slow Food First Coast Slow Food was founded to slow us all down and make us think about what we eat, versus driving to the nearest fast food venue and continuing to fast-track everything we do in life. The focus on saving disappearing food traditions and showcasing traditional food products through events helps people rediscover the joys of eating. People increase their understanding of the importance of caring about where food comes from, who makes it, and how it’s made. The movement wants you to slow down and taste the food! You will learn how the slow food members produce …

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eating at one spark

ONE SPARK FOOD VILLAGE This year, the One Spark Food Village will be a hotspot with food options, seating, and entertainment. All this creative energy will get you hungry, so the  will be on hand to nourish your day and delight your palates. Gourmet food from, , , , and will be available. Food trucks will also be on hand for more casual food. Other food vendors in the dining district include these delicious options: , , , ,  Food Truck, , , , , and . Food vendors will span two blocks of Laura Street between Adams Street and …

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drinking at one spark

The , presented by, is one of the many new additions to One Spark 2014. The One Spark Beer Village is located on the corner of Adams and Main Street, offering One Spark attendees a cool place to hang out, enjoy specialty craft brews, fun Sea Best® eats, and great live entertainment. This village will also feature musical performances by One Spark creators, serving up live music throughout the event. The Beer Village is open Wednesday-Friday from 4-10 pm, Saturday from 11 am-10 pm and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm. One Spark After Dark Lot is located at the  at …

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Metro PCS Great Atlantic Seafood Fest

This years 2014  at the  is the perfect way to start off the St Patrick’s weekend. It is a wondrous occasion for everyone to get together and just enjoy themselves on a Saturday. The company of family and friends is always a blessing. There were tons of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Plenty of variety food at vendors, enjoyable music, kid zone where the kids can play and have the time of their lives. And it’s a beautiful and glorious day. The weather was cool and sunny, roughly 75 degrees. Lots of friendly people had good things to say …

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