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EAT UP JAX: Expansions Slated for Metro Diner, Engine 15, The Hyatt, and Bojangles

GastroFest 2018 happened last month at the beautiful Friendship Fountain in partnership with the Museum of Science & History! This year’s Judge’s Choice winners are: Candy Apple Cafe, Jax Diner, Sliders, Bread & Board, Black Sheep at Intuition, German Schnitzel Haus, Bold City Mobile Kitchen, Sunshine Grindz, Ibex Ethiopian Kitchen, Khloe’s Kitchen, and Orsay. The Hyatt has announced that they will be adding three restaurant concepts to open by late summer. There’s been lots of updates to their lobby, mainly because of Hurricane Irma, but they will also have a 24-hour market, a tavern, and a seafood restaurant. The market …

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An Unlikely Vegan Ally: The German Schnitzel Haus

The Impossible Burger at German Schnitzel Haus, Photo by Nate Mayo, Vegan

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to The German Schnitzel Haus, a few years to be exact. What put them back on the radar for me was the Impossible Burger. It’s a burger that is plant-based, but it smells and tastes like meat. It even bleeds red. But that’s not all they do at GSH. They have killer house-made pretzels, beef stroganoff, schnitzel, German pulled pork fries and even a whole Vegan menu. I sat down with Chef Steve and Lisa Thurston, the husband and wife duo behind GSH two talk all things food. Chef Steve didn’t go to culinary …

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Creative Spaces: Patrick Fisher, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

It’s not everyday that someone new arrives to the Bold New City of the South to move and shake the local arts. Last year, Patrick Fisher entered the scene with a fresh perspective and a heap of motivation. After completing a cross-country road trip with his dog in 2016, Fisher was hired as the Office Manager at the (CCGJ), the arts agency for the . He immediately noticed room for growth in the organization when he started work. “When I go into a new job,” he says, “it’s always with the objective of creating more value than I consume.” Over …

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Discussing Desserts with Cowford Chophouse’s Michael Bump

Michael Bump, Executive Pastry Chef of the Forking Amazing Restaurant Group / Photo by Nate Mayo, Cowford Chophouse, Downtown Jacksonville, Florida

Michael Bump continues his dessert dominance at Cowford Chophouse, and he’s just getting started. It’s not just Cowford Chophouse; MB is running the dessert program for the whole : , , and  . Cowford Chophouse is the new kid on the block (in specifically), and it’s on everyone’s restaurant hit list. I got to try Cowford for dinner and after devouring oysters, steak tartare, and a Filet topped with foie gras, I knew what time it was: DESSERT time! The server went through the dessert menu, but I heard nothing as Cinnamon Rolls stuffed with creme brûlée started to roll …

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River & Post: 9-Story Rooftop Bar with a Killer View Opens in Riverside

River & Post Managing Partner JeffMcCusker // Photo by Nate Mayo

Q&A MANAGING PARTNER JEFF McCUSKER Have you heard of River & Post? It’s the newest addition to Jacksonville’s booming restaurant scene. What makes it special, you ask? Over 10,000 square feet, a 9-story rooftop bar with a killer view, with a 3-Michelin-Star background, and it’s locally focused. I sat down with managing partner Jeff McCusker to get the inside scoop. Tell me about River & Post. River & Post is a casual seafood restaurant. We have great steaks and poultry dishes. I would say it’s American cuisine with a chef that is classically trained. We have a lot to offer …

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Slow Down with Tour de Farm 2017

Tour de Farm, Slow Food First Coast

Slow Food First Coast is hosting their biannual Tour de Farm November 19th from 12pm to 5pm. The event gives over 15 North Florida farms a chance to open their (barn) doors for a day. Each farm has a restaurant or an artisan food and beverage partner along with fun events for all ages. President of the , , encourages all visitors to bring their adventurous spirit. “Consumers shape the future of local food through the choice they make. We want to spread the word about all of the delicious, beautiful foods being grown and produced right here in our area, …

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

Cowford Chophouse, 28-Day Dry Aged Tomahawk

COWFORD CHOPHOUSE OPENS We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of the 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. While parking after dark …

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Sweet Surrender: Sarah Nieves, Sweet Shop Production Manager at 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Sarah Nieves, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Natedoesfood, Jacksonville, Florida

I’m always curious about how people got to where they are today, especially when it comes to the culinary world. You probably know about 4 Rivers BBQ, but what you don’t know is that they have a dedicated Sweet Shop. I’m talking custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, brownies, and even homemade poptarts. I sat down with Sweet Shop Production Manager Sarah Nieves to talk all things sweet. Did you go to culinary school? I went to the International Culinary Center which used to be the French Culinary Institute in New York. Why did you choose that out of all culinary schools? …

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Behind the Stick with Logan Raspa of Riverside Liquors

Welcome back behind the stick, folks! If you missed our cocktail competition at the beginning of August at , well, you missed out. from took home the honors but faced fierce competition from some of Jacksonville’s finest bartenders. Check out my article online for more information on what went down. In the meantime, take a look at with . He started there as a teenager in 2004, but returned in 2010 to really learn the trade. After seven years, Raspa has learned a lot and continues to share his knowledge. Going into the fall, Raspa recommends Cynar. It is a …

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Creative Spaces: Chelsea DuDeVoire of Babes Who Hustle

Chelsea DuDeVoire is a working woman’s strongest ally. The founder and CEO of Babes Who Hustle, a website devoted to connecting working women around the globe, never knew that her desire to watch other women succeed would lead to her own success. DuDeVoire started the website after graduating from Florida State University and beginning her professional life in Jacksonville. “I think I hit rock bottom creatively, and wanted to start something,” says DuDeVoire. “I started it for fun—created the blog for myself and my friends, and it quickly grew out of my circles and into something much bigger.” Her mission …

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