Tag Archives: GastroJax

#EATUPJAX: January Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations, Midtown Table

#EATUPJAX: January Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

We’ve written about closing his restaurant, and assured you that your gift cards could be spent at his restaurant, . That WAS true, for a few months, but it isn’t true any more. Seems that Kenny Gilbert is pulling up stakes entirely and moving on from the First Coast to North Carolina. He opened the Fernandina restaurant in 2015. Over the holidays in St. Nicholas, a drunk driver plowed into the neighborhood watering hole . Nobody was hurt and business resumed the next day! In early December, the of Jacksonville let it be known that they had bought the old …

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Ida Claire open at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida, Blueberry Waffle, #EATUPJAX: November Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

#EATUPJAX: November Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations

#EATUPJAX is a monthly column featuring restaurant openings, closings, new locations and other food news in the local Jacksonville food scene brought to you by   on the is now closed. If you still have gift cards or turkey orders, they will be honored at ’s restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen.  Craving some vegan and gluten-free? This November, coming to 311 West Ashley Street near the Duval County courthouse in , is Grenville Kitchen. They’ll be serving pastries, soups, salads, and Caribbean-inspired cuisine. The most intriguing of their selections: the voxtail, a vegan version of an oxtail.  The super-swanky Downtown eatery, , …

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#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene, JaxMinerva

#EATUPJAX: Restaurant Openings, Closings, and New Locations in the Local Jacksonville Food Scene

Long-time Italian chef and restaurant owner Jerry Moran recently did a good deed for a dying man. His New York-style cheesecake has many fans, and when a customer learned that a terminal man in asked for NY cheesecake, they asked Moran if he could help. Moran hand-delivered the cheesecake to the hospital. His restaurant, , was located Downtown for many years but made the move to on Edgewood Avenue, a couple of years ago. The owners of  in are making use of the space next door, which used to be Pure Barre, by converting into a secondary restaurant space, this …

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GastroFest 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, Friendship Fountain, MOSH, Museum of Science and History

GastroFest + MOSH: It’s All About the Food

GastroFest, which takes place on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Friendship Fountain and The Museum of Science and History (MOSH), remains committed to their goal of giving the First Coast a food-oriented festival. “People come to GastroFest because they love food,” says GastroJax Executive Director Erin Thursby. She helped found the organization which runs Jacksonville’s annual premier food festival— GastroFest—in 2014. “We’re very selective about our restaurants, food trucks, and marketplace vendors. Even if they’re selling t-shirts or candles, they need to be food or beverage oriented.” She points to Hopcloth who is back at …

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Florida's Exotic Fruit: Our Orange Legacy

Learning Florida: Our Orange Legacy at MOSH

Florida’s identity is wrapped up in one fruit: the orange. It’s an industry that’s changed with the times, that’s changed with scientific and agricultural advancement, and that will keep changing. For the last year, I’ve been writing Florida’s Oranges: A Colorful History. In it, I’ve given the reader snapshots of this 500 year history and the various places around the state where oranges have been cultivated. What I’ve found is that orange history is messy, interesting, and bound around unexpected things, things such as gay rights, privacy law, immigration, even voting rights and past KKK activity in the state. On …

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GastroFest, Friendship Fountain, Museum of Science and History, MOSH, Jacksonville, Florida, Food Festival

GastroFest Partners with MOSH to Bring Jax’s Favorite Food Festival to Friendship Fountain

DELICOUSLY DUVAL The recipe for a successful food festival is simple. Never run out of food. Obvious food pun aside, producing an event centered around food is more than just a matter of taste and now in its fourth year, has proven to be more than a spread of local cuisine. It’s a carefully curated offering of vendors including food trucks, restaurants, mobile stand-alones, and caterers alongside free and ticketed workshops and tastings, catering to every palette from simple to sophisticated. It’s also vegan-friendly, offering a “food map” to direct vegans to specific vendors and events that meet their culinary …

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Cowford Chophouse, 28-Day Dry Aged Tomahawk

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

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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GastroFest, Downtown Jacksonville, Florida, Food Festival

GastroFest 2017 is coming to Hemming Park March 18th!

GastroFest 2017 Program Mark Your Calendars for March 18, 2017 from 11am-7pm in Hemming Park, because GastroFest is back and better than ever! GastroFest celebrates Northeast Florida food culture! In both 2015 and 2016, more than 30,000 people came out each year to Hemming Park. This year’s GastroFest will feature some great tastes from area restaurants ($1-3), a homebrew competition, locally brewed beer, chef demos, informative talks, and more. “Gastrofest puts our brand and product right at the center of the most happening, well-attended, food-related festival event in Jax.” – Charlotte Tzabari, Co-Owner GastroFest is a cash based food and …

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Christie and Michael Leach of Bee Friends Farm

Creative Spaces: Michael and Christie 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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Moon Over the Market, GastroJax, FRLA, Jacksonville Farmers Market

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

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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