On Monday April 13 Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails held a gluten-free dinner and it was AWESOME! Flank steak and chimichurri was my favorite (oh and the wine was pretty good too).
Gluten-Free Never Tasted So Good at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
My favorite restaurant is FINALLY hosting a Gluten-Free Dinner! We did one when Chef Tom was at Bistro Aix a few years ago and it was a blast. So happy that he is doing it again at his new restaurant!
Join Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails on Monday, April 13 at 6:30pm for a special Gluten-Free Dinner hosted in their Cowhide Room. Chef Tom will prepare a three-course, family style menu featuring some of their newest Spring dishes (all GF, of course!). Cocktail and wine pairings will complete the evening, along with a cooking demo by Chef Tom!
Only $69 per person, includes tax + service PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!
– Reception –
English pea + edamame hummus, endive, shaved veggies, cotija cheese
Housemade Ricotta Cheese
radish, fennel pollen, honey
– To Begin –
Seared Octopus Salad
sambal aioli, seaweed + rice crisps, carrots, soy, yuzu, upland cress
– Mains –
Seminole Pride beef, crispy potatoes, chimichurri, arugula, candied lemon
– and –
Blackened Shrimp + Grits
three-cheese grits, Cognito Farm pork sausage, charred tomatoes
– On the Side –
Local Squash + Rosemary
– Sweet! –
cheesecake filling, tropical fruit
Hope to see you there!
Recently I was asked to review Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs. Let me first start off by saying I LOVE CORN DOGS! I miss them terribly. I especially miss having one at Suns Baseball games. So when I was asked to review a new brand of gluten-free corn dogs I said yes right away.
These are the easiest things to prepare. They only need about 40-50 seconds to heat up. Which makes them a great convenience food when you are in a hurry. They recommend you cook them for 40 seconds but I needed to heat them a little longer because it was cool in a few spots.
These corn dogs are delicious. They are made with honey but there is a subtle sweetness and the hot dog is not too salty, rubbery or dry. The hot dog is actually chicken which makes them relatively healthy. Each corn dog is only 180 calories and 9 grams of fat. Try one with a little mustard it pairs perfectly with the honey taste in the corn dog.
I shared them with my gluten eating mom and dad. It was one of those cool winter afternoons so we paired it with some home made gluten-free chili. My advice: hide them from your gluten eating family because these babies do not taste like they are gluten-free and they will be gone quick.
My dad said: “Tastes like a regular corn dog to me, chewy.”
My mom said: “I like them, I like the consistency. Good flavor. Easy to fix and convenient.”
I am not quite sure where these can be purchased, but once I know I will update this post. I highly recommend these corn dogs based on taste and convenience.
Have you had these before? What are your thoughts?
A new restaurant is in town, Whiskey Jax Kitchen and Cocktails. Located near Baymeadows and 9A their menu includes salads, burgers, seafood and of course Whiskey cocktails. The space is very warm and welcoming and the staff is very friendly. While they do not have a dedicated gluten-free menu at this time, their kitchen staff is knowledgeable of steps to take to avoid cross contamination and they offer gluten-free bread.
I ordered the burger with egg and bacon with a side of their roasted fingerling potato medley and whiskey pickles. I am usually fine ordering a burger without the bun, but since they had gluten-free bread I thought I would give it a try. The burger was HUGE and delicious. I loved the potatoes, the portion wasn’t too large and they were nicely seasoned. Another option for a side, instead of the potatoes is the kale salad. Other menu options that the chef mentioned they could do gluten-free included the Southern Atlantic Salmon, Bourbon Salmon, the Pork Chop, or any of the salads.
Because they don’t have a dedicated gluten-free menu, you need to let the server know of all of your gluten-free needs. They cook their burgers on the flat top, but for the gluten-free burger and the potatoes, they used a separate skillet to help avoid cross contamination. But you have to let your server know prior to ordering.
Some other cool things:
- they have live music most nights during the weekend
- they have a great happy hour Monday-Friday from 5pm-7pm
- they have USB chargers under the bar to charge your phone
- they have a Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas
- they have a great Old Fashioned
Have you been yet? What do you think?
A few months ago I was invited to the coolest dinner party. Jason, from Fresh Jax, invited me and a guest to attend an all natural, vegan, gluten-free, healthy, delicious food tasting. My good friend Marika joined me for this Vegan deliciousness. My boyfriend had an event that night and honestly I am not sure how long he would have lasted without meat. The dinner was a nice time for she and I to catch up and to oo and ah over cashew cheese and quinoa stuffed red pepper like health food nerds (don’t worry we had some wine to complement our healthy food). Jason, along with his wife Hilary and Chef Johnny Vines created an amazing dinner that was purely plant based and nutrient full.
You may recognize Jason and Hilary (pic above: aren’t they cute? seriously they smile like this all the time), for the past 2 1/2 years they have been frequenting The Riverside Arts Market Downtown and most recently Jaxson’s Night Market the third Thursday of the month Downtown.
They specialize in hot sauce, pastries, spices and most recently they came out with a Quinoa Cookbook. My favorites are the Everything Sauce and Coconut Bacon.
Hilary and Jason met while they were both working in the corporate world as design specialists. Their idea to create Fresh Jax started at their wedding. Their infamous hot sauce was actually a gift to attendees at their wedding. People loved it so much they suggested bottling it. The rest is history. Hilary is also a yoga instructor. Their dream is to open up a storefront where they will have GMO free, gfree and dairy free healthy foods to go Monday thru Friday, a yoga studio and farm to table dinners once a week. Until then, check them out at the Riverside Arts Market or Jaxson’s Night Market. Not only is their food delicious, they are super nice people too.
On November 15th, the first gluten-free expo in Jacksonville will be held at the Hyatt Riverfront in Downtown Jacksonville from 10am-3pm. The event will feature national bloggers, doctors, dietary experts such as:
- Julia McRae: Certified Nutritionist. She herself suffered with Ulcerative Colitis in her youth.
- Desire Anderson: brings 10 years of experience as an outdoor educator and has worked at various camps and educational institutions throughout the nation. She has a wide and adventurous background, in travel, art, woodworking, science education and outdoor, off-grid living and cooking.
- Jen Eccleston: author of the blog “my BIG FAT grain free life” and owner of Jen Tilly Tea. Using humor and quite frankly, crybaby moments, she seeks to deal with food allergies, bowel health and autoimmune disease while retaining her belief that allergen free food really CAN taste delicious.
- Shannon Ford, Mrs. United States 2011, an advocate for Celiac Disease Awareness. After being diagnosed in 2009, it became Shannon’s goal to bring more attention to the illness and advocate for better labeling of our nation’s food supply.
I am really excited that we will have an entire day dedicated to gluten-free. I look forward to learning and sharing ideas around living healthy gluten-free.
Tickets are only $10 for adults and discount tickets for seniors and military. There will be an expo hall where gluten-free and other allergen free items will be available for sample. Participants include some of my favorite brands: Glutino, Udi’s, Enjoy Life and more.
Are you planning to attend? What do you hope to get out of a gluten-free expo?