Gluten-Free Wedding

CollageHave you missed me? I have missed you! Whether you noticed or not I had taken a bit of a break. We all need to get away sometimes to focus on other areas of our life and I am happy to report my little break was to plan my wedding to this man!

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On Nov 14, 2015 I married my boyfriend of nine years. It was the best day of my life and I am excited to go from Ms to Mrs! It can’t be easy to love someone with Celiac Disease but he does and he is so supportive.

We got married on the beach at the Sawgrass Country Club and had our reception at the Sawgrass Golf Country Club.  While our event was not 100% gluten-free I worked with wonderful vendors that could easily accommodate a gluten-free diet.  There can be challenges when you are planning events and need to accommodate dietary restrictions without breaking the bank. For instance, a gluten free cake for 180 people can run you close to $3,000 however if you do regular (gluten-containing) cupcakes and pair it with an 8 inch round gluten-free cake you can spend less than $500!

So here are my gluten free vendor successes:
Cake: Sweet ‘N’ Flour gluten-free and dairy-free marble cake with vanilla bean icing. Tiered cupcakes by Publix in Ponte Vedra, FL at Sawgrass Village these had gluten in them and were a huge hit without breaking the bank. We did a mixture of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate and strawberry filling all with white icing shaped like a rose.

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Rehearsal dinner catering: Tacolu they do a great job and bring their own decor and it is always a crowd favorite! We had the Carne Asada and Banging Shrimp. Both were gluten-free and corn tortillas were available.  Paired with some Margarita’s it was such a festive night!

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Bridesmaid luncheon: The Lodge in Ponte Vedra is just beautiful! They can accommodate any dietary needs and their terrace view cannot be beat!

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Wedding reception: Sawgrass Golf Country Club we did chicken parmesan for everyone and they were able to make a special dish for those that are gluten-free or have other needs.

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We had the best team for our wedding. I seriously loved all of our vendors so much. I highly recommend a day of planner to help you enjoy your day. Other vendors I worked with:

Day of Coordinator: Rhea Harris
Videography: Siberian Pictures, John Wolfe
Photography: Emily Martin Photography
Centerpieces: Rockaway Gardens
Decor: Soulshine Rentals
Ceremony Decor and Rehearsal Dinner: Ambre Goff at Coastal Occasions
Floral: Publix Sawgrass Village Event Planning

Have you had a gluten-free wedding?  How did you do it?  Who did you work with in the Jacksonville Area?

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More Gluten-Free Coming to Jacksonville Beach

Lots of exciting things happening and coming soon in the Gluten-Free World in Jax Beach!!!!

Native Sun is Coming September 4th!
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Whole Foods is coming in Early 2021 to Pablo Plaza, 1822 S. Third St.

Do you  know of any other gluten-free openings soon?  I for one am happy that I can get my gluten-free/Dairy-free oatmeal cream pie from Native Sun very soon!

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Thank you Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

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 jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

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Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails Gluten-Free Dinner Monday, April 13

Gluten-Free Never Tasted So Good at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

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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!

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The Menu

– Reception –
Spring Hummus
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 –
served family-style
Flank Steak
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! –
Pavlova
cheesecake filling, tropical fruit

Click here to purchase tickets to the Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails Gluten-Free Dinner


Hope to see you there! ​

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Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scout Cookies are here, The Girl Scout Cookies are here!!! One of the hardest parts of being diagnosed with Celiac Disease is not being able to indulge in Samoas, Tagalongs and Thin Mints. With the growing number of people going gluten-free the Girl Scouts have decided to meet that demand with the the Toffee Tastic: “Indulgently rich, buttery cookies with sweet, crunchy golden toffee bits. A gluten-free variety offered only in select Girl Scout council markets for as long as supplies last.”

I was recently offered to review the cookies, however, I am also dairy-free and these contain dairy so my lovely Fiance did my review. I could not keep these from him. When I went to ask him to taste them he had already opened the bag. Here is his description: “Little bit chewy but mostly crispy, tastes like a pecan sandy.

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gluten free girl scout cookies

Have you had them? What do you think?

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Product Review: Foster Farms Gluten-Free Corn Dogs

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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.

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs Gluten Free JacksonvilleThese 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.
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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.

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My dad said: “Tastes like a regular corn dog to me, chewy.”

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs Gluten Free Jacksonville

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.

foster farms gluten free corn dogs gluten free jacksonvilleHave you had these before? What are your thoughts?

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Gluten-free Whiskey Jax

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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?

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