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New Gluten-Free Additions to Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails’ Menu

In honor of Summer Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails has added some new additions to their menu and many are gluten-free!  In case you are unfamiliar with Candy Apple Cafe and Cocktails- they are co-located with Sweet Pete’s  in Downtown, Jacksonville. The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails is a full service restaurant located in Downtown Jacksonville that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily, as well as dinner Tuesday –Saturday. With a menu of French and Southern fusion cuisine, a full bar, and three private event spaces, The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails celebrates the decadence of everyday life. Here is a snippit of some of their food:

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Their new gluten-free menu items include:

Brunch

VEGAN HASH GF/VA ($11)
roasted red potatoes, wild mushrooms, haricot vert, baby carrots and wilted spinach with romesco sauce

Appetizers, Soup, Salads,Sandwiches

BEEF TENDERLOIN TARTARE GF ($13)
house chips, soft boiled egg

HOUSE CHIPS GF ($6)
with smoked bacon dip

WEDGE CAESAR GF without crouton ($10/7)
sweet gem lettuce, boquerones, crouton, pepper-parmesan dressing

FRENCH ONION SOUP GF without crouton ($8)
sherry, caramelized onions, gruyere

Entrees

HERB ROASTED CHICKEN MOUTARDE GF ($24)
potato dauphinoise, grilled asparagus

SHORT RIB POT-AU- FEU GF without baguette ($28)
oxtail, bone marrow, celery root, cornichon, toasted baguette

WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO GF/VA without reggiano ($17)
lobster and chanterelles, sage beurre noissette, shaved reggiano

For more information click here. Have you been before? What did you think?

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Time Out Sports Grill Gluten-Free

gluten free jacksonville time out sports grillIn honor of March Madness I thought it appropriate to share a Jacksonville Sports Bar that is taking strides to be safe for those with Celiac and other gluten-free allergies, Time Out Sports Grill. Located in a strip mall on Beach Boulevard between San Pablo and Hodges you almost drive right by this place. But once you are inside, there are many large TVs, a game area and a large bar. Almost every time I am here this place is packed and there is some exciting game going on.

The night we were here the Jacksonville Scene Kickball league was there having a great time. I went with my husband and a friend of ours Rita and everyone ordered a gluten-free dish. gluten free jacksonville time out sports grill flat breadsOne of the most exciting things is they have a gluten-free fryer. While eating fried foods every day is not a healthy choice, when watching sports who doesn’t enjoy some wings and fries! gluten free jacksonville time out sports grill wingsIn addition to having a dedicated gluten-free fryer they also have gluten-free flat breads that are delicious and gluten-free beer.

If you are in the area and in the mood for a sports bar definitely check this place out!

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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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Gluten-Free Event: Jacksonville Scene Wedding Crashers

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Finally, there is a fundraiser that can accommodate the gluten-free lifestyle.  This Friday, September 28th, Jacksonville Scene is hosting their 7th Annual Wedding Crashers at Trio The Event Place in Tinseltown.  Each year they pick a different theme; this year’s them is Masquerade!  This event is hilarious.  There is a fake wedding, food, drinks and all to benefit One X One.  Gluten-free offerings include Cookie Momsters cupcakes, cheese and vegetable trays, bbq and more.

Jacksonville Scene has been around for more than 7 years offering sports and social events.  I am a huge fan of beach volleyball, bowling, kickball, dodgeball and softball but there are many more sports to choose from.  I have made some great friends and have had an absolute blast.  In addition to sports they host the annual Wedding Crashers event and a host a huge Halloween Party at the beach each year.

The president, Jason, is a handsome guy who loves a girl with Celiac disease.  Oh, did I mention he is my boyfriend??   🙂  He is very supportive and tries to accommodate different types of dietary needs on top of my gluten-free and dairy-free needs. He is very aware of the deliciousness of Cookie Momster’s yummy baked goods and  we are thrilled that they have agreed to donate cupcakes for this event.

There are still tickets available for Wedding Crashers and are selling fast.  If you plan to attend I would love to meet you.  Send me a message at jgornto_6(@)yahoo.com and let me know.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit Jacksonville Scene’s website http://www.jacksonvillescene.com.

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Where Can I Get Gluten-free Beer in Jacksonville?

From Redbridge to New Planet, to Bards, to Greens, to New Grist, to Omission, to Dogfish Head Tweason’ale there are numerous gluten-free beers out there.  Yes, I know cider is gluten-free, however this is just a listing for gluten-free beers.  Almost all of these places have cider as well.  Redbridge is the beer I find most readily available, however New Planet is slowly becoming readily available and rightly so, they have 4 different flavors.

tweason'ale gluten free beer jacksonvilleRestaurants

  • BJ’s Brew House (Town Center) Typically Redbridge is available here
  • Royal Palm Village Wine and Tapas (Atlantic Beach) they have a HUGE selection.  I have seen New Planet, Dogfish Head Tweason’ale, Omission and Daruma here. In addition to ordering with your meal they are also a retail shop.
  • Kickbacks (Park and King Area) I have had Dogfish Head Tweason’ale, New Planet, Redbridge, and Greens; they usually have the best selection.
  • Mellow Mushroom– (Beaches and Southside) typically just Bards and New Planet.  I have better luck with the MM at the beach.
  • European Street (Beach, Southside, San Marco, Riverside) I have had New Planet here, but they typically have more than one option.

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Bars

  • Engine 15– (Beaches)  I have heard that they occasionally have gluten-free beer on tap.  I have had Omission in the bottle there.
  • Burro Bar– (Downtown) not sure if it is there all of the time, but I have had a Redbridge here before.

Retail

  • Beer:30 (Park and King)  Tons of gluten-free beers here from Omission, to New Planet to Greens and more.  They are very friendly and if you call ahead they will chill your beer for you.
  • Total Wine (Town Center) Always has an assortment.  They had a selection of New Planet, Greens, New Grist

Grocery

Other

Who did I miss?

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Let the Voting Begin: Best of 2011

Rather than always telling you what I think- I want to hear what you think about gluten-free resources in Jacksonville. Send me an email by January 6th with your vote for the following:

Best gluten-free chain restaurant
Best gluten-free locally owned restaurant
Best gluten-free pizza
Best gluten-free grocery store
Best gluten-free bakery
Best gluten-free beer
Worst attempt at gluten-free dining

Note: only one entry per person and these must be found locally in and around Jacksonville. 

Email your entry to jgornto_6(at)yahoo.com by January 6th.  Vote now to let your voice be heard and help us encourage gluten-free dining in our great city!

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Gluten-Free Wine Dinner at Bistro Aix August 31, 2011

I am so excited to announce our next Wine Dinner is with Bistro Aix on August 31, 2011. Bistro Aix has received multiple awards by Jacksonville Magazine, Folio Weekly, Arbus, Wine Spectator and more.  Their head Chef, Chef Tom Grey, is known for his culinary skills across the country.  The french bistro inspired atmosphere is so cozy and their food never disappoints.  We are going to have a great night!

Come and enjoy a food and wine pairing that is completely gluten-free.  Here are the details:

Cost: $45 per person plus tax and gratuity for a three course dinner and wine pairing.  Call Bistro Aix directly to book your reservation.  Space is limited, so please reserve your spot ASAP!  For reservations call Natalia Lupas, Catering Coordinator, at 904-398-1949.

Where: Bistro Aix; 1440 San Marco Blvd; Jacksonville, FL 32207
When: Wednesday August 31st from 6-9pm
The Details:

First Course:
Local Grape Tomato & Watermelon Salad
Micro Basil & Parmesan Crisp
Paired with Solo Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Second Course:
Local Fish (TBD) with Chanterelles
Local Sweet Corn, Pole Beans & Paprika Butter with Chucker
Paired with Happy Canyon, CA (Red Blend). 

Third Course:
Banana Pineapple Cake with Vanilla Cream

Hope you can make it!

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