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Gluten-free and Vegan Six Course Meal at Super Food and Brew 

gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewOn Saturday, August 20 I attended a Gluten-free/Vegan wine dinner at one of my favorite Downtown spots- Super Food and Brew. Over 30 people gathered to taste traditional meat dishes transformed into gluten-free/vegan deliciousness without a bit of compromise on taste.  I was lucky enough to dine with Jessica from Jax Vegan Love.  We had a great time sharing our opinions of the food and our favorite restaurants.  If you aren’t following her on Facebook you definitely should!
gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewThe first course was a  beet carpaccio.  The beets were sliced thin and the accompanying dressing was delightful.  It also included tempeh crumbles to add a little protein.

gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewThe second course was a Rainbow Vegetable Pad Thai Salad.  I am a big fan of thai food and the flavors were spot on.


gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewThe third course was an eggplant involtini with ratatouille.  Don’t even get me to try to pronounce this dish.  It was the first of the hot dishes that were served and I could have sworn there was cheese or meat in this dish.  But it was completely gluten-free/vegan

gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewThe fourth course was a Forest Mushroom Risotto.  This was so creamy I swear there was butter in here.

gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewThe fifth course was a Carrot Osso Buco over Cauliflower Grits.  Traditionally this is served with some sort of beef and for those (usually the vegan’s date) that were meat eaters they graciously added a nice steak with this dish.  I am not a vegan, but I am dairy free and this was such a nice treat.  However, I was extremely full.

gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewThe grand finale was a Coconut fig bar, fresh Berry Nut Cream bar and a chocolate Tart with salted Oat Crust. We each got our own plate of these three desserts and they easily could have been shared with my table mate.

gluten free jacksonville superfood and brewI know you are thinking right now- I want to go.  When is the next one?  Well you are in luck!  Dale from Super Food and Brew is going to do another one since this one was so successful!  For all of the latest updates on events and restaurant openings please make sure you are following us on Facebook.

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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 jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

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Fresh Jax Gluten Free Dinner

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.
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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.

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Gluten-free Wine Dinner at Bistro AIX was AIXtra Special!

Last night we hosted a gluten-free wine dinner with Bistro AIX in San Marco. This was our second gluten-free dinner this year and I would say we are two for two.  Bistro AIX has a great reputation and is known for using local fresh ingredients.  They are also known as a great local restaurant that can provide you with a gluten-free dinner any night of the week.  In addition to gluten-free they can accommodate many food allergies and they take them very seriously.About 20 people attended the gluten-free wine dinner in the Bistro AIX Onyx Room.  The tables were set very eloquently and the layout was conducive to lots of conversation.


The night started off with a gluten-free beer welcome reception.  The beer of choice was Bards.  My mom, who has no gluten allergy and eats food that has been (in her words) “glutenated” took a sip of beer and declared “it’s good.”  This was the first time I have seen my mom take a sip of beer ever in my life.

My friends Jessica and Heather joined us for the evening and I was so happy to have them sit close by so we could chat about food, friends and food.  Following the beer welcome reception, Chef Tom Gray very courteously encouraged us to get started.  He told us a little about what was about to happen and thanked Native Sun for the gluten-free beer and advice.  I was very happy to see that Native Sun got involved.  They are such a great local resource and they offer many gluten-free options, including a designated gluten-free bakery.

The first course was a local grape tomato and watermelon salad with micro basil and a parmesan crisp.  My first reaction was “what a crazy combination”… until I took a bite.  WOW.  The micro basil (which looked like small sprouts) was appropriately paired with the watermelon and tomato.  I am not a big fan of fruit in salads (don’t ask me why) but I found myself moving the watermelon around to get more of the basil sauce on it.  Recently I have begun to mourn the end of summer and this salad was the perfect reminder that summer is still here.  The salad was paired with a crisp and perfectly chilled Pinot Grigio by Solo from Italy, 2010.

The second course was St. Augustine Trigger Fish with Chanterelles, local sweet corn, field peas and paprika butter.  What are Chantarelles you ask (I had no idea myself); they are edible woodland mushrooms.  They were a perfect compliment with the field peas and sweet corn.  I don’t think I have ever had Trigger fish before and was pleased to find it flakey, yet firm and seasoned nicely. The wine paired with this course was CHUCKER a Cab Franc, Merlot and Cab Sauvignon Blend from Happy Canyon in California, 2009.  I loved this wine, it was my favorite of the two.  It almost tasted carbonated and was full of flavor without being too overpowering.

Dessert #1: Ok, sadly I could not enjoy this one because the icing had dairy.  But the recipe for the cake (from Gluten Free Gourmet) did not have dairy in it.  This is Banana Pineapple Cake with Vanilla Cream.  This was definitely a crowd pleaser.  I don’t think a “glutenator” would be able to tell that this is gluten-free.  I did not see leftovers on anyone’s plate at the table.  It looked like a dessert you would see in the bb’s or biscotti’s case but it was gluten-free!  According to Chef Tom, this may make an appearance on their regular menu so keep an eye out.

Dessert 2: this is the dessert I had because it is gluten-free and dairy free.  These chocolate meringues were so moist inside.  They were light as air and perfect with the Illy coffee that was poured.  While I was envious of the Banana Pineapple Cake, everyone around me was curious about my dessert.  I guess it is true, the grass is always greener.

Thank you to everyone who attended.  It is always nice to sit and enjoy food with out having to have a million conversations with the Chef, waiter or host staff about our special dining needs.  We were just able to relax and eat.  I also enjoyed the great conversations about restaurants, recipes, lessons learned, limitations and ideas for future events like these.  Also, a HUGE thank you to the Bistro AIX staff Sarah Marie, Chef Tom, Natalia and Jerry.  Another thank you to some great establishments who helped spread the word: Native Sun, Sweet Pete’s, The Grotto, Jacksonville Scene and The Jacksonville Wine Guide.

See you next time!

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First Gluten-free Wine Dinner at Chew a Success!

On July 20, 2011 Chew Restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida hosted the first Gluten-free wine pairing dinner which featured wines from Vingevity.  The event was sold out and Chew did a wonderful presentation of the tables (and as you will see soon, the food as well).

The night began with a glass of Green’s a Belgium gluten-free beer that was handed to guests as they arrived.  As I walked around to talk to people who were at the event it was quite a mix of people with no-gluten allergies, various levels of gluten intolerance and Celiac disease.

I was lucky to share a table with my boyfriend (who is a huge supporter of celiac disease to the point he rarely if ever complains when the only sweets I have in the house are gluten-free, he is right there with me when he could easily run across the street to Publix) as well as Mark Basch from the very informative blog Gluten-free Glutton.

Gluten-free bloggers, Mark from Gluten-free Glutton and me from Gluten-free Jacksonville

After a brief intro from Allan of Chew, a little thank you from me and a description of the wine from Chad of Vingevity it was time to start the first course!

Chad from Vingevity talks about the wine

I am a HUGE seafood lover and ceviche is probably my favorite appetizer probably because it closely resembles salsa which is a staple in my diet.  The 1st course was smoked mayport shrimp ceviche with avocados, plantain chips, with a spicy citrus
marinade.  Not only was this my favorite course but the wine was also my favorite.  I am a big fan of white wines and Sauvignon Blanc specifically.  The Cuvee de Blanc from California by Hugenot Cellars, was a blend of whites, which included Sauvignon Blanc as well as other white varietals.  It was not oaky and not too sweet or too sour as some Sauvignon Blancs can be.  The ceviche and wine worked wonderfully together.  The plaintain ships were nicely salted, I was afraid they may be sweet, but I prefer to have them with a little salt.  Becuase this was a farm to table dinner I made sure to have the lettuce garnish becuase local lettuce around here is SO GOOD!

Now on to the 2nd course (the main course): Black Hog Farm heritage pork chop, braised pinto beans vegetable and granny smith apple slaw paired with Reunion Malbec from Argentina.  The portion size was very appropriate and the pinto beans had a nice rich flavor.  The pork chop was just as mom would make yet more tender and easy to cut into.

The third and final course and perhaps the dish that caused the most commotion was the fresh harvest peach streusel
with cinnamon ice cream paired with Bold Bean’s ‘riverkeepers roast’ coffee.  The peaches had to have been picked fresh, they were so tasty!  When the chefs came out to make sure everyone liked the meal unanimously everyone asked how they made the crust.  Bold bean coffee is a local, organic and sustainable coffee company.  Supposedly, they will be opening a coffee shop in the Riverside/Five Points area. Their coffee was great! 

Thank you to everyone who attended and for Chew for going along with my idea.  If you are looking for a place to dine gluten-free, Chew can accomodate you any time.  I have eaten there multple times outside of this special gluten-free dinner and they were easily about to accomodate my needs.  I hope to make these dinners a regular occurance at other restaurants around Jacksonville, so stay tuned.  For more photos from the event visit our Gluten-free Jacksonville facebook page.

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