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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

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

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen and cocktails

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Gluten-Free Moxie Kitchen+ Cocktails

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails st. johns town centerI am so excited.  I love when new restaurants come to Jacksonville, especially when they use fresh ingredients, have a great menu and are opened by great chefs (who happen to be really down to earth nice people). Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, a Chef Tom Grey creation, is now open for business.

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails is in the Town Center between Nordstrom Rack and Seasons 52.  They feature fun and funky american food with international (and a little bit of southern) influence.  Their menu is quite diverse and items range from craft cocktails, cheeses, burgers, seafood and decadent desserts. A majority of the food is made from scratch and/or sourced locally.  The vibe of the restaurant is a fusion of industrial, rustic and prohibition. gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails salt and pepper shakers

My boyfriend and I went during the soft opening and had an amazing experience.  Even with the restaurant being so new, staff were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.  The menu makes it really hard to decide what you want to eat.

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We started off with cocktails: a Lorem Ipsum (fancy margarita) for me and a B.E. for my boyfriend. Each of our drinks had their own ice cube shape: the Lorem Ipsum- a tall slender chunk of ice, the B.E. a large square ice cube.gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails craft cocktails Lorem Ipsumgluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails craft cocktails b.e.

We then moved on to two appetizers (both gluten free): we had the octopus appetizer and a plate of 2 cured meats.  Both were amazing.  The octopus appetizer came with chorizo, olive crisp, corn nuts and black garlic.  I am not a huge fan of octopus, but the way the server described that it was prepared to reduce the chewiness we had to try. Plus it was just so unique we were intrigued. The flavors of the octopus dish left me wishing I didn’t have to share.

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Unfortunately, our main course was so tantalizing I immediately dug in and forgot to take a picture.  But trust me when I say the food is amazing.  My boyfriend had the Filet Mignon with the chimichuri sauce and I had the rainbow trout.  We ordered the collards and ham and the brussel sprouts as our sides. I loved these sides (I love vegetables). The brussel sprouts were actually kinda sweet.  The rainbow trout was gluten-free and dairy-free and came on top of mashed sunchoke (a vegetable similar to an artichoke).  They had to make some variations to the meal so it is very important to let your server know of your allergy.

Gluten-Free notes (updated 12/3/2014):
– They have a dedicated gluten-free menu
– They do not have a dedicated gluten-free fryer
– Corn nuts, popcorn bar snacks are gluten-free
– Salads, Short Ribs and BBQ Pork Steak and the burger can be done gluten-free

For dessert, my boyfriend was a devil and had the coconut meringue cake that was enormous.  DEFINITELY NOT GLUTEN-FREE 🙂

We were so lucky, Chef Tom was in the restaurant and came around to all of the tables to say hello and see how things were.  I expected him to say hi and rush off to the kitchen in a rush but he seemed so calm and stayed to chat a bit. It was very apparent that this is his dream.  It is so refreshing to know that someone as successful as he is can stay so grounded and friendly.

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails chef tomAll in all the restaurant has a wonderful layout and even has the flexibility to host meetings, special events, etc.  They have outdoor seating downstairs and upstairs and two bars.  The upstairs bar has a great lounge feel while the downstairs lounge accommodates guests waiting for a table.

One of my favorite features is their water filtration system which provides still and sparkling drinking water.  I crave their sparkling water it is delicious. My other favorite feature is the upstairs artwork by my favorite artist- Dennis Campay.  gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails dennis campayThis is a great place for a date, special occasion, a holiday dinner or when friends are in from out of town.  There are a variety of prices so you could dine on a budget or splurge. 

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Have you been?  What was your experience like?
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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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Bistro Aixcellent!

On April 22nd I participated in the Bistro Aix  Earth Day King Estate Wine Pairing dinner where they paired sustainable foods from the King Estate Winery  with their YUMMY wine!  My great friend Keli accompanied me on this delicious excursion.  I was thrilled to support an evening that supported sustainability.  According to Chef Tom Did approximately 60% – 70% of Bistro AIX’s everyday seasonally-inspired menus consist of made-in-house, artisanal, local, organic and sustainable items.  Prior to being diagnosed with Celiac disease I would not have thought twice about such a decadent occasion, however prior to committing I had to make a call to the catering manager Parker to make sure they could provide a gluten free meal.  After a resounding YES I encouraged girlfriends of mine to attend.  Not only is King Estate one of my favorite brands of Pinot Gris, but this was one of the few wine pairing dinners I have seen under $100.   Upon arrival, each guest was welcomed with a glass of 2008 King Estate Pinot Gris (pronouced pee-no- gree) and mussles on a bed of corn chowder- YUM!  I was quickly identified as the gluten free girl and was assured once again I would be taken care of.  After a few tastings of the muscles, we made our way to the main dining area where the tasting would occur.  I love this room, it is cozy and just off the Onyx Bar.  In the theme of Earth Day, each of the name plates were little recycled coffee tins with decorative contact paper with lovely local plants.  The menus were made of paper you can plant.  They thought of everything.  We were seated next to the featured guest speaker Randy Ford, from King Estate, and his equally cultured wife.  Next, we enjoyed Crispy Local Soft Shell Crab.  Immediately I think I will not be able to enjoy the “crispy-ness” because it will be made from bread crumbs or flour of some sort, however, they bring it out and it is Crispy Local Soft Shell Crab- Gluten Freecrispy and gluten free (I am guessing they used a corn meal or corn flour of some sort). View photo of the Crispy Local Soft Shell Crab.  This was paired with the King Estate Domaine Pinot Gris.  Domaine wines are made exclusively with organically grown grapes from the Kind Estate vineyard.  I loved this wine.  It went perfectly I wish I could have asked for another glass, but luckily I knew I would have plenty of wine tonight.  Next up Seared Loch Duart Salmon with Stuffed Squash Blossom.  It was again delicious and Gluten free.  This was paired with the King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir- hands down the best wine I had all night and I am a white wine drinker most of the time. 

Next on the list was Roasted Palmetto Poussin (young chicken) with local broccoli and King Estate bacon-gruyere sausage bread pudding paired with NxNW Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  (At some point during this course a rendition of Les Poisson from The Little Mermaid was sung.  Not sure if I started it, however Poisson is fish.  It helped our table bond, but I digress).  Of course, as someone with Celiac disease, bread pudding is a HUGE no no, however, the variation of my tasting was adorable.  Instead of the bread pudding they used marscapone as well as the King Estate sausage.  It was served in the cutest little coffee cup which made it taste that much better.  The evening was finished off with a Vanilla Panna Cotta with Local Tangetines with King Estate Vin Glace.  The dessert tasted just like a cream sicle and the presentation was adorable.  I wish I had taken a photo of this, however, I could not wait to dive in so there was no time to whip back out the camera.  All in all it was a great night, the meal was Bistro Aixcellent!  I hope to join in on another in the near future.

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