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).
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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!
I am so excited to announce our partnership with Chew in Downtown Jacksonville to bring you a Farm to Table Dinner wine/beer pairing that is completely gluten-free. As someone who enjoys dining more than anything, I miss these kinds of dinners. If you have never been to Chew, you are in for quite a treat. Not only is the ambiance quaint, the food is delicious. This is one of my favorite local restaurants. No one in Jacksonville has done this sort of thing, this is going to be fun!
Come and enjoy a food and wine pairing that is completely gluten-free. Here are the details:
Cost: $40 per person plus tax and gratuity for a three course dinner and wine pairing with a gluten-free beer happy hour. Parking is on street and at that time the meters do not have to be fed. Call Chew directly to book your reservation. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot ASAP! For reservations call (904) 355-3793.
6-6:30: Gluten-free beer reception
6:30 Dinner begins:
smoked mayport shrimp ceviche
avocados, plantain chips, spicy citrus
wine: hugenot cellars, cuvee de blanc, california
black hog farm heritage pork chop
hominy, fresh harvest vegetable & granny
smith apple slaw
wine: reunion, malbec, argentina
fresh harvest peach streusel
with cinnamon ice cream
coffee: bold bean’s ‘riverkeepers roast’
*because of the freshness of our ingredients some items are subject to change*
Hope you can make it!
Before we even stepped into the restaurant, we were greeted with a nice happy hour which included tuna tartare, lobster soup and a 60 day aged beef satay. The beef satay was AMAZING! Not sure of the marinade, but being a meat lover there was a nice saltiness to it that wasn’t over powering. One of the farms was there to talk about their hydroponics farm techniques. The farm Fresh Start is located in St. Augustine and they are strong supporters of purchasing local produce.
Prior to the first of four courses we were given a nice tasting of crab salad. Everyone else had theirs in what appeared to be a philo dough cup however, because I was dining gluten-free they served it in a nice asian spoon. The crab dip was not too mayonaisey (is that a word? haha) with just a hint of lemon grass. Next up was the pork belly, red pea, andouille and greens. Delicious. As a girl from the south, I love my greens, but this was different, rather than the greens being the centerpiece of the dish, the pork belly was the center piece. All of the flavors blended really nicely together.
Next up was the second course titled: “Leaves.” This included arugula, beet, truffled goat cheese with shallot vinaigrette. While they sound odd listed separately, the flavors really complimented each other. The
truffled goat cheese had a very strong flavor which worked well with the mildly flavored arugula and beets. The arugula was crispy the dressing was just enough. Both the first and second courses were paired with a lovely Rose, RKS Grande Cassagne Rose. Typically when I expect to drink a Rose I expect it to be sweet, but this was nicely robust without the sweetness. It went well with the small plate and leaves.
Course three titled “Sea” was Mayport shrimp, grit cake, greens and tasso gravy.
Their staff was very knowledgeable about how the grits were made and were able to inform me they are made on equipment that also processes wheat products so they removed that from my dish in addition to the gravy. While the dish was delishious with just shrimp and lettuce, I think the grits would have complimented the seasoning a little better. The wine pairing was nice though, the shrimp went very well with the Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc it was paired with.
Course four was called: “Land” and included house dry-aged, prime, natural strip loin, gnocchi and brussel sprouts. The gnocchi contained gluten, so I enjoyed just the natural strip loin and brussel sprouts. I loved the simplicity of the brussel sprouts they were small and halved and perfectly bite sized. The steak was tender and went so perfectly with the brussel sprouts.
The final course known as “sweet” was an assortment of 2 desserts , pot de creme and truffle. The pot de creme tasted like creme brule without the crunchy top and much, much thicker. Along with
that they included 2 white chocolate truffle balls with a hard white chocolate covering. This was paired with a Graham’s Tawny Port that complimented the white chocolate perfectly.
Overall, what a great dining experience. As a girl raised in the south I loved the twist on southern dining and the reliance on fresh vegetables. This is definitely a place I hope to visit again. In addition to great food, the staff was courteous and the people I met while dining were genuine. Thank you Augustine Grille for great ambiance, food and experience.