What’s cooking

Here are a few food and dining events this month in Tallahassee and nearby.

Jewish Food Fest: If you want to be sure not to  miss out on the corned beef and pastrami sandwiches provided by New York’s Carnegie Deli for the Jewish Food Fest, you can preorder the sandwiches by March 13 (deadline has been extended).  The event usually runs out of the most popular food by early afternoon. The event is April 9. You can place orders online at templeisraeltlh.org
When: Preorder food by March 13; event 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9.
Where: T
emple Israel, 2215 Mahan Dr.
Web templeisraeltlh.org/

Trolley service:  The city of Tallahassee is offering free trolley service connecting downtown with Cascades Park, College Town and Midtown so you can visit area restaurants without having to drive and hunt for parking spots.  Pick up buses outside City Hall or at stops along the routes (marked by signs). There’s also a free bus service Friday and Saturday nights running to those areas. Check the city website below for real-time information. WiFi provided.
When: Trolleys run through the end of May. Lunchtime service is from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Buses return to stops about every 20 minutes. Free nighttime trolleys operate through the three neighborhoods from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Cascades Park, College Town and Midtown. All include a stop outside City Hall, 300 S. Adams St.
Web:  talgov.com/gis/trolley/index.html

Ashby Stiff Little Dinner Series:  The series, which was established in 1958 by Ashby Stiff,  a former Tallahassee Democrat restaurant critic and professor in the Florida State University Dedman School of Hospitality,  offers themed, international fine dining events as an extension of the program’s catering management course. Dinners start at 6:30 p.m.  with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres followed by a 7 p.m., four course dinner served with two wine pairings. Free parking in the University Center visitor lot.  Blazers required for men; cocktail attire for women. Cost: $45 (all inclusive). Make reservations at bit.ly/littledinnerseries. Contact: 850.645.1950.
When: Series dates are March 9, 21, 23, 28, 30 and April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20.
Where: Fifth floor, University Center Club, 288 Champions Way.
Web:  business.fsu.edu

Wine tasting: The Wine House on Market St. will be presenting a tasting of wines spanning three continents. Julie Swift, regional representative for Valckenberg International, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards & Epicurean Wines, along with Ann Mazzanovich, Opici Family Distributing, will be at The Wine House is offering a tasting tour that stops in Germany, California and Australia. Cheese and charcuterie will be served. Cost: $15, refundable with the purchase of six bottles. Call 850.893.2254. Attendance is limited so register at  thewinehousemarketst.com/events.shtml.
When:  6 to 8 p.m. March 10
Where: The Wine House on Market St., 1355 Market St., Suite 1-A (upstairs)
Web:  thewinehousemarketst.com/

Shakespeare Uncorked:  The event supports the Southern Shakespeare Company.  Celebrate the bard by dressing for the Roaring 20s — though black tie and flapper attire are optional. The event features six  Tallahassee chefs showcasing a sampling of gourmet fare paired with  a wine from two of 12 wine distributors. There’s an added event this year pairing whiskey and cigars, with FUMA providing the cigars paired with four curated whiskeys provided by MSL Whiskey House. Cost: $93.84 to $425.60.
When: On March 11. 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by a Whiskey & Cigars gathering from 9 to 10 p.m.
Where: Governor’s Club, 202 Adams St.
Web: southernshakespearefestival.org/event/shakespeare-uncorked

Vine and Dine: Here’s a chance to have a German dining experience without buying a plane ticket.  Sample German beer and wine paired with traditional dishes, which include bratwurst, spätzle, wiener schnitzel, potato pancake and black forest cake. Cost: $48.47 per person (includes service and tax). Call for reservations at 850.765.7053 or reserve online.
When: 7 p.m. March 11
Where: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe, 6265 Old Water Oak Road

French cuisine: Chef Benny demonstrates French techniques, preparing  an appetizer of mini smoked salmon Croque Monsieur, coq au vin with mushrooms, pearl onions and crostini and for dessert,  Country Apple Galette with Crème Chantilly. $35 per person.  Call 850.385.5665.
When: 10 a.m. to noon March 11
Where:  Brown’s Kitchen, 2551 Capital Circle NE
Web: brownskitchen.com

St. Patrick’s Day festival:  The Tallahassee Irish Society presents the St. Paddy’s Day fest and the Jack Madden Memorial Parade on March 11. Expect plenty of kilts, bagpipes,  food trucks, live music, traditional Irish step dancing and Guinness. Parade at 1 p.m.
Noon to 9 p.m. March 11
Kleman Plaza,  306 Duval Street

Glass to glass academy:  Grasslands Brewery is offering a series of classes to learn more about beer styles, ingredients and the process of brewing, in a fun and relaxing environment. This week’s topic focuses on using fruits and vegetables to create beer flavors. Cost: $30 per glass. Call 850.765.3014.
When:  noon March 12
Where: Grasslands, 603 W. Gaines St.
Web:  grasslandsbrewery.com

Veg Fest: 
Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual North Florida VegFest presented by the Tallahassee vegetarian community. The March festival includes cooking demonstrations, speakers,  food vendors; kids activities; and free vegan food samples.  Leashed dogs welcome. Free admittance.
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18
Where: Cascades Park, 1001 S Gadsden Web:  northfloridavegfest.com

Cuisine from Alsace: Chef Jessica Able’s series on French cuisine continues with a class on the flavors of Alsace.  Students will start on a creamy cheese spread  Able said is “inspired by the cheese made by monks in the Muenster valley,” with French bread and a side of traditional Alsatian cherry soup.  Other courses include  tart  flambé and onion tart and clafloutis, a baked custard with fresh plums. Cost: $40. Call 850.264.2308.
When: 6 p.m. March 21
Where: KitchenAble Cooking School, Cottages on Lake Ella, 1635 N. Monroe Street
Web: kitchenable.net

Tallahassee Wine Mixer: The event is a wine carnival on Madison Street based at Centrale. The event features food, wine, games, wine, activities, wine — well, you get it. Tickets come with 12 to 25 game/activity tickets and a tasting glass. Events and activities include a wine dunk tank, wine bottle painting, wine glass blowing, food and wine pairings.  Every wine tasting and game/activitiy will be one ticket. Additional tickets available for purchase.  Twelve tickets for $20 and $25 tickets for $35.
When:  4 to 8 p.m. March 25
Where: Centrale Pizza Parm & Bar, 815 W. Madison Street
Web:  facebook.com/events/


30A Wine Festival:  Attend rosé tastings, a brunch and a croquet tournament on the streets of intriguing Alys Beach. The festival also features a four-course wine dinner and barbecue and bourbon tasting. 
March 9 to 12
Alys Beach


Brains and brew:  Exercise your brain and drink locally brewed beer (responsibly, please) at  the weekly Trivia Night at Grasslands Brewing Company (call 850-765-3014 to ensure it’s going on, as planned).
When: 7  to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Where: : GrassLands Brewing Company, 603 W. Gaines Street

Brickyard Farmers Market:  This new farmers market, now located inside the Urban Food Market, features homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, produce, plants  and other items. 
8 a.m.  to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Urban Food Market, Tallahassee Centre, 2415 N Monroe Street

Craft beer tastings:  Lake Tribe Brewing Company offers weekly tastings and tours. The $10 fee includes a souvenir glass, six tasting tickets and a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery.
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays
Where: Lake Tribe Brewing Company, 3357 Garber Drive
Web: laketribebrewing.com

Craft beer Tuesday: Get discounts on a variety of brews at 319 Wine and Cheese.
When: 5 p.m.  Tuesdays
Where: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe, 6265 Old Water Oak Road

Wine down Wednesdays: Order wine for $5 a glass during the weekly event.
When: 5 p.m.  Tuesdays
Where: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe, 6265 Old Water Oak Road
Web: 319wineandcheese.com

Downtown Marketplace:  Check out fresh produce and food items, art and crafts by regional participants, live music and other attractions at this weekly event.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays March through December.
Where: Ponce de Leon Park, Park Avenue and Monroe Street

Eastside Farmer’s Market:  Local producers bring fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, herbal teas, gifts, handmade soaps and more.
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Where: Luke’s Anglican Church, 3725 Apalachee Parkway
Web: facebook.com/eastsidefarmersmarkettallahassee

Food Truck Thursday:  No need to wait for the weekend to have some fun.  Stop by Food Truck Thursdays, with live music behind the Cottages at Lake Ella. Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, blankets and the whole family (dogs ok on a leash). Participating trucks subject to change.  Participating trucks may vary. Sponsored by the Tallahassee Food Truck Association and Lake Ella Merchants Association.
When: 6 to 9 p.m.  every Thursday.
Where: behind the Cottages at Lake Ella, 1639 N. Monroe St.
WebTallahassee Food Truck Association

Frenchtown Farmers Market:  The weekly event features vendors selling handmade and locally grown products and produce plus eggs, honey, preserves and baked goods.
When: 9 .m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Where: 524 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Growers Market at Lake Ella:  Find fresh produce and other vendors at this weekly event.
Noon to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.
The Growers’ Market, 229 Lake Ella Drive

Lake Ella Sunday brunch:  Join the laid-back group enjoying the food trucks, live music and tranquil view of Lake Ella on Sunday mornings.
When: 11 a.m to 2 p.m. every Sunday.
Where:  The Shops at Lake Ella, 1641 N. Monroe St.
WebTallahassee Food Truck Association

Martini Mondays:  All martinis are $5 each at Brass Tap Midtown. There are eight martini choices, including the Chocoberry, Blackberry Lemon Drop and Passionfruit Martin.
When:  4 to midnight Mondays
Where: Brass Taps Midtown,  1321 Thomasville Road
Web: brasstapbeerbar.com

Tallahassee’s Farmers Market:  The longtime farmers market focuses on produce, offering “conventional, Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, non-chemical, natural practices, hydroponics, growers and resellers.” Other items include  plants, flowers, honey, grass-fed beef and pork and cheese.
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays
Where: 1415 Timberlane Road at Market Square

Wednesday Roundup:  Get out of the office or the classroom and head to the Downtown Food Truck Court for a weekly lunch gathering.
When:  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  every Wednesday.
Where: just off Gaines Street at 725 S Bronough St.
Web facebook.com/TallyFTA

You Make It, You Grow It: Local artisans, growers and producers and other items for sale at this bimonthly farmers market.
When: 11 a.m to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of the month
Where: Railroad Square Art Park, 602 McDonnell Drive
Web: facebook.com/youmakeit

Have a food/dining event you want to share? Send the info to TallahasseeTable@gmail.com at least two weeks in advance and we’ll try to get it posted here.




4 thoughts on “What’s cooking”

  1. Janet M. From Ft. Lauderdale told me to keep an eye out for your blog. Glad I finally found it. Would love to say hi sometime.

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