What’s cooking

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


Pumpkin patches:  There’s still time to stop by one of the many pumpkin patches in the city before Halloween.  Choices include  Faith Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Meridian Rd. , 850.385.6151; Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church, 3004 Mahan Dr., 850.877.6276;  and Pumpkins by King, 1481 Timberlane Rd.  For a longer list, visit  fun4tallykids.com/Whats-Happening/Pumpkin-Patches/

2017 Million Muggle March:  Get in the spirit of Halloween with the Harry Potter bar crawl with Madison Social, the Brass Tap, GrassLands Brewing Company and Proof Brewing Company. Registration at Township. when you purchase your ticket you will have to choose a house. Your ticket will include a shirt representative of the house you chose and and drink at each location (yes, one of them will be butterbeer). Township – The Great Hall; Madison Social – Gryffindor; The Brass Tap – Hufflepuff; GrassLands Brewing Company – Slytherin; Proof Brewing Company – Ravenclaw Tickets $25 to $30.
When: 6 p.m. Oct. 28
Where: Madison Social, 705 S. Woodward Ave.
Web: facebook.com/events/

Tallahassee Chopped Junior Event: Young wannabe chefs  ages 9 to 17 will be able to compete for a chance to be a contestant on the Food Network’s  Chopped Junior TV show by entering  the Tallahassee Chopped Junior Competition and Silent Auction Event on Oct. 29. The event is hosted by Whole Child Leon, which addresses critical issues affecting young children and their families. Winners will be  flown to New York City to audition with the show’s executive producer and casting director. Fifty competitors at Tallahassee’s event will be divided into two categories — ages 9 to 13 and 14 to 17. The chefs  will create their own original dish made from a set list of ingredients.. Guests at the event will watch competitors,  have a sampling of  hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and cocktails, be able to bid in the silent auction and vote on their favorite dishes by local restaurants.  Tickets are $30  for ages 17 and under, $50 adult general admission, $100 VIP sponsors, $1,000 VIP When:  5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29
Where: The Moon, 1105 E Lafayette St.
Web:  wholechildleon.org/

Sunday brunch: The 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe  is offering a Sunday brunch with items like stuffed berry and nutella French toast, poached eggs and frittata (items can change). Kids eat free.
When:  10 a.m. Sundays through  Nov. 26
Where: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe, 6265 Old Water OakRoad
Web: 319wineandcheese.com

Seven Days of Local Delights: The event, which  kicks off Oct. 30, celebrates the area’s small farms. During the week, several restaurants will be offering locally-grown menu specials and you’ll have the chance to attend  workshops and community events. Participating restaurants include Cypress RestaurantChop House on the BricksDamfino’s Cafe & MarketEl CocineroKool Beanz CafeLiam’s Restaurant, Lounge & Cheese ShoppeLiberty Bar. Miccosukee Root CellarSage: A RestaurantTupelo’s Bakery & Cafe319 Wine & Cheese ShoppeSweet Pea CafeSweet Grass Dairy and Vertigo Burgers & Fries. Proceeds support the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, a nonprofit committed to growing small farms and supporting the local food network. See the website for all events.
When:  Oct. 30 through Nov. 5
Where: Several locations throughout Tallahassee and surrounding areas.
Web: redhillsfarmalliance.com/copy-of-seven-days-of-local-delight

Pie and pastry making class:  Chef Jessica Bright McMullen  presents a class on making pie crust plus an entree of a leek and onion pie (topped with creamy chèvre),  apple pie and drambuie pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream and a  green salad. In addition to learning to make the pastry McMullen will also discuss pastry techniques including lattice and other embellishments.   $40. Call 850.264.2308.
When: 6 p.m. Nov. 7.
Where: KitchenAble Cooking School, Cottages on Lake Ella, 1635 N. Monroe Street
Web: kitchenable.net

Vine and Dine: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe is hosting a Thanksgiving-themed wine pairing.  Owners Lynne and Bill Edwards will match five courses of traditional foods, from appetizers to pecan pie, with five types of wine.  Reservations required. $45. Call 850.765.7053.
When:  6:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
Where: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe, 6265 Old Water Oak Road
Web: 319wineandcheese.com

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: 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


For a list of festivals across the state, check out visitflorida.com/en-us/florida-events/calendar.html


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.  Wednesdays.
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. (Closed Aug. 3).
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
Web: localharvest.org/tallahassee-farmers-market

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

Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic farm stand:  Harry Kimble of K & K Farms out of Quitman, Ga. sells produce, nuts and figs outside the clinic on Wednesdays and he also sells his goods at the Farmers’ Market  at Market Square on Saturday mornings. Kimble specializes in peaches, plums, nectarines and pecans. (The corn pictured comes from Kimble’s stand).
When: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays 
Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic, 3334 Capital Medical Blvd.

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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