What’s cooking

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

Grow your own (oyster mushrooms):  UF/IFAS Leon County Extension offers step-by-step lessons on growing oyster mushrooms in your own home.  Children 10 and under are welcome to come free of charge with a participating adult. If  you find oyster mushrooms in the supermarket that you would like to cultivate, please bring them to the workshop. Cash or check will be accepted at the door if you pre-register.  Cost: $10. Contact extension agent Molly Jameson at 850.606.5219 or email: mjameson@ufl.edu.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. May 24
Where: 615 Paul Russell Rd.
Web:  https://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/

Blueberry U-Picks:   It’s the last chance for blueberry fans to load up on the healthy fruit at  Jubilee Orchards this season. Take part in the U-Pick this weekend and pay $5 for organic blueberries (all that’s available)
When:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  May 27 and 1 t o 4 p.m. May 28.
Where: Jubilee Orchards, 12008 Miccosukee Rd.
Web:  jubileeorchards.com

Latin flavor: As part of her Latin cooking series,  chef Jessica Able will be demonstrating how to make tostones with a chopped salad with jalapeño ranch dressing and a maracuya or passionfruit dessert: Cost:  $40. Call 850.264.2308.
6 p.m.  May 30.
KitchenAble Cooking School, Cottages on Lake Ella, 1635 N. Monroe Street

Meet the artist, have some wine: Stop by 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe to meet artist Terri Eggers, whose work is currently being featured at the cozy cafe. Eggers, a graduate of Florida State University, was the state director of education for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Call 850.765.7053.
When: 6 to 8 p.m.  June 9.
Where: 319 Wine & Cheese Shoppe, 6265 Old Water Oak Road

Watermelon Festival:  The 67th Annual Watermelon Festival in Monticello is coming up in June.  Attractions include music, children’s theater, pageants, street dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show, ghost tours, seed spitting contest, water melon carving contest, beer garden and parade. 850.997.5552.
When: 2 to 9 p.m. June 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17.
Where: Downtown Monticello, 1 Courthouse Circle
Web:  monticellojeffersonfl.com/event/watermelon-festival

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


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.  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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