March is National Women’s Month and we have lots of top-notch examples of women restaurateurs and chefs.
You can watch a celebrity chef demonstrate his delectable recipes. Attend a food and wine festival. Sample some spirits. Celebrate a grand opening. Take in-person or virtual cooking classes (like those taught by chef Jessica Bright McMullen, pictured, of KitchenAble Cooking School and Catering).
These are just some of the activities going on this month in the capital city. And we’ll be sharing much more. We took a break from listing events but Tallahassee Table’s longstanding calendar and our separate What’s New roundup is back!
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You’ll want to bookmark our calendar category on this website because we’ll be continually updating it and here’s a look at some highlights of what’s new in our dining scene.
- The Cleaver & Cork fundraiser, Tallahassee Community College’s signature culinary event each year, is presenting its first food and wine festival called Uncorked on Campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. The event will feature cooking demonstrations by local chefs, food and wine tastings, classes and an appearance by award-winning chef Geoffey Zakarian, the Cleaver & Cork headliner who will open the inaugural event. In addition, while tickets are sold out for the March 4 cooking demonstration by Zakarian, you can get tickets to watch it virtually.
- It’s Women’s History Month, a good time to pay tribute to our many chefs and restaurant owners who are now women. We’d love to hear about your favorite women in the hospitality biz. Much of the news this month involves women entrepreneurs.
- La Florida Coffee & Wine Bar will have its grand opening at 5 p.m. March 8 in the former Starbucks in Kleman Plaza. La Florida launched its soft opening on Feb. 22, opening in time for the start of the legislative session. Owner Jean Uthmeier, with her manager and it-in-law Julia Swanson, offers coffee roasted locally, homemade bread and pastries, and a welcome glass of wine after work. Look for breakfast sammies and lunch sandwiches on freshly baked bread, along with pound cakes, muffins, cookies and croissants. 300 W. Pensacola St.
- Gilliam Sisters Soul Food recently opened their restaurant at 1710 W. Tharpe St. Yashica and Sheree serve dishes like oxtails, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and other classics.
- Dondu Dogru, is cooking modern Turkish cuisine in the commercial kitchen at KitchenShare in the Frenchtown Heritage Hub. The Blue Turkey restaurant started serving lunch and dinner two days a week in January and on Feb. 14 she started serving “Brunch in a Turkish Village.” Pick up at 524 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. blueturkeyrestaurant.com/
- We now can get a coffee buzz when we’re on the go at this new mobile coffee shop from Rosalyn Wilsey called The Frother’s Daughter. Check the schedule on The Frother’s Daughter’s Facebook and Instagram. The website: www.thefrothersdaughter.com/
- Been searching everywhere for Girl Scout cookies? Head to Hobbit American Grill East, at 400 Capital Circle SE, from noon to 2 p.m. March 7. You can grab your Thin Mints and a chicken wing at one stop.
- Jeri’s Midtown Cafe has joined forces with Midtown Reader and the new Argonaut coffee shop in the former spot of Lucy & Leo’s on the second floor of the independent bookstore. The food menu, from Jeri’s, includes classic biscuits with blueberry whipping cream, croissants, pimento cheese tea sandwiches and pastries. Look for a St. Paddy’s Frappe, with sweet peppermint and vanilla, available all month long. And yes, it’s green. 1123 Thomasville Rd.
- Expanding Circles is now selling its baked goods, which include bagels, cinnamon rolls, focaccia and doughnuts in the commercial kitchen at KitchenShare in the Frenchtown Heritage Hub. You can order in advance and pick up their baked goods there, on the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance online market or at the Tallahassee Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.
- Notable food days: March 7, National Cereal Day; March 9, National Meatball Day, March 14, National Potato Chip Day; March 20, National Ravioli Day and National Corndog Day. Now there’s a choice.