Farm-to-Table Dinner: Beaches Style?

Two years ago and again last year, our neighbors to the west, in San Marco, hosted a beautiful Farm-to-Table dinner in one of their lovely parks.

Featuring locally sourced foods prepared by their area’s most innovative and adventurous chefs, I covered this dinner. I wandered among the guests and shot photos, listened to the trio playing live music while woodsmoke from the scented pinion fire wafted through the trees and softened the setting sun. As the guests enjoyed some wine before dinner they listened to their chefs as they briefly told the story of the dinner.

I made this short video, and viewing it again has got me thinking about our same commitment to the local – via the Beaches Green Market and the Atlantic Beach Mid-Week Market – and I’m musing about the opportunity we have to host our own such outdoor meal.

Much planning goes into events like these…but I believe there are  slow food enthusiasts among us who, along with others who’d support the idea of an elegant, outdoor meal and work to make it happen.

Interested in tossing the idea about?  Contact us, because we’re in!



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About the Author

Jeannie Greenwald is a freelance photographer, neighborhoods evangelist, and editor-in-chief of The Beaches Online. She is also a degreed psychologist and occasionally works as an adoption social worker for Jacksonville area families. She founded The Beaches Online, LLC, in 2011 to write about the happenings in 'the beaches' - the island-without-a-name, in Duval and St. Johns Counties, Florida. Always equipped with cameras, she roams the beaches, the string of barrier islands from Amelia to Anastasia, and also journeys inland, to the rural banks of Florida's blackwater rivers, and the pristine, freshwater springs. Jeannie's lived at the beaches for twelve years, and considers herself a common-law native. She celebrates the joy of living in a coastal community that prides itself on its beautiful beaches and strong, independent local business community.

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