Got a hankering for something new? Here are some tasty food events to tickle your tastebuds in September:
- The Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival celebrates the dish on which just about every restaurant on the First Coast has its own spin. It's the unofficial food of the area, like a slice of deep dish pizza in Chicago or a fish taco in California. This year is the 10th anniversary of the free festival, which takes place beneath the oaks of the National Historic Landmark District in Jekyll Island and features chef demonstrations, professional and amateur cooking competitions, two live music stages, more than100 hand-selected art and craft vendors, craft brew tastings and, of course, plenty of helpings of shrimp and grits. 5-9 PM Friday, September 18; 10 AM-9 PM on Saturday, September 19; 11 AM-4 PM Sunday, September 20.
- The Beaches Area Historical Society hosts its 34th gala, Beach Legends: Celebrating Legendary Beach Figures on Friday, September 25. Proceeds from Legends are expected to cover about one-third of the budget for educational programs and operational needs of the Beaches Museum & History Park. Admission is $150 for all attendees. 6:30 PM-10:00 PM, TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach.
- Chefs Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen and Scott Schwartz of 29 South host two seatings of the “Flavors of Italy Dinner and Wine Pairing” on September 24 at Gilbert's. The dinner will feature family style starters like sun dried tomato foccacia, toasted pignoli nut butter, roasted garlic oil and tapenade; a plated second course including stuffed GA quail with chianti sausage on creamy polenta; a family style main course of items like charcoal grilled octopus in putenesca sauce, vegetables and a dessert of lemon crostata with olive oil, whipped cream and truffle honey. To see the full menu and get tickets, visit this site.
- Gather eight of your closest friends, co-workers or neighbors for a spontaneous, yet refined evening of dining, dancing and drinking at an as-yet-undisclosed location at the Cathedral Arts Project's Diner en Noir. It's a pop-up dinner, a concept that began in Paris. At 5 PM on September 25, table captains will receive a text message with the secret location, which they are to share with their guests. Attendees are responsible for providing food either for the table or themselves—table captains help make this determination. Wine, beer and water are provided. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, best mask and best table décor. Friday, September 25, from 7:30–11:00 PM. Before September 10, $30 per person and $240 for a table of 8; after September 10, $35 per person and $280 for a table.