WHAT'S COOKING

What's cooking? Local, fresh & tasty

... for gardeners, cooks and those who simply enjoy dining events.


Kay Abbitt, of the Gotta Have It food truck, hands Elizabeth Arneson, a volunteer with Haven Hospice, her burger during Cymplifest, an event to benefit Haven Hospice, at the Cymplify business cooperative, in Gainesville, Saturday June 29, 2013.

Brad McClenny / Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.

Want to include an event? Please email Stefanie Samara Hamblen

at stefaniesamarahamblen@gmail.com.

OUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

Alachua County Farmers Market / 441 Market: 5920 NW 13th St., Gainesville, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m., www.441market.com

Haile Farmers Market: Haile Plantation Village, SW 81st Terrace, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, www.hailefarmersmarket.com/home

Newberry Farmers Market: 25425 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Fridays and Saturdays, 11a.m. -6 p.m., indoor and outdoor market, www.NewberryMainStreet.com

Keystone Heights Farmers Market: Natural Park, State Road 21, 555 S. Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. keystoneheightsfarmersmarket.blogspot.com

Tioga Monday Market: Tioga Town Center, 13005 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Mondays, 4-7 p.m.

Union Street Farmers Market: Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Gainesville, Wednesdays, 4 -7 p.m., /www.unionstreetfarmersmkt.com/

High Springs Farmers Market: Plantation Oaks, 201 NE First Ave., High Springs, Thursdays, noon to dusk, and first Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., farmersmarket.highsprings.com

Farmers Market at the Harvest Village: 22050 U.S. 441, Micanopy, Fridays, 2 p.m.-dusk, dalakiko@yahoo.com

Citizens Co-op Craft & Cottage Food Market: Local vendors, artisans, nonprofits, farmers, and bakers, courtyard behind Citizens Co-op, 435 S. Main St. Entrance to the market is off Southeast Fifth Avenue, last Friday of every month, 7 -9 p.m., www.citizensco-op.com/

CULINARY EVENTS

DOWNTOWN FARMERS GARDEN WORKDAY, Light garden work with Travis Mitchell, Florida Organic Growers, Tuesdays, 9 a.m., travis@foginfo.org, Southwest Lawn, Alachua County Administration Building, 12 SE First St.

TUSCAN EXTRAVAGANZA TASTING, Wine samples (red and white) from the Tuscan estates of Castello Fonterutoli, Col D'Orcia and Rocca Della Maci, includes dinner. Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., $45 (tax and tip included), Wine and Cheese Gallery, 113 N. Main St., Reservations, 372-8446

FARM-TO-RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER, Cymplify's (Almost) Famous Food Truck Rally benefits Blue Ovens Kitchens, Family event with food trucks serving local and regional delicacies. CYM Coffee company and Cymple Market serving coffee, drinks, ice cream, Friday, August 2, 5-10 p.m., CYM Coffee Co., 5402 NW 8th Ave., Stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org

VEG4LIFE POTLUCK, Bring vegetarian/vegan dish for 6-12 with utensils and place setting, Saturday, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., $1 with potluck dish, $7 without, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St., www.veg4lifegainesville.com

HOGTOWN HOMEGROWN'S FIRST SUNDAY COOKING CLASS, Create recipes from August's Hogtown HomeGrown newsletter with Stefanie Samara Hamblen, demo, hands-on small group class, Sunday, Aug.4, 2- 4 p.m., $25 each, register, stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., www.blueovenkitchens.org

THE FAT TUSCAN CAFÉ COOKING CLASSES, Italian-style vegetarian recipes, Mondays, Aug. 5, 19, Sept. 9, 23, 6-8 p.m., $40; Italian-style cooking with a hitch: PASTA FREE, Tuesdays, Aug. 6, 20, Sept. 10, 24, 6-8 p.m., $40, all at The Fat Tuscan Café, 725 NE First St., 505-5648, fattuscancafe@gmail.com

FARM-TO-RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER, The Bagel Bakery will donate 10 percent of sales to Blue Oven Kitchens, local foods, door prizes, Saturday, Aug. 10, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 4113 NW 16th Blvd.

THE EDIBLE PLANT PROJECT FUNDRAISER SALE, Edible plants, fruit trees, seeds, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 4- 7 p.m., Union Street Farmers Market, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., www.edibleplantproject.org

2013 FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY PROGRAM, presented by Dr. Brenda C. Williams, family & consumer sciences extension agent. National certification valid for 5 years for participants who pass ServSafe® Manager's Exam, Monday, Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., to register, call 888-232-8723.

FARM-TO-RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER, The Jones B-side and Swamp Head Brewery donate a percentage of bar sales and menu items to Blue Oven Kitchens, or buy a $10 ticket that includes a filled Swamp Head Brewery glass. Live music, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4- 8 p.m., 203 SW Second Ave.

COOL MARKET SPOT, Indoor air-conditioned market with local produce vendors and crafters, plus a clambake on the patio. Cost for vendors $5 to $10, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2-6 p.m., The Brew Spot, 1000 NE 16th Ave., Contact Pat McCarthy, 481-3838, for vendor applications or more information.

FARM-TO-RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER, Tempo Bistro-to-go will donate 25 cents per bowl of soup to Blue Oven Kitchens, Monday-Friday, Aug. 26-30, 1516 NW 13th St.

FARM-TO-RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER, Local fare buffet dinner at The Wooly to benefit Blue Oven Kitchens, Monday, Aug. 26, 5-9 p.m., 20 N. Main St., limited to 150 people, advanced purchase tickets required, $35 per person or $60 per couple, includes dinner and one non-alcoholic beverage from event menu, live music (6-8:30 p.m.), door prize drawing, cash-only bar.

HIGH SPRINGS SEED SAVERS, gardening group meets with a different topic each time, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m., contact Nancy Montgomery, (386) 462-1828, monty.nancy@gmail.com, High Springs Public Library, 135 NW First Ave.

BLUE OVEN KITCHENS' FOURTH WEDNESDAY HEALTHY KITCHEN DEMOS, Monthly demonstration of kitchen and cooking basics featuring local and seasonal food, taught by Stefanie Samara Hamblen, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6-7 p.m., $10 each, stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., www.blueovenkitchens.org

FARM-TO-RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER, Low Country Boil sponsored by Northwest Seafood and Swamp Head Brewery to benefit Blue Oven Kitchens, Friday, Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m., limited to 100 people, advance-purchase tickets required, $35 per person or $60 per couple, includes dinner, beverage and live music, cash only for refills, Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE CR 234

CYMPLIFY'S (almost) FAMOUS FOOD TRUCK RALLY, Family event with lots of food trucks serving local and regional delicacies to benefit local nonprofit. CYM Coffee company and Cymple Market serving drinks, ice cream, Friday, Sept. 6, 5-10 p.m., CYM Coffee Co., 5402 NW Eighth Ave.

VEG4LIFE POTLUCK, Bring a vegetarian or vegan dish for 6-12 with serving utensils and place setting, Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., $1 with potluck dish, $7 without, 4225 NW 34th St., www.veg4lifegainesville.com

HOGTOWN HOMEGROWN'S FIRST SUNDAY COOKING CLASS, Create recipes from July's Hogtown HomeGrown newsletter with Stefanie Samara Hamblen, local items, demo and hands-on small group class, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2-4 p.m., $25 each, registration required, stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., www.blueovenkitchens.org

THE EDIBLE PLANT PROJECT FUNDRAISER SALE, Edible plants, fruit trees and seeds, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 4-7 p.m., www.edibleplantproject.org, Union Street Farmers Market, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.

Fall Gardening Classes, taught by Alachua County Extension Agent Wendy Wilber, vegetable gardening (Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m), growing tomatoes (Thursday, Sept. 12, 3-4 p.m.), citrus (Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.), greens and lettuce (Thursday, Sept. 26, 3-4 p.m.), Alachua County Extension Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave., (http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu). To pre-register, leave voicemail at 337-6209.

HIGH SPRINGS SEED SAVERS, Gardening group, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Nancy Montgomery, (386) 462-1828, monty.nancy@gmail.com, High Springs Public Library, 135 NW First Ave.

BLUE OVEN KITCHENS' FOURTH WEDNESDAY HEALTHY KITCHEN DEMOS, Monthly demonstration of kitchen and cooking basics by Stefanie Samara Hamblen, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6-7 p.m., $10, stefanie@blueovenkitchens.org, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., www.blueovenkitchens.org.

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