What's cooking

Travis Mitchell of Florida Organic Growers gathers a basket of herbs and vegetables at the Downtown Farmer's Garden outside of the Alachua County Administration Building in Gainesville.

Erica Brough
Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:57 p.m.

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Cooking demos/classes

VEG4LIFE POTLUCK, Bring a vegetarian or vegan dish for 6-12 with serving utensils, plus your own place setting. First Saturday of each month, 6:30 p.m., $1 with potluck dish, $7 without, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34 Street, Gainesville,

RAW FOOD POTLUCK, Bring a raw food entree, salad or dessert to feed 8 to 10 people, with serving utensils, plus your own plate, silverware and water bottle, third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., $1. The New Seraphim Center, 1234 NW 14 Ave., www.gainesvillerawfoodpotluck.​com.

CHOCOLATE AND BUBBLES, Learn about chocolate delights and desserts, plus sparkling wines for a fun and tasty way to spend Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14, 6 - 8 p.m., $75 per couple, Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main Street,, (352) 278-7518

FARM TO TABLE SEASONAL DINNER SERIES, Chef Gail Johnson of Delicious Delivered, Saturday, Feb 15, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m., $80 per person, Swallowtail Farm, 17603 NW 276th Lane, Alachua,

TOUR DE FRANCE GASTRONOMIQUE, Regional French cooking classes with Chef Michel Maloiseau, Feb. 22 and March 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $35 per class, UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office, 2800 NE 39th Ave.,,

COOKING CLASSES BY FRANKIE HARVEY, The Elegant Gourmet, at her home, Mediterranean feast, Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m., $85 per person; Chateaubriand for two, Feb. 12, 13 and 14, 6 - 9:30 p.m., $225 per couple; Italian, Feb. 19, 6 to 8:30 pm, $75 per person; French, Feb. 26, 6 - 8:30 p.m., $75 per person; Spanish paella, March 5, 6 - 8:30 p.m., $75 per person, contact (352) 222-9085

FARM TO TABLE SEASONAL DINNER SERIES, Chef Jose Gonzalez of The Jones B-side, Saturday, March 15, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m. $80 per person, Swallowtail Farm, 17603 NW 276th Lane, Alachua,

2014 FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY PROGRAM, presented by Dr. Brenda C. Williams, family and consumer sciences extension agent. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the University of Florida Food Safety and Quality Program. After passing ServSafeŽ Manager's Exam, you will receive a national certification valid for five years, Tuesday, March 4, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., To register, call (888) 232-8723

Gardening events

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

THE EDIBLE PLANT PROJECT FUNDRAISER SALE, Edible plants, fruit trees, seeds, Second Wednesday of each month, 4 - 7 p.m., Union Street Farmers Market, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave.,

HIGH SPRINGS SEED SAVERS, gardening group meets with a different topic each time, Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., contact Nancy Montgomery, (386) 462-1828,, High Springs Public Library, 135 NW First Ave., High Springs

HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKDAY, Good company and work (fun) in the garden of 14 vegetable beds, Every Sunday, noon – 2 p.m., Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1001 NE 16th Ave.


Celebration of Wine dinner, four course gourmet meal paired with wines from Opici Wine Company benefitting public radio stations WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM, Feb. 22, Paramount Grill, 12 SW First Ave. Limited seating, reservations required, $125 per person, 294-7138

25th annual Celebration of wine, a selection of wines, culinary treats from Blue Gill Quality Foods and Mildred's Big City Food and an auction benefitting public radio stations WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM, $60 in advance, $75 at the door, Feb. 23, 1 - 4 p.m., J. Wayne Reitz Union's Grand Ballroom, 686 Museum Rd., UF Campus,


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

Haile Farmers Market: Haile Plantation Village, SW 81st Terrace, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon,

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

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

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., /

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.,

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

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.,

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