AROUND THE TABLE: WHAT'S COOKING

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.

... for gardeners, cooks and those who simply enjoy dining events. Want to include an event? Please email Stefanie Samara Hamblen at stefaniesamarahamblen@gmail.com.

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, www.veg4lifegainesville.com

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, val@blueovenkitchens.org, (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, http://swallowtailcsa.com

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., contact@charmesdelafrance.com, www.charmesdelafrance.com/reservationcookingclass.html

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, http://swallowtailcsa.com

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., travis@foginfo.org, 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., www.edibleplantproject.org

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, monty.nancy@gmail.com, 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.

FOOD & WINE

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, www.wuft.org/wine.

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. keystoneheights farmersmarket.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/

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