Cummer Amelia: Cocktails and Cavases

Cocktails & Canvases Saturday Night White Canvas Chef’s Dinner
The Cocktails & Canvases White Canvas Chef’s Dinner will be hosted at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. It will be an immersive culinary event. The evening’s White Canvas menu, led by Executive Chef Daven Wardynski will tease the senses with his culinary exploration in a vibrant visual art setting featuring Amelia Island artist Casey Matthews. This one-of-a-kind experience can’t be missed!
Satuday, November 11, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Price is $150 plus vendor fee per person

Cocktails & Canvases Main Event Package
Guests will enjoy an unmatched experience with artists, mixologists, and chefs. Stay with the Cocktails & Canvases Main Event package and enjoy an immersive culinary and visual arts dinner. Sunday morning, enjoy the “Art of Breakfast” buffet in Sunrise Café, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a Local Art Festival in the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Includes one-night hotel accommodation.
November 11th and 12th, Only $619 per package based on double occupancy

For further information or to register, visit Cummer Museum Members, enter “Museum” in the discount code box when registering.

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Opens The Lobby Bar Christmas Eve

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island hopes you will experience The Lobby Bar inspired by bourbon legends, featuring small batch spirits and craft cocktails. Theater and cocktail craft meld together with personal tableside infusions and lite bites, including freshly prepared sushi, sashimi and specialty rolls.

The Lobby Bar is open daily at 12 p.m. – a cocktail experience like no other.

Experience First Call when The Lobby Bar mixologist introduces the day’s small batch, house-infused spirit. The First Call infusion is available as craft cocktail until that day’s spirit is sold out.

Reserve the Legends Table, a private banquette with a personalized cocktail menu that includes a small batch tasting flight, signature cocktail, sushi presentation and rare spirits.

Request the Reserve Menu including the exclusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Advance reservations are required through Leisure Reservations, 904-277-1087.

Their sushi chefs prepare delectable sushi, sashimi and artful sushi rolls made with the freshest seafood available. House specialties include the Amelia roll with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna and lobster and scallop crudo.

Celebrate the New Year with a Gatsby themed party on New Year’s Eve in The Lobby Bar. Experience infused drinks, artful cocktails and the sushi bar. The night includes a DJ, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and fireworks. Dress in Gatsby-style clothing and enter the costume contest.

No cover charge, reservations not required.

On January 28th, Amelia Island’s Restaurant Week concludes with A Bourbon Affair event at The Lobby Bar. Sample small batch and house-infused bourbons and craft-cocktails while enjoying small plates from our fresh sushi and sashimi menu. The evening includes select wines and hors d’oeuvres, plus presentations from visiting mixologists, cigar roller and a glassblower with live demonstrations.

For reservations call 904-277-1087.

End your evening at The Lobby Bar for after dinner specialty drinks, house-made desserts, fine ports and cigars.

Salted Caramel Martini, a decadent martini with Absolut Vanilla, silky White Chocolate Godiva and salted caramel syrup. Espresso Martini, a combination of vanilla infused vodka, White Chocolate Godiva, espresso and Baileys Irish Cream blend together to create the perfect dessert martini.

You will find a variety of cordials that include everything from Hennessy to Louis XIII de Remy Martin to Baileys and Grand Marnier. Enjoy an after dinner port from a selection including Graham’s 1980, Cockburn’s Reserve and Warre’s 1985.

The Lobby Bar offers a variety of fine cigars; their selection includes: The Classic Churchill, a medium bodied cigar with a light, creamy and nutty flavor. The Davidoff Millenium Blend Toro, a full flavored cigar with notes of chocolate, caramel and a little spice.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, The Lobby Bar offers sushi and sashimi until 10 p.m

Amelia Island Prepping for Ninth Annual Restaurant Week

Amelia Island, FL – Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island will host its ninth annual Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-29. The 10-day culinary showcase will feature culinary events and fixed lunch and dinner menus at a wide selection of the island’s most popular and award-winning dining establishments. The lunch option is $12 per person and includes an entrée, side and a non-alcoholic beverage, while the dinner option (priced at either $21 or $31 per person) includes three courses and a beverage. Menus, restaurant listings, special event information and discounted hotel packages can be found online at

“Restaurant Week has become one of our most anticipated annual events and is the perfect time for hungry visitors and locals try some of the island’s new culinary hotspots and enjoy their old favorites,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This Restaurant Week will include several new tours, cooking classes and other events we’ve added to the menu.”

Among the new 2017 Amelia Island Restaurant Week special events is the “Distillers Dinner” on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, a playful reflection of clear, blonde and brown spirits to kick-off the week. Executive Chef Daven Wardynski and his culinary team will highlight the distillation process of each spirit and how it relates to flavors of our island in the winter. The four-course dinner will focus on Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and Rum, each course mindfully paired with a cocktail. Tickets for the dinner are $100 and available by calling 904-432-1467.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will wrap up Restaurant Week with “A Bourbon Affair,” a craft cocktail event at the Lobby Bar, celebrating specialty spirits. Starting at 7:30 p.m., guests will sample small-batch and house-infused bourbons, whiskeys and craft cocktails while enjoying small plate selections of fresh sushi and sashimi. The evening includes select wines and hors d’ oeuvres, as well as presentations from visiting Mixologist Bob Peters and The Ritz-Carlton’s Head Mixologist Johnny Love. Additional tableside infusions and flights of select bourbons, scotches and sakes will be available. Tickets are available for $125 per person by calling 904-277-1087.

Available again this year is a Mixology Tour with Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours. With available dates throughout January, the tour includes stops at four local bars. At each stop, guests will learn about the bar’s history and enjoy a specially prepared cocktail. Tickets are available for $45 per person by calling 904-330-5746.

During Restaurant Week, aspiring chefs can attend cooking classes hosted by the Amelia Island Culinary Academy. Available themed classes include Parisian Café, Hands-On Pasta Making, a Farmer’s Market Tour & Class, as well as a Children’s Pasta Camp, ideal for a parents’ night out. For information, please call (904) 515-6863.

Nearly 30 of the island’s most popular restaurants are participating in the 2017 Amelia Island Restaurant Week, providing fixed menus for either lunch, dinner or both. The list of participating restaurants currently includes:

29 South Eats Gilberts Underground Kitchen Marina Seafood Restaurant
Bar Zin Hola Cuban Café Oceanside
Brett’s Waterway Café Horizons The Patio Place
Burlingame Restaurant Jack & Diane’s Café Pi Infinite Combinations
Cafe Karibo Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro The Salty Pelican
Ciao Bistro La Mancha Restaurant The Surf Restaurant & Bar
Coast at The Ritz-Carlton Le Clos of Amelia Island Verandah
Crab Trap Lechonera El Coqui Cucina South Italian Bistro
Lucas on Centre España Restaurant & Tapas Lulus

For a complete listing of menus, participating restaurants, special event information and discounted hotel packages, visit

Deep Frying a Turkey – Video Revisited

Deep Frying a Turkey - Video RevisitedThis was such a popular video when posted several years ago, and because I have had so many friends ask me, “How do you deep fry a turkey?” I thought this would be a great time to re-publish the original article.


    -Gas heat source.
    -An oversized pot large enough to hold a 10 to 16 pound turkey.
    -Turkey frying tools (see video)
    -3 to 4 Gallons of peanut oil
    -Meat thermometer Read more

Shop for July 4th Cook-outs at the Local Farmers Market

July-2016-cabbage-creek-farm-fernandina-farmers-mktAre you preparing for the 4th of July holiday? Well, the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market may have just what you need to celebrate Independence Day!

Start out with traditional appetizers such as Deviled Eggs made from farm fresh yard eggs found at booths by Naturals Springs Dairy (ten or 20 count) or Boatright Farms (available in 12 or 18 count packages). Simply Savory Gourmet offers over 40 flavors of easy to mix sweet, savory, or spicy dip packages. Pair one or two of those dips with a variety of freshly harvested vegetables found at any of our seasonal produce vendors and you will have a tasty platter that will delight, and impress, your guests.

If you want to show off why Fernandina Beach is famous for our local, wild caught shrimp, be sure to pre-order yours from Eddie or Debbie Chesser, of Chesser Seafood, at (904) 509-3337 or (904) 485-6853. This booth will sell out before 11:00 a.m.

Perhaps a steaming tray of homemade hot wings tempts your taste buds? Check out the B and D Hot Sauce Company booth. Danny, the “D” in B and D, has a simple recipe for cooking up 40 wings, with two sticks of butter, and 1/2 of a bottle of their “Hot” smoked bird pepper sauce, or Batch #5 (milder), for delicious wings. If you prefer to grill them, his spice rub is superb. Stop by their booth and Danny will give you the complete recipe.

All summertime picnics need fresh slices of tomatoes and cucumbers and you will find plenty at Kings Kountry Produce, as well as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon. To really impress your picnic partners, get to the market early and ask Tommy King if he has any yellow flesh watermelons. On the outside, this watermelon has a traditional appearance, but when you slice it open the watermelon is yellow – and every bit as tasty as you’d expect.

Finally, your 4th of July isn’t complete without a fresh baked pie. Stop by Me, Myself and Pies, and pick out your favorite savory, creamy, custard, or fruit pie. This week’s specialty is homemade apple pie.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, every Saturday.

Salt Winemaker Dinner Celebrates Ritz-Carlton’s 25th Anniversary

This fine event immediately caught my attention because my husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, the year they opened the resort. At the time, they were offering a $99.00 per night Florida Resident Special to entice visitors to check out their 5-Star resort, and we jumped at the opportunity to enjoy this gift from my in-laws.

I remember the views were spectacular, and the room service and attention to detail impeccable. We enjoyed taking a swim, and having a poolside lunch. We invited friends to meet us for cocktails, and enjoyed the atmosphere of the lounge. We dined at their finest restaurant, were entertained by a fabulous pianist, and the final morning before our departure I treated my husband to one of their amazing massages. Those were fine memories indeed.

Now, as we approach our 26th wedding anniversary, the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a special edition of Salt Winemaker Dinner series featuring Grgich Hills Estates located in Napa Valley, Califorina.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and passed hors d’oeuvres and a glass of Grgich Hills Estate Fumé Blanc. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. with Blue Marlin ceviche and Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay, 2012. Throughout the evening, winery representative Frank Markovich will share stories of the winery’s heritage and details about the famous 1976 Pairs Tastings.

Chef Rick and Wine Sommelier Taylor Thompson will take you on an adventure of impeccable food paired perfect with some of the finest American wines.

You won’t be disappointed in attending this special toast to 25 years! The event is Friday, June 24th, at 6:00 p.m.; tickets are $150.00 per person.

For reservations or more information, please call the Ritz-Carlton at (904) 277-1100.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service 2016 Bar-B-Q

There is a super, incredibly delicious BBQ event is this week beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, and going through Saturday night, when they run out of food!

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) works often with county and LE officials honing the operation of its network of communications operations that might one day be called upon in an emergency situation in which regular channels fail.

This is unquestionably a fundraiser, but you don’t just hand over your money; they give you back some fabulous BBQ Chicken and Ribs!!!

Quantities are “Huuuuuge”, but despite increases on the supply side, the prices to you remain the same as last year.

You can also learn about ARES, and there will be a chance to check out some cool radio gear. Some of you might already be thinking you should get involved in this organization, and that’s a good idea…. just because!

The Bar-B-Q is this weekend, May 19 – 21, 2016.

Located in the church parking lot across from Ron Anderson Chevrolet, your purchase helps raise money to support the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group that works with Nassau County’s Emergency Management to provide communications support in times of disaster.

Dinner Prices:
Chicken with 2 sides, and a drink $6.00
Ribs with 2 sides, and a drink $8.00
Combo with 2 sides, and a drink $10.00
Slab of ribs $20.00

Sides are: beans, potato salad, or cole slaw.

Amateur Radio Bar-B-Q

Where will you Watch the Pirate Parade on Thursday Evening?


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Where will you be watching the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Pirate Parade? There is plenty of sidewalk and you can bring a lawn chair, but one of Amelia Island’s newest restaurants is offering their First Flag Parade Party. The Patio Place, located at 416 Ash Street, is located directly on the parade route and they are raising money and toys for Marine Corp Reserve Toys For Tots with this fun event. Check out the flyer for more details, simply click on the image and a larger version will open up.

Here is the parade line-up:
(subject to change without notice.)
Fire Dept.
Sheriff`s Dept.
Florida Forrest Service
Fire Rescue Honor Guard
Florida Public Utility
Residence Inn
Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1088
City Commissioners
Fantastic Gymnastics
Miss Kate`s Pre K
Early Impressions and the Vibe
Amelia Island Blues Society
Supervisor of Elections
St. Mary`s Pirates Club
Miss Shrimp Festival Contestants 2016
Team Stingrays
Westec Marina
Bean`s School of Dance
Pak`s Karate Academy
Trail Life Troop 555
The Hilliard Flashes Marching Band
City Commissioner
Nassau Council on Aging
Newcomers Club
Little Women of Fernandina Beach
Amelia Gentle Dentistry
Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County
Boy Scout Troop 152
Royal Amelia Dance Academy (Kinder Studio)
Savannah Grand
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Amelia Island Montessori School
Nassau County Special Olympics
A Chance to Dance
McArthur Family YMCA
Brave Like Bronson, Inc.
Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville
Wells Fargo
Grand Marshal –Captain Speedy
Kayak Amelia
Baptist Medical Center
Amelia Island Turtle Watch
Overhead Garage Doors
Florida State College Jacksonville Nassau Center
Fernandina Beach High School
Home Depot
Summer House Realty
Kathy Burns for Superintendent
Amelia Island Kayak Excursions
K Bay 106.3
Ritz Carlton
A1A Solar
Charlie Cofer for Public Defender
Marine Corp, League Everett P Pope Detachment #1017
United Daughters of the Confederacy
A Janet Lynne Salon
Visit Florida
Justin Taylor for County Commissioner
Flotilla 14 – 1 US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Sounds on Center
Habitat for Humanity
Hot Paws
Tim Peak for County Commissioner
Beckham Vision Center
VIP Dog Salon
Riptide Watersports
Mc Donald`s
Kraft Tennis Partners
Amelia Musical Playhouse
Salvation Army
Order of the Eastern Star – Fernandina #55
Rick Keffer
POP Warner
Red Bones Bakery
Fairy Tails Mobile Grooming
Janet Adkins
Horizon Electric
8 Flags Jeep Club
Rotary Club
Nassau Bowling Center
CBC Bank
First Coast Pediatric
Maritime Museum
Carlos Stay for Tax Collector
Angel Watch Home Care
Mosquito Authority
Quality Health of Fernandina
Danny Fullwood
Friends of Fernandina Skate Park
Matt Shirk for Public Defender
Donner Horner for State House
Campaign for Wes White
Cub Scout Pack 583
Yulee Marching Band
Clerk of Courts
Amelia Island Museum of History
Camping World of Jacksonville
Jimmy Dubberly
Ron Anderson Chevy Buick GMC
American Heritage Girls – Troop 1327
Joe Zimmer
Sheri Treadwell Campaign
Elm St. Little League Girls Softball
Maritime Museum
Fernandina Pirates Club

Easter 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 26 | 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Children will delight in breakfast with the Easter Bunny and parents will cherish a keepsake picture. Indulge in the lavish, buffet adorned with breakfast favorites including a pancake station with fun toppings, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast breads, ham and cheese croissants and array of delectable breakfast pastries.
Price: $40 ages 6 and up | $25 per child 5 and younger

The Cottontail Tea Party
Saturday, March 26 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Join the Easter Bunny and The Springtime Fairy for an afternoon tea with petite sandwiches and sweets including strawberry lemon scones, vanilla crème brulee, orange cheesecake and chocolate peanut butter mousse.
Price: $50 per person ages 6 and up | $18 per child 5 and under, includes service charge.

Easter Garden Brunch
Sunday, March 27 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Enjoy a spectacular Easter Brunch in the classic Ritz-Carlton Ballroom Atrium with ocean views and an elaborate culinary presentation of brunch favorites. Items include a seafood display, smoked salmon, carving station with prime rib and leg of lamb, sushi and a lavish dessert bar. The afternoon will include live music, cookie decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny!
Price: $110 per person, ages 13 and up | $45 per child 5-12, includes service charge

Read ’em and Eat 2015

Read 'em and Eat 2015Fernandina Beach, FL – Book lovers will have more than books to feast on when Friends of the Library (FOL) holds its next book sale, November 5-7 at the Peck Center on 10th Street. The Organized Firefighters of Fernandina Beach (OFFB) are cooking up smoked chicken dinners in tandem with the sale to help raise funds for library improvements.

James Tucker, OFFB president, announced the plan several months ago at a Fernandina Beach City Commission meeting in which the Firefighters presented a $500 check to the FOL for its capital campaign. “We are thrilled with this wonderful show of support,” said Bill Flynn, FOL president. “Firefighters are really at the heart of our community and they know how important good libraries are.”

The dinners include half a smoked chicken, cole slaw and baked beans. “The slaw will be similar to what we made for the cookout at main beach several months ago with pineapple in it. The chicken and slaw are unique recipes that go great together – we’ve never had any leftovers. It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with Friends of the Library and to see our beautiful library furnished.”

Tickets will be sold in advance at the Library on N 4th Street and at the Book Loft on Center Street. They will also be sold throughout the book sale. Dinners, $15 each or two for $25, will be ready to pick up on the last day of the sale, Saturday, November 7, from firefighters stationed in the athletic field by the Peck Center from noon to 2:30 pm.

The Book Sale kicks off Thursday, November 5, with a special FOL members-only preview from 5pm – 7pm in the Peck Center Gym. Non-members can join at the door and get first choice of thousands of books and DVDS for sale. (Membership is $15 for students; $35 for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.)

Doors will open to all on Friday, November 6, from 9:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 am–2 pm. Readers will find thousands of novels, biographies, histories, art, children’s books, sports, cooking and more, plus CDs, DVDs and audio books. Most are priced at $2.00 or less.

All books are donated and every penny raised provides the Fernandina Beach Library with new books, e-books, subscriptions, periodicals, network access and databases for job applications, resumes, certification tests for various careers, and more. In the past two years alone, FOL book sales have raised approximately $50,000 to supplement library collections.

Proceeds from Firefighters’ Dinners will go to FOL’s capital campaign to purchase furniture, equipment, collection upgrades and other items for the library. You can learn about FOL membership and how to donate and help, at, (904) 321-6529 or e-mail

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Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates Art

Townies Pizzeria Amelia Island Recycles Bicycles and Creates ArtFernandina Beach, FL – Townies Pizzeria announces a “Bike Wall” community outreach. Coordinated by popular local artist Lamar Miles, a bicycle wall has been created at the Amelia Island restaurant. Recycle your bicycle and eat dinner on the locally owned pizzeria.

(If you are not familiar with Lamar Mile’s artwork, visit Townies and check out the murals he has already painting at the Pizzeria.)

Townies is dedicated to providing great food and fresh food that is prepared to order. They make their own sauces and dough daily from fresh ingredients. Using fresh local produce, you will taste the difference!

Remove the chain and bring your bicycle to Townies, located at 819 TJ Courson Road (the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building).

Your bicycle will become part of a permanent art wall at the restaurant!

To thank those donating bicycles Townies will offer a free 18″ cheese with two toppings and a two liter soda. Bicycles need to be in good shaped to be used as art.

The locally owned pizzeria is about fun and good pizza and is committed to community projects.

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Hola Cuban Cafe Now Offers Gourmet Ice Pops

Hola Cuban Cafe Now Offers Gourmet Ice PopsOne of Fernandina Beach’s favorite local restaurants, Hola Cuban Cafe, is now offering all-natural gourmet ice pops!

Flavors include watermelon, mango, guava hibiscus, coconut, strawberry, pineapple and passion fruit.

A very satisfying way to cool off while enjoying a tasty treat on a sunny day!

Hola Cuban Cafe is located at 117 Centre Street (on North 2nd Street behind the Palace Saloon), in historic Fernandina.

Their phone number is (904) 321-0163, or simply visit for more information.

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Greek Heritage of Tarpon Springs Dinner and Program

tina-bucuvalasEnjoy traditional fare of the Greek islands and learn how 19th century sponge fishermen from the Greek Dodecanese Islands turned a coastal Florida village into what soon became known as “the sponge capital of the world.”

Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts & Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs and noted folklore expert, will describe this unique community at a dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL). This event will be held June 4th from 6 – 8 pm, at Café Karibo, 27 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.

Dr. Bucuvalas received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research folklife in Greece while she was working for the Florida Folklife Program from 1996 to 2009. She is currently involved in sustaining Tarpon Springs’ community culture through public events, workshops, and historic preservation.

Café Karibo chef Essam Kabil is preparing a full dinner menu featuring the flavors of the Dodecanese Islands. Tickets for dinner and the program are $35 and may be purchased at the Library on 4th Street. All proceeds benefit the FOL campaign to furnish the new library.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library. For more information or to become a member, visit, call (904) 277-7365 or e-mail

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