Announcing Chefs for Farm to Table
Fundraising Event!

Greetings, Locavores!

On Saturday, November 6th, Augustine Grille (located in Sawgrass Marriott) will be hosting this extraordinary meal!

We have six chefs on board for this amazing event--- all donating their time as well as the purchase of local foods directly from our area farmers! This event will help to fund an incredible NEW Children's Gardening Program as well as Slow Food's school garden grants! We are so fortunate that gardening with children is in high demand in our area and becoming more important all the time! We have many schools & organizations contact us for opportunities to expose their children to gardening activities -- we just need some help from the community in order to make this Program the very best it can be, through creating the ideal gardening space for learning and dedicated Educational Coordinator! Please read about this event and pass it on to any friends, family & organizations who you think may be interested!

The meal will consists of five courses prepared by five of our area's finest chefs, plus hors d' oeuvres and delicious organic wines paired with each course. Each course will be created with ingredients grown by our local farmers, highlighting the change in seasons as we move into winter... our season of abundance. The farmers will join us for this intimate gathering, so that we have the opportunity to meet them personally and learn more about their farming experience in north Florida. In addition, there will also be a silent auction if you wish to participate and try to win some of the wonderful and creative items we have to offer you! These include a month of free yoga, gift certificates for local restaurants, a Green Market gift basket, a case of locally made hot sauce, hand-made children's aprons, hotel & spa packages and much more!

The chefs include:
  • David Scalise of Augustine Grille: Chef David purchases from many small farms to create his incredible dishes, including our beloved Twinn Bridges. He also sources from local fishermen and seeks to support sustainability in both agriculture & seafood in his purchases. Since Chef David Scalise has joined Augustine Grille, they have made a name for themselves in the local food scene, earning the Slow Food Snail of Approval!
  • Ted Peters from One Ocean: Executive Chef Ted Peters has achieved a distinguished career working at some of the finest restaurants in Europe and the United States. He has brought his culinary expertise to One Ocean™ Resort Hotel & Spa in Atlantic Beach, where he creates an intuitive dining experience for his guests that explores the North Florida region and offers innovative, well-balanced and flavorful choices. With 17 years of experience in the fine dining industry, Chef Peters is a gourmet-cuisine veteran of international repute. He has made a name for himself hosting renowned wine festivals, appearing on distinguished committees and judging panels, as well as immersing himself in local charities.
  • Herman Muller of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club: "Growing up in Karnten, a small town in the mountains of Austria not far from the Italian border, Hermann Muller was exposed to good food young. Both his mother and father cooked well. "In Europe, everybody was a good cook," Muller said. But the food he was eating wasn't fine cuisine. It was "good home cooking," lots of pasta and vegetables grown in the family garden." Since then, he has traveled the world cooking, and has landed in Ponte Vedra to share his talent with all of us!
  • Scotty Schwartz of 29 South Eats: If you haven't check out this Fernandina Restaurant, you are missing out! 29 South is dedicated to local food, partnering with several local farms for everything from pork to veggies, to jams & honey. They also have a sizeable garden on-site at the restaurant providing organic fruits and vegetables for the menu. Chef Schwartz has a long list of culinary accomplishments, including Folio Magazine's 2007 Best Chef Jacksonville, Florida. The previous year Folio Magazine awarded 29 South Best New Restaurant Jacksonville. Currently, Chef Schwartz serves on the International Advisory Board for the Florida WineFest as Culinary Chairman.
  • Thomas Tolxdorf of The Ritz Carlton: "The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island has something no other Hotel has anywhere in the world. I am talking about the fine dining restaurant known as SALT, The Grill, at the Ritz Carlton. This restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond award winning restaurant.The restaurant "Salt" is the brain child of Executive Chef Thomas Tolxdorf and his associate Jeff Dziak, Executive Assistant Manager of Food and Beverage. With the Ritz Carlton brand moving in the direction of outsourcing their fine dining restaurants to celebrity chefs, these two geniuses came up with this original "Salt" concept. What a winner! Salt has pushed this resort into a very special "destination required".
  • David Bearl of The Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts: 2010 American Academy of Chefs Fellow; Chef David is the coordinator of this accredited program which is part of the American Culinary Foundation.

This is sure to be an incredible meal & night to remember! Please keep reading to learn more about the projects this fundraiser supports!

BLFN's Children's Gardening Program

We believe that getting children in the garden is one of the most important things we can do, both for them and for ourselves. Kids are much more enthusiastic about eating fresh, healthy foods when they pull them right out of the ground... I've seen it over and over again! They also have the opportunity to learn about life cycles of plants and insects, how a seed can produce food, and how hard work is rewarded when you harvest the fruits of your labor. In addition, some may find a lifelong joy and fulfillment from gardening, much like many people I know who started at a young age. We also need a future generation of people who will be growing our food in a responsible manner... enjoying living the farm life and protecting the soils and waters that sustain us.

BLFN's *NEW* Children's Gardening Program will begin by revamping a 2,000 foot section of our current Organic Community Garden in Neptune Beach... creating a sensory garden, raised vegetable garden beds, herbs, flowers, and a shade structure where activities can take place. This Garden will have an Educational Coordinator who will create bi-monthly activities at the Garden which will be FREE and OPEN to all children from the community! They can harvest berries and make smoothies with a hand-crank blender, plant seeds by the seasons, learn to smell and taste different herbs and make medicinal salves and sachets with them, create art projects with nature, learn about beneficial insects and how to identify them, and so much more!

While we have the vision, knowledge and motivation, we can't do it without the financial support of the community! Please come out and enjoy the Farm to Table dinner with us and help to create the Children's Garden in our neighborhood! Click here to learn more.

Slow Food First Coast
As many of you may know, Slow Food First Coast is an incredible organization that helps to raise awareness about local food & local farmers in our area. It is a chapter of the International Slow Food organization: "Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world."

A portion of the proceeds from the Farm to Table event will benefit the Slow Food First Coast School Garden Grants program, with a goal of establishing a school garden in every elementary school in St. Johns County. For more information, visit

Augustine Grille
"Elegant farm to table cuisine, where Executive Chef, David Scalise and Chef de Cuisine Brett Smith use the finest ingredients sourced from local fishermen, farmers and artisans who excel in their craft."

Event Details

When: Saturday, November 6th
Where: Augustine Grille, Sawgrass Marriott
Cost: $150 per person
How: You can make a reservation weekly at the Green Market or call Gretchen at (904) 270-0273.

LIMITED SEATING!! Get your tickets today!!

Event Details also located on our website here.

Don't miss out on this incredible event! Please pass this along to your friends and neighbors who may be interested.
Gretchen Ferrell
Beaches Local Food Network
1166 3rd Ave. North
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250