Southern Roots Grand Opening

Southern Roots Filling Station celebrates their Grand Opening Saturday, January 24, at 1275 King Street in Jacksonville's Riverside neighborhood. Saturday hours are 9am-3pm, and their grand opening celebration is from 4pm - 6pm.

JP and Mariah Salvat, Southern Roots Filling Station.
Featuring goods from local farmers, growers, crafters and artisans, shop owners JP and Mariah Salvat say their mission is to create delicious simple vegan products that are eco-friendly and organically sourced with no artificial preservatives and unnecessary additives. Offerings include coffee, tea, prepared foods, and bulk/buy-by-weight items.

The Beacon
I stopped in for a Chai Latte and was gifted a lovely open-face sandwich. The Beacon features Smokey seed spread, carrot slaw and local micro-greens served on bread or a bed of greens. It was so delicious I had to pick up a container of the smokey seed spread to make my own at home! There are fresh house-baked muffins, and coffee from Miami-based Panther Coffee.

We be Jammin'
Sundays promise to be delicious, with a weekly "Jam Bar" for your toast! Find their current menu and list of bulk items online at southernrootsjax.com, visit them on Facebook at SouthernRoots, and check out their daily specials on instagram @mysouthernroots.


Amelia Island Restaurant Week

January 16 through 25 is the 7th Annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week. 30 of Amelia Island’s most popular restaurants are participating this year. Each will offer a prix-fixe menu, including three courses and a non-alcoholic beverage, at either $19 or $29 per person.  New for 2015, select restaurants will offer a prix-fixe lunch menu with a non-alcoholic beverage for $12 per person. Details and a list of participating restaurants are available online at ameliaislandrestaurantweek.com

The week officially kicks off Thursday, January 15, when Executive Chef Andrew Yeo of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island will gather a group of local Chefs/Owners of Amelia Island Restaurants for a special themed meal. 

A Tribute to Modern Southern Cuisine begins with a 6 p.m. wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres and a 6:45 p.m. dinner seating in CafĂ© 4750.  Each chef will prepare a personal interpretation of a Southern classic food.  

From The Salty Pelican, T.J. Pelletier offers Butternut Squash and Shrimp Bisque with a Southern Style Shrimp Po’Boy. 

Espana Chef Roberto Pestana will prepare Panco encrusted Diver Sea Scallops over Lobster, Bay Scallop and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya. 

From The Ritz-Carlton, Andrew Yeo will present Sherry Glazed Crispy Pork Belly, Tomatillo Relish, Bacon Powder, Collard Greens. 

29 South Chef Scott Schwartz offers Braised Veal Cheek on Congaree and Penn Sweet Corn Middlins, Brown Butter Carrot Mousse, Hickory Smoked Almonds.

The Ritz-Carlton’s Sheldon Millett presents Key Lime Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, and S’more Chocolate Sorbet. 

Tickets are available with advanced reservation, and are a great value at just $68 per person plus gratuity. Call 904-277-1987