St. Augustine Restaurants Raise $13K for Boys & Girls Club

The St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association recently held its first annual food and wine festival to benefit THE PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club in St. Augustine. The event, which featured more than 100 wines and food from 15 restaurants at The Council on Aging’s River House, raised $13,692 for the Club and hosted more than 300 enthusiastic guests.

Participating restaurants included Amici, Cafe Atlantico, Zhanras, Purple Olive, Cap’s on the Water, Creekside Dinery, Culinary Outfitters, Gypsy Cab Company, Kingfish Grill, Barnacle Bill’s, The Reef, The Raintree, Salt Water Cowboys, South Beach Grill and The Tasting Room. Event sponsors included St. Johns Food Service, SYSCO Jacksonville, Kresge, Platt & Abare, The Bailey Group and The Garden.

Proceeds from the event will be used to extend programs and services to children in the West St. Augustine community through The PLAYERS Championship Boys & Girls Club.

Teddy Bear Tuesday

On November 16, LongHorn Steak House, the Justice Coalition and Local Law Enforcement will team up for Teddy Bear Tuesday. The goal of Teddy Bear Tuesday is to put new Teddy Bears in the cars of every Police Officer so that when they encounter child victims a Teddy Bear will be given to comfort the child. Your gift of a New Teddy Bear can be taken to any of the nine LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants including Orange Park and St. Augustine locations.

Taco Bell Donation Campaign Will Benefit Local Military Families

More than 400 Taco Bell restaurants will participate in the second annual “Freedom Bells” fundraiser, in support of the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

One hundred percent of donations made from Nov. 10-23 will go toward projects to benefit military families in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

Popular Manhattan Eatery Expands to the First Coast

On average, Americans consume 350 slices of pizza every second. That number is about in increase exponentially in Jacksonville with the opening of Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen.

McRib is Back!

Beginning today, the legendary McRib sandwich will be available at participating Northeast Florida McDonald’s restaurants until November 22. The McRib, a boneless pork patty dressed with fresh-slivered onions, dill pickle slices, tangy barbeque sauce and served on a toasted, golden-brown home-style bun, is known among customers for surfacing on select local menus for limited periods of time. 

St. Augustine and the Birth of American Cuisine

The founding of Florida in the 16th century saw the blending of European, African, and Native American foodways and the birth of the first uniquely American cuisine. On November 6th, the first, annual heritage food Event of the living history group, Los Compañeros de la Cocina (The Companions of the Kitchen), will be held from at the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum ( ) in St. Augustine, Florida, our nation’s oldest city. Los Compañeros will present interpretations and demonstrations of the food and foodways of early Florida and the southeastern U.S.

Free Scary Face Pancakes October 29 at IHOP Restaurants in Florida

No Tricks – Just Treats As Kids 12 And Under Celebrate Halloween A Little Early

IHOP restaurants in Florida will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.  The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. 


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. 


Participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.