Recently Florida Trend Golden Spoon Awards were announced. This year Pensacola has the largest number of recipients in the panhandle. The Golden Spoon award is the oldest and one of the most coveted dining awards in our state. There is generally only 100 restaurants awarded throughout Florida. The award is given to fine dining restaurants that have demonstrated consistency in high standards and longevity, usually earned after three years in business or more.
• Global Grill - International --Chef Frank Taylor
• Grand Marlin - Seafood ---Chef Gregg McCarthy
• Restaurant Iron - New Southern Alex McPhail
• Union Public House - Gastropub
Hall of Fame Winners ( these have won multiple Golden Spoon Awards)
This week the World Food Championship is at " The Wharf " in Orange Beach, Alabama. The event gives home cooks, pro chefs and professional cook teams from all walks of life a chance to be seen on TV and win a share of the largest prize purse in the Food Sport industry. This has been a great opportunity for us to meet many talented and passionate chefs who are competing and hoping to win. Last year, our own Chef Sandy Veilleux, competed with a team. She had an all around great experience. This year she is not competing but she is helping many of the competators acquire some special ingredients. This event will be going on thru this weekend in case anyone would like to check it out. You can learn about it by googlling "World Food Championship".We were excited to meet, Lynn Entrekin, of Spices Smokehouse Competition Barbecue Team. Competition cooking is a hobby for Lynn and her husband, Robert. They have been invited to compete at World Food Competition for the past 4 years. They always place high in the standings but this year they are more determined than ever to make it to the winners table. Lynn stopped by Flora Bama Farms for some special ingredients. While she was here she also introduced us to her Smokehouse Crackers which are now offered in our market. These crackers were awarded 2nd Place in the NATIONAL BBQ and GRILLING ASSOCIATION'S 2018 "BEST BBQ SNACK" category. They are unique and we hope you will drop by and try a sample.Also available this week: local pecans. We will be getting our first delivery of local pecans from Price Pecan Farm near Lillian, Alabama.We also just received today our first fall delivery from Steve's Farm of speckled butter beans and more pink eye and creamer peas. We also recieved more local corn, eggplant, mustard green and turnips.We are getting okra and Satsumas from Ray Flowers Farm in Summerdale, AL.Tomatoes have transitions from Alabama to Palmetto, Florida. We also are getting green bell peppers, and squash from the same area.Micro Greens were very popular this week. We bring in a variety of micro greens from Lee Johnson (Lillian, Alabama and Jesse Carbolido Loxley, AL.We also recieved today our first Florida Grown Pumelos. We also have florida grown strawberries, grapefruit and tangerines.Come check us out.Barbara