When Island Grove Ag Products found that they had blueberries that weren't able to be used for fresh produce, winemaker Chase Marden stepped in and, to the delight of all, started turning the berries into "Kinda Dry", "Sorta Sweet" and a Blueberry Moscato wine. Now, he runs the Island Grove Wine Company at its 10,000-square-foot winery, pressing the fruit of his labor into a lineup of vinos made from blueberries, strawberries, apples, raspberries, blackberries, and peach. While visiting the winery, guests can participate in free tastings held throughout the week, tour the facility, and stock up on bottles filled with wine from tanks just steps from the fields from which they were harvested.
For 35 years, downtown Gainesville's Wine and Cheese Gallery has held court in a quaint white wood house that INsite Gainesville writer Jennifer Coleman calls "reminiscent of a classic French bistro.? Owners Bunky Mastin and Wade Tyler curate a larder with more than 3,000 varieties of wine, an international selection of cheeses, rich chocolates, and gourmet lunch items served on the charming patio bistro or inside at Panache, the shop?s restaurant.
Panache's chefs pull from the Gallery?s stock to harmoniously blend flavors in sandwiches such as The Normandy, which combines brie, apples, and cinnamon on french bread and is garnished with a miniature beret, and the turkey and havarti, which is balanced by an Adriatic fig spread. Patrons can also nibble on the quiche du jour or hide their faces from exes in soups that vary depending on the whims of the chef, with one recent creation involving sage matzo balls in the affairs of a ginger-chicken broth.
For Bradley and Jennifer Ferguson, winemaking was initially just a hobby. They fermented their first wine in their kitchen using blueberries plucked from bushes on the grounds of their family's farm. Proud of their creation, they shared the wine with friends and continued to make a new batch each year during blueberry season. Years of practice made the wine tastier and tastier. They decided to make their hobby into a profession, naming their company Bluefield Estate Winery.
Today, they brew three versions of blueberry wine?sweet, semi-sweet, and dry?as well as wines derived from other berries including blackberries and raspberries, and fruits such as peaches. Visitors to the vineyard can sample the libations, staining their fingers indigo as a reminder of a day spent picking blueberries and grapes straight from vines and bushes.
Take Away Gourmet concocts an internationally based collection of fresh, health-friendly feasts to be noshed in the comfort of your home. Heat-and-serve meals, such as generous single servings of moroccan chicken with almond couscous or barbecued tofu ($6.99), require only the warmth of your oven or microwave to be ready for sharing with the family dog. Diners seeking a quick bite may order from a selection of cook-and-serve meals, and novice chefs can practice for their silverware operation permits on raw materials such as a peppercorn-crusted pork tenderloin with soy-caramel sauce ($15). Casseroles can fill six to eight plates or one communal bonding-bowl with chicken tetrazzini with prosciutto and peas ($36). Take Away Gourmet's crafty culinarians will gladly rework dishes to accommodate vegans or the gluten-averse upon request.
Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Mother's Pub and Grill.
Mother's Pub and Grill is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Mother's Pub and Grill's menu.
Mother's Pub and Grill's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Mother's Pub and Grill is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Mother's Pub and Grill.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Mother's Pub and Grill tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
For the tastes of Mother's Pub and Grill from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Mother's Pub and Grill.
The food at Mother's Pub and Grill is not just delicious, it's also affordable.
For tasty American fare, head to Mildred's Big City Food for a sandwich and side.
At Mildred's Big City Food, cautious eaters will appreciate the vegan, low-fat and gluten-free fare.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from Mildred's Big City Food's delightful drink menu.
Plan your next big gathering at Mildred's Big City Food — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Mildred's Big City Food.
Canine companions are invited to tag along to Mildred's Big City Food as well.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Catering services are also available.
Or, take your grub to go.
Mildred's Big City Food is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.