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The Experience (5 Dinner 10 Chefs ALL IN ONE NIGHT)

Monday, September 09, 2019 from 2:00PM - 10:00PM

$175.00 - $200.00

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The Experience. 5 Dinners 10 Chefs

ALL IN ONE NIGHT

UNDER ONE ROOF

WINE *COCKTAILS * FOOD CULTURE * FOOD HISTORY *



Choose what dinner you want to EXPERIENCE


CHEFS OF THE EVENING



BLEU CHOCOLAT CAFE - CULTURE CUISINE

Chef Kristen Fraser

Born and raised in the Philippines, while helping mom and grandma in the kitchen, Kristine already knew at age 7 that she wanted to be a Chef and entrepreneur.

In 2001, she went to St. Scholastica’s College in Manila to study Hotel and Restaurant Management. She then moved to Seattle in 2003 and went to South Seattle College for a degree in Culinary Arts, Restaurant and Food production and services.

Started her career in the kitchen with McCormick and Schmick’s catering in 2005 before moving to Florida. She secured a position as Chef de Partie at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club in 2007 for 2 years, and worked in multiple restaurants all around property. She then became the head Chef for The Spa at Ponte Vedra, running the kitchen for 3 years.

In 2008, she started her own business as Kristine’s Sweet Sins, L.L.C with her saying, “so good, it’s sinfully addicting.” She works on custom cakes, desserts, pastries, and caters food and dessert bars for Weddings and other events and believes that the best food is made with the freshest and highest quality products.

A hands-on and full time mom of 2, she shares her passion with her kids and always says you’re never too old or too good to learn something new. We learn something new everyday! She worked for her mentor, Chef Erika Davis, as Pastry Chef for Bleu Chocolat in 2019. Kristine makes desserts for various country clubs around town as well.

“Cooking is fun. Baking is fun. It is messy. It is an art. It is love. It’s not just food. It’s your heart and soul. The smile on people's faces after eating what i've made make my heart smile. I don't just bake and cook to feed people, i cook to make people happy.” - Kristine Fraser



Chef Therese Nelson


Therese Nelson is a chef, writer, and founder of Black Culinary History, an organization she founded in 2008 as a way to preserve black heritage throughout the African culinary diaspora, to celebrate and network chefs of color, and to steward in this next era of modern black foodways.

 

Chef Janeille Ford


My culinary journey began at the age of 19; I started working in my first professional kitchen in Nassau Bahamas named Rose Cakes. As I worked at Rose Cakes, it gave me the urge to go to the Bahamas Hotel Training College and entered the Apprentice program. My first apprenticeship was at Atlantis Paradise Island, which at that time was the best place to gain culinary experience as an apprentice. After my 2-year apprenticeship, I went off to attend Kendall College in Evanston Illinois.

 

After culinary school I had an amazing experience for 5 years in the pastry department at the Four Seasons in Exuma Bahamas. I returned home to Nassau Bahamas and joined the culinary team of Albany Bahamas. There at Albany I was a chef de partie for pastry and the hot line chef for 5 years.

In 2016 I left to venture to Tortola BVI to open Bleu Chocolat, a chocolate and pastry company. Bleu Chocolat was the first chocolate company in the British Virgin Islands. In 2017 hurricane Irma destroyed the property of Bleu Chocolat. Many people would have given up after such devastation, not me.  I took a moment to gather myself back in Nassau and continue my passion for culinary. It was an eye opener for me so I got back on my passion and became a partner of the new Bleu Chocolat Café. 

 

 

The best memories that encouraged me and developed a strong love for both sweet and savory cooking was with my mom and grandmother. Cooking in my family was what brought us together for special occasions and the best Sunday dinners on the island of Nassau. The highlight of my childhood was kneading bread or picking guavas for guava duff. Which is one of my favorite desserts of the Bahamas. Growing up in the islands of the Bahamas for me was where my love for culinary was germinated. I remember helping my uncle make Sunday dinner and making his signature honey mustard glaze for his lamb chops. Also to top it all off for those amazing family meals, I had another uncle who would let us help him bake his famous marbled pound cake. The best part was licking the spoon. As I look back on all my culinary ventures it makes me happy and proud to be the Pastry chef I am today



ORGANIC CUISINE -VEGAN MENU CHEF NINA


Amuse Bouche-           Pea Hummus on ‘Parmesan’ Crisp

Soup-                         Chilled Yellow Tomato Soup with Avocado-Chinese Parsley Sorbet

                                   Wine- Melony Sauvignon Blanc

Appetizer-                   Romanesco Broccoli Couscous with Curry Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

                                   Wine- Gewürztraminer

Salad-                         Belgian Endive with Red and Green Pear Salad with Goat ‘Cheese’ and Sherry                                        Wine Vinaigrette

                                   Wine- Caymus Conundrum White

Entrée-                        Crispy Polenta with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Wilted Mustard Greens and                                    Pomegranate Vinaigrette

                                   Wine- Cote-Rotie or Saint Joseph

                                   

Dessert-                      Black Mission Fig Tart with Walnut Cream

                                   Wine- Philip Togni’s- Ca’ Togni

 

Chef Nina Curtis

Director and Executive Chef

Adventist Health, Roseville Café and Culinary Arts

 

Nina Curtis is the Director and Executive Chef for the Adventist Health, Roseville Campus Café and Culinary Arts department. At the helm of this dynamic culinary division, Chef Curtis continues to be recognized as a leader and trailblazer in the plant-based culinary movement.

 

As the former Executive Chef at The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu, the acclaimed seven-day fitness and wellness bootcamp and the Chief Nutrition Officer for the Ranch Daily a meal subscription service in Southern California, Nina keeps her finger on the pulse of the wellness and plant-based lifestyle trends.

 

Nina has been an avid proponent of a plant based lifestyle for the past twenty years. Nina’s food and beverage background over the years includes working with the Marriot Group, Hilton Hotels, Baxters, Manhattan Beach, the El Caballo, Oakland, Pure Food and Wine in New York and the Springs Restaurant and Wine Bar, Los Angeles.

 

Chef Curtis presents lectures and demonstrations on health, nutrition and whole foods all around the world. She has developed wellness training programs, set up kitchen operations and has worked closely in conjunction with culinary master gardeners to develop seasonal and gorgeous garden-to-table recipes that are essential to having a delicious plant strong culinary experience.

 

An MBA graduate of Pepperdine University, Curtis was also trained at Living Light Culinary Institute, Trinity School of Natural Health, the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute and she holds a Plant Based Nutrition certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, Cornell.

 





GEECHEE GULLAH DINNER

Chef BJ Dennis



Born and raised in Charleston, SC, personal chef and caterer Benjamin “BJ” Dennis infuses the flavors and culture of the Low country into his Gullah Geechee cuisine, bringing a new taste to ever expanding culinary palate of the south.


What differentiates Chef BJ’s food from his contemporaries in “southern” cooking is the homage he pays to the Gullah Geechee culture, brought to the Americas by West Africans, and disseminated along the West Indies and the American South. Dennis infuses the techniques of his ancestors, learned from four years of study in St. Thomas, as well as the lessons of his grandparents about eating from the land, to create fresh interpretations of local dishes focusing on in-season, locally sourced vegetables and seafood. Recent trips to Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Benin has brought his work full circle. Connecting the people and cultures of the African diaspora through food.

Chef BJ has an associate’s degree in hospitality / tourism management and the culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of Charleston and has worked in a number of award winning southern dining establishments including Carolinas, Anson’s, Oak Steakhouse, Hank’s Seafood, and 82 Queen. His cuisine has been featured in local, national and international events including the BB&T Wine+Food Festival, Cook It Raw, Meatopia, and The Food film fest. His “pop-up” dinners, at local establishments such as Butcher & Bee, Elliottborough MiniBar, Republic Reign, Le Creuset, Roadside Seafood and Proof, are sought after culinary adventures on the underground dinner circuit. His pop up at Labo Culinaire Foodlab in Montreal, Quebec in May 2015 took the Gullah food and culture to an international arena. Also a chef participant at the Terrior food symposium in Toronto May 2015, Canada's biggest food conference.

Recent appearances on P.B.S 'Moveable Feast and Bravo's 'Top Chef has taken him and Gullah Cuisine to a national television audience.

When you taste BJ’s cooking, you can’t help but re-think your idea of soul food.





Low Country cuisine Menu with Chef Matthew & Alchemist Jovan


CastIron Cookery

1st Georgia Collard Salad with Apple Cider Drizzle

2nd Molasses BBQ Pork Belly with Cracklin' Cornbread  

3rd  Watermelon Mint Kiss Intermezzo 

4th  Low Country Paella with Georgia Wild Caught Shrimp, Sapelo Clams

5th  Peach Dutch Baby with Hibiscus Whip 


CheFarmer Matthew & Alchemist Jovan 

Alchemist Jovan Sage is a food alchemist who brings her training in herbalism and wellness coaching to the plate. Her days are steeped in transforming seeds into plants and plants into warming teas, hearty medicine and delicious dishes. Her professional background includes campaigning for food justice and running gourmet markets, cafes in Brooklyn where she lived, roof-top gardened, and urban chicken-keeper.

CheFarmer Matthew Raiford wears many hats. Raiford is the resident farmer at Gilliard Farms (his family's African American Centennial Family Farm) and holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is a certified ecological horticulturist (University of California Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems). Raiford was named a James Beard semifinalist: Best Chef in the Southeast, 2018.



CHOCOLAT IN EVERY BITE MENU

** starter

foie gras blackberry compote on chocolat candied toast

spicy pork wonton chocolat mole sauce

mini brie fruit taco

**champagne ginger sparkling shot

**soup - roasted butternut squash basil puff chocolat croutons seasoned seeds

**salad - three heart lettuce chocolat nib vinaigrette apricot chips goji berries candied walnuts

**trio - mayport shrimp flan on a coconut white chocolat leaf

med rare ribeye block chocolat balsamic

seared duck candied carrots roasted pearl onions broccoli

cold smoked white chocolat

**smash

chocolat plate meringue berries white chocolat 75% chocolat candied beets

grand manier vanilla ice cream 70 % chocolat cake praline crunch

goodie bag to go

lemon white chocolat lollipop

cocoa marshmallow crunch shot

mascarpone ice cream sandwich

cocktails with cacao pod juice

special red and white wines for each course


Chef Erika Cline


Erika Dupree Cline a lover of chocolate and food. Through her 30 years in the culinary world, Erika has worked with and under some amazing chefs. Her beginnings started in the kitchen with her grandmother and from that point she was hooked. Chef Erika went to culinary school in Michigan and worked with the first Master Chef of the USA Chef Milos from the Golden Mushroom. Erika traveled through the years and began making chocolates at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis as their Executive Pastry Chef after 8 years she moved to Ponte Vedra Inn and Club for 6 years. Erika was the first African American Pastry Chef on Bravo Top Chef Just Desserts first season. Her travels continued to the Bahamas and opened Graycliff Chocolatier chocolate factory for 4 years. Married to Chef Neil Cline in 2015 and lived in Tortola BVI where Bleu Chocolat began, because of 2 category 5 hurricanes, she is now in Jacksonville Florida with her brick and morter Bleu Chocolat Cafe. Erika's lifetime moto is "A DAY IS NEVER GOOD WITHOUT CHOCOLATE".


Come and enjoy a night to remember at Bleu Chocolat Cafe.





 

Venue Information

1602 Walnut St.
Jacksonville, FL 32206
(904) 379-2610
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Bleu Chocolat Cafe


1602 Walnut Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
(904) 379-2610

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