An Ice Cream Extravaganza and a Contest

Cone Heads Ice Cream on 570 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine will have a contest on Labor Day (9/5). First Coast.TV got a chance to get the rules of the contest, and a chance to get educated on ice cream by the owner Maggie Kostka.
The most delicious interview we have ever done.

“Dish N Fish” at Vilano Beach

Dish N Fish is a new culinary tourism event in the Vilano Beach Town Center. This event is a collaborative fundraising partnership with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and Vilano Beach Main Street to raise awareness of the coastal community and area dining.

The event featured a Chef Competition among high school culinary students in a program called “ProStart.” Five teams from around the area competed under the tutelage of master chefs. The Dish of the Day featured Ceviche prepared in a variety of recipes. Ten additional restaurants had seafood and shrimp dishes available for purchase.  Samples were offered. Area wine distributors and craft beer makers were offering tastings.

Also the air was full of music as musicians played live while the public strolled around the grounds and others sat under the tent.

The Chefs of St. Francis House

Fresh Starts in Culinary Arts is a program developed by First Coast Technical College in cooperation with St. Augustine’s St. Francis House, a temporary home for members of the City’s hungry and homeless population. This four week program which began in August of 2013 is designed to provide residents of the St. Francis House with relevant training and certifications that will make them immediately employable in foodservice, the third fastest growing occupation in Florida. Enrolled students train in St. Francis House’s kitchen, through a mix of hands-on and classroom instruction, provided by FCTC Chef Instructor Ted Kowalski.

Each day, Fresh Starts students prepare and serve a gourmet lunch in St. Francis’s dining room. Students incorporate fresh herbs and vegetables picked from a local garden planted and nurtured under the guidance of FCTC’s Agri-Science program.

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Wine Makes People Soooooo ……Happy!

St Augustine Spanish Wine Festival 2015 (Sept.12)

The Grand Tasting had something for everyone! This event took place under the Big Air Conditioned Top on the Grounds of Mission Nombre de Dios in Historic St. Augustine. It provided the opportunity to sample more than 125 different Spanish wines, which is the largest collection of Spanish wines on display in America. The event also featured samplings of Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. Each guest received a laser etched commemorative glass.

The attendance was strong, and by the video and photos of First Coast.TV, one can see they all had a wonderful time.         


Gin, Vodka and now Rum. Yes First Coast.TV got a chance to talk to Brendan Wheatley who is the Director of Production and Head Distiller at the St Augustine Distillery. We talked about their upcoming release of their pot distilled hand made rum. We talked ingredients and much, much more.

Farm Share Helps St Augustine Families

Farm Share’s mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most.

Farm Share, using inmate labor and volunteers, re-sorts and packages an abundance of surplus food and distributes it to individuals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and other organizations feeding the hungry in Florida — free of charge. This important distinction makes Farm Share critical to small community groups, located in poor neighborhoods and rural areas, which cannot afford to pay for food. By tapping into a vast supply of donated produce, we keep our costs low, while providing fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious food to the hungry and food insecure. However, the fact that we do not require our community partners to share the burden of our expenses makes Farm Share more reliant on donations from the public. If you do not help, we cannot help. Millions of Americans suffer from hunger and malnutrition. As family income levels decrease, funds available for food diminish, resulting in nutrient-deficient diets. America’s children and elderly are most severely affected by hunger and malnutrition.

Karla Wagner and the Corazon Cinema & Cafe

First coast.TV sat with business owner Karla Wagner and had a chat about her Corazon Cinema & Cafe in St Augustine.

Whisky the Celtic Way

The day before St Augustine’s St Patty’s Parade (March 13th, 2005) a whisky tasting event took place. It featured premium brands of whisky and took place under tent #2, at Francis Field. Robert Burns filled the tent with music as he played the Dulcimer, a very pleasant Celtic sounding instrument.