The cooking school inside the Publix Supermarket on San Jose in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville is the domain of Chef Tony Charbonnet. His passion for cooking can be seen on various television programs on WTLV-12 in Jacksonville as well as in front of his classroom multiple times a week. Over the past few years, the charismatic chef has been expanding the cooking school’s – Aprons – craft beer dinner program. And with good cause, the craft beer movement is showing no signs of slowing. On Saturday, August 29, Chef Tony welcomes Orange Blossom Brewing Company to his kitchen with a lineup of delicious dishes paired with equally scrumptious brews.
According to the brewery’s website, Orange Blossom Brewing Company originated as a homebrew project in the garage of founder Tom Moench. His love of beer led him to tinker with a recipe for an interesting pilsner that soon became the popular Orange Blossom Pilsner.
Moench loved brewing and selling his unique, tasty brew so much that he sold his successful craft beer distributorship and took his prize-winning brew to the next level of production. After carefully laying out a plan for building his beer empire, Moench settled on South Carolina brewer Thomas Creek as the contract brewer for his three core brands. But, due to limited capacity, the search for a new facility became a necessity.
When the Brew Hub in Lakeland, Fla. came on to the scene, Moench began discussions on taking his brewery from a contract model to a partnership model. With Brew Hubs all-in-one solution, the decision was made to transfer production to the facility in 2014.
The dinner at Aprons will feature cooking demonstrations by Chef Tony and his team along with anecdotes from Moench about his brewery and beers.
Asian Chopped Salad with Teriyaki Vinaigrette paired with Orange Blossom Pilsner
Vanilla Orange Barbecued Seared Snapper paired with OBP2
Grilled Jerk Chicken over Smoked Citrus Saffron Rice paired with Back in the Day IPA
Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake paired with Toasted Coconut Porter.
Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the Publix Aprons Cooking School at (904) 262-4187 and cost $45 per person.