Chef Emeril Lagasse Tours Farm-to-Table Establishments on Latest Episode of Emeril’s Florida
– The Cooking Channel will feature restaurants in St. Augustine, Boca Raton and Miami this Sunday –
(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to present this week’s episode of Emeril’s Florida airing Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. EST on the Cooking Channel. In Sunday’s episode, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse focuses on the farm-to-table movement in Florida, which refers to producing food locally and delivering that food to consumers.
“With Florida’s ability to grow fruits and vegetables and raise livestock year round, the farm-to-table movement gives restaurants and their patrons the opportunity to celebrate our agricultural industry that supports nearly one million jobs,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “FRLA is excited that the farm-to-table movement is expanding, and looks forward to the continued momentum of establishments, such as the ones featured in this week’s episode of Emeril’s Florida.”
Emeril’s first stop on the farm-to-table episode takes him to The Floridian restaurant in downtown St. Augustine. Jeff and Genie McNally are young restaurateurs. Genie is the chef and Jeff runs the front of the house. A primary focus since they opened the restaurant has been to be as farm-to-table as possible. Genie has a farming background and ran a farmers market prior to opening the restaurant. Her farming background ensures that the couple personally knows every purveyor and producer that they use – about 10 separate sources making up approximately 85% of their usable materials. The cuisine at the restaurant is based on availability and seasonality, and due to Genie’s gluten intolerance, all but a few select items are naturally gluten free. Both sat down with Emeril to talk about the restaurant and sample a few of Genie’s signature dishes including Pickled Pepper Shrimp, Cornbread and Blackberry Bruschetta, and Posole Floridian.
Next, Emeril heads to 13 American Table in Boca Raton. A true American establishment, the restaurant’s name is a salute to the 13 stripes on the American flag. Anthony Fiorini, who grew up in Boca Raton, is Executive Chef and known for his dishes made with high-quality ingredients prepared in a simple, but exquisite form. He is one of only 65 owners of the Josper oven in the United States and uses the dual oven-grill to cook many of the restaurant’s signature dishes. Emeril discusses the menu with Chef Fiorini and tastes a few specialties including Josper Grilled Octopus with Chickpea Salad, BBQ Pork Belly Tacos, Whole Hogfish, and Bone-in Ribeye with Fingerling Smashed Potatoes.
Emeril’s final stop takes him to Miami, right next to Miami International Airport, to visit an urban farm called G.R.O.W, Green Railroad Organic Workshop. The founder and owner Thi (Tee) Squire had a vision to turn the empty lot behind her warehouse office into a blossoming garden that could produce herbs and greens for local residents and restaurants. She and her business partner Charlie Coiner have been very successful in creating an environment for growth, and have been able to distribute their produce statewide. Thi leads the operation while also incorporating the community via student fieldtrips and learning experiences two to three times per month. G.R.O.W. aims to educate people that growing food can be done anywhere, even in urban settings. Emeril tours the farm with Thi and meets with some students who visited while he was there.
The show reruns on Monday, February 23 at 9:30 a.m. EST and Thursday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. EST. Please check local listings.
Emeril’s Florida Season Three is a 13-episode series highlighting the Sunshine State through the eyes of Emeril on-location with a focus on food, cooking, events and activities around the state. Throughout the third season, Emeril will be visiting Florida’s top restaurants and resorts. He will also prepare some of his favorite recipes which often will feature some of the best seafood Florida has to offer. The FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA sponsor the series. For additional information on the series, including links to previous episodes, please go to the Cooking Channel website here. For a preview of Sunday’s episode, click here.
For photo and video requests of Emeril Lagasse with local chefs and the G.R.O.W program director, photos of dishes prepared, and recipes of featured dishes, please contact Elizabeth Ray at ERay@FRLA.org or 850.224.2250 x255, or Christina Johnson at Christina@On3PR.com or 850.391.5040.
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