Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sample Celebs' Favorite Recipes Today

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sample Celebs' Favorite Recipes Today

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Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER

Who knew so many Jaguars players could cook? Linebacker Daryl Smith has been added to the list of local celebrities who will participate in today's 23rd annual Celebrity Chefs Tasting Luncheon and Silent Auction to benefit the Salvation Army. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

Smith will be serving his version of Citrus Salad. Recipes for the salad and all the other items served at the event are included in the program you'll get at the door. The Salvation Army hopes to raise $66,000 through the luncheon, which also features a silent auction.

Money raised will support the Salvation Army's Child Development Center, Towers Memorial Social Services Center, Adult Rehabilitation Center and the Salvation Army Senior Center. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the door.

Smith is the second Jaguars player to get some ink for his foodie side. Quarterback David Garrard was on "The Rachael Ray Show" recently with his recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip. The dip was entered in Ray's annual Super Bowl Cook Off and was the top pick. I made the dip for the Super Bowl party I attended, and it was a hit. For a link to the recipe, log on to jacksonville.com's Life Blog.

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- This week marks the launch of Shape Up, Jacksonville, the Florida Times-Union's health-awareness initiative. The aim is to inspire residents to exercise more and eat better. To help with the latter, we're looking for local restaurants that provide nutrition information or have special menu items for those watching their waistlines. If you're a local restaurant owner or manager and have such items, please contact me. If you're a diner and want to let me know about your standby, please write or call as well.

- If you're up for a road trip Friday afternoon, there will be a Low Country Boil with Uncle Bubba Hiers (Paula Deen's brother) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Georgia. The event is a fundraiser for the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of GA. The event costs $35 per person and includes dinner and entertainment.

- Primi Piatti, the quaint but ambitious Italian restaurant at 2722 Park St. in Riverside, has a new chef and a menu with lower prices, said owner Mario Ferrari. Ferrari said the most expensive dish is now $25 (for the Beef Scaloppini). Also on the menu you'll find Gnocci with a Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce for $13 and Calamari Friti with White truffle Marinara for $10. Lunch options include Grilled Eggplant Pannini for $8 and Linguine Mussels for $10. About seven months ago, George Garcia took over in the kitchen. Everything on the menu is made from scratch, Ferrari said. "The only thing we purchase is the beef and the fish and the vegetables. Everything is made in-house. …

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