Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nassau Notes; Salt Restaurant Chefs Host Cooking Demo at Market

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nassau Notes; Salt Restaurant Chefs Host Cooking Demo at Market

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The award-winning culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton's Salt restaurant will hold a cooking demonstration today at the Farmers Market in downtown Fernandina Beach. The team of chefs will demonstrate the preparation of their signature butternut squash soup. The soup, which is currently on the restaurant's fall menu, will be prepared on-site and served from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Two demonstration sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to show step-by-step preparation. Recipes will be available, and the chefs will answer questions and provide holiday cooking tips.

All ingredients needed to prepare the soup will be available at the market, according to Richard Laughlin, head chef at Salt.

"We picked Salt's butternut squash soup because it is an ideal fall recipe to add to a holiday table," Laughlin said. "It's festive, adds great color, and is perfect for cooler weather."

Salts from all over the world will also be available for purchase at the cooking demonstration from the Ritz-Carlton's new retail store. Exotic salts like pink salt from the Himalayas or black lava salt from Hawaii will be available, as well as salts infused and flavored by the restaurant like vanilla salt. For more information about the demonstration or to make reservations at the restaurant, call 277-1100.


The Light up a Life benefit for Take Stock in Children Nassau will be held from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Conference Center at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The evening will include a buffet, wine, cash bar and an auction of unusual items.

Take Stock in Children is a scholarship and mentoring program that offers children from low-income families in Florida the opportunity to earn scholarships to college or vocational school. Take Stock in Children/Nassau currently serves 166 middle and high school students and has 100 high school graduates. …

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