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Redefining
Restrictions
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Cooking with dietary restrictions can
be a big hassle, but there are resources
out there to help. Food restrictions
related to diabetes can be life threatening if not properly adhered to. The
Right Bite Cooking Series, offered by
the Duval Cooperative Extension
Service, is a four-week cooking and
nutrition class focused on diabetic food
needs.
In addition to learning to cook nutritious, low-sodium and low-sugar
meals, the classes also include information on how to read food labels and
use the point method to choose healthier foods, control portions and limit
sodium intake by using herbs and
spices as alternatives.
The class begins October 18, meeting every Tuesday from 10 AM to 2
PM at the UF/IFAS Duval County
Extension’s demonstration kitchen.
Registration fee of $75 is due by
October 4. Contact Karen Andrade at
904-255-7450 or kandrade@coj.net to
register. u —TAYLOR NELSON

Achin’ for
Bacon
Slow Food First Coast partner farms and
businesses come together to create a dinner and fundraiser ($75 per person) like no
other: Porchetta. The evening features a
traditional Italian wood-roasted pig,
accompanied by a variety of dishes with
ingredients sourced from local farms
including Congaree and Penn. Guests will
enjoy live music, local beer, wine and
desserts baked by My Grandmother’s Pie.
Proceeds benefit Slow Food First Coast
and will help local delegates travel to the
annual Slow Food conference, Terra
Madre Salone del Gusto, in Turin, Italy.
Congaree and Penn Farm & Mills,
Westside. slowfoodfirstcoast.com u
—MANDY NIESEN

Pour It On
LOCAL BBQ AND STEAK SAUCES BORNE FROM A
FRIENDLY CHALLENGE
Founded in 2012 on a dare, the homegrown Raneri’s Gourmet
produces versatile BBQ and steak sauces in Palatka.
“My co-worker challenged me to decode a local BBQ sauce and the
result was something people enjoyed more,” says owner Dan Raneri.
From his trial-and-error tests, two other products were born: a steak
sauce and spicy BBQ sauce. “The Hot Honey BBQ Sauce is my favorite.
I use ghost pepper for the heat. I put it on everything from salads, sandwiches and all kinds of grilled or smoked meats. Get a veggie tray and
drizzle Hot Honey BBQ sauce in the ranch dressing.”
Raneri’s sauces are made with Florida honey and are low sodium and
low sugar. They’re available at Pinegrove Market and Deli, Green Man
Gourmet, Made in Jax and various farmer’s markets. ranerisgourmet.com

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—JOCELYN TOLBERT

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Number of freerange eggs overordered for a Clay
County conference
in late August. The
nonprofit Waste Not
Want Not (WNWN)
recovered and redistributed said eggs to
area families in need.
WNWN volunteers
recover and distribute
between 4,000 and
5,000 pounds of
food a day that
would otherwise be
wasted. The Orange
Park-based nonprofit
is on track to give
away two million
pounds this year.
wastenotflorida.com