Each year we are honored to pair with the prestigious James Beard Foundation to offer one culinary or hospitality student the opportunity to further his/her education with The Azurea Culinary Scholarship. The winner of this award will be granted $4,000 in scholarship funding along with the opportunity to cook alongside Florida’s First Coast’s top culinary masters at this year’s Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at Azurea restaurant. The winner will be chosen based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, financial need, letters of recommendation and a strong passion for culinary arts.
The James Beard Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1996 in honor of the culinary genius James Beard. The foundation continues to be the leader in the education in culinary arts, with its goal of celebrating and preserving the legacy of American cooking through industry awards, scholarships, publications and training.
Last year, The Azurea Culinary Scholarship was awarded to Florida College at Jacksonville student Natanja De Beer. Showing exceptional skill and passion for cooking, Natanja’s dedication to her craft was what made her stand out as the winner of this honorable award. With a major in culinary arts, Natanja balanced being a full time student with her job as a line cook in restaurants that ranged from 40-50 hours per week. As the recipient of The Azurea Culinary Scholarship, she was awarded $3,750 in scholarship funds and also cooked alongside top chefs at The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner.
The application process for The Azurea Culinary Scholarship is open from now until May 15, 2013. For information on how to apply, visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/jamesbeard/
Where will you be dining this Easter Sunday? The award-winning culinary team at Azurea, the area’s go-to restaurant for celebrations and special occasions, has put together a delicious brunch and dinner menu available exclusively on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Fuel up before those Easter egg hunts with brunch items like thick sliced brioche french toast and a Benedict Bar with gently poached eggs, griddled English muffin and cast iron seared home fries and Hollandaise sauce featuring options such as grilled Canadian bacon, grilled natural petit filet and Lake George jumbo lump crab.
Recuperate after a day of chasing after the Easter Bunny with dinner menu options such as Sous Vide and Smoke Salmon and Colorado Lamb Loin. Of course, no dinner at Azurea would be complete without a sweet ending – desserts such as Lemoncello Semifredo and Chocolate Coffee Toffee Fudge Cake will be available.
Brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 2 – 8 p.m, with starters priced between $8-$15 and entrées from $23-$30. While an a la carte seasonal menu will also be available, parties are encouraged to order off of the Easter menus to share in the full Azurea dining experience. Kids menus are available at the door. Reservations may be made at www.opentable.com/azurea-at-one-ocean or by calling Azurea at 904.249.7402.
On Wednesday, April 10th from 7-10 p.m. One Ocean Resort & Spa and Azurea invite guests to experience a sophisticated evening on the Verandina filled with rich history in an elegant environment with a scotch tasting event. Both novices and the most discerning enthusiasts will be provided with a wide sampling of the most prestigious single malt, premium scotch and other unique whiskies as they participate in an intimate guided tasting and lesson around the outdoor fire pit led by a Scotch Ambassador. Guests will enjoy quality hand rolled cigars and gourmet tapas prepared by Azurea’s award-winning Executive Chef Ted Peters.
Tickets are $55 per person. Join us for an unforgettable evening that combines the stylish setting of our outdoor Verandina with a tasteful selection of scotch and cigars. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.azurea_scotchandcigarevent.eventbrite.com