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In part one of our “Meet the Chefs” series at One Ocean Resort & Spa, we caught up with our sweet pastry chef, Courtney, to dish on a few of our favorite topics {namely sugar and travel}!

 

1. Who first taught you how to bake?

My first baking experience was in high school when I was given the opportunity to attend a trade school for half the day. The program allowed 5 weeks culinary experience and 5 weeks pastry, alternating for two years.

 

2. When did you realize you had a love for creating sweet treats?

My love for sweets developed at a young age when I decorated my first cake. The idea of creating edible art to this day still fascinates me.

 

 3. What was the first pastry you ever made?

Apple Pie

 

4. If you could only have one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I could have only one dessert for the rest of my life, without hesitation it would be a warm chocolate chip cookie. Fulfillment does not have to be complicated.

 

5. Have any of your travels influenced your baking, and if so, in what ways?       

My travels have led me to all four corners of the country and each experience has contributed to my personal and professional growth. Baking in different elevations and heat indexes can take a minute to adjust to.

 

6. When it comes to events with friends and family, are you usually the head chef or do you prefer to share the kitchen?

I enjoy cooking with someone else in the kitchen in my spare time. It allows me to teach and share a very important part of my life with the ones closest to me.

 

7. What is your favorite weeknight meal to prepare yourself?

Any night of the week you could find me cooking up a variety of vegetables whether it’s in a stir fry style dish or pasta.

 

8. What foods or ingredients will never touch your plate?

Non-traditional seafood never spiked my interest.

 

11. What are your thoughts on the recent cronut-craze or other dessert trends of the past year?

Although I stay aware of current trends I like to keep an open mind in hopes to not have tunnel vision.

 

12. What do you consider to be your greatest epicurean accomplishment to date?

My greatest epicurean accomplishment is not a specific date or event in time but the realization to fully appreciate quality ingredients and the difference they make. Quality is everything to a passionate chef and the clarity to see that is one that I am proud of.

 

13. You live in sunny Florida, but given the choice, do you prefer a vacation by the sea or snow?

Given the choice I prefer a vacation by the snow. A rustic cabin in the mountains is my go to when I take time to relax.

 

14. If you weren’t whipping up delectable pastries for a living, what would be your occupation?

If I wasn’t a Pastry Chef I would start a non-profit sanctuary for abused and neglected farm animals. I would also donate my time educating the public about the importance of consuming local organic ingredients and supporting small family owned businesses.

 

15. If you could bake or dine with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and celebrity Ellen DeGeneres

 

Thank you, Courtney! Check out what delicious {and gorgeous} creations Courtney is currently offering at Azurea here: http://bit.ly/1etEJT8.
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Turn your home and garden into the ultimate place of your dreams at the 26th annual Coastal Home & Garden Show. Featuring more than 12,000 square feet of exhibits and vendors, this trendy showcase features the latest in products and services for DIY projects, renovations, redecorating, and more. Expect builders, landscapers, and designers showcasing everything from outdoor living spaces to home improvement ideas to relaxing pools and spas.

This year’s exhibitor list includes local businesses like Corbett Woodworks, Bluewater Pools, Ann Paige Designs, and C&C Tiles & Home Renovations among more than 70 others. So whether you are looking for a new contractor or are searching for some much-needed inspiration, this annual show is the place to be. You’ll also find plenty of how-to ideas on maintaining proper upkeep of your home, too, like protecting from mold and mildew, for instance. It’s also the perfect time to get in the mood for spring on the East Coast with its festive and colorful design ideas.

The event begins March 1 at 10:00am at the Crystal Coast Civic Center and runs until Sunday at 3:00pm. Your $3 admission gives you an all-access pass to the latest home trends, DIY fads, and the area’s finest professional services providers. Your dreams are within arm’s reach after you visit the Coastal Home & Garden Show this March, so come with an open mind and leave with a feverish imagination. It’s time to cross that long-awaited remodeling, redecorating, or landscaping project off your to-do list.

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Art aficionados will feel right at home when roaming downtown Jacksonville’s engaging art scene. For the last nine years, around 6,000 visitors each month flock the city for its annual First Wednesday Art Walk, an astounding visual and live art showcase spanning more than 15 city blocks. Over 40 galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants, bars, and businesses take part in this free, self-guided tour. Expect spots like Downtown Cigar Lounge, Champblin’s Uptown, Burrito Gallery, and Watercolors by Chris Flagg, to name a few.

Rain or shine, dozens of emerging and established artists will line up in Hemming Plaza as part of the monthly event. Beginning February 5, patrons can browse an eclectic mix of works spanning a range of specialties, including fiber arts, mixed media, painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture. Plus, you can also snag a number of handmade accessories and unique jewelry items, too—not to mention ultra cool recycled art from Transient Moose Handcrafted. With dozens of options for new keepsakes, Art Walk just might be the perfect place to find those final pieces for your ever-growing collection.

The free, self-guided tour allows patrons to roam about downtown at will, stopping to talk to artists and to purchase pieces along the way. Other highlights include over 10 live music and performances venues as well as a number of after-hour hot spots that open at 9:00pm. Best of all, getting around downtown is easier than ever with more than 40,000 parking spaces and multiple public transportation options available. Just hail a cab, hop on Skyway, or take the bus.

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