Author: Matthew Shaw

chef brian whittington of preserved restaurant st augustine

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The Rise of Preserved’s Chef Brian Whittington

From getting nominated for illustrious awards to opening hot new restaurants, Chef Brian Whittington’s meteoric rise was actually the product of fits and starts.

chef joshua smith poses in catch 27 st augustine

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A Midwestern Boy with a Knack for Seafood: Meet Chef Joshua Smith of Catch 27

From the Midwest to the Southeast and back again, Chef Joshua Smith has brought his eclectic experience and a nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic to kitchens across the Oldest City.

andy norris mixes cocktails at the floridian st augustine

Food, People

Andy Norris: Mixing Drinks and Sharing Laughs at The Floridian

According to the Tao of Andy Norris, making work not feel like work starts with a stiff drink among friends.

austin katoh is the sushi chef at kingfish grill in st augustine florida

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On a (Sushi) Roll: Chef Austin Satisfies Sushi Cravings at Kingfish Grill

Traditional training and nomadic experience have prepared Chef Austin to both placate and elevate the sushi palates of St. Augustine.

coleen and scott of the social lounge st augustine

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Craft Beer and Board Games with Coleen and Scott of The Social Lounge

Newly retired, bartending neophyte Coleen Moulton and her husband Scott have transformed The Social Lounge into Cuna Street’s local hangout.

jennifer myers stands behind the counter at juniper market st augustine

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Coffee, Community, and Old Florida Charm with Jennifer Myers of Juniper Market

With homespun recipes and a community-minded approach grounded in Old Florida sensibilities, Juniper Market has served as the anchor to San Marco Avenue’s small business revival.

greta hall st johns county fire rescue cpr

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Training Heroes: Greta Hall of the St. Johns County Fire Rescue

In the past two years, the coordinator for the American Heart Association Training Center has trained over 25,000 people in CPR, BLS, AND ACLS. Thanks to Greta and her team, St. Johns County residents are out there saving lives.

owner and bartender rachel locke stands in the draft room st augustine

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Serving Up Life: Rachel Locke of The Draft Room

Chicago-born Rachel Locke is living her dream and adding a little life to the former SR-16 sports bar.

ivan and margarita stoyanov of anastasia diner st augustine

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Molding a Dream: The Family Behind Anastasia Diner’s New Facelift

Bulgarian-born Margarita and Ivan Stoyanov are living the American dream and advancing the laid-back and welcoming atmosphere of Anastasia Diner.

michael lugo of michaels tasting room st augustine pours wine for one of his dishes

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Creating a Dining Destination: Michael Lugo of Michael’s Tasting Room

One of the Ancient City's culinary icons, the owner of Michael's Tasting Room blends his own Puerto Rican heritage with the city's Spanish history for an experience like no other.

doug murr of dog rose brewing company stands in his future brewery in st augustine

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Doug Murr of Dog Rose Starts Brewing in Lincolnville

With a combination of luck and a penchant for innovation, brew master Doug Murr is venturing out on his own and bringing exciting new brews to Lincolnville.

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Positive Vibes, Healthy Living, and Homemade Hummus with Renee Spadaro of Crave Food Truck

With Crave Food Truck, Renee Spadaro spreads positive vibes, a passion for healthy living, and, often, homemade hummus on each wrap.

angelika pours drinks behind the bar at zaharias st augustine

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A Familiar Face: Behind the Bar with Angelika Zaharias

After nearly three decades behind the bar, Angelika Zaharias remains the pillar of this family-owned Anastasia Island institution. She's as familiar as the ribeye steak and longstanding happy hour deals.