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Considering Ocala? Southern Comfort – 10 Acres – New pricing

Custom built residence features 5 bedrooms, 3 full /2 half baths, Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, open concept kitchen and family room with stone fireplace is set for cozy evenings or for entertaining family and friends. Upstairs bonus room. Enclosed pool with covered conversation area. Additional garage for your auto, workshop or toys. Close to the Florida Horse Park and the Marjorie Harris Cross Florida Greenway. Additional Acreage!

Golden Acres


1.80 Acres close to the city with beautiful vistas – Enjoy this special waterfall and stream with beautiful Koi swimming as you relax on your expansive screen enclosed deck. Open living at its finest. Gathering kitchen and family room open to deck for easy entertaining. Outside lower level has a workshop and plenty of space for storage.

Shady Hill

Just Reduced $374,500

Great Location Close to Ocala’s Amenities! Private gated 1.19 acres. Elegant custom home with 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths high ceilings, gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, custom cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Spacious master suite and office on the main level. Extra deep garage. Solar heated screen enclosed salt water pool, covered lanai, and separate grilling area.



Incredible custom home with all the bells and whistles. Chef’s kitchen overlooks family gathering room, expansive covered lanai, pool with waterfall and summer kitchen. Expansive master suite with his and her dream closets. Game room with full bath could be converted to a media room. Land scape lighting around pool and front yard complement the appeal of this unique home. 4 or 5 Bedroom – 5 Bath home

Serenity Equestrian Farm


Peace and serenity await you and your family on this 37 acre private paradise graced with magnificent Live Oak trees. Entertain by the infinity pool with large stone deck, grilling area overlooking stocked pond, lush rolling pastures and level jump field. Main residence features an open floor plan with a great room that opens to the chef’s kitchen, dining area and outside entertaining areas. Master wing sports personal gym, luxurious spa bath w/fireplace, upstairs private oasis for use of your choice. Beautiful 4/2 guest home plus a 1/1 cottage are perfect spots for family and friends to enjoy while they visit. Center aisle stable has 9 extra-large stalls and tack room, round pen and 5 paddocks of various sizes.

For this and other properties, visit JoanPletcher.com for information, videos and more choices. 352.347.1777 | Cell: 352.266.9100 | 352.804.8989 | joanpletcher@aol.com Due to the privacy and at the discretion of my clients, there are additional training centers, estates, and land available that are not advertised.

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The Turkey Trot has been a part of our Team Cummins family tradition since we moved to Ocala in 2008. Soon after we moved to Ocala, we joined the YMCA and loved all that the Y had to offer. We heard about the Turkey Trot and thought it would be a nice way to meet people in the community. We had no idea what to expect, and we were blown away by the whole experience. It is not only one of our favorite YMCA events, but it is an incredible community event. Each year, we look forward to meeting up with friends before the race—seeing who is home from college and what family members are home that have moved away, and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. As the excitement builds for the race to start, you can see families gathering with their dogs and their kids in strollers, along with hugs and smiles of a community coming together another year to celebrate life, community, and all we have to be thankful for.

Along the race route, you see neighbors coming out to snap photos and say Happy Thanksgiving as they cheer you on. As you continue to make your way throughout the course and make the last turn to head across the finish line, the cheers get louder. There are high fives all around! As our daughters have grown and graduated from Forest High School, the College of Central Florida and the University of Florida, they moved to Las Vegas and California (recently one of them moved back to Ocala). Regardless of where they have lived, the one tradition that has been non-negotiable for Team Cummins is the Turkey Trot!

—Linda Cummins, YMCA Team Member


Friday, November 11 at 4:45 p.m. Join us in honoring our local heroes with a special Veterans March. Participants will march from the Frank DeLuca YMCA to the Veterans Memorial on 25th Ave., where they will tour the memorial before returning back to the Y, where they will have the option to participate in one of two workouts that honors fallen soldiers. Register Online: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Ocala/YMCAVeteransMarch


Thursday, November 24 at 7:15 a.m. We believe that strong traditions build strong communities, and our 21st Annual Turkey Trot is designed to do just that. This year’s event includes:  5K  10K  Outdoor Cycling  Youth Dodgeball Tournament (ages 4-15)  Turkey Burner Specialty Class Register Online: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Ocala/ymcaocalaturkeytrot

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Happy Thanksgiving Central Florida! EVEN DURING HOLIDAYS, ALL AMERICAN AIR & ELECTRIC OFFERS air & electric service you can count on





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Home-Buying Help

Are you in the beginning stages of purchasing your first home? Use this FirstTime Homebuyer Check List created by Realtors® to help you sidestep common mistakes, like paying too much interest or getting stuck with the wrong house. 12 MONTHS OUT: Check

your credit score. Get a free copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. Avoid last-minute bombshells by checking your score long before you’re ready to make an offer. And work diligently to correct any mistakes. Make a down payment plan. Most conventional mortgages require a 20 percent down payment. There are plenty of calculators on the web to help you determine what you can afford. If you’re pushing the limits, start reducing your debtto-income ratio now. If you can swing it, do it. Your loan costs will be much less, and you’ll get a better interest rate.

9 MONTHS OUT: Prioritize.

What’s most important in your new home? Proximity to work? A big backyard? An open floor plan? You’ll make a much better decision on what home to buy if you focus on your priorities. Budget for miscellaneous homebuying expenses. Buying a home has some miscellaneous upfront costs. A home inspection, title search, property survey and home insurance are examples. Costs vary by locale, but expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars.

Save The Date!

6 MONTHS OUT: Collect

your loan paperwork. Banks are very particular when it comes to mortgage loans. What they’ll want from you includes: W-2 forms or business tax return forms, personal tax returns for the past two to three years, your most recent pay stubs, credit card and all loan statements, your bank statements, addresses for the past five to seven years, brokerage account statements and your most recent retirement account statements, such as 401(k). Research lenders and REALTORS®. Start interviewing REALTORS®, specifically buyers’ agents. A buyer’s agent will work in your best interest to find you the right property, negotiate with the seller’s agent, and shepherd you through the closing process. Your agent also can be instrumental in finding a lender who’s familiar with first-time homebuyer programs. Contact a local Realtor® for any questions you may have.

target homes that meet your priorities in your price range.

2 MONTHS OUT: Make an

offer on a home, and get a home inspection. One of the first things you’ll want to do after an offer is accepted is have a home inspector look at the property. If the home inspector finds something that needs repair, resolving the issue could delay closing. Please visit our website for a directory of home inspectors.


Triple-check that all your financial documents are in order, and review all lending documents before closing. Get insurance for your new home— you’ll need to bring proof of insurance to closing, and don’t forget your final walk-through. Your Realtor® is there to guide you through this process. Please contact a local Realtor® for any questions that may have.

› Dale Barron, President

Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors


pre-approved for your loan, and start shopping for your new home. Once you’re preapproved, the buyer’s agent you’ve chosen will be able to

The 8th Annual Chair-ity Event benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Marion County will be held on Friday, November 4 from 6-9pm at OMCAR. Entry is a $20 donation. Complimentary beer and wine, live and silent auction and more! For more information, contact the Ocala/Marion County Association of REALTORS® at (352) 629-2415.



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Enjoy peaceful surroundings in this 4/3.5 home on 4.5 acres in beautifully wooded & gated community close in to town. Home features open floor plan w/ upgraded kitchen which opens to spacious family rm w/hand scraped wood flooring & beautiful fireplace. Kitchen has custom cabinetry w/granite countertops, stainless appliances & breakfast bar, which opens to breakfast nook. Family rm leads to large study which flows into master suite. Upstairs has 2 add’l bedrooms & 2 baths. Large screened lanai across back of home gives add’l living & entertaining space, while providing serene & private views of natural setting. Beautiful waterfall & koi pond complete this gorgeous home.

Beautiful 4/3.5 home perfect for entertaining. Private gated entrance opens to courtyard w/ summer kitchen. Spacious FR has soaring wood beamed ceilings, built in cabinetry & french doors leading to the backyard. Gourmet kitchen & dining look out to peaceful courtyard. Large master w/ WIC & master bath w/separate tub & shower. 4 car garage w/2 extra tall doors.

3/2 pool home with study in Dalton Woods. Kitchen opens to nook & family rm. Split bedroom plan. Spacious family rm has triple sliders to screened lanai & pool. Master offers sitting area and walk-in closets. Great outdoor living space on ½ acre. $329,900 ML#506154

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Fall is finally in full bloom. What better way to celebrate this breath of fresh air than with an outdoor festival? The annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival presented by the City of Ocala and Feel Downtown LIVE will take place at Citizens’ Circle from 1-10pm on November 12. This day-long event will feature 12 top-of-the-line food trucks to please any palate along with a wide array of the finest craft vendors around. Top national and regional artists, including Ron Pope, Larkin Poe, Applebutter Express, The Evan Taylor Jones Band and many more, will perform live on two stages throughout the day with the headlining act being national recording stars Blues Traveler. This year’s event will showcase the recent revitalization efforts that have been completed in the south downtown area. Parking will be available in the parking garage and along Osceola Avenue. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit Project Hope. VIP tickets for Blues Traveler are available for $40.



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Celebration Nation

November’s Native American Heritage Month shines a light on powwows. › By Angelique Anacleto


t’s a riveting feast for the senses—a colorful flurry of whirling, feathered dancers; throaty, impassioned singing; the low, haunting throb of meditative drumming; and the cheery tintinnabulation of tiny bells adorning traditional dresses. The powwow pays due homage to Native culture, community and continuity in one unforgettable celebration. During November’s Native American Heritage Month, hit the road to explore inspirational indigenous talent; then save the date for upcoming powwows dotting our peninsula.



Eighth Annual Native Rhythms Festival





Spirit of the Buffalo Powwow

Wickham Park Amphitheater 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne November 10-13, 2016

International Market World Flea Market 1052 US Highway 92 West, Auburndale January 6-8 and January 13-15, 2017

Dubbed as the largest free native music festival, this four-day event showcases an impressive lineup of award-winning musicians. Look and listen in on flute playing, flute making and art competitions. Then, join the wide variety of free workshops for flute, percussion and other instrument playing, technical and collaborative techniques, crafting, art training and more. Presentations and displays by various nonprofit historical preservation and ecological groups, along with storytelling during music performances round out the educational experience. Admission and parking: free nativerhythmsfestival.com (321) 259-1038

Relive the romance of the Old West at this 19th century camp recreation of Creek and Comanche tribes. Dressed in full period regalia, participants demonstrate 1800’s skills and camp life. Check out the village of artifacts, warriors on horseback show, birds of prey demonstration, archery demonstration, intertribal dance competitions, cultural workshops, artisans and crafters, Native American food and music. Admission: $5 cash only; free parking; campsites available intlmarketworld.com (863) 665-0062



RedHawk Ranch Powwow & Cultural Festival

RedHawk Ranch 4110 CR 579 South, Wimauma December 2-4, 2016

Paying special tribute to military veterans, picturesque RedHawk Ranch celebrates with Native American drummers, dancers, singers, storytellers, arts and crafts, pottery, Native and traditional food, plus prize money for its Native American dance competition. Raffles could win you (hold onto your hats) a 2000 Harley-Davidson Electraglide Classic motorcycle to roar off into the sunset. Admission: $5 cash, free for veterans and children under 12; free parking thenativewayshop.com (813) 634-5352


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46th Annual Seminole Tribal Fair & Powwow

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood February 10-12, 2017

Located in the Seminole Hard Rock Live, this longrunning event features native arts, crafts, foods, music and a powwow dance competition open to all native people. The packed weekend agenda also includes alligator wrestling, wildlife shows, exhibition dancing, as well as a Northern and Southern drum competition. Consult website for any possible venue change and admission cost. Free parking semtribefairandpowwow.com (954) 850-3100

Powwow Points POWWOW: The gathering derives its name from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning “spiritual leader.” GRAND ENTRY: During this opening ceremony, the pageantry of participants carrying flags is, in some cases, so sacred that photography is not allowed. HOST DRUM: This highly revered group of drummers consists of at least four members, leads music for dancing and is situated in a prime drumming spot. VOCABLES: Common sounds allow different tribes who do not speak the same language to sing together. PUSHUPS: This combination of chorus and verse repeats up to four times per song but can extend longer depending on enthusiasm or energy of singers and dancers. FRYBREAD: Deep fried dough can be eaten alone or garnished with honey, jam or hot beef. INDIAN TACO (OR NAVAJO TACO): This version substitutes frybread as the base in place of a tortilla. Translates universally to “yum!”




C At A Full Gallop

The Ocala Jockey Club and Equiventures partner to bring a premier equine event to the area. › By JoAnn Guidry



all three-day eventing the equine version of the triathlon. But instead of swimming, biking and running all on one day, there’s dressage, crosscountry and stadium jumping each on separate days. On November 24-27, the inaugural $100,000 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event will showcase some of this exciting sport’s best riders and horses in the world. Owned by Erik and Pavla Nygaard, the Ocala Jockey Club sits on 950 acres of expansive meadows and rolling hills, just northwest of Ocala in Reddick. The multi-use property includes a 9,700-square-foot clubhouse available for weddings and other special events, rental townhouses and the Nygaard’s 200-acre thoroughbred farm. The OJC International Three-Day Event will take place on a 400-acre tract, which features the cross-country course and competition arena for the dressage and stadium jumping. Here’s a little three-day eventing primer. Dressage, which comprises a precise, intricate set of movements by rider and horse in an enclosed arena, headlines the first day of three-day competition. On day two, the focus turns to cross-country competition, where rider and horse are judged by speed, endurance and jumping ability over various terrain and obstacles. The final day is reserved for stadium jumping, where rider and horse negotiate a series of jumps in an enclosed arena as a final test of ability and endurance. “Jennie Brannigan, a four-star event rider, was renting one of our townhouses, and she noted that the rolling hills topography of our property was perfect for a cross-country course,” says Pavla Nygaard. “Then, we contacted Richard Trayford with Equiventures who stages three-day events and had him come out to look at the property. He agreed that it would be a great site for a three-day event, and things just progressed from there.” An equine event of this magnitude takes a top-level team. Organized by Equiventures, the OJC International Three-Day Event features 2012 London Olympics Eventing Manager Alec Lochore as event director. The There will be something brand-new cross-country course was for everyone in the family, designed by Mike Etherington-Smith including a vibrant vendor and Olympian equestrian Clayton village. Besides food, there will Fredericks. Four-star show jumping be artists of all kinds, a beer designer Richard Jeffery created the garden, a car club exhibit and stadium course. Equestrian Events plenty for kids, too. › Richard Trayford Inc., the organizer of the annual renowned Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, has also signed on as a partner. In addition to drawing the eventing sport’s best, the OJC International will also be a family-friendly event, complete with a countryfair atmosphere. “Of course, the horses are the draw for equine enthusiasts,” says Trayford. “But there will be something for everyone in the family, including a vibrant vendor village. Besides food, there will be artists of all kinds, a beer garden, a car club exhibit and plenty for kids, too. We are excited to bring such an event to Ocala. We invite everyone to come out to enjoy an exciting equestrian sport and have a good time in a beautiful setting.”

WANT TO GO? › $100,000 Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event › November 24-27 › Ocala Jockey Club, 8720 W Hwy 318, Reddick › Gates open 8am each day, free general admission › Parking: $10 per vehicle per day › OJC3de.com NOV ’16 ›





One Adventurous Artist Chuck Rohr sculpts his way through an actionpacked life. › By Cealia Athanason


harles Rohr flips through a couple scrapbooks he’s made over the years. The photos range from black and white to color and, just as starkly, from hot air balloons, movie stunts and sailing to time in the military, boxing and elaborate sculptures. Chuck has done more than you’d think, and he’s experienced some adventures most won’t. His life as a sculptor began after a shipwreck—a freighter literally ran him down and sunk his ship in the middle of the night, accidentally of course, back in the ’60s. Once rescued by the Coast Guard and waiting on land for the next ship with a job to do, he took an old truck fender that was laying around and used the shipwreck as inspiration. “I cut it up and made a sculpture of a ship sinking,” he says. It took him about a day and a half to make, and he displayed it in his home. It didn’t take long for people to start putting in their orders.


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I’ve traveled so much over the years and met so many people that it’s pretty much just word of mouth. › Chuck Rohr

Chuck was involved with a private yacht club in South Florida—Le Club International. The former yacht club, now condominiums, attracted people from all over the world, and Chuck met and developed friendships with several celebrities. Once they discovered his love of adventure and skill for sculpting, Chuck was never lacking in either. He became friends with Jackie Gleason, Evel Knievel, Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson and George Steinbrenner, to name a few. And they all wanted sculptures. “The club really liked me. All these people used to come down,” he says. Chuck managed an art gallery displaying another owner’s paintings and his own sculptures. But, it’s always been hard for him to keep many sculptures in stock. He’s a real people person, and when people see his work, they usually want it. “I’ve traveled so much over the years and met so many people that it’s pretty much just word of mouth,” he says of his sculpture sales. And things haven’t really changed. He just made a copper rose for his wife, Suzy, and it wasn’t long before people saw it and, of course, loved it. Since his first metal sculpture, Chuck’s made hundreds. He has a workshop out on a dock in Mount Dora where he sculpts and watches the birds fly by. He doesn’t use steel anymore, though. He switched over to copper because it doesn’t rust, it’s more malleable and heats up well. “With heat, you can get colors in it,” he says. Until you hear Chuck tell stories about his life, you may meet him and just think he’s an outstanding artist with a welcoming personality—which he is, of course. It’s just that he’s done so many things, and now at 77 years old, he’s still full of adventure. He considers himself only semi-retired and doing what he does best: the next adventure. Whatever that may be, you can bet he’ll be sculpting and making friends along the way.

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STEM Students Spotlighted

Regardless of where you go, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is a keyword in contemporary education. So much so, these local students were recently recognized by the Marion County School Board for their achievements in all four fields. Many students competitively advanced to state and national fairs with complex topics and multi-step projects.

Celebrating Freedom

Belleview Middle School staff and students recently celebrated Freedom Week with lots of color and fanfare all over campus. While staff members donned costumes of famous Americans (Principal David Ellers as President Abraham Lincoln and Assistant Principal Brandon Hicks as Ulysses S. Grant), students dressed in patriotic colors for this birds-eye-view photo.

Fire Safety

Middle School Air Patrol In just two years, North Marion Middle School’s Civil Air Patrol has become the largest school-based unit in Florida. Under Commander Scott Spangler, students learn values, skills and commitment to completing tasks and assignments. Special details like presenting the colors at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game reward cadets for their service. The program also naturally feeds into nearby North Marion High’s Junior ROTC program, a high-school military-minded program.

Thousands of Marion County’s youngest students are learning fire safety tips thanks to Marion County firefighter/paramedics. Station crews are visiting dozens of elementary schools sharing important information about 911, fire escape plans and friendly firefighter gear. Kids learn how to spot life-saving firefighters, while first responders often receive hugs of thanks and notes of gratitude!

#iAmMarion Proud?

The billboards may be gone, but the campaign continues on. #iAmMarion is a social media campaign birthed by the Engage in Education movement to promote one thing: alumni pride for Marion County Public Schools. If you graduated from a Marion County public high school, show us your picture with high school and year @MarionCountyK12 with the #iAmMarion!

New Voting Voices Thanks to on-campus registrations, hundreds of Marion County high school students will help select our country’s new president this month. Supervisor of Elections Wesley Wilcox and his crew made the process even easier by bringing the process to students instead of them having to make the trip elsewhere. Dunnellon High registered about 30 voters during a recent Power Hour session.

Walking Safely

Nearly 200 students and parents gathered lots of safety tips during this year’s Walk Our Children to School Day at Legacy Elementary. In its 20th year, the event puts parents directly in the paths their children walk every day to school—dangers and all— everything from drug dealers and stranger danger to abandoned cars and lost puppies. Students learn lifesaving lessons in a friendly yet challenging setting.

Noteworthy Achievement

Shady Hill Elementary Principal Ryan Bennett has been named the 2017 Distinguished Administrator from FMEA, the Florida Music Educators’ Association. Shady Hill’s music teacher, Sondra Collins, nominated Bennett for the honor based on his support of the school’s music program, which captured a high-profile award last year from Disney Radio. Bennett formally accepts his award in Tampa early next year.

Dads Coming To School

“Dads Take Your Children to School” day offers dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and other men the chance to positively impact children’s lives in great ways. Sponsored by Florida’s Department of Education, the event builds relationships by asking men to get their kids to school instead of moms, sisters, aunts and grandmothers. This year, over 500 positive male role models made the difference for even more students throughout Marion County.

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Withdrawal Symptoms › By Judge Steven G. Rogers


was very familiar with the two individuals seated before me for the hearing. Over the past few months, there had been several hearings in their case, and I observed these two sitting at the same table working together toward their common goal. But for this hearing, they were sitting at opposite tables in the courtroom. The person seated at the table on the left was the defendant, and her attorney was seated at the table on the right. Their relationship as attorney and client was coming to an end. The beginning of an attorney-client relationship is rather uncomplicated. Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.505(e) provides that an attorney may appear in a proceeding by filing the first pleading or paper on behalf of the party or by filing a document appropriately titled a “Notice of Appearance.” Upon making an “appearance,” the attorney is putting everyone on notice that he or she represents the individual or company in the case. However, when the attorney-client relationship falls apart, it can present an awkward set of circumstances requiring court action.


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Once an attorney has made an appearance in a case, the lawyer can only be relieved of their responsibilities to the client by either a final order being entered or the judge permitting the attorney to be relieved of any further responsibility in the case. When an attorney seeks to withdraw while a case is still pending, they must do so by filing a motion to withdraw. The motion must state the reason(s) the attorney is seeking to withdraw in the case and requires a hearing. Attorneys in the state of Florida must adhere to the Florida Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Rule 4-1.16 provides guidance for when an attorney shall withdraw or decline representation of a client. An example is when the attorney learns of the client’s utilizing the attorney’s services to perpetuate a crime or fraud. The rule also provides a provision for when an attorney’s withdrawal is permissive, such as when the attorney’s representation has been rendered “unreasonably difficult” by the client. I once presided over a case where the attorney filed a motion to withdraw the day before the final hearing. When the parties and their attorneys appeared The client objected to her attorney in court the following day for their withdrawing on such short notice and scheduled non-jury trial, the attorney insisted the attorney remain on the asked me to hear his motion to withdraw case for the final hearing. The lawyer’s prior to the start of the final hearing. motion to withdraw was denied, and The client objected to her attorney we proceeded with the trial. withdrawing on such short notice and insisted the attorney remain on the case for the final hearing. The lawyer’s motion to withdraw was denied, and we proceeded with the trial. As the trial was progressing, it became clear to everyone in the courtroom that the attorney was not prepared for trial and had assumed his motion to withdraw would be granted prior to the start of the final hearing. I suspect the strain of the already frayed attorney-client relationship was only increased when I entered a judgment in favor of the other party on the merits of the case. Taylor Swift reminds us today of what Neil Sedaka taught us several years ago—that breaking up is hard to do. But, when it comes to ending an attorneyclient relationship, a judge’s signature is the final straw.

Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.




Find Your Talent

A Welcomed Addition

The City of Ocala recently announced the downtown parking garage is open to the public. The 402-space garage is located on Southeast Osceola Avenue, between East Fort King Street and Southeast Broadway Street. Construction began in February and concluded in late September, well ahead of the November 2016 project deadline. Finfrock, based in Apopka, designed and built the garage. Currently, 379 of the parking spaces are free and available to the general public. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) leases 23 spaces. Individual parking spaces are also available for lease.

Movin’ On Up

Webster University, an accredited, non-profit institution serving the Ocala and North Central Florida area since 1997, has announced the selection of Mike Fallon as its new Ocala campus director. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Fallon served as interim campus director for the campus. Fallon’s résumé includes over 10 years of successful administration, sales, management, communications and marketing experience in both the for-profit business and nonprofit higher education sectors. Fallon earned master’s degrees in marketing and management from Webster University and is also an alumnus of Florida Southern College and College of Central Florida. Prior to this appointment, Fallon served as community relations coordinator for Webster University’s Ocala campus.

The Talent Center at the College of Central Florida recently made its debut. A joint venture between CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CF, the Talent Center is designed to provide a new level of service for employers seeking professionals and highly skilled technical talent recruitment services targeting recent college graduates. Its staff, resources and services are available at no charge to employers, professional-level job seekers and students regardless of where they live, work or attend school. Talent Center staff will work one on one with employers to help recruit, train and retain vetted professional and highly skilled technical talent. Candidates receive individualized career counseling and coaching, job leads and referrals, résumé assistance and interview preparation, invitations to job fairs and hiring events, skills and aptitude assessments, resources and other employability services.

Open For Business

Campus USA Credit Union recently celebrated the grand opening of its Villages location, located at 2945 Traverse Trail in The Villages. Guests to the new location were treated to lunch and giveaways and learned about the superior banking options Campus USA provides to its members. The new branch is open Monday through Friday from 9am through 6pm.

Success For Students

The College of Central Florida has received a $2,121,179 five-year grant to improve student success. The college will use its Title IIIA Strengthening Institutions Grant to improve retention of first-year students, increase the success rate for key first-year classes and increase fouryear graduation and transfer rates. CF received its first distribution of $437,841 on October 1, and funds will continue to be distributed annually through the 2020-2021 academic year. With initial funding, the college will hire project personnel, enhance on-site and online tutoring, expand professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and design and implement a First-Year Experience course.

Support Where It’s Needed

For over 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have supported the United Way nationally and locally. AT&T recently continued this legacy of support through a contribution of $13,000 to United Way of Marion County. United Way of Marion County will use the contribution to support programs that create long-lasting change in the local community. The United Way is dedicated to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good, as is evident from the work the Marion County United Way is doing in Florida. NOV ’16 ›



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rippen & Co. has multiple and those in industries such If people utilize partners who lead the as insurance, construction, our services, it’s an firm, and their latest real estate, medical, investment and not addition is slated to enhance dental, manufacturing, an expense. It allows the services they provide even agricultural, them to focus on what more. Matthew White, audit and transportation, logistics, they do and not fret assurance partner for Crippen and non-profits. They over the accounting, & Co., was raised in Ocala and specialize in every aspect of and they save money is passionate about giving back accounting, from taxes and in the long run. to his hometown, both through strategic business planning › Matthew White quality accounting assistance to internal audit assessments and community outreach in his and outsourced bookkeeping for personal time. businesses. By letting the experienced staff at Crippen “My areas of service within the firm are financial & Co. do what they do best, clients save money and are statement audits, financial statement reviews and able to think solely about their work. general accounting consulting services. I’ll be moving “If people utilize our services, it’s an investment into a leadership role to help provide the services and not an expense. It allows them to focus on expected from top-quality CPAs for every service what they do and not fret over the accounting, our clients need,” says White. “I also believe strongly and they save money in the long run,” White in directly impacting the community and fellow says. “We’re there while these transactions citizens. I’ve found a few service organizations that are happening, like tax planning, so the touch my heart, and that keeps my life balanced, so individual or the business can save money or it’s not just accounting all the time.” safeguard assets. If the transaction is already After graduating from the University of South executed, it’s too late and you can’t go back Florida and passing his state-certified public and undo it.” accountant exams, Matthew spent several years at a If potential clients fear a stodgy regional accounting firm in Tampa. There he worked accountant behind a massive calculator with large, corporate clients through executive staff and mountains of spreadsheets, they’ll be members. He now prefers utilizing the technical pleasantly surprised. disciplines he learned from large corporate clients to “If you talk to anyone in our community, educate and assist business owners directly. I think they’ll say we’re on the cutting edge “We ensure our clients receive all the services of technology. We’re paperless, and we offer they need from a professional CPA, but now I’m able platforms for our clients other firms don’t to interact with owners of the business who may not offer,” explains White. understand accounting or taxes. I’m able to bridge Think Crippen & Co. may be right for your the gap between their business and how our services financial needs? Call to schedule your free can benefit them,” he explains. consultation to discuss their services and find Crippen & Co. specializes in accounting for out how their expertise can benefit you and professionals, like attorneys, architects and engineers, your business.

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Healing Patients With Expert Care

Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center has been healing patients for over 11 years in Marion County. Their facility has grown over the last decade to meet the growing needs of the surrounding communities. What once started as a single physician practice treating infection related issues has now morphed into a comprehensive wound care clinic providing a multitude of services under one roof.


ithin Ocala Infectious Disease’s wound care center, many diabetic patients have used their services for wound healing, infection treatment and limb salvage. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 29 million Americans, and the number continues to rise each year due to America’s fast-paced lifestyle, leaving little room for healthy cooking, meals purchased ready-made or on the go, more sedentary lifestyles and sometimes poor choices ourselves. People living with diabetes have an increased risk for loss of toes, feet or the legs. Elevated blood sugars within the body cause inflammation and damage to linings of arteries, which provides blood flow to the extremities and small capillaries in the skin, called microvascular disease. These persistent elevated blood sugars over time also cause neuropathy or loss of sensation to the extremities, particularly the feet. Neuropathy also affects the muscle structure causing collapse of arch in the feet leading to pressure and skin breakdown in areas that are not used to handling the weight of our bodies and changes in the glands of our skin, which become dry and do not produce proper oils for skin to remain soft and stretchy. This causes cracking and open wounds as well. Once a wound occurs, the body’s protective mechanism, the skin, is lost and bacteria is able to get within the body, causing infection. Lower extremity infections are the most common reason for a diabetic to be admitted to the hospital, and these occurrences of ulcers and infection increase the risk of lower extremity amputation as well. One may ask, “It’s just a toe. What’s the big deal if it gets removed? I have nine more.” But the answer is not that simple. If you are a diabetic and have your big toe amputated due to infection or a wound that won’t heal, you still have to heal the incision site left behind after the toe was removed. You still have the same risk factors that complicate wound healing, including loss of sensation and poor blood flow. The body has a miraculous way of adapting, and the second toe will grasp down on the ground for balance. The


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“The success rate with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in combination of other care modalities is very high in our office.”

Dr.Haris Mirza and Dr. Javier Cairo

second toe, however, was not made to support that much weight, and if not careful, you can then develop an ulcer on the second toe, which then might also be amputated, and the third, and so on. Mayo Clinic notes that there is a higher risk of amputation after having an initial amputation. At Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center, this › Lauren Mirza cascade of complications is what we work to prevent. One of the latest ways of treating non-healing diabetic foot ulcers is hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center added the most up-to-date hyperbaric oxygen chambers to their new facility. “Newer hyperbaric oxygen chambers are larger in size, allowing for better patient comfort. They are easily seen through, and the feeling of claustrophobia is really nonexistent. In our Perry Chambers, patients can even sit up, which helps with comfort, particularly when patients have difficulty lying on their backs. The success rate with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in combination of other care modalities is very high in our office,” says Lauren Mirza, ARNP. The process of breathing 100 percent oxygen compared to only 21 percent, which is the percentage of oxygen we normally breathe, combined with pressure like you would experience while scuba diving, allows oxygen to penetrate all body tissues, which is particularly important in diabetic wounds, as usually the small vessel blood flow to the skin is very poor. That is called microvascular disease. After about 21 days of treatment new blood vessels are created in the affected areas. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is somewhat of a commitment. The treatments happens five days a week for about two hours in and out the door. However, we try and remind patients that these smaller sacrifices, which only last a few months, may salvage a limb for a lifetime if followed up with good preventative care. “We work to make coming into the office daily tolerable,” says Toby Cruikshank, HBOT technician. “We really treat patients like friends as well. I am beside the hyperbaric chambers at all times whenever a patient is in the chamber, and we can communicate freely back and forth through speakers. Most patients watch TV while getting their treatment, while others enjoy a good nap. Many times, if patients are unsure about doing hyperbaric, we even allow them to come and sit in the chamber and see how it feels without treatments so they will feel more comfortable. Whatever it takes for our patients,” “We grew our practice under patient care,” Dr. Haris Mirza says. “We don’t run through very quick, impersonalized visits. Our care is really comprehensive,” says Lauren Mirza, ARNP. “We care for them, as well as their problems. Initially, we were just

treating infections, but much of the treatment came from getting that quality wound care. If you treat one aspect of a wound or infection but don’t address the other, it’s likely things will never get better. The fact that we can provide IV antibiotics, wound care, compression therapy for swelling, lab draws to monitor disease processes, vascular screening and hyperbaric oxygen therapy under one roof is big for us. We really do care.”

Statistics On The Diabetic Foot:

Measures For Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers:

› 25% of patients will develop a foot

› Inspect your feet daily.

ulcer at some time during their life.

If you cannot see the bottoms, use a mirror. Check in between the toes.

› 2-6% of diabetics develop a

wound yearly. › 84% of non-traumatic limb

amputations in diabetics are preceded by an ulcer. › 34% of patients develop a new

ulcer within one year of healing their first ulcer (70% at 5 years). › There is a 50% risk of developing a

foot ulcer on the opposite foot after a major limb amputation, and a 50% risk of amputation of the remaining leg within 2-5 years. › The survival rate after a major limb

amputation is 50% after three years and 40% after five years.

Ramsey SD, Newton K, Blough D, et al. Incidence, outcomes, and cost of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1999;22(3):382-387.

› Wash your feet daily in

diabetic shoes each year with a physician’s order.

› Don’t smoke. Smoking

worsens circulation and decreases oxygen in the blood.

lukewarm water, pat dry and remember to dry in › Schedule regular foot between the toes. checkups with Ocala › Don’t remove Infectious Disease and callouses or other foot Wound Center. lesions yourself. › Take foot injuries or › Trim your toenails

carefully or ask your provider for assistance. › Never go barefoot. › Wear clean, dry socks. › Buy shoes that fit cor-

rectly. Avoid tight-fitting shoes, high heels and poor arch support. Most insurances will cover one pair of true

wounds seriously! Contact us if you have a foot sore that doesn’t heal quickly or becomes red, discolored or swollen. It is easiest to treat a wound early and prevent further complications.

We provide services at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Hospital and Kindred Hospital and will be opening our NEW VILLAGES LOCATION by December 2016. If you or your loved one is in the hospital, please request the nurse or treating doctor for in-hospital consultation. In addition to diabetic foot ulcers, we treat all open wounds on the body, boils or abscesses, skin lesions, surgical wounds, radiation related wounds, venous ulcers with edema, chronic lymphedema and more. We also treat all infectious diseases, including reoccurring infections like UTI, recurrent lung infections, pneumonia, cellulitis, HIV, Lyme disease and more. Feel free to call our office for further questions. Patients can be referred by a doctor or self-refer by calling our office. Most insurances are accepted, including all Medicare and Medicaid plans, Freedom and BCBS. Call with any questions. We will gladly work in collaboration to your current podiatrists, PCP and vascular doctors.

Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center › 2651 SW 32nd Place, Ocala › (352) 401-7552 › ocalawoundcare.com

Pecoraro RE, Reiber GE, Burgess EM. Pathways to Diabetic Limb Amputation: Basis for Prevention. Diabetes Care. 1990;13(5):513-521. Adler AI, Boyko EJ, Ahroni JH, Smith DG. Lower-extremity amputation in diabetes. The independent effects of peripheral vascular disease, sensory neuropathy, and foot ulcers. Diabetes Care. 1999;22(7):1029-1035. Apelqvist J, Larsson J, Agardh CD. Long-term prognosis for diabetic patients with foot ulcers. J Intern Med. 1993;233(6):485-491. Larsson J, Agardh CD, Apelqvist J, Stenström A. Long-term prognosis after healed amputation in patients with diabetes. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1998;350:149-158. Moulik PK, Mtonga R, Gill GV. Amputation and mortality in new-onset diabetic foot ulcers stratified by etiology. Diabetes Care. 2003;26(2): 491-494 Mayo Clinic Staff. (September 2014) Amputation and diabetics: How To Protect your Feet. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ diabetes/in-depth/amputation-and-diabetes/ART-20048262 Retrieved on October 20, 2016.

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Sugar, Sugar Everywhere No sugar before bedtime is a common household rule for most families. New research, however, suggests enforcing a new rule: No more than six teaspoons of added sugar daily for kids. This recommendation—straight from the American Heart Association—is an attempt to prevent cases of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and tooth decay. Any table sugar, fructose or honey used as an ingredient in processing and preparing is considered added sugar. What can we feed the kiddos while sticking close to this low-sugar regimen?

Here are some smart snack ideas to get you started.

› Toast with egg and avocado =

1 gram sugar (per slice) › String cheese = 0 grams sugar › Hummus and veggies =

0 grams sugar › Trail mix = 3 grams sugar per

1/2 cup (nuts and seeds only, no dried fruit or chocolate)

Sources: superhealthykids.com, cnn.com, prevention.com

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Assessment Services Algebra Tiles. Using

algebra tiles provides concrete models for students when learning to add, subtract and multiply integers. They can be used to model and simplify algebraic expressions and distributive property, solve linear equations and multiply polynomials and binomials.

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The Times Table Rap by Nick Saunders. Zeros

Math Whiz

through twelves, this CD will be selling out stadiums soon. OK, maybe not. But it’s still a cool learning tool!

Although math isn’t everyone’s forte, it doesn’t have to be a dreaded subject, right? Who knows, with these helpful tools, here to make math fun and easy, it may become your child’s new favorite subject. Math Explosion combines science and math into an entertaining and exciting game for all ages. Your student’s goal is to be the first player to make the volcano erupt. The more questions they answer right, the better! The game board includes a speedy and extended game, both jam packed with facts to get your child ahead in math. Customize the questions according to the student’s level—and, most of all, have fun!

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Learning Resources Transparent Color Counting Chips. These

chips have the ability to provide students with a hands-on way to count, sort, group, add and subtract. Counters give students the opportunity to visually clarify abstract math concepts.

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Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes. Linking

cubes can help children make the connection between numbers and quantity, ones and tens, fractions and equivalents. Although, it’s not likely they will not immediately catch on to times tables, it is a great stepping stone.

learning tool. In no time at all, your students will have octagons and hexagons on the mind as you pass signs along the road. amazon.com, $16.72

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Learning Resources Double-sided Magnetic Money. This one is usually

a favorite. Providing pictorial representation to solve word problems involving money, students will quickly identify coins and their worth.

amazon.com, $23.99

Learning Resources Giant Magnetic Pattern Blocks. Reinforce shape

recognition, symmetry, congruency, fractions and area with this fun

Maisy’s First Clock: A Maisy Fun-to-Learn Book. At 8 o’clock, Maisy

wakes up and brushes her teeth. At 10 o’clock, she grocery shops. Learning how to tell time along with Maisy will be the highlight of your child’s day. A perfect story before bedtime, no doubt students will eagerly be watching the clock.

amazon.com, $12.11

Learning Resources Double-sided Magnetic Fraction Circles. Third grade, a

year full of multiplication and division. Your student will likely need some extra time spent on these particular subjects and fraction circles are just the tool. Demonstrate fractions, percentages and equivalencies on the circle. Often referred to as “pies,” your child will visually start to comprehend more advanced math problems.

Learning Resources Overhead Folding Geometric Shapes. These

geometric shapes, including cylinders, squares, cubes, triangular pyramids and more, will prepare students for advanced geometric problems with volume and surface area concepts.

amazon.com, $5.99

Multiplication war with a deck of cards. An easy

and exciting game played with a deck of cards might be your child’s key to math mastery. To play, just flip two cards and multiply. Whoever has the highest product keeps the cards and wins the game!

amazon.com, $24.68

Learning Wrap-ups Division Keys. Fun and

unique, students will wrap the string from the problem on the left to the answer on the right and then turn the wrapup over to make sure they got it right. Use a stopwatch to monitor improvement.

amazon.com, $8.50

Sources: raisesmartkid.com, amazon.com

Math Explosion Game.

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Adventures In Babysitting




Everyone remembers their first babysitting gig. Often being the first paid employment experience teenagers will have, preparation is key.

uch like the first day of school, a first job comes preloaded with excitement and jitters. It’s likely your child will look to you for guidance when it comes to important questions such as, “How much should I charge for babysitting?” or “What games should I play with the kids?” You may even be able to teach them some tricks of the trade from your own personal experience.


most important topic of all: Let’s talk money. According to a recent article by USA Today, $10 per hour is the appropriate wage earned by teenagers hired for babysitting jobs. This, of course, is dependent on the total number of kids that your child is being asked to care for. For bigger families, $2 to $5 more an hour is reasonable for each additional child.

EXPERIENCE? In a survey

conducted at care.com, 51 percent of parents interviewed preferred an older sitter, ensuring more experience. We all start somewhere, though. Classes are available through the American Red Cross for certifications in babysitting both online and in a classroom setting. Offering both a basic course, created for those ages 11 and older, and an advanced course, these classes are designed to train your child to do the best job they can. After they have earned their certificate, they will know what to do in emergency situations, how to choose age-appropriate activities and how to run a successful babysitting business. They also offer classes in CPR and first aid. Visit redcross.org for more information.



your child to get their name out. The more people who know they offer babysitting services, the more jobs they will book. Parents of younger children often check bulletin boards at local libraries for events. Help your child make flyers to hang up at locations such as these. Friends, family and co-workers should know that your teen is seeking employment. Suggest volunteering at daycares to the potential sitter. There, they will have access to parents who already know and trust them.



teen what qualities they used to like in their babysitter. It’s always a bonus to be considered the “fun” sitter. If your teen packs some games, coloring supplies or other fun trinkets beforehand in a “kid kit” of sorts, the job will go much smoother. Here are some starter ideas:


DRESS UP. A funny hat or a feather boa could make for hours of giggles and hilarious skits.

2. CRAFTS. Making necklaces or painting ornaments or picture frames are crowd favorites. The kids will love doing the craft, and the parents will love the keepsake. Plus, it keeps the kids busy!

Sources: care.com, redcross.org, abcnews.com, parenting.com


3. BOOKS. Who doesn’t

love to hear a new book every once in a while?

4. IMAGINATION. It takes up no room at all. Classic games such as hide-andseek or tag never fail.

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Xavier, 10, and Donovan, 5, enjoy a day at the fair

Michael, 9, spends time with his dog, Dez

Layla, 2, playing in the rain

Rylea, 2, at the Citizens' Circle Splash Pad (Photo by Jarrod Clark)

Serenity, 8, and Ahronnye, 12, playing on the downtown square

Avery, 14, Ayden, 10, Aliya, 8, and Allie, 4, spend a day at Wild Waters

Cloey, 6, riding a donkey

Reagan, 4, makes a mug for his dad at Picasso's Palette

Laura, 4, enjoying the last days of summer

Savanna going to the sock hop

Ausley's, 10, first time flying

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Earl, 15, at the Dunnellon High School homecoming parade




Last month, we asked area elementaryaged kids about their favorite food. Here’s what they had to say!


What’s your favorite toy and why?

› Entries due by November 15.

Each month we pose a question to local kids in grades kindergarten through fifth. Answers can be submitted in the form of a short story, poem, paragraph or drawing. We’ll choose a few to feature each month. If your child’s submission is selected, they will receive their own Team Style bee trophy. Submissions can be emailed to melissa@ocalastyle.com or mailed or dropped off to the Ocala Style Editorial Department at 1007 E Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471. Please include your contact information with your child’s entry. NOV ’16 ›



Crafted Cuisine & Cocktails

Tavern On The Square brings handcrafted fare downtown, with something for everyone.


avern On The Square is downtown Ocala’s new hub for fresh food, handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment to satisfy your night life desires. “Tavern On The Square has a completely different vibe and feel than other restaurants. It has a different style of food and flavors,” says Chef Victor Luzarraga. “We are providing a place for the community, where they can have a drink and enjoy entertainment without having that club atmosphere.” Chef Victor has been delighting our culinary palates for over 20 years. Included in his résumé is 13 years as master chef at the Country Club of Ocala. The menu at the Tavern is solely Chef Victor’s creation, which he designed with a Mediterranean feel and Latin flavors as well as a mixture of Italian and Asian. There is certainly plenty here to choose from to please a variety of tastes. The dinner menu has your traditional surf-and-turf filet and lobster, bacon-wrapped pork and shrimp with grits. Plus, the Tavern also offers a tapas menu with an assortment of small savory dishes, like a twist on the traditional Spanish garlic shrimp, which Chef Victor adds a touch of Italian flair with a hint of basil and a few other seasonings. For lunch, the menu includes entrée salads, burgers, favorites like spaghetti and meatballs, and five of the tapas items. Their breakfast menu goes beyond coffee and create-your-own omelets to include a chorizo egg hash, crab benedict, signature rosemary home fries, waffles, pancakes and eggs and bacon with toast offerings. The breakfast atmosphere is conducive for eating and having your morning coffee


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Tavern On The Square has a completely different vibe and feel than other restaurants.

› Victor Luzarraga

while also working on your laptop, as the Tavern provides free WiFi to their guests. The best part is the Tavern’s commitment to good, quality ingredients. They source as much as they can locally, even obtaining natural and organic liquors from Gainesville’s FishHawk Spirits Distillery. Head bartender Joe Spillers makes all the sour mixes and syrups in-house, and he’s the mastermind behind all specialty cocktail recipes. Of course, the Tavern also has traditional bar drinks available, along with beer and wine. “It’s farm to table on the food side and farm to bottle on the bar side,” says Philip Glassman, one of the Tavern’s owners. “We use all fresh ingredients.” The space is inviting and charming with exposed brick accent walls, gorgeous chandeliers, grey surrounding walls and black and white photos of old Ocala that give it a modern, industrial look with a splash of tradition. The Tavern takes it from early morning work to late night fun, with a limited tapas menu offered into the late night hours to accompany cocktails. Weekly events include Wine Down Wednesday, Latin Night on Saturdays and Jazz Sundays. When you come to the Tavern, their valet service will park your car. And if you’re just trying to park downtown, they’ll park you car, whether you eat at the Tavern or not. Come experience Tavern On The Square’s deliciously handcrafted, locally sourced cuisine and cocktails. And be prepared to experience a side dish of fun at downtown’s newest hotspot.

Pan Seared Yellowfin Tuna

Tavern On The Square › 11 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 390-8969 › tavernonthesquareocala.com




Tuscawilla Park 800 NE Sanchez Ave. Monday | Nov. 7 | 9 a.m.-noon Hook up with us for a few hours of fishing FUN at Lake Tuscawilla. Great prizes given away and trophies presented for the smallest fish, the biggest fish and the most fish caught.

LIGHT UP OCALA: THE BRIGHTEST DOWNTOWN Downtown Ocala Saturday | Nov. 19 | 4-9 p.m. Join us for the 33rd annual Light Up Ocala. There will be four stages with entertainment, a great selection of food, craft and other vendors, Whoville, the Grinch and of course the annual tree-lighting ceremony. Thank you to our sponsors: Cannon Law Firm, CenturyLink, CSX Transportation, Entercom 98.5 WKTK/97.3 WSKY, GTE Financial, Ideal Image, IHMC, JVC Broadcasting Q92/102.3, Metro PCS, Mojo Grill and Catering Company, Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Marion County Association of Realtors, Ocala Star Banner, Ocala Utility Services, Pacifica Senior Living, Phillips Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Tri-Am RV and WOCA. For details, please go to www.ocalafl.org or call 352-368-5517

LET’S SKATE OCALA! Downtown Ocala 110 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Nov. 19-Jan. 8 | Hours vary The City of Ocala invites you to the 2016 Holiday Skating Rink at its new location! A FUN unique winter activity using synthetic “ice” that’s so authentic you won’t know the difference. Come out to our theme nights; they’re super! Or... you can reserve the rink for a private function, such as a Christmas, birthday or an office party, and the fee is only $150 for two hours. $5/session/person. Contact Carla at 352-572-0371 for details.



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izza’s one of those things with a culture around it. You know the fans––they’re typically the ones who have favorite pizzerias and swear there’s no better pizza anywhere. Pizza actually began as a lowly food in the 1700s in Naples, Italy. It was a quick, inexpensive option for the working poor, according to Carol Helstosky, associate professor of history and author of Pizza: A Global History. Now, it’s all about authenticity and how close a restaurant’s pizza comes to the original pies. So, I checked out five pizzerias, some more known than others, to see what kind of pizza they’re serving up. The chosen five are locally owned and just a piece of the Ocala pie of pizzerias, but you’ll see that somehow these restaurants all offer a unique spin on what really is just dough, sauce and cheese. And maybe a few toppings.

Brooklyn’s Backyard Thin crust, hand tossed and cooked on a stone. That’s how the Yard’s pizza is made every time. It has a crispy outer edge, a soft inner layer and, ultimately, you won’t find yourself covered in crumbs at the end of your meal. “Pizza to me is very personal,” says owner Tim Thomas. “Not all pizza is the same.” He makes real Brooklyn-style pizza, though he’s not from Brooklyn. Tim grew up in Pennsylvania. His parents were in the fast-food business, and after college, Tim worked in chain restaurants. He left the restaurant world so he could support his wife and children, but he and Janice always had the dream of opening their own place when the kids were grown. Six years ago, that time came. Tim and Janice bought out Brooklyn’s Original Pizzeria & Restaurant on NE 14th Street before moving to their current location. “It was a good buy. We just needed to tweak it to make it our own,” Tim says. Right in front of me sit four slices of fresh pizza. Although I would consider myself a pizza enthusiast, I wouldn’t say I’m a guru, because as Tim tells me more about the types of pizza staring me in the face, I realize a true aficionado would order the classic cheese pizza. “To get the true flavor of a pizza, I believe you should eat cheese pizza. That’s the way to eat pizza,” Tim says, and apparently that’s what the connoisseurs do. The thing is the truffle shuffle pizza puts a unique set of flavors together––grilled chicken, spinach, mushrooms, goat cheese, white truffle oil and garlic aioli––and then pulls it off in an extraordinary way. Janice dances out from the bar when we talk about this slice, saying, “We have a dance for it, too.” The truffle shuffle. Too bad it’s a joke––this pizza is worth celebrating. The best part of Brooklyn’s pizza has to be the crust and the solid ratio of sauce to cheese. Tim kept the former restaurant’s pizza recipe, and he actually made the pizza for the first three years the restaurant was open. Why’s it so good? “I only know one way [to make pizza], and that’s this way,” he says. “Our dough’s fresh. It’s consistent.” Plus, they have a good pizza guy. And by pizza guy, I mean chef. Matt Hunter has been the man behind the pizza at Brooklyn’s for three and a half years. “The first time I put my hands in the dough, I realized I didn’t want to do anything else,” he says. “You can’t put a price on doing something you love.” Matt makes the dough fresh from scratch every day. He’ll make the first batch of dough around 9:15am and roll each ball. Then at 2pm, he’ll make a second batch. He makes all the pizza, flatbreads, strombolis and calzones, too. Now, Tim just fills in when needed.

Truffle Shuffle Piza

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Mike’s Italian Pizzeria and Ristorante

House 5-Topping Pizza

Maria and Lucia Mazza make Brooklyn-style pizza from their family’s recipe. Parents Mike and Lina grew up with the real deal in Italy, learning from their parents and taking it with them to Brooklyn. “However they cooked at home, that’s what they brought here,” Lucia says. “We grew up in it––helped out with everything.” If one thing is certain, it’s that these two women can cook. Lucia makes all the pizza, and Maria makes everything else. Sometimes their parents come in to help, but it all started as a pizzeria. They grew up in their parents’ first two restaurants: Valentino’s in Brooklyn and then Mike’s Pizzeria in Ocala where Amrit Palace is currently located. Then, Mike and Lina retired, so Maria, Lucia and their third sister, Angela, opened Mike’s Italian where Lakis Greek Restaurant stands today. Angela moved away to Boston after getting married, and Maria and Lucia moved the restaurant over to Peppertree Plaza on Baseline before finally settling in their current spot in the plaza at the corner of SE 36th Avenue and Maricamp Road. In Brooklyn, the pizza served was thin-crust pizza with sauce and cheese, varying only slightly by the different family recipes at each pizzeria. To Maria and Lucia, that’s pizza. At Mike’s Italian, they do offer a five-topping pizza, though, and it’s been their most popular pizza lately. But they wouldn’t consider that their signature pizza. “To me, the signature pizza is just the cheese pizza,” Maria laughs. “You want to taste the dough, the sauce and the cheese,” Lucia adds. Order a cheese pizza here, and you’ll get one of the best Brooklyn-style pizzas out there because that’s what they do. That’s what they’ve always done. Like them, their father believed in making everything fresh with quality ingredients. Their secret to this authentic pizza? “Of course there is a little secret,” Lucia smiles. “But it’s a secret.” They were one of the original pizza places in Ocala, and they’ve built a loyal customer base that’s loved the pizzeria for the 30 years it’s been around. If you’re a delivery pizza junkie like me, you’ll want to get in on theirs. They start taking delivery orders at 5pm.

Mike’s Italian Pizzeria and Ristorante 3535 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala (352) 694-7944


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Blue Highway, a pizzeria Frank Ruffino has been in the restaurant business since the 1970s. He’s owned restaurants, worked for corporate restaurant companies, partnered with a restaurant in Miami, developed recipes, spent years as an executive chef and won awards. Put simply, he knows how to put ingredients together and run a restaurant. After the dust of the corporate world and restaurant partnership settled, Frank and his wife, Winny, came back to Gainesville, where they had previously lived. “We saw this little dumpy bar on 441,” Frank chuckles. “We thought, you know, it’s perfect.” They ran the Micanopy bar for three months before renovating it and opening it as Blue Highway Pizza in April 2004. Frank says people kept telling him the place wouldn’t make it, but we all know that didn’t turn out to be the case. After five years, the Micanopy location was doing well serving pizza, sandwiches and salads, and Frank and Winny opened a second one in Tioga, just outside of Gainesville. Eventually, the Tioga location led to opening a third Blue Highway, the one here in Ocala. “We were getting a lot of people from Ocala driving through to games,” Frank says. The menu is the same here as the one in Tioga, and the atmosphere centers around family and friends. Frank comes from an Italian family, and he says whether good or bad, memories are made over food, and food is what brings family and friends together. The margherita pizza sitting in front of me is a lunch-size pizza, and it’s the famous thin-crust pizza that originated in Italy––the red tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella balls and basil are the colors of the Italian flag. The dough is made with two different types of flours, water, sea salt, yeast and olive oil. It’s baked at high heat typically in a wood-burning oven. Blue Highway uses a deck oven instead, and that’s why Frank calls their pizza Neapolitan-style pizza. Their food truck, the Federal, does have a wood-burning oven for these pizzas, though. “All our dough is hand-tossed. All our ingredients are fresh,” Frank says. “A little work goes a long way.” Making the dough is a two-day process here. Once it’s made, it’s allowed to rest for 24 hours to let the yeast develop flavor. When I taste the pizza, what sticks out the most is the flavor of the crispy crust complemented by the basil. The time and effort taken to create this pizza truly pays off in flavor, and it’s one of their best sellers along with the Carne Combo meat pizza and the Abruzzese pizza with homemade meatballs.

Blue Highway, a pizzeria 2130 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 629-5555 bluehighwaypizza.com

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#1 New York Pizza

Supreme Pizza

#1 New York Pizza 184 Marion Oaks Blvd., Unit H, Ocala (352) 245-7529 ocalanewyorkpizza.com 042

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About 17 miles from Ocala’s downtown in a Marion Oaks plaza, there’s a small pizza joint with a sign that reads #1 New York Pizza. Several tables fit in the small, open area in front of the walk-up counter, and digital menu boards hang from the ceiling, displaying all kinds of pizza, Italian cuisine, gyros, calzones, subs and more. Back in the kitchen behind the counter, owner Orlando Sinning yells a cheerful, “Hey there!” to customers, and a girl behind the counter takes orders. Orlando is originally from Columbia, but he lived in Queens, New York, for 17 years. That’s where pizza began for him. “I learned from Italian people, from the best,” he says. From pizzeria to pizzeria he went, until he made the move to Ocala in 2004 without plans to open one of his own. Orlando kept noticing the then-empty space in the plaza where his pizzeria is currently located. He and his present partner got together and filled that empty space in 2005. “I love it. This is my passion,” Orlando says, and from his energy and excitement, you can tell he loves what he does. “We are like a family in this community.” He speaks to a couple who has been coming to his pizzeria for 11 years. This couple recommends the pepperoni pizza, and Orlando’s favorite is the meat lovers pizza. But the most popular pizza here? The cheese pizza. Orlando makes most of the pizza here, too. He’s the only one in the kitchen that day, and he has pans of pizza dough stacked and ready to go. He bounces from one ingredient to another, bringing out bread and opening the freezer to show the high-quality Bacio cheese he uses. “Everything is from New York,” he says. “Everything is homemade, even the pizza sauce.” Orlando makes thin and regular crust New Yorkstyle pizza. He believes the pizza in New York is so good because of higher quality water there. He uses spring water here, and, whatever he may be lacking in water quality, he makes up for in the way he makes his pizza. “When I make something, I try to give you my best,” Orlando says. “The secret is love and patience.” One slice of pepperoni pizza is huge here––you know, the kind you need to fold in half to eat. The crust is thin and crispy throughout, so it cracks a bit when the slice is folded. There’s just enough sauce and cheese, and seven round pepperonis across the top. A bite of this pizza lends something delicious in the aftertaste. It’s almost sweet. Orlando offers all kinds of pizza––white, supreme, Mexican, Mediterranean, meat lovers, Hawaiian and more––but I’m sure it doesn’t get much better than that slice of pepperoni.

Pavarotti’s Behind this delicious and successful pizzeria is a 32 year old who’s been making pizza since he was 15. John Landolfi’s restaurant career began as a dishwasher at Big Apple Pizza in Port St. Lucie. He was 14 years old then, but it wasn’t long before he was learning to make pizza. “I love making pizza. Pizza’s very easy for me,” John says. And 11 years ago, John’s mom told him that the pizza in this area really wasn’t that good. (Thanks?) So, she asked him if he would move up here and open a pizzeria with her. He did, and their first Pavarotti’s location opened in Dunnellon. After a few years, John opened a second Pavarotti’s in Canopy Oaks Plaza near On Top Of The World. He’s been the sole owner there for seven years now, serving huge slices of New York-style pizza to an expanding crowd. John grew up in New Jersey before moving to South Florida and later to Ocala, and he describes the pizza in New York as sometimes so crisp that it’s almost burnt on the bottom. His pizzas aren’t burnt, though, and the crispness of the crust really depends on the cooking and cooling. What makes his pizza so good? “It all depends on the flour and cheese you use,” he says. “We make our own dough every morning.” And he uses his own pizza recipe, too. Sure, he learned to make pizza from different pizzerias in the past, but he made the pizza at Pavarotti’s his own. He uses fresh, quality ingredients and orders top-of-theline Grande cheese––he says it’s “the Ferrari of cheese.” The sauce is handmade, and the pizzas are cooked in a brick oven and come out with a thin, crispy crust. Each slice is so big you might be tempted to use a fork and knife, but John laughs and says his grandmother always found that unacceptable when it came to pizza. He places one of these huge slices in front of me. It’s a cheese pizza, slightly crispy on the outside and a bit softer on the inside. There’s a thick cheese layer and a thinner sauce layer below. What’s nice about this pizza is that there’s no grease left behind on my hands. John doesn’t put sugar in the dough or the sauce, but you wouldn’t sense anything was missing. Instead, you might wonder what the secret ingredient is. Next out is a slice of pepperoni pizza. “A little crispier so it’s a little better, right?” he asks when I’m almost done with it, and I think I agree. There’s a nice crunch with eat bite. It’s larger in size and crispy enough to fold with just a small crack appearing at the back. Although there’s Create-Your-Own, Veggie, Meat Lovers, the Works and more types of pizza listed on the menu, John says the pepperoni is his favorite. And I’m starting to catch on to this whole pizza-culture thing. The flavor of the pizza I just ate would have been disguised by several toppings.

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Beer Breakdown

Ever curiously eyed a craft beer menu and then ordered a Bud Light anyway? All that terminology can be overwhelming. Here are some quick and dirty profiles on beer types so you can narrow down the drink list to what you already like or try something new. Most beers are either an ale or a lager, which are broad categories describing the type of yeast used to produce them. Within those categories are certain styles of beer, each with its own measurements of color, flavor and strength. Ales originated in England and are brewed using top-fermenting yeast—that just means the helpful fermenting fungi grow at the top of the container. They tend to be darker and more bitter thanks to lots of hops and malt. Under the ale umbrella you’ve got…

INDIA PALE ALE (IPA): A light colored, hoppy (which translates to bitter) beer HEFEWEIZEN: Unfiltered wheat beer; tends to be tart, dry and can have notes of cloves or spiciness IRISH RED ALE: Has a red color and tea-like flavor thanks to roasted barley PORTER: Dark ale with roasted malts, which yields toasty flavors STOUT: Like a porter but darker; usually has toasty flavors like oatmeal, chocolate, coffee or cream And for lagers? They were created first in central Europe, cold-brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast for extended periods. They’re usually a light color with mild (and sometimes fruity!) flavors.

Can Vs. Bottle

PILSNER: Hoppy, light-colored brew (American light beer is watered down Pilsner, meaning it’s lower in calories and in flavor.)

Bottle snob or can fan: Which are you? Each has their reasons for siding with one container over the other. Cans block out more light than glass, preserving beer’s flavor, and they’re so darn stackable. But bottles don’t have the aluminum smell, impacting taste.

MÄRZEN: Copper in color; has a high alcohol content and toasty flavor BOCK: A strong lager, and due to extra months of brewing, it has a strong malt flavor

Nearby FLA Breweries

Infinite Ale Works

304 SE Magnolia Ext., Ocala infinitealeworks.com If you want to learn more about craft beer close to home, this is the taproom for you with 40 varieties and five of their own Infinite Ale brews.


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Swamp Head

3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, swamphead.com Try a flight for the whole experience, or stick to Stump Knocker (Read on—it’s a Swamp Head insider’s favorite.)

First Magnitude

1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville fmbrewing.com First Magnitude always serves four year-round beers and a seasonal rotation of numerous others. Oh, and they have giant Jenga, Scrabble and more.

The Art Of Craft:

5 questions with Brandon Nappy, marketing director of Swamp Head Brewery

Since 2008, Swamp Head Brewery has turned out some of the highest quality craft beer in the state of Florida. Their attention to detail, both in their ingredients and their process, is just part of what makes them so special. Brandon talked with Ocala Style about all things craft beer creation and their dedication to their home state. How did Swamp Head get started?

Luke Kemper is our owner and founder. Luke went to school in Colorado, and a big part of the lifestyle is craft beer. People go on hikes with cans of beer in their backpack, and it’s about being outdoors and enjoying a beer. When he left Colorado, he finished up school at UF, and while he was in his final year, he said the biggest thing he missed was the craft beer scene. Gainesville didn’t have a brewery at the time, but being the community that it is, he thought a brewery would work.

If someone has never been to a craft brewery before, what do you recommend?

I’m a huge fan of Stump Knocker, but they’re all my babies—I can’t choose a favorite. What we’ll usually do is walk them through a flight of our five year-round beers. It’s going to give them a broad, overall explanation of the wide range of styles (and that’s every beer they’ll see at other bars and retail outlets). We’ll walk them through each style, the flavors they’re tasting and what they like and then walk them through a few other beers as well.

analyzing something we don’t have that we want to produce or just an idea that comes up. The way craft beer is these days, it could be something as simple as “we don’t have a brown ale, let’s brew one” or something as intricate as “hey, what if we brew a beer that tastes a little bit like a mojito?” Then, we come up with branding from there. A lot of times ideas come from having a beer and chitchatting.

What do you think a craft brewery offers a community and its customers?

For us, our passion is beer and our company and how we can grow our company in a responsible manner. From a community standpoint, we really appreciate how people have supported us. We didn’t intend this to be, but from what people have told us, every town needs a brewery and we’ve filled that gap. It’s a place for people to come socialize where there’s not going to be a TV on and you can have a beer with your friends or family and know it was brewed feet away from you.

What makes Swamp Head unique? In a blind taste test published on The Huffington Post, three out of four subjects preferred the canned beer to the bottled. Turns out once beer is poured into glasses, the aluminum smell of the can doesn’t tamper with your taste buds anymore.

Walk us through the conceptual creation of a new beer.

That can happen a few different ways. There’s a ton of collaboration in our company—a beer idea can come from a guy or girl in the tasting room or Luke, our owner. A lot of times it will be

It’s inherently Floridian. Most breweries will get to a point where they’re selling as much beer as they can in their market and they expand, but we’ve taken the stance that we’re only going to sell our beer in Florida. We want to support our state and our local market.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Alligator Brewing Co.

10 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville (taproom is called Tall Paul’s Brew House)

alligatorbrewing.com They keep some staple brews on tap but are constantly rotating— check their website before going for the latest taps.

Mount Dora Brewing Co.

405 S Highland St., Mount Dora mountdorabrewing.com On top of being brewed on-site and boasting namesakes for sites around Mount Dora, these brews are also made with organic ingredients.

Brooksville Brewing Co.

1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill brooksvillebrewing.com They have a beer for every palate, but Lucy’s Milk Stout sounds like a perfect drink for this time of year.

Copp Brewery & Winery

11 NE 4th Ave., Crystal River coppbrewery.com Taste one of their signature pale ales, called True Southern Grit, which is made with corn grits for a refreshing flavor.

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Beyond Oktoberfest

Want to experience the coming together of breweries and beer lovers alike? Here are some upcoming Florida beer festivals.

Fun Folks Turns out you can judge people by their drinks. Budweiser completed a first impressions national survey of 2,000 Americans asking participants to match common bar beverages with perceived personality traits. Domestic beer drinkers were most commonly seen as “more approachable” and “easy going.” Source: Budweiser PR

3rd Annual Craft Brew Battle Sunday, November 6 Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd. Boca Raton

Part of the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, the Craft Brew Battle puts guests to the test to crown the most knowledgeable taster the Craft Brew Master, and you can vote on best food and beer pairings prepared by expert chefs. Tickets at bocaratonwineandfoodfestival.com.

Orlando Beer Festival Saturday, November 12 Festival Park in the Milk District 2911 Robinson St., Orlando

Try craft beers from local and international breweries, and enjoy music, wine tasting and games. Tickets at orlandobeerfestival.com.

Florida Brewers Guild BarrelAged, Sour & Cider Fest Saturday, November 12 Intuition Ale Works, 929 East Bay St., Jacksonville

If you’ve never tasted a barrel-aged or sour beer, this is the event to attend. Tickets at floridabrewersguild.org.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Through November 14 200 Epcot Center Dr., Orlando

This annual event is great for lovers of beer, wine and food from all over the world. Tickets at disneyworld.disney.go.com. 048

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18th Annual Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival Saturday, November 19 Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin

Grab your lawn chair and come jam out with a huge lineup of Celtic folk rock bands and an equally impressive selection of craft beers to try. Tickets at dunedincelticmusicfestival.com.

North Miami BrewFest Saturday, November 19 Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami Beach

Sample the best beers from 13 breweries in South Florida. Tickets at northmiamibrewfest.com.

Key Largo Brew on the Bay Saturday, January 7 Rowell’s Waterfront Park, 104550 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo

Over 100 beers on tap, live music and local vendors make for a great day by the water. Tickets at keylargobrewonthebay.com. Sources: beerfests.com, magazine.foxnews.com, floridabrewersguild.org


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Buy Big And Stay Small

It’s the time of year when everyone is looking for the biggest and best gifts around. This year, make a big difference by shopping small. Support local vendors close to home by taking part in Small Business Saturday. Stop by the Brick City Center for the Arts between 10am and 4pm to pick up your shopping passport. Visit the wide array of unique boutiques and businesses and complete your passport for a chance to win great prizes. And for every $25 you spend locally, a volunteer from the Marion Cultural Alliance will gift wrap one of your treasures for free!

FIND OUT MORE › Small Business Saturday › For a list of all the great downtown vendors and restaurants, visit feeldowntownocala.com.










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Downtown To Dos

Talkin’ Chili

The hottest—or should we say chilliest— cook-off in the county is finally upon us! The Marion County Chili Cook-off brings the area’s best chili aficionados together under one roof to strut their stuff. Spectators can expect to sample over 60 varieties ranging from meek and mild to hot and spicy. Come early to vote for the best-dressed booth and enjoy live entertainment from local artists. And once you’ve had your belly-full of chili, wander over to the auto show, Hot Rods and Sweet Rides for a glimpse of the hottest and coolest cars around. The cook-off takes place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion 10am-5pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Proceeds benefit The Cornerstone School. marioncountychilicookoff.com or (352) 351-8840.

NOVEMBER 4: First Friday Art Walk, downtown Ocala, 6pm NOVEMBER 5: Fenrir’s Mayhem, downtown Ocala, 10am NOVEMBER 10: Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff, downtown Ocala, 12-1:30pm NOVEMBER 19: Light Up Ocala, downtown Ocala, 4-9pm NOVEMBER 26: Shop Small, Shop Downtown, downtown Ocala, 10am-4pm

Ocala Of Yesteryear

Step back in time to the much simpler days before smartphones and video games. The NOV Ocali Country Days Festival celebrates 12-13 the area’s founding and heritage with old time music, historic displays, demonstrations and more. Tour pioneer cabins, visit with Seminole tribal members, watch sugar cane syrup being made or take a tram ride though the state park and tour the Silver River Museum to cap off a day of activity and education. The festival takes place at the Silver River State Park, and admission is $5 and free for children under 5. Proceeds support the many educational programs presented by the Silver River Museum. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401.



Ocala All Aglow

For over 20 years, downtown Ocala has lit up the night sky with thousands of twinkling and sparkling bulbs. This year’s Light Up Ocala promises to keep the tradition alive. There will be a “Whoville”-themed kids zone at the north stage zone where kids can get their pictures taken with the Grinch himself along with bounce houses, slides and the opening of the Let’s Skate Ocala ice rink. Just prior to the grand lighting, a Junior Sunshine parade will set the mood along the downtown square. The fun begins at 4pm, and the grand lighting will take place before the night ends at 9pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.



Trotting For The Turkey

An Ocala tradition for over 20 years, the annual Turkey Trot to benefit the YMCA Scholarship fund is slated for Thanksgiving morning. Runners and walkers can choose between a 5K or 10K course or swap their sneakers for cycling shoes and take part in an outdoor cycling class. The event is a true family affair, offering a youth dodgeball tournament to encourage kids to get up and active outdoors. The race is also stop No. 3 in the Big Hammock Race Series—Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group, where runners earn valuable points for some serious season-end bling. The 10K kicks off at 7:15am followed by a 7:45am start for the 5K. The cycling class spins into action at 7:45am, and the dodgeball tournament will see the first round of action at 7:15am. To register and find out more about the Big Hammock Race Series, visit bighammockraceseries.com or check out their Facebook page.



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Light The Way

Step out to see historic downtown like never before. This year’s Candlelight Tour presented by the Historic Ocala Preservation Society will light up the night, showcasing the homes along SE 5th Street and the HOPS Bryant House on Fort King Street. Guests will be treated to seasonal music along with some tasty treats and wine samplings from Island Grove Wine Company. A special appearance by the man in the big red suit is rumored to take place as well by the end of the night. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the night of the event, and the tour of homes runs 4:30-8pm. historicocala.org or (352) 351-1861.

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Ongoing Events Free Yoga for Veterans › Wednesdays at Bliss Yoga at 12:15pm, (352) 694-YOGA

Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at First Baptist Church of Ocala at

6pm, (352) 629-5683

Free ESL Classes › Wednesdays at College Road Baptist Church

at 6pm, (352) 629-5683

Chair Yoga › Wednesdays at Bliss Yoga at 10:30am, (352) 694-YOGA Garden Workshop › Second Sunday of each month at Silver

Springs State Park at 1pm, (352) 236-7156

Survivors Support Group › Last Tuesday of the month at

1pm in the chapel at Ocala West United Methodist Church (room 235), (352) 291-6904

Arts, Crafts and Culture Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › John James Audubon:

Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America will feature 36 original largeformat Audubon prints from the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Told, Jr. of New York. The works are considered the 19th century’s seminal work on American animals. The exhibit runs November 12-January 22. A Dickens Christmas will feature several of the Urban family’s beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. Trees decorated by community members and businesses will also be on display in the second-floor galleries. The exhibit will run November 12-January 1. A Toast to the Arts: Masters of Inspiration celebrates the artistic diversity of the Ocala Art Group with this juried exhibition. The works will be on display November 12-January 1, with an opening celebration on November 12 from 5:30-7:30pm. Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience will showcase how science, technology, architecture and art converge to examine what it takes to live amid a changing climate. The exhibition includes commissioned large-scale and portable interactive architectural installations, photography and drawings. The exhibit will be on display through November 13. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Central Florida Master Choir Auditions (Ongoing) › The Central Florida Master Choir is looking for soprano and alto singers for their December concert performances. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings. cfmasterchoir.org or (352) 615-7677. Appleton After Hours (November 3) › The Appleton’s After Hours

concert series offers live music and dancing, special displays of artwork by the Ocala Art Group and tasty samplings from local restaurants. Doors open at 5pm, and music begins at 5:30pm. The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.com or (352) 291-4455.

Quilt Show (November 4-5) › The Country Road Quilters of Ocala

present their annual quilt show, Down a Sunny Country Road of Quilts. The event will take place at the College of Central Florida from 9am4pm. Admission is $7. countryroadquiltersocala.blogspot.com or (352) 638-6747.

Craft Show (November 5) › Cherrywood Estates will host a craft

show from 9am-2pm featuring a wide array of arts, crafts, jewelry, pottery and more. Lunch is available. (352) 237-1675.

Craft Fair (November 5) › SummerGlen will host an annual craft

fair in their Grand Hall. The event will feature a wide array of arts and crafts as well as door prizes and refreshments. The fair will run 9am2pm. (352) 307-2975. Continued on p.54

A Quick Q & A

With Matthew Fischer

Interview by Bonnie Kretchik

There’s Thieves In The Eaves

Stolen works of art have been a hot topic for art historians for centuries. But today, work by our own local artists is at risk of being stolen— all for a good cause that is. The Magnolia Art Xchange is hosting a unique spin on the classic “White Elephant” game with its fundraising event, the Art Heist, coming up this month. Ocala Style as well as several other area businesses are sponsoring this newly formed organization’s efforts to get their message out to the community. President of the Magnolia Art Xchange Matthew Fischer took some time to fill us in on the details of the event and how everyone can get involved.

What exactly is an “art heist?” We took a spin on the classic “white elephant game” where people get a chance to select an original piece of art off the wall and others have the opportunity to “steal” it from them. Where did these pieces come from? This event is part of the second annual Paint Out we had just last month. The works were donated from that event and will be available for game participants to win. How does someone get a chance to win one of these pieces? You can buy as many tickets as you want, and your name will be on each one. When the game starts, we will begin drawing tickets. If your name is called, you get to select a piece from the wall, so the more tickets you buy, the more opportunity you have to win. What about the “stealing” aspect? If your name gets called, you also have the opportunity to “steal” someone else’s selection. However, you have to donate $50 to do so. The proceeds help benefit our organization.

Will everyone who buys tickets win a piece of art? Unfortunately, no, but everyone will walk away with something. People who don’t win a piece will receive a set of postcards with original works from the artists printed on them. The Magnolia Art Xchange has recently hosted a number of events. How has the community responded so far? Our fundraising events have been going well, but like any new organization, it’s hard to get your name out there. We hope that by staging fun events like this more members of the community will get to know us and what we are all about.

FIND OUT MORE › The Magnolia Art Xchange Art Heist › November 17, 5:30-8pm ›

Ocala Union Station › The game begins promptly at 6:30pm, and you have to be present to play. › For tickets and more information, visit maxocala.org or (352) 629-8414. NOV ’16 ›




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Art and Craft Festival (November 5-6) › The 20th Annual

Spanish Springs Art and Craft Festival will take place at the Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages. The two-day, fair-style festival features the finest artisans in the country showcasing their works. The festival is open 10am-5pm with free admission. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6155.

Ticketmaster › (800) 745-3000 › ticketmaster.com All dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm venue listings.

Classic Country Fitz & The Tantrums Chris Young Carrie Underwood Cole Swindell Yellowcard Dolly Parton The 1975 Lauryn Hill The Oak Ridge Boys Five Finger Death Punch

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale House of Blues, Orlando CFE Arena, Orlando Amalie Arena, Tampa House of Blues, Orlando House of Blues, Orlando Amalie Arena, Tampa Hard Rock Live, Orlando House of Blues, Orlando The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

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Amalie Arena, Tampa

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Marion Civic Chorale Concert (November 6) › The Marion Civic

Chorale will present A Salute To Veterans, a tribute to the courage, dedication and sacrifices of American veterans on the battlefield and on our home front. The concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Ocala. The performance begins at 3pm, and admission is free. (262) 227-6495.

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Blue Man Group Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba The Mousetrap CF Musical Theatre presents “Company” Tracy Morgan Southern Fried Chicks: A Cage-Free Comedy Tour The Reilly Arts Center Presents: One Man Star Wars Trilogy

Disney Springs, Orlando Ocala Civic Theatre CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala Hard Rock Live, Orlando The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, The Villages

Arts and Craft Fair (November 12) › The Spruce Creek Preserve will host an arts and craft fair from 9am-1pm. The event will include raffles, prizes, a bake sale and more. Admission is free. (352) 861-0159. Very Merry Marketplace (November 12) › This family-friendly

(November 12-13, 20) › The Ocala Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts at the Reilly Arts Center this month. Once Upon a Time In England will be performed at 7:30pm on November 12 and 13, and Handel’s Messiah will be performed at 3pm on November 20. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.

Nov. 13 Nov. 17 Dec. 10

The Man of La Mancha

Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora

Little Women

Gainesville Community Playhouse

A Christmas Carol

The Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville

Nov. 18 Dec. 11 Nov. 25 Dec. 18 Nov. 26 Dec. 22

Dance Alive National Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville

Dec. 16-18

first-ever traveling water circus is coming to Gainesville on it’s way across the country. This wild and wet show includes a contortionist, aerial acrobat troupe, high wire acts and a “real” dinosaur! Even more incredible is the 35,000-gallon water tank that the entire circus performs in. Come see this one-of-a-kind act for yourself that promises to dazzle—and perhaps drench—the entire family. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cirqueitalia.com or (941) 704-6872. › Ocalastyle .com

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Nov. 11-13

Reilly Arts Center, Ocala


event will feature dishes from local eateries, children’s activities, local vendors and much more. The marketplace will be held at Cottom Farm’s Christmas Village in Lady Lake from 10am-2:30pm, and admission is free. For more information, visit the Cottom Farm’s Christmas Village Facebook page.

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Aquatics and Acrobats (December 1-4) › The world’s

Grace Episcopal Bazaar (November 11-12) › Grace Episcopal

Church will host their annual bazaar. There will be numerous local artists selling their art as well as baked goods, a silent auction, decorations and more. The event runs 8am-4pm on November 11 and 8am- 2pm on November 12. graceocala.com or (352) 622-7881.

Performing Arts Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando

Gourd Artist Group will host their annual gourd show and sale at the Market of Marion. The event is open to the public from 8am-3pm on Friday and Saturday and 8am-2pm on Sunday. marioncountygourdartists.com or (352) 245-7203.


CF International Film Series (November 15) › The College of Central Florida and the Appleton Museum present the International Film Series airing films of cultural and historic significance. This month’s selections is Eye in the Sky and will be aired at the Appleton Museum at 2pm. Admission is free for members and included with the price of admission for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.com or (352) 291-4455. Trips ’N’ Tours (November 16) › The program will take guests



to the Orlando Museum of Art to tour the Festival of Trees exhibit followed by a lunch and a tour of the World of Chocolate Museum and Cafe. Registration is $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

Silk Scarf Workshop (November 17) › The Gallery East Art Center

will host a silk scarf workshop from 9am-noon. Registration is $50 and a $10 supply fee is required. No experience required. galleryeast.org or (352) 245-2781.

Art Showcase (November 26) › The Villages Art League Fall

Showcase will take place at the Savannah Center from 9am-2pm. Over 70 artists will be on-site selling both 2- and 3-D fine art. (352) 753-2270.

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Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick

Don’t miss a single home game this year. Here are the home schedules:

NCAA Football University of Florida South Carolina Nov. 12


Florida State University Boston College Nov. 11 7:30p Florida Nov. 26 TBA University of Central Florida Tulane Nov. 5 TBA Cincinnati Nov. 12 TBA Tulsa Nov. 19 TBA University of Miami Pittsburgh Nov. 5 TBA Duke Nov. 26 TBA

NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Atlanta Nov. 3 8:25p Chicago Nov. 13 1:00p Seattle Nov. 27 4:05p Jacksonville Jaguars Houston Nov. 13

City Bicycles offers several group bike rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.


Miami Dolphins New York Nov. 6 1:00p San Francisco Nov. 27 1:00p Atlanta Falcons Arizona Nov. 27 1:00p

Orlando Magic Philadelphia Nov. 1 Sacramento Nov. 3 Washington Nov. 5 Chicago Nov. 7 Minnesota Nov. 9 Utah Nov. 11 New Orleans Nov. 16 Dallas Nov. 19 Phoenix Nov. 23 Washington Nov. 25 Milwaukee Nov. 27 Miami Heat Sacramento Chicago Utah Atlanta Milwaukee Memphis Boston

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County Parks and Recreation Department will host several kayak outings for children and adults. marioncountyfl.org or call (352) 671-8560.

Fenrir’s Mayhem (November 4-5) › A CrossFit competition will take place in downtown Ocala from 10am-8pm. Divisions include three-person, same sex teams: Scaled, Rx, Elite, Masters and Grand Masters for individual men and women. fenrirsmayhem.com or (352) 620-2625.

Parks and Recreation Programs

Senior Fishing Derby (November 7) › A

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entertainment and refreshments available. The walk begins at 8am. ocalafl.org or (352) 351-1294.

(Ongoing) › The Marion County Parks and

Recreation Department will host a variety of new programs this fall, including archery, yoga and martial arts. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560.

Trail Ride For The Cure (November 5) ›

A trail ride will take place at the Land Bridge Trailhead at 8:30am. The riders will return at noon for lunch and prizes. There will also be raffles and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is $25, and poker hands are $5 each. alz.org or (352) 362-1617.

Scarecrow Scamper (November 5) › The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association will host a 5K run at the Baseline Road Trailhead. There are timed and untimed categories, and registration is $35 for the timed run and $25 for the untimed run. Check-in is at 7am, and the run goes off at 8am. Proceeds benefit the equine programs offered by the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. mariontherapeuticridingassociation.org or (352) 732-7300.

Walk For Life (November 5) › A Women’s

Pregnancy Center Walk will take place around Tuscawilla Park. The walk is two miles on the sidewalks in the park. There will be

senior fishing derby will be held at Tuscawilla Park from 9am-1pm. Prizes will be awarded for smallest fish, the biggest fish and the most fish caught. The event is free and open to individuals 50 and older. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3916.

Sugar Hi Run (November 12) › The 3rd annual Sugar Hi Run will take place at the Baseline Trailhead at 8am. A superhero dash will take place at 8:45am. There will also be face painting and a costume contest. sugarhirun.com or (269) 861-3591. Critter Trail 5K (November 18) › Silver

Spring State Park will host a trail 5K run/ walk. Registration opens at 8am, and the run/ walk goes off at 9:30am. Entry fee is $25, and proceeds benefit conservation efforts in the park. (352) 236-7148.

Dare2Care 5K/10K (November 19) › The Don Harrison Foundation will present a 5K/10K walk/ run at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. The 10K will begin at 7:30am and the 5K at 7:45am. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. Proceeds benefit the Marion Literacy Council as well as Vets Helping Vets, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Outreach and the Tampa Shriners Hospital. marionliteracy.org or (352) 690-7323.

Fun Fundraisers Chair-Ity Event (November 4) › The 8th

Annual Chair-ity event to raise funds for the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club will take place at Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors office in Ocala. This year’s theme is “tailgate party” and will include a live and silent auction, entertainment and more. Tickets are $20, and the event begins at 6pm. omcar.com or (352) 629-2415.

FurBall (November 12) › The second annual FurBall will take place at the Country Club of Ocala. The event is presented by Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL) in an effort to address the homeless pet population in Ocala. The FurBall fundraiser is black-tie optional 056

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and features a Las Vegas-style casino, silent auction, cash bar, prizes and more. The cocktail hour begins at 6pm, and the casino opens at 7pm. Tickets are $125. ocalaforpets.org or (352) 895-3132.

Greater Ocala Woman’s Club Fundraising Event (November 5) › The

Greater Ocala Women’s Club will host Shell We Have Lunch?—a fundraising luncheon at the Druid Hills Methodist Church. The event will include a jewelry sale, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own shell crafts. (352) 236-0029.

Other Fun Stuff! Senior Health Fair (November 2) › Brookdale Senior Living Center will

host a senior health fair from 9am-2pm. Complimentary screenings will be available, and health experts will be on-site offering advice. Admission is free. (352) 368-7710.

Storytelling Festival (November 4-5) › The Ocala Storytelling Festival will headline Robin Schulte, a national storyteller with 22 years of experience. The Grand Concert will be held Nov. 3 at Grace Episcopal Church at 7pm. Admission is a donation of $10. Storytelling will also take place on the downtown square on Nov. 4 from 6-6:45pm. ocalastorytelling.org or (352) 237-3619. TEDxOcala (November 5) › The second annual TEDxOcala will take place at

the Ocala Civic Theatre and feature a host of speakers discussing the theme Cultivating Imagination. The central theme encourages individuals to imagine ideas that inspire change. General tickets are $40, and student tickets are $25. tedxocala.com.

Neuropathy Support Group (November 5) › A neuropathy support group will take place at the Waterman Village in Mt. Dora at 10am. The meeting will feature guest speaker Mr. Gilbert R. Figueroa, LMTS, who will speak about vitamins, minerals and herbs and how they are utilized in the body to promote overall health. (352) 735-2077.

Design, Decorate and Discover (November 10) › The United Way of

Marion County’s Women’s Leadership Council, Women of Worth, will host a lecture focusing on healthy eating and drinking. Attendees will learn from various vendors about which wine they can pair with holiday foods. The event will be held at the Brick City Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696.

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Free Dentistry Day for Veterans (November 11) › Oakridge Dental Care

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Free Haircuts and Food for Veterans (November 11) › Hair and Nail Creations Salon in Wildwood will be offering free haircuts to veterans with active military ID from 9am to 5pm while City Fire Restaurant will be on-site offering free food. Haircuts are on a first-come-first-serve basis. (352) 330-4040. Girls Inspired To Try Science (November 12) › The Discovery

Center will host a program for girls 8-12 years old in an effort to foster an interest in science. The event runs 10am-1pm, and registration is $25. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.


Movie Under the Stars (November 12) › The film Racing Stripes will be

aired at the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association facility. Bring a chair or blanket, and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Entry fee is $5, and proceeds benefit the equine programs offered by the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association. mariontherapeuticridingassociation.org or (352) 732-7300.

Central Florida International Auto Show (November 24-27) › This annual event will feature more than 350 of the latest cars, crossovers, SUVs and more as well as an off-road test track at Camp Jeep, ultra-high-end exotics, electric vehicles and more. The show is held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. autoshoworlando.com or (310) 531-5984.

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Ocala Royal Dames: Women of Hope › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington

Carolyn Lathrop, Louise Bono, Virginia Saalman and Judy Green


he Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc. recently hosted a Tree of Life luncheon at Ocala’s Hilton honoring three outstanding Women of Hope. After a welcoming reception where camaraderie among the Ocala Royal Dames made for a vibrant scene, guests were made welcome by President Connie Brown, followed by an invocation by Reverend Dr. David Sokol. The culinary artistry of the Hilton was savored at this luncheon, with many thanks to the whole Hilton staff but especially Jennifer McGrath. The Women of Hope luncheon began in 2009 while Lydia Kuttas was the president of the Ocala Royal Dames with the goal of honoring women in the field of cancer. This year, three Royal Ladies were honored with a pinning ceremony led by Edna DeGeneste and an introduction by Lydia Kuttas. The pins were specially designed and donated by Nancy Porter, Ocala’s Lady Jeweler. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Mullinax from Moffitt Cancer Center. He was awarded a research grant from the Royal Dames for 2016-2018. He spoke on his research work in the field of sarcoma and his lab efforts studying immunotherapy for sarcoma patients. This year the Royal

Ladies honored were Dr. Anju Vasudevan of the Blood and Cancer Center, Christie Barbur, RN, of Hospice of Marion County and Pamela Clevenger, RN, of Shands Cancer Center. Dr. Anju Vasudevan serves on the Ocala Royal Dames physicians’ panel, which reviews research proposals for funding. She is a resident of Ocala with her husband, Dr. Ram Vasudevan, and enjoys spending time with their adult children. Christie Barbur, RN, found her true calling in 2010 when she joined Hospice of Marion County. She currently serves as pediatric palliative care manager and has made helping others her life’s passion. Pam Clevenger, RN, works as a University of Florida Health breast center nurse navigator. She is very active in the community and works with the American Cancer Society and cancer support groups among others. The Signature Sponsor for the Ocala Royal Dames Women of Hope luncheon was Ford Lincoln of Ocala. A special presentation of a “Tree of Life” designed chalice was presented to Steve Hollosi. The chalice has become a revolving tribute to the Women of Hope future sponsors. Steve Hollosi accepted the chalice and shared his admiration for the Ocala Royal Dames and all their hard work accomplished for cancer research and education. Norma Chicklo, second vice president, brought forward the “Tree of Life” theme that was inspired by a 1,500-year-old oak tree on John’s Island, South Carolina. Chicklo remarked, “The tree is a testament to survival, hope and enduring courage. The tree is the inspiration and legacy to the Women of Hope.” Co-chairs of the committee making this event such a success were Lydia Kuttas and Edna Degeneste. Committee members included Connie Brown, Norma Chicklo, Sally Crass, Donna Crippen, Michelle DeLuca, Chris Hildner, Christi McCall, Jody Micilcavage, Monica Plunkett, Naida Rasbury, Patricia Sokol and Karen Zeedyk. Virginia Gamble created and donated a beautiful raffle basket. The Ocala Royal Dames work for the mission that a cure for cancer could be in our lifetime. They are making a real difference. To learn more, visit ocalaroyaldames.org or call (352) 622-7363.

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Karen Zeedyk, Jody Micilcavage and Barb Tagert

Holly Porter, Ella Diaz and Linda Longo

Kathleen Kollar, Carolyn Lathrop, Kathy Dinkins and Monica Plunkettv

Donna and Don Dobesh

Jessica McCune, Linda Harris and Laura Fontine

Cheri Mruz and Ardis Clark

Dr. John E. Mullinax, Dr.Lisa Spieguel, Pam Clevenger and Carre Mitchell

Amy Meiers, Shannon Butler, Christie Barbur and Mary Ellen Poe

Sandra Holmes, Susan Villela, Scott Reithmiller, Amy Plant and Liesl Burns

Steve Hollosi and Lydia Kuttas

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A Night at the Library

Photos by Cealia Athanason @ Ocala Public Library

The Friends of the Ocala Public Library recently hosted a night of exploration through the library, accompanied by entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Guests were met by West Port High School students, who were dressed as famous book characters, and guided through various parts of the library. Instead of a fundraiser, the purpose of this fun event was to raise friends.

McKensie Houston, Elaine Art, Victoria Luedeman, Shelby McCord, Jillian Blowers

Michelle Wasielywski, Myla Minassian, Jeni Walker

David and Loida Moore, Jasper (son) and Maria Roman, Barbara Fitos

Josh Millman, Ron and Trish Mosby, Mekaella Demure

Karen Russell, Aom Lakin, Tom Lakin Johnnie and Sharon George

Joseph Fagan, Samuel Wedderburn, Hannah Brannon

Diane Trexler

Gregory Lester, Gabriella Conklin


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Elaine Art, Lily Titterington

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Madeline Verrill, Candy Coan, Rose Sefcik

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Tammy Burrell, Julia Schlabach, Shirley Altman





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Former Gator Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier and his wife, Jerri, were welcomed back to the Gainesville/Ocala area recently with a warm reception at Gateway Bank. Local officials and celebrities spoke, and guests enjoyed vibrant Gator decor and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Spurrier was recently named ambassador and consultant for Florida Athletics.

Gary Gregory, Lori Martin-Gregory, Rebecca and Jeff Doubek

Kevin & Lisa Sheilley, Tom Ingram, Jeanne and James Henningsen

Joey and Lissy Sorrentino with baby Joey

Gerald and Venice Ergle

Chrissi Norvelis and Desiree Johnson

Dylan Desantis and Drew Ditty

Steve Spurrier and Kent Guinn

Pedro A. Comas, Jeneane and Rob Robbins

Ansley Christianson, Tom Ingram, Chad Roberts and Fred Roberts

Tammy and George Albright, Dr. David and Jacquelyn Albright

Tom Ingram and Dallas Roberts

Charlie and Michelle Stone, Tom Schmitz

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27th Annual Harvey Awards

Photos by Ron Wetherington @ Ocala Civic Theatre

The Ocala Civic Theatre recently hosted its 27th Annual Harvey Awards. The event gives supporters the opportunity to celebrate the end of a successful season and recognize the past year’s outstanding work, acknowledging acting and technical excellence and volunteer service.

John La Paille, J.P. Leemans, Clark Dogherty and Jim Ross

Scott Nadenik, Gregg Bleam and Melissa Nadenik

Tracy Males, Mary Britt and Tom Males

John Espenshade and Holly Sherwood

Laura Bradford, Danuta Jacob and Kim Wise Jerrell White, Rusty Belote and Julie Plante

Emily Stanger, Rita Proetto, Trish Karolev and Marcus Cote-Bunch

Carolyn Blakeslee

Deion Howard and Celia Bills

Isabella Chevalier, Emma Bailey, Shannon Guinn and Ashton Loper


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Frank Rzepecki, Marge Skapczynski, Joan Gustafson and Chet Skapczynski

Greg Solomon, Ava Pizzitti and Victoria Richards

Selena Fink, Melanie Ross and Casana Fink

Pablo and Faith Morales

Rusty Belote, Andrew Crusse, Kim and Bobby Wise

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Mon-Thu 11a-9p, Fri-Sat 11a-10p, Closed Sun

Deli Open 7 Days • Call Or Fax In Your Order We Deliver – Hot or Cold Catering for Breakfasts, Lunch or Dinner Boxed Lunches, Platters, Homemade Soups, Gourmet Salads Gifting • Business to Business

Why not give them a HoneyBaked ham? It's the WORLD'S BEST HAM. Not just for the holidays.

352.861.0011 • Fax 352.861.7111 • 2709 SW 27th Ave, Behind Best Buy myhoneybakedstore.com/ocala/1905




GYRO GRILL Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine


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$ 99 Regularly $6.59 One coupon per visit. Must present coupon. Not valid with any other offer. Expires 12/31/16.

Visit us – Jasmine Plaza 6160 SW Hwy 200, Suite #103, Ocala 352-509-4961 Mon-Sat 11a-8p • Closed Sun

LUNCH IN 8 MINUTES Uncle Maddio's Ocala 2606 SW 19th Avenue Rd (Easy St.) Ocala, FL 34471 www.UncleMaddios.com 352.854.5100 /UncleMaddiosPizzaOcala OcalaMaddios @MaddiosOcala

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Full Bar Happy Hour

2 for 1 wine, draft & call brands (except Margaritas) 3-7pm daily

Trivia Night every Thursday

7-9pm at the Silver Springs Blvd. location

Mariachi band every Thursday

6-9pm at the 200 location

Wednesday Special 99¢ Margaritas Saturday Special 2-For-1 Margaritas All Day

3790 E Silver Springs Blvd. (across from Kmart)

(352) 694-1401 › 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala (near entrance to Hilton) (352) 291-2121 › 7 Days 11a-11p



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3410 SW College Rd 352.484.0365



3403 W. University Ave 352.353.0100

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Catering available for small office parties.

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Tues-Fri 10:30a-8p Sat 7:30a-8p Sun 7:30a-6p

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18976 E. Hwy 40, Silver Springs Ocala





Authentic Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar Early bird daily 4:30-7pm Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials! 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala (352) 237-3900 kotobukiocala.com

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Hispanic Cuisine Breakfast • Lunch Specials Sandwiches • Desserts Milk Shakes • Empanadas


923 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 300, Ocala Mon-Fri 8a-4p • Closed Weekends

Ocala’s Premium Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Shop!

s Plaza Located in Heath Brook CommonOcala (Next to Publix) 5400 SW SR 200,

Awesome Yogurt 4U!

-857-8026 www.AwesomeYogurt4U.com • 352 m info@AwesomeYogurt4U.co



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Famous Subs, Burgers & Sandwiches Served on Our Homemade Breads Wings • Steaks • Seafood Great Food, Good Prices,

KING Size Portions!

Dine-in/Take-out 352.732.3820 4121 Northeast 36th Avenue, Ocala




A Unique Farm-to-Table Experience in a Completely Restored Historic Landmark Property Enjoy the perfect balance of rustic charm and unique elegance in both our indoor and outdoor spaces overlooking the Town Square of Ocala


Exclusive Menu by Award-Winning Chef Victor Luzarraga Winner of Best Chef of Ocala in 2014 Luxury Entertainment & Dining Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a Full Tapas Menu Sunday Jazz Brunch 10:30a-3p Gift Cards Community Valet

Mon-Wed 7a-9:30p • Thurs-Sat 7a-2a • Sun 10:30a-3p

Ideally located at 11 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala


352-390-8969 www.tavernonthesquareocala.com Restaurant Guide


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Taqueria My Ranchito

Tacos • Tortas • Burritos Mariscos • Pozole Caldo de Res Ask for our combo plates

CAFE Gluten-Free & Vegan Options

Serving excellent, delicious, healthy food from carefully selected local and national organic and fresh food suppliers... it’s unbelievably tasty!

Come in and ask us about the benefits of BONE BROTH... Heal your gut Protect your joints Look younger, Sleep better, Feel better Immune support Stronger bones More energy

Live Mariachi Band

Sundays 12-3p

Mon-Sat 10a-9p 4279 W. Hwy 40, Ocala


Check us out on facebook.com/good4youcafe

304C SW Broadway St., Ocala 352-867-5557

Our exquisite Panda Sky Fine Dining restaurant located on the 6th floor of Room (Private the Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocala. The eclectic gourmet cuisine Dining Room) is able & steak house concept is inspired from current trend & classic to accommodate dishes like fresh cut steaks, live Maine lobster, rack of lamb, up to 20 people for fresh seafood, such as sea bass, lobster, salmon and shrimp. The any personal or restaurant also features a sushi menu. Our sushi is made with business event. fresh ingredients. Sky Fine Dining is the place to be for a one-of-akind fine-dining experience.

GOLDEN SPOON Award Winning Restaurant 6 Consecutive Years 2010 - 2015

3600 SW 38th Ave, Ocala | Reservations 352.291.0000 Mon to Thu 5pm-10pm | Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm





Enjoy our brand-new tapas menu, available exclusively at the bar Mon-Sat 3-7p.

Fine Italian, Spanish and American cuisine 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 732-4737


Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri 11a-10p › Sat 3p-10p Closed Sun

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(352) 237-2566 Monday - Saturday 10 - 6 Behind Carrabba’s on HWY 200

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3821 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala

(352) 236-5656

Open 7 days 11a-Midnight

FREEwithENTRÉE* purchase.

*Valid for one (1) free breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée with purchase of a second breakfast, lunch or dinner entreé of equal or greater value and two beverages.

One offer per check. No cash value. Dine in only. Excludes tax and gratuity. Cannot be used with any other offers or discounts. Excludes steak frites, steak and eggs and peppercorn New York strip. Coupon cannot be copied, reproduced, reposted, or sold. Not valid on Holidays. VALID THRU March 31, 2017. BOGO CODE: E182

Join Mimi’s eClub for special offers and news about new menu items! Join in your local café or on mimiscafe.com

(352) 291-8668 4414 Sw College Rd, Ocala

Best Hibachi Freshest Sushi in Town Ask about the chef’s special daily creations Full Liquor Bar, Rotating Drafts Happy Hour Every Day 2-6pm Family-friendly, casual atmosphere.

Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri & Sat 11am-11pm Sun Noon-10pm 3405 SW College Rd., Ocala 352-237-3151





Cakes for all Occasions Cuban Sandwiches Pastries Café con Leche Breakfast Lunch Specials Party Packages and Catering 1800 SW Hwy 484, Suite B (Exxon Mobil), Ocala

6160 SW Hwy 200 Suite 107-109 • Jasmine Plaza

Open 7 Days 7a-5p

Mon-Fri 7a-5p, Sat 8a-3p





www.maryscubankitchen.com Restaurant Guide | 2016-2017

No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving downhome, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race. Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. & Hwy 40 West. I-75


80th Ave

Hwy 27 H.I.T.S.

Hwy 40

7947 W Highway 40, Ocala • (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6am-8:30pm • Fri & Sat 6am-9am • Sun 7am-3pm We accept all major credit cards.

Pizza Makes



Specialty Pizzas • Appetizers • Desserts • Beverages Fast Delivery!

4414 SW College Rd., Bldg. 1740, Ocala

(352) 861-5555

3233 E. Maricamp Rd. Ocala

(352) 624-4624

2425 N.E. 18th Place Ocala

(352) 629-7808

Sun-Thu 11a-1a Fri & Sat 11a-2a fivestarpizza.com




Hooters of Ocala 2711 SW 27th Ave. Ocala, FL 34471 352-854-3253



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Old-Fashioned Candy Store & Whoopie Pie Bakery 100s of Chocolates Made Come take a On-Site walk down Jams, Jellies & More memory lane! Open 7 Days/Week

Sweet Jane’s SINCE 2008

2774 NE 102nd Ave Rd., Silver Springs





Restaurant Guide | 2016-2017

Daily Lunch Specials

Open Mon-Fri 6:30a-5:30p Delivery available in the downtown area from 9a-2p. $5 minimum delivery order. Call ahead for takeout & delivery Available for Private Parties after 5:30pm


10 NE 1st Street • Ocala


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18 SE Broadway St., Ocala (on downtown square)


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Paddock Mall 3100 SW College Rd., Suite K120 Order Online



Restaurant & Supermarket

Authentic Mexican Food!

After dining in, tour our supermarket’s in-house bakery, meat market, corn and flour tortilla factory. We also carry fresh produce, unique spices and products from Mexico and Latino America.

4185 W. Hwy 40, Ocala • Conveniently located off Exit 352, 2 blocks west of I-75 (next to Red Rock Inn) • Open 7 Days a Week

352-512-0746 www.lahaciendaocala.com “Freshness and quality from our Supermarket straight to your plate.”




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The Villages


#1 NY Pizza pg.27 Bavarian BrewHaus pg.25 Cody’s Original Roadhouse pg.11 Cody’s Original Roadhouse pg.11 Duck’s Dam Diner pg.23 Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill pg.24 Glenview Country Club pg.25 Leohonera Lena Bravo pg.28 Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille pg.26 Mary’s Cuban Kitchen pg.16

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Mi Tierra Latina Restaurant pg.23 Pavarotti’s Pizza pg.28 Plantation on Crystal River pg.22 Sonny’s BBQ pg.29 Sonny’s BBQ pg.29 Sonny’s BBQ pg.29 Stumpknockers On The River pg.27 Stumpknockers On The Square pg.27 The Cackleberry pg.28 The Mojo Grill & Catering Co. pg.23




week 352-795-4211 ext 311 Enjoy casual dining with amazing views of Kings Bay seven days a week. West 82 provides the perfect atmosphere for all of your dining needs. Our menu and daily specials have the variety to satisfy every palate. You are sure to discover your new favorite here. Visit our 19th Hole Pro bar, Poolside Tiki, or West 82 Restaurant and bar for a unique dining experience you won't soon forget. Sunday Brunch Buffet only $19.95 Served from 11:30am to 2pm Includes Peel & Eat Shrimp, Omelet Station Carving Station, Fresh Fruits, and more



Restaurant Guide | 2016-2017

Romantic Dinners Anniversary Celebrations Birthday Dinners Cook Your Catch

Come be a part of our family! Great taste and quality service is our priority

3131 SW College Rd. Suite 303, Ocala

2105 SW Hwy 484, Ocala

(352) 237-4042 (352) 307-0888 Sun-Thu 11:30a-9:30p • Fri & Sat 11:30a-10p



From our hometown favorites to a large gluten--free and healthy lighter side menu, we have what you're looking for! Ocala 2015 SW 17th St. 352-369-6656 Ocala 4620 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Belleview 4496 SE 100th Pl. 352-307-6656 for our full menu visit



Homestyle Cooking at its Best!

Open Every Day 7am - 2pm • Friday 7am - 8pm

Breakfast served all day ‘til 2

9685 SE HWY 464 C • Ocklawaha, FL 32179 • 352-288-8332







Restaurant Guide | 2016-2017

Exceptional Cuisine


Panoramic views of Glenview’s championship golf course • Lunch and dinner 7 days, Sunday brunch Famous Glenview burgers, hand-cut steaks, Maine lobster, chef-made soups, signature cocktails



2738 Brownwood Blvd. (next to Barnstorm Theater) Mon-Thu 11am-3pm Expires 12/31/16







on our deck over the water and enjoy a glass of wine with your favorite meal.

Shrimp Abyss

Grilled flat bread topped with sautĂŠed garlic shrimp, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, capers and diced tomatoes. Finished with fresh basil and balsamic glaze.


Swai fish, floured and seasoned then pan seared. Topped with a jalapeĂąo hollandaise sauce, diced tomatoes and green onion. Served with rice and veggie of the day.

352.753.7800 925 Lakeshore Dr., The Villages

Fried Haddock

Your choice of Haddock deep fried or baked with buttered Ritz crackers.

We are open from 11am to 9pm daily. Visit our website at: LHPBG.com or Facebook.

This is a family-owned business with a touch of New England. Restaurant Guide | 2016-2017 26 Ocala

Stumpknockers Restaurants


$5.25 Lunch Special

Every Day Special

2 slices of cheese pizza and a soft drink

Purchase 2 cheese pizzas, any size, and receive a FREE 2 LITER OF PEPSI

Monday & Tuesday Special

1 FREE TOPPING with purchase of any size pizza

Family Special $19.95

1 medium cheese pizza, 6 buffalo wings, 6 chicken fingers, 6 mozzarella sticks


184 Marion Oaks Blvd., Unit H | 352.245.7529 Ocala



THE CACKLEBERRY Caf e and Catering Company

Classic American Cuisine with a Southern Accent Eggs & Omelets Biscuits & Gravy Pancakes & Waffles Sandwiches • Burgers Appetizers • Pizza & Calzones Dinner Specials Beer & Wine

Live Music Fridays & Saturdays 13685 S. US Highway 441 Summerfield, FL 34491 (352) 307-9870

Puerto Rican Cuisine Wed/Thur/Fri: $5.99 Lunch Specials Karaoke Sat • Live Music Sun The Lechon Asado is great! 11850 SE County Highway 484 Belleview, Florida Wed-Thur 10a-7p • Fri-Sun 10a-9p

Tue 8a-4p • Wed-Sat 8a-8p • Sun 8a-2p

(352) 203-4516

PAVAROTTI’S Pizza & Restaurant

Famous old-fashioned pizzas, hand tossed and baked on a stone deck oven. Classic Italian Entrées • Fresh Salads • Subs • Pasta Dinners


2 Locations to Serve You — Dunnellon & Canopy Oaks Plaza in Ocala.

16” Cheese Pizza $7.99


11352 N. Williams St., Dunnellon / (352) 522-0025 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424


Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p

ALL YOU CAN EAT Spaghetti & Meatballs $6.99

10 Chicken Wings $5.00



Restaurant Guide | 2016-2017

We Cater! Check us out on TripAdvisor.com

leave the cooking to us! Organic, vegan, gluten free? We’ve got it. Sourcing our produce locally, when in season gives our food the magic mix of fresh, healthy and delicious. The freshest ingredients, artfully prepared – that’s our culinary culture! O CALA

2130 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (352) 629-5555


204 NE US Highway 441 (352) 466-0062


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GA I NE SV ILLE Tioga Town Center (352) 505-6833

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RESTAURANT 2016 to 2017


What’s For Dinner? It’s a question that plagues many of us day after day. Well, we say put down that spatula and take off that apron—you deserve a night out! Ocala, Marion County and the surrounding areas are home to hundreds of fantastic restaurants, from mom-and-pop cafes to elegant steakhouses. And we’ve compiled a comprehensive resource guide with our readers’ appetites in mind and filled it with some of the region’s best and most loved eateries and restaurants. The Ocala Style Restaurant Guide, designed to help our readers find incredible

cuisine throughout the region, is digest size, so it fits perfectly in your glove box or center console for those “I don’t know, what do you want to eat” moments. With convenient maps broken up into regions, it’s easy to choose a restaurant to suit your needs, wherever you may be. Want a guide of your own or know someone who does? Pick up a copy at any participating restaurant or at the Ocala Style office. Bon Appetit!








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The Ocala Culinary Festival will soon be making its debut. Read on to find out why you should be excited.

O K, foodie fanatics, you’re getting

plenty of notice. Rather than ogle endlessly over savory dishes via Instagram or Food Network, the Ocala Culinary Festival (OCF) arrives MARCH 1-5, 2017, armed with a mind-blowing cornucopia of highbrow gastronomy to satisfy your most discriminating gourmet cravings. 066

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Beard Foundation, a renowned New York-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting education and fellowship through culinary events. As host, OCF plans to raise money for the James Beard National Scholars program. As to all manner of thirst, the founders promise each meal’s optimal alcohol pairing thanks to the select stock of participating sommeliers, mixologists, distillers and suppliers. And the pièce de résistance? Landmark Ocala art venues will serve up dramatic flair at three marquee

First, let’s address those distracting dinners taking place March 2 through yowls of hunger. At this five-day, March 4. Although still in development, inaugural event, cofounders Jennifer guests can choose seating at the Reilly Hunt and Elodie Perron assure more Arts Center, Appleton Museum of Art palate-pleasing menu options than you or a charming pastoral farm. At the can shake a fork at. To do so, a band Reilly Arts Center feast, the chef’s of hometown chefs will throw open menu for the evening will be inspired their kitchen doors and commence by the musical selections of Ocala cooking alongside other visiting Symphony Orchestra Music Director industry notables. This esteemed and Conductor Matthew Wardell. In squad of ambassador chefs includes addition, the Ocala Civic Theatre lends Perron’s husband, Chef Patrice Perron, its support by concocting a handful of Albert Barrett, Jeremiah entertaining surprises. Goodrich, Stephanie With so many pitching Harrison, Rick Alabaugh, in their talents and Dimitrios Pomakis and administrative chops to Chad Carp. ensure festival success, TO BRAND THE EVENT, OCF AND THE MARION CULTURAL “We’re inviting Hunt reserves distinct ALLIANCE (MCA) WILL JUDGE FROM A POOL OF out-of-town talent to praise for OCF Style FLORIDA ARTISTS AND CHOOSE AN OFFICIAL POSTER come cook with us Consultant Paula King. DESIGN TO FEATURE ON FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE. THE and see firsthand why Based on her unique COMPETITION WINNER: we love serving this background as editorial � RECEIVES A $1,000 CASH PRIZE community,” says stylist and proprietor Chef Patrice. of Agapanthus lifestyle � RECEIVES 12 COPIES OF THE OFFICIAL 24-INCH BY A particular store, King offers her 36-INCH COMMEMORATIVE POSTER highlight will be the table styling expertise to � WILL BE HONORED AS A SPECIAL GUEST AT KEY Friends of the James each marquee dinner. FESTIVAL EVENTS AND BE AVAILABLE TO SIGN POSTERS. Beard Foundation “I am thrilled to play a � WILL ALSO BE SPOTLIGHTED IN A FUTURE ISSUE OF fundraising dinner role in this festival, as it OCALA STYLE MAGAZINE, THE OCF MEDIA PARTNER at La Cuisine French represents the essence of � THE ORIGINAL ART PIECE WILL BE SOLD TO BENEFIT Restaurant on March what sharing food should THE MCA, SO COME TAKE A PEEK. 1, led by owner Chef be,” says King. Patrice and two chef Reflecting back, Hunt colleagues. The James and Perron recall how

Appetite For Art

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their growing friendship, business relationship and passion for fine cuisine finally ignited their desire to produce a full-blown food fête. While researching La Cuisine’s bar options, they would attend various industry events. “I’m pretty sure the final ‘let’s do it’ moment came when we were at Charleston (S.C.) Wine & Food,” says Perron. But sandwiching festival organizing into a regular business day is no easy mission, especially considering both women already have a lot on their plates (so to speak). As Perron manages her restaurant full time, Hunt is busy opening a gin distilling enterprise. Adds Perron, “We got back from Charleston and hit the ground running, knowing it would take every bit of the whole year to bring a reasonable plan to fruition.” Regardless, they have managed to unite the necessary Ocala forces to realize the dream. The emerging farm-to-table philosophy and fresh wares of Florida farms has only precipitated the timeliness of this event. Drawing from her days on an organic Oklahoma ranch and now directing organic wine sales at JF Wine Imports, OCF Wine Consultant Sarah Moeller observes the value and care behind fresh, unprocessed foods. “This movement is not only preserving the biodiversity of our planet, it is ensuring that when we eat, we actually taste something, something real and worth savoring,” says Moeller. If this all sounds like an amazing appetizer to several luscious upcoming courses, you can rest assured the OCF is well worth the wait. Your cuisine dream team beckons: “Come experience the camaraderie of our chefs and warm hospitality of our city.”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Let’s dish! OCF daytime seminars drop some knowledge to feed your mind, too. French Winemaking and Tasting March 3-4 French vintner Brice Doan de Champassak hails from Château Saint-Pierre de Mejans, whose once controversial winemaking priory dates all the way back to medieval times. Attendees sip wines while listening to de Champassak’s studious process, from harvesting grapes to measuring rainfall and more. Jose Juarez’s Grilling Clinic Learn from a local! After a national TV appearance on LIVE With Kelly, Ocala’s “BarbaCuban” Jose Juarez continues to gain notoriety with his inventive Cuban Fusion grilling techniques shown on his LIVE Web To Table video series and 455, his latest homemade sauce venture. Limited attendance. Check ocalaculinaryfestival.com for developing seminar details and additional tastings.

A Tasty Timeline






DINE & SPIRITS: BOURBON INVITATIONAL STARTS UP SOMETHING BIG Before OCF’s March debut, co-founders Jennifer Hunt and Elodie Perron decided to scratch their itch by introducing a run-up feast to the fest with their Bourbon Invitational dinner at La Cuisine French Restaurant, which was held on October 14. The celebration unfurled a stunningly plated, five-course meal for a coterie of 70 hungry guests. But the evening’s essential ingredient was when hosts and chefs blithely channeled the spirit world—bourbon spirit, to be exact. Given the food scene’s budding love affair with high-end bourbon pairings, today’s whiskey has hopped off granddaddy’s shelf and breathes life anew right at the dinner table. Whether to parallel, contrast or layer? These guests sampled a whole untapped range of bourbon flavor complexities coordinated with the thoughtfully curated New American menu. Post dinner, the Invitational turned up with a private concert and exclusive auction to purchase small batch and single barrel bourbons. Even though it’s still incredibly difficult to get your mitts on more commonplace bourbons due in part to the lingering swank appeal of the Mad Men series, Hunt recounts how scoring more exceptional brands was no easy trick. “Our organizers spent six months exhausting every connection to obtain enough bourbon for the event. Because of those efforts, rare bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle and William Larue Weller were available for purchase. There was another small batch bourbon out of Kentucky called Noah’s Mill that took six months of ordering to obtain only eight bottles,” says Hunt. In the end, the hard work paid off with all proceeds going to the Marion County Literacy Council (MCLC), which promotes adult literacy through programs involving reading, GED preparation, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), basic computer usage, citizenship, finances and health, as well as volunteer tutoring in the Marion County Jail and Lowell Correctional Institute. The Invitational forges another inspiring partnership with this nonprofit’s ideals. “While food sustains our bodies, education sustains us for a lifetime. The MCLC gives people who want to work w Stay In The Kno hard to improve their lives a hand up ts en ev F for OC Because ticketsand available through education,” says Hunt. will be limited few suggestions Both founders regard the ’s re December 1, he you don’t miss out! Bourbon Invitational not only re su e om. to mak ulinaryfestival.c as a way to kick off culinary Consult ocalacemail updates on festivities, it’s also a kind Sign up for the website. of bellwether-slash-dress w cebook for ne rehearsal, demonstrating Like OCF on Faainment lineups. tert their tireless quest for premium events and en Contact brands and talent that fellow food om .c al aryfestiv buffs can enjoy. info@ocalaculinr questions. with furthe


Book your party at Tony’s today. Gift cards available.

Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse

3405 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.

Taste the best in Indian cuisine, and enjoy an experience you won’t soon forget.

Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant 3415 SW College Rd, Ocala › (352) 873-8500› amritpalace.com Tue-Thu 11a-10p › Fri 11a-10:30p › Sat 12-10:30p › Sun 12-10p

Amrit Palace has served Ocala the finest in Indian food since 1981. The atmosphere and authentic dishes give guests a unique experience and bring the culture of India to the table. The Northern Indian cuisine at Amrit Palace has been perfected through more than 30 years of specialized cooking experience. Try the vegetable curry, lamb or chicken dishes, dinner for two, seafood creations and specialty rice meals. Let Amrit Palace cater your next event. They handle groups big or small and will make yours a party to remember.

Beer and wine are available, and the Sandbar is just steps away for specialty drink orders.

Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill 15790 SE 134th Avenue, Weirsdale, FL (352) 259-2444 › eatonsbeach.com 12-8pm Mon-Sat, 12-7pm Sunday

The Steam Shack at Eaton’s Beach is all about casual dining, a beachside atmosphere and fresh, delicious food. Sure, they have tasty sandwiches and appetizers, but the main focus is on the steamed shrimp, crab legs, crawfish and other seafood offerings. After spending a hot day on the beach or in the water at Lake Weir, guests can feel comfortable ordering in flip flops and a bathing suit. Or are you headed to Eaton’s Beach for an evening out with friends after work? Stop at the Steam Shack first for a drink and appetizer while waiting for your table.

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WHY WE LOVE IT: The Griddle and Crepe Maker includes recipes for basic crepe batter, fresh mushroom crepes and blueberry blintzes.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer kitchenaid.com $294.78 (amazon.com)

T-fal 10-pcs ProGrade Premium Non-Stick Pot and Pan Set amazon.com $129.99

This set includes the top 10 cookware pieces a kitchen needs— from frying pans to saucepans. A chef you are soon to be!

WHY WE LOVE IT: The T-fal Thermospot ready indicator for frying pans lets you visually see when the pan is at the optimum temperature for cooking. 070

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HamiltonBeach Professional Sous Vide & 6-qt. Slow Cooker hamiltonbeach.com $129.99

Doubling as a water oven and a slow cooker, meals can easily be prepped in the morning and enjoyed in the evening.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Dressed with a classic stainless steel exterior, this appliance looks great on any countertop.

WestBend Steep & Brew westbend.com $34.99

Morning coffee stops end right here. Hit the snooze button a couple more times, and brew fresh coffee at home with a touch of a button.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Featuring a delayedstart option, your coffee is ready whenever you are.

Well-known for cookieand cake-making, the KitchenAid mixer is a “yes!” For even more versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers. With 20 unique colors to choose from, 10 speeds and five quarts of mixing power, this one may win favorite gift.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The included glass bowl features measurement markers, making mixing and adding ingredients easy.

CucinaPro Flatbread Maker

Available for purchase on Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, cucinapro.com & scsdirectinc.com $89.99

Tacos, tostadas and quesadillas, oh my! The hot plates distribute heat evenly for uniform baking and the best flatbreads in town.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Non-stick cooking plates make for an easy cleanup.

Good Cooking Steak Stone Deluxe Serving Set cameronsproducts.com $89.95

As the perfect method to cook meat, fish, vegetables and more right at the dinner table, just heat your steak stone in the oven, remove and place on the stainless steel tray and bamboo platter and cook!

WHY WE LOVE IT: Includes 100 percent food-grade basalt steak stone, stainless steel tray and bamboo serving platter.

HamiltonBeach Professional 14 Cup Dicing Food Processor hamiltonbeach.com $259.99

Whether your objective is to dice cubes, slice thick to thin, shred, knead, chop, mix or purée, this food processor is ready for the job. Dinner will be served a little faster tonight!

WHY WE LOVE IT: Dishwasher safe blades, bowl and lid means fewer dishes.


BITES CucinaPro Bubble Waffle Maker

Available for purchase on Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, cucinapro.com & scsdirectinc.com $49.99

Keurig 2.0 Hot Brewer Model K250 keurig.com $129.99 This compact—perfect for your first apartment or starter home—Keurig is designed to brew both a single-cup and a four-cup carafe, making your morning that much more bearable.

WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s available in nine beautiful colors, sure to complement your style.

The Cuisinart Fruit Scoop Frozen Dessert Maker One paddle crushes and freezes chunks of fresh fruit for healthier treats, while the second paddle acts as a traditional ice cream and frozen yogurt maker.

shop.samsonite.com $159.99

You’re going to need a lightweight carry-on for your fun-filled honeymoon. Equipped with extra packing capacity, this is the bag for you. The Spinner comes in larger sizes as well.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This bag comes in black, purple magic or true blue, so you and your honey can rock the “hisand-hers” look.

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WHY WE LOVE IT: This favorite appliance sports an easy-lock closing mechanism and comes in both black and white.

cuisinart.com $99.95

Samsonite SoLyte 20” Spinner

Don’t Forget!

Get your syrup, powdered sugar and strawberries ready! This waffle maker has non-stick coated plates for an easy release and mess-free cleanup.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Cleanup is not a problem with the removable paddles and freezer bowl.

1. Blender 2. Cake pans/baking sheets/muffin tins

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Amazon.com $199.99

The lightweight, extralarge capacity portable canister easily lifts away for convenient above-floor cleaning. How awesome is that? Plus, the anti-allergen technology is top-notch.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The swivel steering makes maneuvering around furniture a cinch. Never Loses Suction Technology.

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Hand mixer

Colander set Comforter set Cooling racks

The Corkscrew Winery › Play winemaker and choose the type of wine you would like to customize. You will learn to mix raw grape juices and prepare them for the fermentation process. Finally, you’ll return and cork your personalized bottle of wine and wrap it with your choice of label. Harvest time has arrived, with fresh grapes awaiting you. Celebrate the cool air with the return of the Headless Horseman Pumpkin Beer. Start brewing your next date night, and consider it booked. Open Tuesday-Thursday 12-7pm. and FridaySaturday 12-9pm. › 16 SW Broadway Street, Ocala › (352) 402-0158 › thecorkscrewwinery.com

Espresso maker Glasses/mugs/ stemware Jigger and bar tools Measuring spoons/cups Oven mitts Salt & pepper shakers Serving platters Sheets/blankets Silverware/knife set Tableware set for everyday use

18. Toaster/toaster oven 19. Towels (kitchen and bath)

20. Trashcan 21. Various kitchen utensils

Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar › MOJO BBQ of North

Florida has expanded to Ocala. Feast on some real southern cookin’, and order up a platter of shrimp ‘n’ grits, sautéed with Tasso ham, smothered in smoked tomatoes, mushrooms and caramelized onions, and served over garlic cheddar grits. After, wash it down with a cool Charlie Chaplin, a combination of sloe gin, apricot liqueur and lime. Catering is available upon request. Open Monday-Sunday 11am-10pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-11pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-2am. › 10 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala › (352) 512-9458 › facebook.com/brickcitysouthernkitchen

Symmetry Coffee & Crepes › Pyrex Vintage Charm Mixing Bowls worldkitchen.com $39.99 You can never have enough cake, therefore, you can never have enough mixing bowls. Stock up while you can. After all, you only register for the rest of your life once.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The ‘70s and ‘80s really never went out of style. These bowls add a splash of color, cheer and pattern to any kitchen.

Located in downtown Ocala, this coffee shop has it all—sweet crepes, savory crepes and hand-crafted coffee. Waking up doesn’t sound so bad after all. The rustic and hip atmosphere makes for a great spot to study, grab a quick bite during break or simply relax. Stop by this month Continued on p.72 NOV ’16 › 071





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and try out the Pumpkin Pie Crepe, with pumpkin crepe batter, complete with caramel, marshmallows, pecans, cinnamon nut crunch and powdered sugar. Just for kicks, add on a Pumpkin Spice Latte while you’re at it. Open Monday-Friday 7am-7pm and Saturday 9am-7pm. Closed on Sunday. › 108 N Magnolia Ave., Ste. 102, Ocala › (352) 525-0495 › symmetrycoffeecrepes.com

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Eat Local

Florida Grub Hub partners with area farmers to encourage sustainability. › By Cealia Athanason


here’s a room with a window tucked behind two barn doors inside Infinite Ale Works in downtown Ocala. There’s a desk on the right and a freezer full of farm-raised meat on the left. On the back, exposed-brick wall, there are shelves of locally made olive oil and soap, with dried herbs hanging upsidedown from the top shelf. There are books, salsas, salad dressings, even rice grown in Jacksonville, and a refrigerator filled with eggs, baskets of produce from local farms and, during the last week of September, a bucket full of dragon fruit. The owners of Florida Grub Hub (FGH), Audrey Hamberger and Laura McCormick, met through a Kickstarter campaign Laura set up to get this local food hub going. For Laura, it all started when she took We’re here to classes within the College of Central Florida’s agribusiness bring to light program. Through her studies and meetings with several what we can local farmers, she saw a need for getting local produce from actually produce the farms to the general public. in this area. Laura and Audrey opened FGH on March 24 of this year. › Laura McCormick Through a chamber mixer with the Gainesville and Ocala Chambers, they developed a relationship with Infinite Ale Works and were able to rent the space there that’s now FGH’s retail location. “We’ll stay there as long as they like us,” Laura laughs. Today, FGH partners with more than 65 farms. Laura and Audrey pick up produce from the farms every Wednesday. Piggybacking off of the national restaurant-delivery GrubHub app concept, they’ve also set up FGH so anyone in the area can order produce through their website at floridagrubhub.com or by contacting them directly. There are pick-up locations here and in Gainesville for weekly orders, but Audrey and Laura do home deliveries, too. The overall goal of FGH is to “have a network of farms that we have the ability to buy from seasonally,” Laura explains, adding that from Miami to Tallahassee, Florida has many different growing regions.

Audrey Hamberger

“And honestly, we’ve just scratched the surface,” she says. “The demand is so great, our supply can’t meet it. We add farm partners on a weekly basis.” When Laura and Audrey visit farms, there’s no concrete set of criteria that the farmers must meet. Instead, Laura and Audrey are able to determine a partner by what the farmer produces and how it’s produced. They’re committed to being honest and transparent to the public by source-identifying the products in-store––they label them with farm locations and production information. “We’re here to bring to light what we can actually produce in this area,” Laura says. When she observes all the food that’s being pumped out in restaurants and grocery stores, she says, “I think, ‘How are we feeding everybody?’ If each of our communities becomes more sustainable, we would be that much less dependent on commercially produced foods. It does make a difference.” Laura and Audrey have created a connection between consumers and area farmers, and it looks like it will only get stronger.

LEARN MORE › Florida Grub Hub › Inside Infinite Ale Works at 304 South Magnolia Ave., Ocala › Open TuesdayFriday 11am-7pm › floridagrubhub.com 072

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reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. If you can’t wait that long, head over now for a dish of Penne alla Vodka, imported parma prosciutto and Spanish onion simmered in vodka spiked plum tomato cream sauce—you won’t be disappointed. Happy hour is Monday-Saturday 3-7pm, available exclusively in the bar. Open Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm and Saturday 3-10pm. Closed on Sunday. › 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 732-4737 › mesaocala.com

Tavern on the Square › Formerly

BG Downtown, Tavern on the Square is Ocala’s new hub for delicious food, cocktails and night life. Chef Victor Luzarraga, a professional chef for more than 20 years describes the menu as “completely different” than what other restaurants have to offer. His menu ranges from Italian to Asian and Latin flavors, fused together with twists on original recipes. Using only the freshest ingredients, these recipes are bound to please a crowd. Weekly events include Wine Down Wednesday, Latin Night on Saturdays and Jazz Sundays. At press time, Tavern on the Square was set to open in late October or early November. ›› 11 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 390-8969 › tavernonthesquareocala.com


Great food is our Thanksgiving blessing to your family from ours! We are taking reservations now for Thanksgiving Day. We can prepare your Thanksgiving Day feast for you to take home and enjoy. Gift certificates available. Stop by our new bar and enjoy our specialty drinks!

Early Bird daily 4:30-7pm Check out our sushi bar. Serving Ocala since 1986! Ask about our lunch specials!

The Ivy House Restaurant

917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & Tue 11a-2p › Wed & Thu 11a-8p › Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p › Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhousefl.com “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant

2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 237-3900 › kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p › Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p › Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes. Get the VIP treatment. Check out our specials!

Stop in for happy hour every day between 2pm and 7pm at either Mi Tierra Latina location! Try a $9.99 dinner combination, or enjoy a lunch special from 11:30am3pm Monday through Friday. Ask about our catering! Happy Thanksgiving! ALL DAY LONG Bucket Special – domestic beers $12. Imports $15.

Mi Tierra Latina

3131 SW College Rd. Suite 303, Ocala › (352) 237-4042 2105 SW Hwy 484, Ocala › (352) 307-0888 Sun-Thu 11:30a-9:30p › Fri & Sat 11:30a-10p › mi-tierra-latina.com Peruvian food is a cuisine with a heritage as unique as its flavors, and Ocala residents don’t have to travel far to try it for themselves. Mi Tierra Latina aims to delight the palate and provide balanced nutrition with their traditional Peruvian and Mexican dishes. Seafood lovers will enjoy the ceviche of corvina fish and the choros a la chalaca (mussels topped with corn, tomatoes, lime and cilantro). Choose a delicious Peruvian dish like Lomo saltado or a Mexican favorite such as fajitas, pollo con mole and many more.

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Hard Boiled

A hard-boiled egg is cooked in its shell in boiling water. Fortunately for us, making one is simple. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs by about two inches. Bring the water to a boil, and carefully drop in the eggs, leaving them in the water for 10-12 minutes. For easier peeling, place the eggs immediately in an ice water bath after boiling. Gently tap and roll them on a counter. Eat them with a sprinkle of salt, add some mayo and celery for a great egg salad or chop onto a salad for a healthy lunch.

Deviled Eggs

Almost the same process as a hard boiled egg, once the shell is removed, cut the egg in half, lengthwise. Remove the egg yolks and mash with a fork in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard powder, vinegar, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. Fill the empty egg whites with the yolk mixture, and sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Break An Egg

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? And eggs are quite tasty. If you’re tired of boring old scrambled eggs, though, you’ll want to read on. Omelet, anyone?

Soft Boiled

Soft-boiled eggs also follow the same process as hardboiled eggs, but the cooking time is cut roughly in half. This cooks the egg white while leaving the yolk runny. Soft-boiled eggs are sometimes eaten out of the shell and stood upright in little egg cups. They’re great on toast, sprinkled with salt and pepper.


We couldn’t leave this out! This classic recipe is basically broken yolk and egg whites mixed together, cooked all the way through. Keep the eggs moving in the pan while cooking so they don’t burn. Just be careful not to mix in any shell and you’re as good as gold. For added taste, sprinkle in some cheese or chopped-up meat.

Sunny Side Up

Over Easy

Eggs over easy and sunny side up are often used interchangeably, but they are in fact different. “Over easy” means the egg is flipped and cooked just long enough to make a film on the top of the yolk. When served, the yolk is still runny when poked with a fork. A runner up for “most dipable.”


Duck, Duck, Chicken!

When it comes to their appearance, duck and chicken eggs are quite similar. In most cases, however, duck eggs are touted as healthier.

› Duck eggs have a higher “good fat” content.

› They are full of omega-3 fatty acids.

› Duck eggs are higher in protein.

› As an extra bonus, many people who are

› They contain more vitamins and minerals, such

as iron, B12, folate and vitamin A.


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allergic to chicken eggs can tolerate duck eggs. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying duck eggs as a replacement, though.

Basted typically means liquid or steam is used to thoroughly cook the egg white without flipping. For instance, while frying an egg in butter, you repeatedly scoop and pour the extra butter on top of the egg. This cooks the yolk and top whites without forcing you to flip it. Alternatively, you can also add some water into the pan and then cover the egg with a lid to steam the whites. If you do this quickly, you can cook the whole egg before the edges start to brown, much like a poached egg.

Sources: authoritynutrition.com, huffpost.com, thenibble.com

Sunny side up wins most photogenic. Crack the egg directly into a greased frying pan. Then, fry it until the edges brown, without flipping. The yolk should be runny. Egg-sperts deem these the best for toast-dipping. We have to agree.


Let Harvest Market Deli cater your next event or party.

Harvest Market Deli

3751 SE 36th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471 (352) 624-2636 › Harvestmarketdeliocala.com Mon-Fri 11am-4pm › Sat 11am-2pm › Closed Sunday–Gone Fishing If you’re looking for the best selection of subs and burgers, look no further. Always fresh and never frozen, Harvest Market Deli is the place to go for a great, filling meal. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the cool shade of their one-of-a-kind tiki hut. Lacking time but craving a home-cooked dinner? Call ahead by 4pm and place an order for their famous Spaghetti Pie, complete with zesty garlic bread and a fresh salad. We got you in the mood for a salad? Try the Ultimate Leftover Turkey Sandwich with all the fixings. Join us Tuesday evening from 6-8pm for Kids Karaoke; sliders will be served.

Be sure to visit us at the Canopy Oaks Center. Pavarotti’s also caters. Mon: All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs $6.99 Tue: 16” Cheese Pizza $7.99 Wed: 10 Chicken Wings $5. Happy Thanksgiving


Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant

8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oaks Center, Ocala › (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p

Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Ocala is known for its famous, old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven. Try the array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs, and hearty pasta dinners. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or picatta style, and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

Pizza & Restaurant

Come enjoy our brand-new tapas menu available exclusively at the bar. Monday through Saturday, 3-7pm for $7. Full-service catering also available.

Mesa de Notte

2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 732-4737 › mesaocala.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun Buffet “Ameritano” served from 11a-8p on Thanksgiving Day including roast turkey, baked Virginia ham, roast leg of lamb, mashed potatoes, real turkey gravy, Felix 3-cheese baked mac‘n’ cheese, Southern-style green beans, fresh fish, cranberry sauce, plus a variety of Italian classics. Full antipasto bar, homemade desserts. Reserve their private dining room. Book now before the holidays arrive!

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Braised Onion Restaurant

754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala › (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p › Fri & Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-8p › Closed Mon

Join us for live jazz each week, Friday evenings, from 6-9p.

OPEN THANKSGIVING DAY! The holidays are just around the corner. Join us with your family and friends for our annual Thanksgiving buffet. We’ll be serving all your holiday favorites from 11am-6:30pm, including: Oven Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy, Traditional Baked Ham with Bourbon Mustard Glaze, USDA Choice Aged Black Angus Prime Rib with Au Jus, Eggplant Parmigiana, Chicken Fraiçaise, Panko Crusted Baked Cod, Sweet Potato Casserole, Fresh Green Beans and more! Call ahead for reservations. Adults $35.95, Children $15.50. Whether at your place or in our beautifully decorated banquet room, plan your holiday event with us so that you can relax and enjoy the party! No group is too big or too small! Visit our website at braisedonion.com.

Happy Hour Tue-Fri from 4-7p.

Off The Hook Bar and Grill

Tues-Sun 11a-9p › 10901 S US Hwy 441, Belleview › (352) 307-0661 Alberto and Melanie Benvenuto opened Belleview’s newest addition, Off The Hook Bar and Grill, in April to serve fresh, homemade Peruvian food. When you walk in, the first thing you’re served is canchita, which is like a Peruvian popcorn. Browse the menu and choose from different appetizers, stir-fries, ceviches, soups and so much more. Order from the newly discounted $9.99 lunch menu or come for dinner. Complement your meal with a Peruvian beer or juice, and enjoy the lounge atmosphere decorated in bold colors and filled with modern Peruvian music.

Tilted Kilt

3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala (352) 351-5458 › ocala.tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p › Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight › Sun 11a-10p Next time you’re in the mood for a taste of Ireland, look no further than Ocala’s very own Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Their classics will have you convinced that you’ve just taken a one-way flight to Dublin. Favorites such as fish & chips, shepherd’s pie and Gaelic chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce all served by beautiful lasses in kilts will leave you wanting more! Menu items as low as $6 from 11am-3pm make The Tilted Kilt the perfect place for a quick bite to eat during lunch. Stop by with the whole family to enjoy TV on the big screens, games, good service and great food! Scan this QR code to see our calendar of events.


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For Alberto, Peruvian food is all about the flavors really popping. And if you can take the heat, he can make any dish as spicy as you’d like. For something different but delicious, Off The Hook’s the place to eat!

HAPPY HOUR Daily 3-7. Thu, Fri & Sat 3p to close Ask about Carry-Out Catering.


At our Sunday brunch enjoy our chef’s specialty dinner selections, including an impressive assortment of fresh salads, peel and eat shrimp, and the chefattended carving station... not to mention the best part... dessert! Find us on Facebook for up-to-date info on special events.

Nightly entertainment from 10p-2a Wine Down Wednesday Latin Night Friday Live Acoustic Saturday Sunday jazz brunch from 10:30a-3p with $1 mimosas

Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. We accept all major credit cards.

West 82º Bar & Grill

9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River › (352) 795-4211 ext. 311 plantationoncrystalriver.com/restaurant-and-bars.htm Breakfast: daily 6-10:30a › Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30a-2p Dinner: daily 5-9p › Sunday Brunch: 11:30a-2pm Experience authentic Florida cuisine at the Plantation on Crystal River. Just off our lobby is the West 82º Bar & Grill, where you’ll find top-notch recipes in a relaxing setting along Kings Bay. Holding true to our reputation of genuine Southern hospitality and attention to detail, all our entrées are prepared with the finest natural—and, whenever possible, local—ingredients. Join us Sundays for our delicious brunch, featuring traditional breakfast favorites. Overlooking Kings Bay and Crystal River, the West 82º Bar & Grill provides a special place to enjoy dining with your friends and family.

Tavern On The Square

11 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 390-8969 tavernonthesquareocala.com Mon-Wed 7a-9:30p › Thu-Sat 7a-2a › Sun 10:30a-3p Tavern On The Square features a modern gourmet menu at affordable prices. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features handcrafted farm-to-table dishes, like the Asian Braised Shortrib (as shown), prepared by award-winning Chef Victor Luzarraga. The downtown location has seating for over 100 diners, including three 10-person community tables, a back patio and front patio overlooking the square. It’s perfect for daily dining, an evening out or a private party! Tavern On The Square offers nightly live music and handcrafted aromatic cocktails. Come check out the one-of-a kind, day-to-night eatery and venue in the heart of downtown Ocala.

Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala › (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thur 6a-8:30p › Fri-Sat 6a-9p › Sun 7a-3p

Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $26.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-careto-eat catfish or whitefish. Enjoy an Italian special on Wednesdays. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

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Murphy’s Oyster, Steak & Seafood Restaurant 3821 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala › (352) 236-5656 Open 7 days a week 11a-Midnight

Welcome to Murphy’s, where you’ll dine on delicious seafood, oysters, choice steaks, fresh wings and much more served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant’s extensive menu offers something for everyone, from tasty Philly cheese steaks and steamed clams to snow crab. Try the authentic gyros, too. A special menu for the kids features dishes like the hot dog platter and the chicken strips platter. Come take advantage of the massive outdoor tiki bar with flatscreen TVs. Murphy’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Bring the whole family for an experience you’ll want to relive again and again.

Brooklyn’s Backyard

2019 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite #102, Ocala › (352) 304-6292 brooklynsbackyard.com Sun 11a-8p › Mon-Wed 11a-9p › Thu-Sat 11a-whenever Head down to the “Yard” for fresh food and fun in a relaxed, backyard atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for finger foods or something exotic, they’ve got it and it’s delicious! Try one of their unique burger creations. In the mood for wings? Get the best from the 2014 & 2015 King of Wings. Want pizza? They got it, NY style, plus a full range of fresh salads, sandwiches and entrées sure to suit everyone! There’s beer, wine and a full liquor bar in the “Yard,” too—over 40 craft beers, craft cocktails and a great selection of wines, all sure to perfectly complement your meal!

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House

2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala › (352) 622-1741 › ipanemaocala.com Dinner: Tue-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p › Lunch: Fri 11a-2:30p Brunch: Sun 12-3p › Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p › Closed Monday A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.


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• All-you-can-eat jumbo snow crab legs and fish every day. • Plan any party, social event, business lunch or celebration. Ask for Murphy! • Enjoy monthly specials while watching your favorite sporting event on the many TVs. Like them on Facebook at Murphy’s Oyster Bar

We cater! Let them create an unforgettable menu for your next event. Check out new items on the menu. Enjoy one of the specialty drinks at their new backyard tiki bar. Live music on Fridays. Family owned and operated. Brooklyn’s Backyard—Good Beer, Better Food!

Open on Thanksgiving Day serving dinner from 12-6:30p. Come and let us serve Turkey and all the fixings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!


Trivia Night every Thursday, 7-9pm (Silver Springs Blvd. location) Mariachi band every Thursday at the 200 location, 6-9pm Happy Halloween Everyone!

El Toreo

3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala › (352) 694-1401 › 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 Days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95 and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).


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Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

24 SE 1st Ave., Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › HookedonHarrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole and Blackened Red Fish. Other favorites, like Harry’s Signature Crab Cakes and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Our full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the new Southern Mule. We also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s menu is sure to have something for everyone!

Latinos Y Mas

2030 S. Pine Avenue, Ocala › (352) 622-4777 › latinosymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat 11a-10p › Closed Sun If you’re looking for consistently delicious food with a Latin flair, look no further. Begin your Latinos Y Mas dining experience with one of our special offerings. Ask about our gift card offers for the holidays! Call about our private room for your holiday party! Like us on Facebook and Instagram

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