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The Pecan: America’s Native Nut: A Historical Food and Wine Event

In celebration of Florida’s upcoming 200th anniversary of becoming an official U.S. territory, which happened right outside of Jackson’s, in Ferdinand Plaza, we have created a special food and wine event, The Pecan: America’s Native Nut. The five-course food and wine pairing will be held on Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.


Pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America, with a storied history among Native Americans and early settlers. The first U.S. Pecan plantings began in North America during the 1770’s, spreading all along the Atlantic Seaboard. By 1802, planting pecans in community gardens began spreading all along the American Gulf Coast. Over the years, they have become a staple for all. Today, the Pecan is proud to be hailed as the only indigenous tree nut to North America. 


The dinner will highlight Renfroe Pecan Company featuring a number of varieties within the menu. Tyler Hamil, from Renfroe, will be on hand to discuss a number of pecan varieties. With this as the inspiration, Chef Irv Miller, Chef de Cuisine Blade Herring and Sous Chef Conner Lukkar have collaborated and created a menu reflective of our history.


To Start

Roasted butternut squash soup, bacon confit, Parmesan pecans, fried sage crema, and beautyberries


First Course

Pecan-dusted Pensacola day boat red snapper, Romesco sauce, and Conner’s grits


Second Course

Slow-braised and pecan wood-smoked pork belly, pecan whisky and apple gastrique, charred leek aioli, and nutty gremolata


Third Course

Beef tournedo, smashed potatoes, pecan pesto, and blistered baby heirloom tomatoes


To Finish

Panna cotta, salted caramel, pecan crisp, and cream Chantilly


The event cost is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and will include four wines and five courses. Jackson’s will continue to practice all safety measured, including spacing, sanitation and more for this event. Seating is limited; reservations required. Be sure to make yours by calling Jackson’s Steakhouse, 850-469-9898 or by visiting our website, jacksonsrestaurant.com.

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