by Cole Pepper
September 10, 2013
In cooking, there are a number of factors that, when combined correctly, fuse to form the best possible experience for the eater. Above all of these factors is the simple concept of starting with the best ingredients.
This is the mantra of Green Man Gourmet in Avondale.
Before we get into what Green Man Gourmet offers, a little bit on the origin of the name. A Green Man is a representation (usually a sculpture) of a face made from or surrounded by leaves that is often found as an architectural ornament in churches or other intricate buildings.
The Green Man represents a number of ideals. In many cultures, it represents natures power of growth or re-birth. That’s why Pete Eldridge chose to name his gourmet spices store Green Man Gourmet when he opened the business in October of 2010.
When I first encountered Green Man Gourmet, I immediately loved the interior and the selection of spices. It didn’t take my BBQ-centric mind long to realize that I had found a gold mine of resources from which to concoct rubs. And that was my first project with Green Man Gourmet.
For the Super Bowl, I whipped up a rub that was very similar to one that I had used before at home, but this time, I used the high quality ingredients that Green Man carries (and a few more that added more complexity). The result? A very happy Super Bowl party. I used the rub on baby back ribs and some of the party goers, who have eaten a lot of my barbecue in the past. Many said that it was the best dish I had ever made. So, we started packaging Cole’s Rib Rub at Green Man.
In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t make any money from the sale of Cole’s Rib Rub, my intention was, and has been, to offer a local business something that might be attention getting and delicious.
By enough about barbecue. Green Man Gourmet has more than just spices. From local honey, to tea, to real artisinal chocolates and pastas and the most amazing olive oil I’ve found this side of Italy.
Basically, if you like to cook, you need to put Green Man Gourmet on your list to visit.
Address: 3543 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205 (In the Shoppes of Avondale)
Hours: M-Sat: 11AM-8PM, Sun 12PM-4PM