Alhambra reopens kitchens, hires an executive chef.
After two years of preparing its food offsite, Alhambra Theatre & Dining will resume preparing its food in its kitchen under the leadership of new Executive Chef DeJuan Roy.
Since reopening in 2009, the food served at the Alhambra has been provided by chef Matthew Medure's takeout business, located in San Marco.
The Alhambra’s new executive chef, who helped design the renovated kitchen, is also bringing with him his own staff, including Sous Chef Christine Seely and Pastry Chef Cheryl Sheppard.
Alhambra managing partner Craig Smith praised Medure's contributions to helping revive the theater, which closed for two months in late 2009.
"Our intent always was for Matthew to help us right the ship, and then help us transition to an internal team with a real kitchen of our own," Smith said.
Having its own kitchen and staff provides the Alhambra an opportunity to host special events such as luncheons, fundraisers, corporate outings, weddings and parties, Smith said. It will also allow the Alhambra to better match special dietary needs and requests.
Roy was previously the Executive Chef at 95 Cordova in St. Augustine. Prior to that, he served as executive chef of The Plantation Room at the Celebration Hotel in Celebration, Fl. A graduate of the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, Roy has nearly 20 years of culinary experience. He has lived in Jacksonville for 15 years.
"My Fair Lady" opens today at the Alhambra. On the buffet menu will be three fresh salads (served plated: English Garden, Cucumber with Onion & Tomato, or Fingerling Potato Salad with Fresh Dill); a choice of entrees (Carved Oven-Roasted Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding, Au Jus and Horseradish Cream, Fish & Chips, Chicken Divan) and two side selections (Cream Peas and Garlic Mashed Potatoes). Dessert choices are Chef DeJuan’s signature Honeybun Cake and Chocolate Mousse Trifle.
Shows are nightly except Monday with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $42 for adults and $35 for children, which includes dinner. Call the box office at 904.641.1212 or visit on line at www.alhambrajax.com.