Jacksonville chef Kenny Gilbert’s Silkie’s touted for champagne and menu

Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne Bar, Jacksonville celebrity chef Kenny Gilbert’s latest restaurant, has received national recognition for its champagne offerings, including creative craft cocktails as well as its innovative take on Southern and global cuisine.

Gilbert’s Restaurant in historic Springfield was named one of the top 10 bars and restaurants in the United States by the Washington-based Champagne Bureau USA.

The Champagne Bureau, the U.S. representative of the Champagne Committee — the trade association that represents all winemakers and houses in Champagne, France — named the top ten list in honor of the 13th World Champagne Day, Oct. 28. The day celebrates sparkling wine which comes only from Champagne, France.

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“We hope Champagne lovers and those new to sparkling wine will consider visiting these impressive establishments to enjoy Champagne Day in style,” the office said in a press release announcing Silkie’s and the nine other restaurants and bars. from his list.

The office describes Silkie’s as “an upscale casual restaurant with delicious fried chicken and cookies, dining options and an overall unique dining experience.”

Gilbert is a former contestant on Season 7 of Food Network’s “Top Chef.” He and his wife, Anna, opened Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar at 1602 Walnut St. in 2020.

An upscale fast-casual restaurant, Silkie’s features Gilbert’s fried chicken, cookies and champagne cocktails. Daily specials focus on international chicken dishes.

Silkie’s menu includes eight varieties of champagne, plus cocktails

The restaurant menu includes eight varieties of champagne. All but three are listed as being from France.

Craft champagne cocktails include Girls Night Out, with pear nectar, wine-based gin, lime, and simple syrup; Southern Belle, with peach, wine-based whiskey, green tea, lemon and simple syrup; and Late Night on Walnut Street, with stout beer, wine-based vodka, coffee, cinnamon, orange and simple syrup, the menu shows.

Champagne flights are also available.

The Bureau works to educate American consumers about the unique character of Champagne wines and to broaden their understanding of the need to protect the Champagne name.

Other restaurants and bars on its list include the following:

  • Air’s Champagne Parlor, New York, NY.
  • Happy Hour, Washington, DC
  • Alright, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Corridor 44, Denver, Colorado.
  • Effervescence, New Orleans, La.
  • Frank’s Oyster House and Champagne Parlor, Seattle, Wash.
  • Pops for Champagne, Chicago, Illinois.
  • San Francisco Champagne Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • La Champagnerie, Louisville, Ky.

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