This Saturday, January 28th, is Gasparilla and Ciccio/Water is celebrating with a special event called Ciccio’s Gasparilla Brunch & Brews from 10AM-2PM at 1015 South Howard Avenue. Guests will also enjoy a live DJ set.
The event will feature a $35 All-You-Can-Eat-And-Drink Beer & Brunch celebration. Cash only. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Parking will cost $20 with limited spaces available.
Don’t forget your pirate gear!
Use #TurnTampaTeal to score a FREE drink at the party.
Proceeds will benefit The Teal Recovery Project, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on fundraising, educating, and empowering women battling cervical cancer.
Event name: Ciccio’s Gasparilla Brunch & Brews
Date & Time: Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 10AM-2PM
Address: 1015 South Howard Avenue Tampa, Florida 33606
Cost: $35 to attend, $20 parking, Cash-only
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/1773892346265765/
Vuelo Mexican Grill in New Tampa will host a 4-course dinner and tequila pairing on Tuesday, January 24th from 5PM to 9PM with restaurant Chef Mark Estee. The chef is a James-Beard Semifinalist for Best Chefs in America and has been featured on both the Cooking Channel and the Food Network.
The cocktails pairings will feature Azuñia Tequila which is produced with 100% pure Weber Blue Agave grown in dedicated fields of the Jalisco lowlands. An exclusive export of Agaveros Unidos de Amatitán, the agave is aged for 8-10 years before harvesting and then proceed to use open-air natural fermentation.
On the menu:
- Florida Rock Shrimp Tiradito with Citrus, Chiles and Corn
- Luis’s Chicken Mole with Crispy Masa Cake and Chicken Chicharrón
- Carne Asada with Salsa Verde and Smashed Potatoes
- Warm Chocolate Cake with Cajeta Caramel Sauce
Tickets are available for $40 in advance and the pairing will be available for $50 on the day of the event. Walk-ins will be welcome and the regular menu will also be available.
Buy advance tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-chef-mark-estee-four-course-chefs-dinner-premium-tequila-tasting-tickets-31106492356
Three chefs in Orlando, Florida teamed up this past weekend to host a Filipino “kamayan” dinner called “Kamay or die” at The Guesthouse Bar on Mills Avenue.
The chefs who hosted the event include:
Kamayan is an eat-with-your-hands style feast that is popular in Filipino culture and has spread to the United States through a variety of pop-ups and restaurant dinners being held from California to New York City. Food is spread on banana leaves and no plates or silverware are traditionally provided.
Dishes ranged from traditional Filipino food to Filipino-inspired food fare. Guesthouse bartenders served up Tiki cocktails to create a Pacific food feast experience.
The menu included:
- Adobo shrimp
- Filipino style ribs
- Whole fried snapper
- Bok choy
- Baby octopus
- Lechon Kawali (crispy fried pork belly)
- Longanisa (Filipino sausage)
- Lumpia (Filipino eggrolls)
- Turon with vanilla ice cream covered in a purple ube coconut sauce
Around 60 guests attended the feast. The chefs hope to host more events in the near-future.
Bloomberg noted last week that Filipino food is projected to have a great year in 2017 and Filipino food fans like myself are hopeful that this is just the beginning of Filipino dining to come.
San Francisco-based, Filipino-American, Chef Charleen recently won the Food Network show Chopped using Filipino cuisine to guide her to victory and winning the grand prize of $10,000.
Now to get some more Filipino food out west in Tampa Bay.
Photography courtesy of Jeff Kraus.
Local newspaper Creative Loafing will host a cocktail competition called HighBall 2017 on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 7PM to 10PM at Kozuba & Sons Distillery (a truly beautiful facility) in St. Petersburg.
The event will showcase local bartenders, distillers, and craft cocktail culture. Guests will enjoy more than 15 craft cocktail samples at the event. A portion of proceeds to benefit Current Initiatives and their projects, such as the Laundry Project, Hope For Homes, and Affordable Christmas.
General Admission Tickets cost $25 in advance and $40 at the door. VIP tickets cost $50 in advance and $80 at the door (if tickets are still available).
VIP guests will receive an hour of early entrance to the event, as well as a private VIP-area with exclusive food/drink perks. All participants will be able to vote for the “Tampa Bay’s Best Cocktail” contest.
Buy tickets: http://www.cltampa.xorbia.com/highball
Sponsors and partners include Kozuba & Sons Distillery, Siesta Key Rum, Tamiami Gin, & Ox and Fields Restaurant + Bar.
Craft beer and bacon fans can rejoice on January 21st from 12PM-6PM at the St. Pete Beer & Bacon Fest in Vinoy Park.
General Admission is available to guests ages 11 and older for $15 pre-sale and $20 on the day of the event and does not cover beer or food costs.
Beer Sampling Admission for ages 21+ is $35 in advance and $40 the day of the event and includes unlimited beer samples from 2PM-6PM, but does not include food.
Sonny’s BBQ VIP Admission for ages 21+ is $75 for pre-sale with limited tickets available and includes a variety of features including Sonny’s BBQ appetizers and unlimited beer sampling with limited small batch beers in VIP tent.
Buy tickets: http://stpetebeerandbacon.com/tickets.html
Children ages 10 and under are FREE.
This food and beer festival will showcase over 80 beers from local craft breweries and samplings of bacon dishes from local chefs and restaurants. Some things on the menus include bacon sirloin meatballs with smoked porter BBQ sauce, bacon beer cheese mac, house duck bacon, BBQ bacon waffle burgers, and more.
Live music will also play throughout the day.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. The Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization helping stray animals get adopted and medical attention.
Restaurant/Food Vendor Participants (prices will range from $2-$4):
- Sonny’s BBQ
- Nico’s Kitchen
- Craving Donuts
- Carmel Kitchen
- Vanchetta Rolling Rotisserie
- Jolly Porker
- Sweet Life Cupcakes
- The Twisted Iron
- BCA BBQ
- Taste Time To Love Us
- I Wanna Wok
- Prime 19
- Healthy Heritage Grass Fed Beef
- Jimmy’s Slider Truck
Event Schedule: http://stpetebeerandbacon.com/schedule.html
- Big Top Brewing Co.
- Big Storm Brewing Co.
- Bold City Brewery
- Coppertail Brewing Co.
- Darwin Brewing Co.
- De Bine Brewing Co.
- Kona Brewing Co.
- Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
- Hidden Springs Ale Works
- Motorworks Brewing Co.
- Mad Beach Craft Brewing Co.
- Magic Hat Brewing Co.
- Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co.
- Rapp Brewing Co.
- Sea Dog Brewing Co.
- Shipyard Brewing Co.
- Southern Tier Brewing Co.
- SweetWater Brewing Co.
- Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
- Silverking Brewing Co.
- 3 Daughters Brewing Co.
Interested in volunteering? Check out this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054cadad2fa0fc1-stpete
The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association will host a food truck rally on Friday, January 20th, 2017 from 6PM-9PM called Burger Bash in Da Burg at Port St. Pete’s Marine Discovery Center.
Over 10 food trucks will be at the food event and specialty burgers will be sold to hungry attendees. Beer, wine, and sangria will be available for purchase.
The event will have FREE admission and parking. Inside and outside waterfront seating will be provided and the movie Good Burger will play at the event starting at 7PM.
Participating food trucks:
Interested vendors should inquire at http://www.gulftobayfta.org/contact-us
Event name: Burger Bash in Da Burg
Venue: Port St. Pete
Address: 250 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Date & Time: Friday, January 20th, 2017, 6PM-9PM
Cost: FREE to attend and park
Age: All ages welcome
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will host a Paul Hobbs wine pairing dinner on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 7PM. Paul Hobbs Winery has a long list of accolades to its credit.
Photo credit: PaulHobbsWinery.com.
Forbes has called Hobbs the “Steve Jobs of Wine”. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Vina Cobos in 1999. Hobbs was twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Jr. and continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.
The event kicks off at 6:30PM with a cocktail reception and performance by Backstreet and will then lead to a 4-course dinner at 7PM prepared by Chef Dave Puatu featuring: Smoked Quail Ragù with Bramare Appellation Lujan de Cuyo Melbec, Argentina; Chilean Sea Bass with Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley; Japanese Wagyu Filet with Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena; and Sweet Escape with Stratus Vineyard Ice Wine Riesling Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Each guest who attends will receive a commemorative bottle of Paul Hobbs 2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Tickets are limited and cost $333 per person with taxes and gratuity included.
Call (813) 627-6630 to make your reservation.
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood opened in 2007 inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. All steaks are dry aged 21-28 days and cut right in the restaurant’s very own on-site butcher shop. The fresh fish is line-caught in Florida and the Alaskan king crab legs are from the Bering Sea. Custom salt water tanks also keep the live Maine lobsters fresh.