Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tables wanted: Beach markets seek vendors for October

Weekly farmers' markets in Madeira Beach and Indian Shores are now taking vendor applications.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 7:01 PM

The Beach Markets highlight vendors with produce, art and more each season. - MID-WEEK MADEIRA BEACH OPEN AIR MARKET VIA FACEBOOK
  • Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market via Facebook
  • The Beach Markets highlight vendors with produce, art and more each season.

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market and Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market, known as the Beach Markets, are accepting vendor applications for the 2015-2016 season, running October through the end of April.

At 9 a.m. Oct. 4, the farmers' market in Indian Shores — which hosts between 65 and 80 vendors — will open, followed by Madeira Beach's 40-vendor Wednesday market at 9 a.m. Oct. 7. Madeira Beach's gathering is hosted on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway, and the Indian Shores event happens at 19305 Gulf Blvd.

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Bailey's Brunch expanding to all Carmel Kitchen locations

The mind behind Bailey's Brunch says the service plans to hit every Carmel concept this year.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 1:20 PM

The brunch's Birds Eye View, with a cinnamon roll waffle in the background. - MEAGHAN HABUDA
  • Meaghan Habuda
  • The brunch's Birds Eye View, with a cinnamon roll waffle in the background.

Portuguese sweet bread, bite-size blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls, with and without raisins, are a few offerings Tampa brunch enthusiasts will discover during Bailey's Brunch at Carmel Kitchen. But they're also what the man who established the service, Kim Bailey, grew up eating.

"A lot of these things started with my family," says Bailey, who used to offer brunch at his Davis Islands restaurant.

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Drink More Wine: Feelin' GruVe

Here are two delightful wines to help you round out the summer season.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 4:19 AM

Grüner veltliner grapes bring lychee and white pepper to the palate. - MLJACOBS6 VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Mljacobs6 via Wikimedia Commons
  • Grüner veltliner grapes bring lychee and white pepper to the palate.
As we approached Memorial Day and began to think about summer, I made a plea on behalf of rosé. Now, as Labor Day is around the corner and the warmer weather starts to wane, I want you to get to know two more delicious wines that will help you celebrate the season’s end — before we make the inevitable turn to heavier vino as autumn descends.

Luckily for us, warm temperatures extend well into fall, so there’s no excuse to not familiarize yourself with these great white wine varietals. They may take a backseat on most menus to the better-known grapes, but these wines are flat-out terrific and deserve your attention.

First, there is the delicious grüner veltliner (GROO-nur velt-LEEN-er). Most Americans, even many sommeliers, misplace the accent on the first syllable of VELT-leen-er. If you have any doubts, ask a native speaker. Some American wine-loving wag — with links to ‘60s counterculture or a love for Paul Simon lyrics — dubbed it GruVe. Get it? “Groovy.” That strikes me as too clever by half and confusing, except in print. I prefer the simpler “grüner” for short.

In any case, it’s Austria’s answer to sauvignon blanc, a crisp, medium-bodied wine with sumptuous fruit, often described as bringing lychee and white pepper to the palate. Grüner is a fine accompaniment to pork, veal, scallops, sushi, and even asparagus or artichokes, which are notoriously difficult to pair.

The wine’s also great with choucroute garnie, that wonderful Alsatian combo of sauerkraut with a whole continuum of pork. It has the richness and power to stand up to great sausages and other charcuterie. If your go-to white is sauvignon blanc, you’ll surely enjoy this versatile varietal.

The other side of this finishing-the-summer duo is gewürztraminer (guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-nur). It packs an aromatic brilliance with medium body and lush tropical and passion fruit favors. There’s a hedonistic side to “gewürz,” German for spice. Though different bottlings range in sweetness, they don’t display much subtlety, but geez, are they fragrant. Even the dry renditions display an amazing nose, and while they may smell as if they’re sweet on the palate, you’ll find them destined to trick your taste buds.

Where this wine shines, particularly with off-dry versions, is with spicy Asian dishes involving soy sauce, as well as Indian food, especially curries and sweet-tart chutneys. Gewürz succeeds in the presence of sugar, salt, spice and smoke when most other grapes cry for mercy.

Then, there’s the big surprise that higher-acid German gewürz from the Pfalz region is an inspired match for raw tomatoes. The pairing is a revelation. Try the ripe fruit with just olive oil and sea salt, plus some torn basil leaves; hold the balsamic. You’ll be surprised by the synergy of the mashup. Don’t delay, because next month I’ll cover some underappreciated red varietals for the inevitable arrival of cooler weather. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On the Sauce: Bourbon Basil Lemonade cocktail

A beverage so refreshing that you'll find yourself investing in a basil plant at home.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 3:45 PM

  • Chris Fasick

Editor's note: This is the first installment of On the Sauce, a weekly column dedicated to cocktail spotlights and recipes.

If you're anything like me, you can't wait until the weekend get your drink on. CL's here to get you through your midweek doldrums; that way, Friday's here before you know it. Now, let's get on the sauce.

Tampa Bay's been hot. Really hot. To kick off this column, I'll introduce one of my new warm-weather favorites: the bourbon basil lemonade cocktail.

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Restaurant review: Rustic adventure at The Mill

Downtown St. Pete's The Mill takes diners on an exciting culinary ride with New American surprises.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:51 AM

With an attractive bar and industrial decor, The Mill is unpolished yet refined. - DAVID W DOONAN
  • David W Doonan
  • With an attractive bar and industrial decor, The Mill is unpolished yet refined.

The Mill may have a rustic name, but the slick new restaurant inhabits a shiny, urban Central Avenue office complex. Trouble is, it’s hiding in plain sight, like pheasant under glass. The good news is that managing partners Jason Griffin and chef Ted Dorsey’s food is worth Sherlock Holmesian investigation.

The restaurant’s mid-block between Second and Third, with the canny approach east on First Avenue South. When you turn left into the huge fountain-circling drive under the Merrill Lynch sign, a complimentary valet awaits your keys.

Sadly, there are no reservations, but you may phone ahead to be placed on the waiting list. The word is out, however, and on a busy night, you’ve got to get in line — for up to an hour. Luckily, The Mill is well worth any delay. As you head inside across the business lobby, communal tables welcome you for drinks while you cool your heels. It’s a pleasant enough diversion since cocktails are a calling card.

Once you finally get a spot within the inner sanctum, there’s plenty to please the eye: a wall of large gears, an attractive bar and a giant mill wheel wine rack. Hanging light beams peek through burlap sacks; tables are wooden, with seats covered in old blue jeans.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

'1905 Day' offers rolled-back Columbia Restaurant prices

To celebrate its 110th anniversary, the Columbia will feature yesteryear pricing on Sept. 20.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 12:01 PM

For 1905 Day, the Columbia's flan is priced at 50 cents. - THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT
  • The Columbia Restaurant
  • For 1905 Day, the Columbia's flan is priced at 50 cents.
From noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 20, the Columbia Restaurant will showcase throwback prices on food and beverages during its annual 1905 Day, which celebrates the restaurant's 110th anniversary this time around.

Owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation founding family members, the Columbia's locations in Ybor City, Sarasota, Clearwater, St. Augustine and Celebration will charge diners what the patrons of yesteryear might've paid.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Five Courses: Johnny Grits heads north with Southern grub & more

The second Johnny Grits launched in New Port Richey, plus more local food and drink news.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Buttermilk biscuits are made in house at Johnny Grits daily. - JOHNNY GRITS VIA FACEBOOK
  • Johnny Grits via Facebook
  • Buttermilk biscuits are made in house at Johnny Grits daily.

A second location from the Tarpon Springs-based Johnny Grits, known for down-home classics like biscuits and gravy, opened in New Port Richey at 5749 Main St. Though there's a something-for-everyone lineup, the Southern restaurant in the old Mezzaluna pizzeria space has a passion for grits — in skillets, salads and everything in between. 

From savory sandwich combos to griddle fare that's on the sweeter side, breakfast and lunch also offer a wide assortment of casual dishes in the $3 to $16 range. Braised short rib, Gumbo-laya (a jambalaya-meets-gumbo soup) and Southern grouper piccata are among the dinner highlights, many of which are featured during lunch.

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Have dinner, family-style, with Urban Comfort next week

On Aug. 31, Urban Comfort will host its first family meal in St. Pete's Grand Central District.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM

  • Urban Comfort via Facebook
Like downtown St. Pete's Urban Brew and BBQ, which regularly partners with local breweries on beer dinners, the nearby Urban Comfort will begin hosting recurring feasts of its own. The restaurant's first family dinner is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

Chef Chris Perotti will serve family-style dishes alongside beverages provided by Lagunitas Brewing Company throughout the night. Two drinks are included with each $40 meal ticket, and the reservations-only dinner is limited to 20 seats.

In other Urban news, the brand revealed its plans to launch a third concept — a craft beer bottle shop — within the Grand Central District. The spot will offer growlers, sandwiches with house-cured meats and specialty retail items like pickles and sauces.

Upon the announcement last month, Urban Comfort has asked Facebook for input on what to call the new project. Urban Market and Urban Provisions are among the suggestions.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

St. Pete Localicious announces events for weeklong celebration

Food fests, a speakeasy and other events to fuel local eating and drinking during Localicious week.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 6:24 PM

Tasty bite-size desserts offered at Localicious' Local Meltdown event last year. - KEEP SAINT PETERSBURG LOCAL VIA FACEBOOK
  • Keep Saint Petersburg Local via Facebook
  • Tasty bite-size desserts offered at Localicious' Local Meltdown event last year.

Another week dedicated to eating and drinking locally will take over St. Petersburg Oct. 16 to 25, courtesy of Keep Saint Petersburg Local's second annual Localicious. This year's installment of Localicious will feature a new bill of events that unite restaurants, markets, community gardens and more.

Throughout the week's run, Tropicool and local breweries will carry the exclusive Localicious offerings they've created at their establishments, as happenings like the 3rd Friday Food Truck Rally, an autumn party at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement and a food-themed Movies in the Park are hosted.

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Platt's Pizza to keep the vibe, pies simple in Hyde Park

Final touches are being put on Hyde Park's Platt's Pizza, slated to host a grand opening next month.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Owners say Platt's Pizza's grand opening is planned for mid-September. - MEAGHAN HABUDA
  • Meaghan Habuda
  • Owners say Platt's Pizza's grand opening is planned for mid-September.

What happens when a group of South Tampa guys decides to revamp a longtime late-night staple's old home? The soon-to-open Platt's Pizza Pub, that's what.

Deck Pizza & Pub operated at 2202 W. Platt St. for around 10 years or so before five partners — Russ Bruno, Scooter Courtney, Joey Rosati, Rich MacKizer and Ryan Quinn — settled on its vacant headquarters to devise their latest endeavor. While Quinn was a founding partner of The Bungalow, Bruno, Courtney and MacKizer have spots like The Outpost, Scooter's Saloon and The Patio under their culinary black belts. 2001 Odyssey and are among Rosati's involvements.

During a walk-through of the space on Wednesday, the group told CL they're adding the final touches to their 1,300-square-foot pizza joint, whose grand opening will take place mid-September.

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