Terlato Wines' Carl Walker introduced wine mavens Vianna (left) and Nicholls (middle) before their panel discussion.
About a year after their six-part PBS show, Vintage: Napa Valley 2012, debuted, California winemakers Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock and Kimberlee Nicholls of Markham Vineyards held a Winemaker Symposium at the Epicurean Hotel Thursday afternoon.
Their more-documentary-than-reality-show series, also featuring Rutherford Hill winemaker Marisa Taylor (all three are part of Terlato Wines' portfolio), showcased the gurus and their Napa wineries behind the scenes during the 2012 harvesting season. That year, copious crop loads of quality fruit were acquired.
To restaurateurs and vino enthusiasts in the Epicurean's classroom theater, Vianna and Nicholls discussed their winemaking philosophies, oak barrels, their beginnings in the industry and more.
Angry Chair is among the latest breweries to open in Tampa, in what is still a major upswing in the Bay area craft beer scene’s popularity. The brewery and tasting room are located in the heart of hip, hip Seminole Heights, in a stylish old ’40s clock shop (with original ’20s Florida pine from the building repurposed into the custom bar), right on heavily trafficked foodie-haven Florida Avenue.
So yeah, the timing is there. The location is there. The aesthetic is right there.
The Brass Tap's Ybor site right off Seventh Avenue.
The Brass Tap opened the doors of its seventh Bay area location to Ybor City's Centro Ybor complex at 1600 E. Seventh Ave. Monday.
Housed below Hamburger Mary's, the beer-cigar-wine joint, with a tap list of about 60 craft beers and more in bottles, also serves up bar bites like flatbreads, warm dips, pretzel pizzas (which seem to be all therage, at least in the fast-food world) and panini.
The beer-bar chain operates in additional out-of-state locales, including Ohio and Arizona.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, Food Network darling Alton Brown will bring his quirky, science-y take on food to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. The stop is part of his live, and all-ages-friendly, Edible Inevitable Tour.
Food writer and host of the Cutthroat Kitchen series, Brown has ties to several other Food Network TV shows, including Good Eats and Iron Chef America.
KEEP ON TRUCKIN’: The future home of Urban Comfort, Urban Brew's sibling.
Those who can’t get enough of chef-curated cheese selections, clean eating and craft beer are in luck. While Tampa Bay experienced a series of stunner restaurant openings in the fall last year, a medley of casual and upscale dining destinations are set to tantalize palates further.
Owners Misty and Brian Sommers will use organic ingredients, along with grass-fed beef and poultry, in the gluten-free items at their Ybor City eatery. Within Clementine Café’s open-air dining room at Ybor Daily Market, chef Brian will cook up dishes inside a retro-fitted Airstream trailer. Although 30 seats will accommodate eaters, there will be a walk-up counter for take-away orders. 1920 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813-382-5575, clementinechef.com.
THE HARBOR DISH COMMUNITY CAFE
A downtown Safety Harbor joint that plans to rethink traditional restaurant models. At the nonprofit Harbor Dish, founded by Christina Sauger, diners will pay for their meals through suggested donations or a volunteer program, which will involve busing tables, washing dishes and the like. The menu will change daily and integrate organic ingredients when possible. 123 Fourth Ave. S., Safety Harbor, 727-796-8286, harbordish.org.
No matter the menu offerings (cured pork loin, vanilla bean cheesecake, Cajun shrimp), Tampa Bay has a serious affinity for complementing its craft beer with grub.
Beer-pairing dinners happened at Tampa Bay Brewing Company and The Independent during past Tampa Bay Beer Weeks. Cigar City Brewing's Eggs & Kegs brunch, which premiered at TBBW in 2013 and became a recurring event, typically sells out in advance. And manyother food and drink establishments offer brews alongside multicourse meals to create the ultimate taster's paradise.
Keeping pace with CL's Spring Arts Preview, here's a look at five upcoming beer dinners regionites won't want to miss.
YUMMY BUNNY: A delicious stew of rabbit and cornmeal dumplings.
If you really want to put the cuisine of Fodder & Shine into context, you should take a trip to Pinellas County’s Heritage Village prior to eating in Seminole Heights. There, you’ll find the county’s oldest structure, a typical Florida “cracker” log home from the pioneer period. It was built in 1852 by Capt. James McMullen.
You see, the fabulous Bakers — chef Greg and Michelle of Refinery fame and acclaim — are bravely letting you travel back in time to survey the state’s cracker cuisine, popular from just before the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression.
The menu reflects 18 months of research into heritage food recipes that merge the African, Irish and Scottish eats of cracker families (named for the cracking whips used to herd cattle). With authenticity assured, ingredients are sourced from farmers and ranchers across the state.
On Monday, if Chipotle Mexican Grill diners purchase a vegan Sofritas item (burrito, bowl, salad or taco order), they'll be able to present their receipt for a complimentary entrée of their choice during another visit.
The deal will be offered at Chipotles throughout the Bay area to promote the fast-casual chain's newest menu offering, according to a news release. Folks may redeem their free entrée between Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28.
First introduced to several markets in spring 2013, Sofritas incorporates organic tofu braised with roasted poblanos and more.
Executive chef Eric Lackey cooks behind Ulele's open grill.
Celebrity chef and restauranteur Emeril Lagasse was charmed by the Columbia Restaurant Group's Ulele, it seems. The restaurant, which operates along the Hillsborough River, will be featured on the "Waterfront Favorites" episode of his Emeril's Florida TV series.
Influenced by the state's multicultural heritage and early residents, the "ū-nique" elements of Ulele's menu will be highlighted by Lagasse, who talked with owner Richard Gonzmart about the Tampa Heights eatery.