Joanie Corneil and Bill Shumate, owners of Square 1 Burgers, are both from Oklahoma. This weekend, Corneil and Shumate are raising money for not one, but two great causes.
For families and victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado, $1 will be donated for every Okie Dog or double-dipped onion rings order. The fundraiser runs from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, and proceeds go to the Red Cross for Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.
Mike Bryant is the general manager at the Dunedin Brewery, Florida's original craft brewery. The Dunedin Brewery is known not only for tasty craft beer but also kick ass' live music which Mike personally lords over.
Sidebern's Executive Chef Chad Johnson strode into the dining room with a full Berkshire pig (from the nearby Summerfield's Pasture Prime) draped over his shoulder. Everyone at last week's Knob Creek Big Flavor Dinner dropped their Manhattans and gathered around a demonstration table. And with three knives, and seemingly little effort, Johnson showed the room "how to butcher a pig."
He showed us what parts of the pig most Americans will eat, and then showed us how much of the pig is leftover, which is a lot. Johnson is a chef unafraid of American's texture-frigid palates and he uses almost every part of the pig to his culinary pleasure.
The entire menu was suited to follow the grand entrance, every course laden with little piggie goodness.
We began with lard poached prawns with crispy trotters (fried pig's feet in lieu of croutons), fava beans, and egg vinaigrette.
There's little that gets my beer-drinking motor running hotter than a collaboration between a beloved band and brewer. So you'll understand the excitement when I got an email announcing Cigar City Brewing and Rock Brothers Brewing's collaboration on a brew for Have Gun Will Travel called High Road Ale.
So I dreamed up my ultimate list of St. Pete restaurants and bars with food critic Jon Palmer Claridge. The best way to see The 'Burg is on foot, so we created a walking-friendly route to some of the best bites and drinks downtown. And wouldn't you know it, everyone said yes. So, as part of our Creative Loafing Festival, and for one simple price, you'll get to try five of our highest-rated and most beloved spots in St. Petersburg.
The walking tour begins tonight (April 18) at 7 p.m. with Banh Mi sandwiches and Boba teas at La V (a favorite Jon and I's).
We'll meander down the block to Mandarin Hide for some handcrafted cocktails from Tony Finotti. And folks on the tour get to try Have Gun Will Travel's Cigar City specialty brew, High Road Ale.
Next, we'll walk to Ale and the Witch (a regular craft beer haunt for me and mother others downtown). Tour attendees will get a free Ale and the Witch pint glass, and half-off their first craft beer. Plus, we'll get to sample a smattering of BBQ from Ale and the Witch's new restaurant the Witch's Den.
Then we'll head down Beach Drive to 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House for some fresh seafood appetizers from Chef Anna. And we'll end the evening with dessert, under the stars, at the Vinoy's 4-star Marchand's Bar & Grille. Tickets are $25 and include everything listed above. Space is limited so get your tickets now!
Schedule is as follows:
7 p.m. sharp
Arrive at La V
441 Central Ave., St Petersburg, 727-820-3500
Sample Boba tea and Bahn Mi sandwiches.
Walk to Mandarin Hide
231 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-231-4007
Walk to Ale and the Witch
111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-821-2533
Free Ale and the Witch Pint Glass
Half-off first beer
Samples of BBQ from Witch's Den
Walk to 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House
Sample appetizers and seafood dishes
Drinks available for additional cost
Walk to Marchand's at the Vinoy
501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, 727-824-8072
Sample desserts and a specialty cocktail
Additional drinks extra.
Evening will conclude at Marchand's and the evening ends at 10 p.m. Schedule allows for delays (like having too much fun) and walking time.
The 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival began Thursday and runs for 11 days. The event takes place in Plant City, the winter strawberry capital of the world according to the city's website. The Florida Strawberries Growers Association says the sweet fruit is available from December through April every year and is grown on approximately 8000 acres around Florida.
Whether you call them flapjacks, hot cakes, or short stacks, it's hard not to love pancakes. And free pancakes? Well, those taste even better.
Today (Feb. 5), get a a free short stack of pancakes from the International House of Pancakes from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
In lieu of pancake payment, consider leaving a donation. Monies collected today will go to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. This year, IHOP is trying to raise $3 million. Free pancakes and a good cause? This is a no brainer.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. There is quite a bit happening in our town this Thanksgiving week. Help others this Thanksgiving in the kitchen or with canned donations, check out a book signing from a James Beard award-winning chef, and learn about the benefits of eating fermented foods.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19-WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21: VOLUNTEER THANKSGIVING COOKS NEEDED
Want to help cook turkeys and pies for the less fortunate this Thanksgiving? St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Chef John Lewis are looking for home cooks to buy and cook turkeys (roughly 16 pounds each) and pies (apple or pumpkin). Deliver turkeys to the church November 19-21 from 3-8 p.m. Deliver pies to the church on November 21 from 3-8 p.m. Call the church to schedule food drop-offs. You can also donate homemade side dishes at the church 3-8 p.m. November 19-21. 1120 Curlew Road, Dunedin, 727-433-1889.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20: CRAFT BEER BOTTLING 101
Part two of the three part series focuses on bottling at Ybor's Roosevelt 2.0. Mary Mac will show everyone how to bottle their craft winter beer. That means participants are one step closer to the best part, tasting their beer. Learn the art of bottling and labeling your home brew, plus proper bottle conditioning. $15. Includes samples of various beers. 7-9 p.m. 1812 N. 15th St, Tampa, 813-248-1904.
A week ahead of Thanksgiving, there are lots of food and drink events out in the Tampa Bay area, many benefiting local charities too. Be sure to get out to some of the great things happening in our community.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12:
FOOD FOR THE SOUL, A FARM TO FORK EVENT
Ella's Folk Art Cafe hosts a meal made from locally sourced ingredients! Contributing farmers include: permaculturalist Willow LaMonte, Nate and Charlie of Gnarly Farms (Seminole Heights), and Kevin from Glory Road Farms. Proceeds from the dinner and post-meal drinks benefit the Green Springs market and delivery service and Community Stepping Stones, both helping the Sulphur Springs neighborhood. $60, 5:30 p.m., 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-234-1000.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14:
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Catch a preview of Whole Foods' Thanksgiving menu, paired with holiday wines. From bread, to pie, to spicy sage stuffing, Whole Foods is a one-stop-show for Thanksgiving. The tasting will be held throughout the store. FREE. 6-8 p.m. 1548 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-874-9435.
ACOUSTIC BARBECUE SERIES
New World Brewery and Thx Mgmt's Wednesday night acoustic music and BBQ series, features Chris Otepka (Heligoats and Troubled Hubble) this week. Grab a plate of Bird's famous $5 chicken plates and take in some free live music. FREE. 7-9 p.m. 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4969.
THREE PALMS KEEP THE PINT NIGHT Three Palms Brewing presents a keep the pint glass night on site at the brewery. For $10, you'll get two tickets good for two pints of Three Palms beer and keep your logo pint glass. $10. 6-9 p.m. 1509 Hobbs St., Tampa, 888-813-4856.