Every month, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn hosts a food truck rally at downtown Tampa's Lykes Gaslight Square. Buckhorn always shows up and grabs a bite to eat from one of the Tampa Bay area's local food trucks in attendance.
For Wednesday, December 4, food truck rally attendees should take note of some of the new offerings. Tampa's Best of the Bay award-winning Holy Hog BBQ brings its "food truck" (it's a vehicle but not quite a food truck) filled with all the barbecue your midday tummy can muster.
Nearly two years after closing, friends of the Globe Coffee Lounge reunited for a day of food, coffee drinks and dessert. The Local 662 on Central Avenue's 600 Block hosted the one-day-only "pop-up."
Former Globe owner/coffee maven JoEllen Schilke whipped up sheets of Supa-Fudgey brownies, orders of her infamous Sloppy JoEllen sandwiches, and plenty of chai lattes. There were, of course, plenty of pies.
Cooking a Thanksgiving meal is a daunting task. Period. Anticipation for the multi-dish feast builds up all year. It's a day when everyone gets to indulge in incredible culinary gluttony.
But what recipes should you use? Certainly, you've pinned dozens by now on your Thanksgiving Pinterest board. But have you sorted through that mess of broken links and hard-to-find ingredients? Then there are the family classics, but perhaps Granny's old-timey cursive didn't stand the test of time.
Whether you're in charge of the entire feast, or just bringing a dish to share, we organized some of our best Thanksgiving-friendly recipes to your browsing pleasure.
CL Food critic Jon Palmer Claridge's Complete Turducken recipe is a lofty undertaking, but a respectable and rewarding one. Luckily, Claridge's five-page recipe walks you through every precious step.
Cigar City Brewing and LOKO Cuisine's Eggs & Kegs (formerly Eggs n' Kegs) takes the time honored tradition of Sunday brunch to a whole new level. Bloody Mary's and Belgium waffles have had their day, time for beer and some innovative breakfast-creations.
On the third Sunday of every month, Cigar City's Spruce Street tasting room fills with beer/brunch-lovers, eager to get a hot plate of funky fresh cuisine and a pint or two. Did I mention that the dishes have some beer-inspired elements? This past weekend was November's "It's all gravy, baby" event, featuring a four-course feast with items like pumpkin pie french toast.
The next event is Sunday, December 15. Eggs & Kegs will feature a Winter Wit Wonderland complete with a Belgian White Ale and chili pepper-inspired feast. Tickets are available here or inside the Cigar City tasting room (cash only at CCB).
The first sign of trouble showed up on Cycle Brewing’s Facebook page. Soon, similar messages were appearing on influential online craft beer boards.
Something was seriously wrong with Rare D.O.S., the bourbon-barrel-aged stout that earned brewer Doug Dozark world acclaim in craft beer circles. Ranked as high as 11th best beer in the world by beeradvocate.com reviewers., the latest batch of Rare D.O.S. (Doug’s Original Stout) was released in June during a special event at Peg’s Cantina, where Dozark began his brewing career on a nano system out back.
It sold out in less than a week, all 150 gallons, and $20 a 16-ounce growler. People bought them by the case, many to trade with craft beer friends.
But it wasn’t long before the online beer-trading community was writing things like this on beeradvocate.com:
“So. Either this is infected, or just plain bad. I know this beer is supposed to be good, but I’m not getting it. It smelled a little tart, and it tasted fairly tart. Left like a tinny, chemical feel on my tongue. I’d try this again, hoping that it’s just a 1-time infection issue, but it’s bad. Buyer beware with the recent batch.”
The howls came from Alaska to Massachusetts to the Netherlands. Emails, too, from dissatisfied customers seeking recompense.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Dozark, who was working overtime to open his second brewery, in downtown St. Petersburg, He would spend the next weeks losing sleep and trying to make amends and protect his signature brand.
Twelve hours before, it was just a gift shop. But the mustache T-shirts, decorative coasters and melting clocks were moved aside for a red carpet to stumble down. The awards show-style backdrop for photos left plenty of room for elbows to brush against some of the food world’s biggest celebrities as the Dali Museum’s ground floor transformed into Nocturnal Cravings, a dessert-inspired evening hosted by Charm City Cakes' (and former host of Ace of Cakes) Duff Goldman.
As part of the Enjoy Arts & Tastes festival converging on downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront this weekend, the party capped off the festival’s first night. If playwright Martin Esslin had been there, he might have dubbed it the kitchen of the absurd.
The eighth annual Fall Craft ale festival at the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou may just be a foggy memory now. Still, it’s worth taking a moment to consider a question someone asked Saturday at the festival, while sipping on our souvenir plastic sample glasses. Why do so many consider this beer festival one of the best in the state? Here’s my take.
For starters, there’s a wide range of craft beer on-site that you just can’t get anywhere else. Best of the Bay award winning Cajun Café owner Paul Unwin doesn’t rely solely on what distributors can offer. Though, even the distributors stepped up their game for the event; Brown Distributing, for example, poured samples of Funky Buddha from Boca Raton (rarely poured in or around Tampa Bay). Unwin's extensive connections allow for rare pours like Mexican Cake from South Carolina’s Westbrook Brewery (think Cigar City Hunahpu’s before it was famous). Unwin also tracked down Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing and California’s Lost Abbey brewery. A half-dozen home-brew clubs, which serve as test labs, were there.
The event started with a bang. Registration for this event was seamless, you could just simply show up and pay $10 and participate in the feast. Elmer’s Sports Café greeted guest with spicy homemade gumbo packed with spicy sausage and shrimp with rice in a rich, flattering deep roux. Paula Wood who has been running Elmer’s for the last 20 years and creating tasting homemade treasure for the last 6 years was warm and inviting.
Putting together a list of all the festivals, parties and other hoo-ha happening around Halloween is more shudder-inducing than a frozen slack-jawed Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily with the help of CL interns Amina Jackson, Marc Seide and Kyetra Bryant — and local organizations who obliged us with information — we have been able to come up with this fairly comprehensive guide — truly something for everybody. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Items in chronological order, under the categories Arts, Music and Culture; Big Nights Out; Boooooze and More, Comedy & Cabaret, Family Fun; Festivals, Haunted Haunts. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an event to add — but do so at your own risk!