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.
Talk about a win-win, right?
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!
Here are all the details on this family-friendly event.
Tampa's Capital Grille recently announced the launch of the Cocktail Conservation Society, whose first order of business is mixing up some great cocktails to benefit four historic sites in Tampa.
The four-week lounge event will feature classic cocktails from Tampa's Golden Age as the Alhambra of the South. Featured cocktails include the mule, strawberry mojito, Pimm's cup, real dill, and rye old fashioned. Every week, a portion of the proceeds from these cocktail will be donated to a different historic Tampa site.
Proceeds benefit the Tampa Theatre (Sept. 9-15), Tampa Union Station (Sept. 16-22), The Cuban Club (Sept. 23-29), and the Italian Club (Sept. 30-Oct. 6).
"The Cocktail Conservation Society program is an innovative way to bring awareness to some of Tampa's historic gems," said the Tampa Theatre's Jill Witeckii of the project in a press release. "As a long-time Tampa institution, the Theatre is thrilled to work with partners like The Capital Grille who are looking for creative ways to give back to their community and introduce these Tampa landmarks — not to mention these classic cocktails — to a younger audience."
The Cocktail Conservation Society begins Monday, Sept. 9 and ends Sunday, Oct. 6. The Capital Grille is located at 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 813-830-9433.
Sure, you've been to food truck rallies before, but how many of you can say you've been to the largest food truck rally in the world? Score plenty of food (and bragging rights) on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Florida State Fairgrounds where there will be loads of tasty treats!
More than 100 food trucks from across the country will convene at this event, including: Enjoi Sweets & Company, Thai One On, Sweet G BBQ, Off the Griddle, Inside Scoop, The Pastrami Project, LizzieCakes, Grumpy's Diner, Wrap-N-Roll, The Mediterranean Grill of The Palm Beaches, Snow Caps, Sarge's Smokehouse BBQ, Roaming Gourmand, Loafin' Around Cafe, Maggie On The Move, Tiki Cone, Dub & Jimbos Cajun Invasion, El Cubanito Subs, Mayan Food Truck, Pitas on The Run, Alaska Mike's Yukon Fry Bread, Red Zeppelin, Disco Donuts, The London Fish & Chippy and so many more.
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.