Wednesday night, The Refinery's front and back of house staff switched places for charity. Chef Greg Baker and his kitchen crew took over the dining room, while general manager and wife Michelle Baker planned the menu and made dinner in the kitchen.
All proceeds and tips went to the Nature Delivered Farm, a pasture-raised pig farm in Bushnell run by Rebecca Krassnoski. The independently owned local farm recently expanded from 20 to 200 acres and needs help raising funds for fencing and other equipment.
What happens when barrel-aged bourbon collaborates with a classic Tampa concert venue? Magic in a glass of course.
"There is only one barrel of this bourbon," Dufrain told CL last week. "The most we will get from one barrel is 124 bottles. It's a ten-year-old bourbon, put in oak in 2003 and pulled out and bottled on November 8, 2013."
The idea came about when owner Jerry "Lazy' Dufrain and his wife took a trip to the Kentucky bourbon trail.
Last year, The Refinery's dream team of Greg and Michelle Baker were trying to come up with a charity event to host at the Seminole Heights eatery.
"Eric McHugh [Refinery's chef de cuisine] said you guys all cook the food and we will serve everything," Michelle told CL last week. "He was just kidding but we were like, we're totally doing this."
And Trading Places, an annual charity dinner at the Refinery, was born. Chef Greg Baker and his kitchen staff will take over the dining room while wife/manager Michelle Baker and the front of house take over cooking on Wed., Dec. 18. Michelle laughs remembering last year's inaugural event. How often does a James Beard nominated chef wait tables?
"We, in the kitchen, killed it and our food came out fast and tasty," she said. "But Greg and the staff tanked. They were running around like chickens with their head's cut off. The kitchen guys are used to going to Greg for every answer. They would walk up and ask him a question right when he was taking an order. But everyone got tasty food."
Ron Burgundy loves scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch.
And now, thanks to Riviera Imports, everyone can get a taste with Ron Burgundy Great Oin's Raven Special Reserve Scotch.
Tampa Bay’s newest craft brewery, 3 Daughters, opens Saturday, December 14. They held sneak preview for a few hundred friends and supporters Thursday night.
Located in a former municipal plumbing supply building at 222 22nd St. S in the emerging Warehouse Arts District, 3 Daughters Brewing is the brainchild of Bella Brava co-owner Mike Harting. It includes a 30-barrel brewhouse (twice the size of Cigar City Brewing’s when it opened nearly five years ago), a 2,000-square-foot tasting room and plenty of room to expand.
The 5-2 vote against even convening a workshop on the matter came after the board received an overwhelmingly negative response from members of the public who spoke out today. Only Yolie Capin and Mary Mulhern supported moving forward.
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.
When in Brandon, do as the Brandons do and get yourself a scoop or two of Revolution Ice Cream Co., ice cream. Saturday evening, coming out of an Ikea-fueled-stupor, our car turned right onto State Road 60 instead of left. The big shopping center lights of Brandon were in sight momentarily and that meant delicious ice cream lay just minutes away.
You might remember Revolution Ice Cream Co., from this year's Food Issue, The Regulars . Hardcore rockabilly band, the Redliners, took us to their Brandon ice cream haunt, run by former 9-5er Bill Workman and his wife Leslee.
Both houses of Congress have agreed to make cuts to the food stamp portion of the bill (known as SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), but the gap between the two sides' proposed cuts is Grand Canyon-sized. The GOP-led House wants to cut $39 billion from the program over the next 10 years, the Senate $4 billion.
"The simplest word I can use would be devastating," says Thomas Mantz, executive director of Feeding America Tampa Bay, the leading food bank for the Tampa Bay area. He believes that such severe cuts to the food stamp program could create new demand on his food bank of up to 30-40 percent.
He made those remarks at a brief press conference held today inside the organization's East Tampa warehouse as he greeted Congresswoman Kathy Castor, making an appearance just days before Americans will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.