Clearwater chef david miller goes Caribbean
Chef David Miller of Savant Fine Dining in Clearwater will be making a splash in the Caribbean next year with the opening of Antilia restaurant at the private island resort Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands.
Savant Fine Dining was named one of America's top restaurants for 2008 by Zagat.
At Antilia, which will have only 10 tables and two dinner seatings, Miller plans to incorporate fresh and local fare into the six-course menu. The menu is set to change weekly to feature in-season foods. Also on the menu will be Savant Fine Chocolates, which can be sampled at the Clearwater restaurant (2551 Drew St., Suite 107; (727) 421-9975).
For information about the resort, go to www.scrubIsland.com.
New places to dine out
• Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. officially opens at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach on Friday. On its opening day, Bubba Gump will give 50 percent of all sales (not net proceeds, mind you) to St. Petersburg-based nonprofit R'Club, whose mission is to strengthen children, families and communities through youth development programs. The new two-story, 400-seat location features two patios and a lovely water view from inside the dining room. The restaurant is led by general manager Mark Talbot, a Florida native, and chef Lynn Yoder, who has been the chef at the New Orleans location since 2005.
• Another newcomer, kind of, is Grill 131, a new Bob Spoto restaurant in Seminole at 131st Street and Park Boulevard. Funny thing, Spoto was in this location 20 years ago! And Crabby Bill's is set to open in Indian Rocks Beach sometime this week (meanwhile, neighboring tiny sushi spot, Tao, seems to have quietly closed). Stay tuned.
Sweet trend goes wider
In gastronomic meccas around the country, teeny-tiny desserts have found their way into the sweet spot, often served in diminutive ramekins or even shot glasses. What's not to like? You get to try lots of gooey delights for less money than ordering all of them a la carte, and even the calorie count is a little more reasonable.
Now Chili's is serving "sweet shots." You can order one or all of these: layers of Warm Cinnamon Roll, Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Strawberry Wave Cheesecake or Dutch Apple Caramel Cheesecake for $1.99 each or $5 for four.
Local tips go national
The July/August issue of Rachael Ray's Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine offers tips on how to beat the heat from Gemmill Holtom of Homosassa Springs and Theresa Quintana of Temple Terrace.
From Holtom: "I keep ice-filled coolers in the shade and partially submerge food containers and drinks inside. That way, snacks, drinks and food (like my boiled shrimp) stay chilled even if the cooler lids are left open."
From Quintana: "Lemon pesto tastes as great as traditional pesto, but it's lighter for warm-weather eating. I just replace olive oil with lemon juice and zest."
The Osmond Brother Diet
Ever wonder how '70s heartthrob Donny Osmond keeps his boyish figure? Well, neither did we but we were still fascinated to read about his strict daily diet in the current issue of Ray's magazine.
The Puppy Love crooner says when he's not on the road, breakfast is muesli with soy milk and cranberry juice followed by a turkey sandwich and water for lunch and chicken, salad and water at dinner. What? Not even one apple, good or bad? He says his vice is Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
Janet K. Keeler and Laura Reiley, Times staff writers