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Celebrity chefs to cook at Treasure Island benefit

Celeb chefs coming to Treasure Island

While we await an October announcement of the chefs who have signed on to BayWalk (or whatever it might be called in the future), BayWalk owner Bill Edwards and friends have engineered a culinary coup of sorts over at the Club at Treasure Island. On Oct. 19, chefs Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu restaurants) and Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin) will jointly prepare a five-course meal to benefit the Edwards Family Foundation & Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. One hundred tickets to the dinner will be sold, mostly to club members, but with some reserved for the general public (call 727/367-4511). This is the second of such "Culinary Masters" events at the Club at Treasure Island, the first having been a dinner with Emeril Lagasse in 2011 which raised $200,000 for All Children's Hospital and other causes. Come to think of it, Lagasse and Matsuhisa are among the names that have swirled as potential BayWalk tenants. Could it be that Edwards is giving us a hint?

Newcomer in Hyde Park Village

The race is on to open restaurants in August in advance of the Republican National Convention. In an ordinary year, August is among the slowest months for Tampa Bay restaurants, but the list is long of restaurants that aim to get doors open in upcoming weeks. Thuy Le hopes to finish up inspections and get her new La V Vietnamese cafe open at 441 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, Jeannie Pierola opens her new restaurant edison on Kennedy in Tampa, and Aug. 14 marks the date when the newest Carmel Café & Wine Bar opens in Hyde Park Village. The first freestanding Carmel Café, the 4,000-square-foot restaurant, designed by Alfonso Architects of Tampa, takes over the space at 3601 W Swann Ave., with indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar and a lively Mediterranean menu. The small chain of restaurants was a pioneer in using MenuPad tablet technology in menu explication and wine selection. It opens first for dinner only, with brunch and lunch to be added in September. As part of the launch, the newcomer will offer a prix-fixe "Dinner for Two" Sundays and Mondays that lets two guests create a customized, four-course meal for a combined cost of $24.95.

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