More than 500 patrons crowded into St. Petersburg's Bayfront Medical Plaza to sample food and drink from a number of Tampa Bay area restaurants and distributors, too many to name here. Suffice it to say that there was something for everyone, from lobster bisque to short ribs, wine (including bubbly), beers, even coffee.
This year's Bayfront on Vine "season" focused on locally produced and sustainable edibles and included a six-course meal at Gateway Organic Farm in Clearwater, plus vintner dinners in several private homes.
Clark Smith chaired the event, with help from Matt Becker, Elliott Bedinghaus, Dimity Carlson, Hillary Chisholm, Brittni Cotilla, Phil Dickhaus, Tina Dyer, Gary Garcia II, Tyson Grant, Kim Gustafson, Shaheen Hemsey, Laterika Jelks, Chip Jones, Dr. Ajoy Kumar, Sherri Langhans, Rick Lennerth, Claude Macari, Gabrielle Osborn, Dr. David Parrish, Candace Porter, Tom Pritchard, Mandy Rutledge, Nancy Safford-Ruetz, Cathleen Ryan, Ann Marie Smith, Al Steinberg, JoAnna Swindell, Terry Tomalin, Steve Westphal, Deborah Williams and Dr. Edward Zbella.
The event raised about $200,000 for the James Heart Center at Bayfront Medical Center.
It rained a bit on PARC's annual Mardi Gras-themed "Chubby Saturday" parade, but nearly 400 guests got into the spirit of things at the Rutland-Farley estate in St. Petersburg, where hosts Phil and Michele Farley were honored as the celebration's royalty.
Performance artist Michael Israel didn't disappoint, creating five paintings: portraits of Albert Einstein, John Lennon and Gene Simmons and tributes to the military and jazz legend Bob Fosse.
Contributing to the silent auction were Tampa Bay area artists Patricia LaFaye, Owen Pach and Clayton Swartz. PARC fine art studio and gallery artist Lisa M's signature painting drew a bid of $1,300, half of which goes directly to her.
The Level 10 Band presented jazz entertainment, and food and beverages were donated by Baystar Restaurant Group, Boulevard Bistro, Budweiser, C.D. Roma's, GateauOChocolat, Javamo Coffees, Moulin Rouge Restaurant & Lounge and Simply Fresh Produce and Peanuts.
Chairs Fay Lazaris and Madeleine Olster led the event committee, which included Linda Armstrong, Elaine Buchholtz, Cynthia Gramberg, Estelia Mesimer and Carol Zimmerman.
Major sponsors included Nextech, Jennifer and Paul Manfrey, Johnnie and Ron Guest and SunTrust Bank.