Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tyler Florence shops for President Obama's dinner at Mazzaro's in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG -- The store manager of Mazzaro's Italian Market was impressed when celebrity chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence came in this week to shop for meats and cheeses.

But even more so after Florence explained why he was in town -- to cook at a private fundraiser for President Barack Obama. The president will be attending a fundraiser at the Tampa home of Donn Miggs and Lisa DeBartolo. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is also among the guests expected, in addition to chef Florence.

"Pretty amazed," manager Ben DeNavarra said, describing his reaction. He got Florence to sign a Mazzaro's T-shirt, which will be framed and hung on the wall of the widely known St. Petersburg market and deli at 2909 22nd Avenue N.

DeNavarra said Florence was "very, very nice, very polite, very outgoing" during his visit on Wednesday, in preparation for today'sfundraiser. He added that "it's always exciting when somebody famous comes into the store ... a lot of the employees and customers here are big foodies."

Tyler Florence shops for President Obama's dinner at Mazzaro's in St. Pete 09/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Crist votes for measure that includes money for Trump's wall

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Charlie Crist was for it and against it.

  2. Tampa man arrested in fatal motel shooting

    Crime

    TAMPA — A 37-year-old Tampa man was arrested on a manslaughter charge Thursday for the death of Yasmine L. Tyson on Monday night.

     Christopher Lee Carithers, 37, of Tampa, was arrested on a manslaughter charge Thursday  for the shooting death of Yasmine L. Tyson in a hotel Monday night. [Tampa Police Department]
  3. St. Pete's Downtown Looper expands service with $900,000 grant

    Transportation

    By DIVYA KUMAR

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG ­— The Downtown Looper will expand its route and its hours starting in October 2018 thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

  4. Latest sewage crisis fallout: Higher utility bills in St. Pete

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For months the cost of the city's sewage crisis has been measured in terms of environmental damage, legal ramifications and political repercussions.

    Now residents are about to get the bill.

    Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage during the height of the city's sewage crisis. Now the City Council is considering how much to raise utility rates to pay the $326 million bill to fix St. Petersburg's sewage system. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  5. Rays add a bat, too, acquiring Lucas Duda from Mets

    Blogs

    The Rays made another big move today, acquiring 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.

    Duda, 31, is a lefty slugger who will take over as the Rays primary DH against right-handers, with Corey Dickerson now playing most of the time in the outfield.

    To get Duda, the Rays gave up minor-league RHP Drew Smith, …

    The Rays acquired 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.