ST. PETERSBURG—Patrons of Sundial's Locale market will soon be able to create their own miniature cakes with the finest of fillings, fruit and toppings. The cakes will be assembled in small plastic cars that roll down a prep line.
Also by this summer, shoppers can scan a QR code on certain foods they buy and a tutorial video by celebrity chef Michael Mina will come up on their phone.
Mina, a co-founder of Locale, joined the market's executive chef Jeffrey Hileman to prepare a four-course dinner for 60 patrons of the arts at Locale's FarmTable Kitchen restaurant Thursday night.
He also pledged to prepare dinner for 12 patrons of three museums at a private home or FarmTable the next three times he's in town. The meals can be auctioned off at different events to raise money for the Dali, Museum of Fine Arts and the Morean Arts Center.
"I can promise you they will be mind blowing dinners," said the James Beard Award winning San Francisco chef. "When it's just 12 people you can really turn it upside down."
At Locale's event saluting the arts, guests dined on 45-day dry-aged prime tomahawk rib eye, rabbit and cobia with duck fat fingerling potatoes, wood-grilled asparagus and a beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios.
Dessert was a real conversation starter. The "double chocolate bombe" of butter rum cake with lemon mousse was served in the shape of a Mickey Mouse hat with a battery operated candle glowing through thin, colored sheets of bubble sugar. It was a well received nod to the current Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination exhibit at the Salvador Dali Museum.