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  1. Dining Planner: Gulfport Chefs Table, New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour, Taste of the Championship

    Food & Dining

    AL WHO? ALFRESCO IN GULFPORT

    White tablecloths, china, glassware and full table service in the middle of Beach Boulevard. Could get messy. Reservations are now being accepted for the first Gulfport Chefs Table, an outdoor fine dining experience set for Monday (rain date Oct. 10) from 6 p.m. to 10 …

    Courtesy of Boca Bay Grille
  2. Restaurant review: Cafe Soleil quietly serving up quality French fare on the beach

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETE BEACH AND TIERRA VERDE

    There's Tinder. There's Match.com. But sometimes, love is found via Google.

    Paris native and Caf? Soleil owner Lauren Chezaud-Diot displays an assortment of homemade French pastries at her 
St. Pete Beach restaurant. They bake every hour or two because the humidity gets to the breads and pastries quickly.
  3. Dining Planner: Eat out this week for an array of kids' causes

    Food & Dining

    DINE: DO IT FOR THE KIDS

    At Night of the Iguana on Friday, guests can help grant the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions while enjoying food samples from 20 restaurants, live music from the Black Honkeys and Pelican King, an open bar, dancing, and silent and live auctions at …

    Grey Salt at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa will have a dinner Oct. 5 to benefit No Kid Hungry.
  4. Weird 'special requests' get taken seriously at Tampa Bay restaurants

    Food & Dining

    You probably wouldn't ask a pizza place to draw Yoda playing table tennis on your pizza box over the phone. But the anonymous nature of the Internet has changed everything.

    Jimmy Johns and Tijuana Flats fulfilled some fairly unusual delivery requests for us. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

  5. Restaurant review: Cafe Largo one of few remaining authentic French restaurants in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    LARGO

    Where have they all gone?

    Thirty years ago, fine dining meant French dining. Coquilles Saint-Jacques, sole meuniere and duck a l'orange; cream sauces and poufy souffles that made a whole dining room sigh in anticipation.

    A Kir Royal and appetizers await diners at Caf? Largo’s 30th anniversary celebration Sept. 15. The anniversary wine dinner menu included Snapper a La Nage and Filet de Boeuf Rossini.
  6. Dining Planner: It's a war zone with burger battles and sushi skirmishes galore

    Food & Dining

    FOOD FIGHT: BATTLE STATIONS

    It's a war out there. A delicious one. First up is the Beer and Burger Throwdown on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Attendees taste and vote for their burger favorites, with restaurants and food trucks offering their best burger creations for $3 to $5, local brews on …

    This week features the Beer and Burger Throwdown, and the Battle of the Burg(er) returns to St. Petersburg for monthlong voting.
  7. Restaurant review: Pesky Pelican a solid neighborhood joint, with a focus on beer

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The biggest downside to a sizzling downtown restaurant scene is parking. The second biggest is this: The humble neighborhood mom-and-pop — the kind of place where the idea of reservations is hilarious and the owner knows your name, your drink and your dog's name (heck, even your dog's drink) …

    Pesky Pelican will be owner Dan Pemberton’s nanobrewery when all the permitting gets worked out, with four beers on offer at a time: his raspberry wheat, a seasonal beer, a solid staple and one that Dan can play around with.
  8. For a local woman with multiple food allergies, dining out is complicated

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    She scarcely glanced at the menu. When the server arrived, she took a neon pink sheet from her purse and handed it over.

    Linda McIlroy of Redington Beach, center, talks about her severe food allergies with server Michelle Landi as McIlroy sits down to lunch with her friend, Jeanette Vendrone, of North Redington Beach at the Frog Pond restaurant in North Redington Beach.
  9. Meet the culinary director of Epcot, a chef from Clearwater

    Food & Dining

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Gregg Hannon is strolling through the theme park, greeting guests with the kind of joviality required of Disney people.

    "Hello!" he says. "Good morning!"

    Gregg Hannon of Clearwater is the culinary director for food and beverage at Epcot at Disney World Resort. He's preparing for the upcoming Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 14-Nov. 14. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  10. Dining Planner: What you need to know for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

    Food & Dining

    Epcot: 62 days of food & wine

    We're just around the corner from the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Sept. 14 to Nov. 14. It has become one of the country's top food festivals and features Instagram-worthy sips and bites at more than 30 marketplaces. And for the second …

    Guests can sample tapas-sized tastes of inventive cuisine and beverages at the Patagonia Marketplace during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort.
  11. UberEATS to start food delivery in Tampa

    Food & Dining

    As if we needed another reasons to camp out on the sofa.

    A promotional shot from uberEats, which comes to Tampa starting Sept. 7. Photo courtesy of Uber.
  12. Restaurant review: Goody Goody returns to Tampa, complete with iconic look and tastes

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    “The taste, smell and texture of food can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back memories not just of eating food itself but also of place and setting," said John Allen, author of The Omnivorous Mind. "Food is an effective trigger of deeper memories of feelings and emotions, internal states …

    The POX burger ($4.95) is human-sized and does not require jaw-unhingeing. It comes with an all-Florida beef patty, a soft bun and the components that make up the “POX” name: pickles, onions and a secret special sauce.
  13. Dining Planner: Junior Chefs of America compete, 'Top Chef' Jeffrey Jew cooks

    Food & Dining

    NOTE: Since this report was first posted, the Summer of Rum Festival has been canceled due to high winds from Hurricane Hermine. Refunds will be awarded at point of purchase.

    Young chefs, tutored by local chefs, square off by age groups to create winning Cuban sandwich recipes and win scholarships to further their culinary experience.
  14. Take a food tour through Dungarvan, Ireland, a hotbed of farm-to-table excellence

    Food & Dining

    DUNGARVAN, Ireland

    Remember the old joke about the Irish seven-course meal? That's a sixer of Guinness and a potato. For generations, Irish cuisine has been a bit of a punch line, sturdy rib-sticking stuff like stews and pasties and black pudding (sausage made from cooked pig's blood). As in so many other places, …

    The harbor of Dungarvan, Ireland, is pictured at sunset. Dungarvan is separated from the open ocean by a shallow, eastward-facing bay, at the mouth of the Colligan River.
  15. Restaurant review: Buya Ramen brings Japanese izakaya dining, along with solid ramen bowls, to St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG

    What a difference a year makes. For about the past decade, "Japanese food" in these parts meant one thing: sushi. For a crack at the hipster izakayas, essentially Japanese gastropubs or taverns, you had to head to California, New York or, well, Japan. Ichicoro debuted in Seminole Heights at the end …

    The crispy duck ramen bowl at Buya Ramen in St. Petersburg includes tonkotsu broth, crispy duck, shiitake and scallions. Buya’s debut included five ramen dishes. The full menu rolls out this week.