Sunday, July 22, 2018
Dining

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FEST

On Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point.

Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’s Historic Deuces Corridor, at Ninth Avenue and 22nd Street S, because so many people have great family stories and a nostalgic affinity for the greens. The real message, though, is about healthier living through fitness and diet.

With the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum serving as host, local organizations like Edible Peace Patch, Healthy St. Pete and the American Culinary Federation have come together for a full day of programming, with celebrity chef Edouardo Jordan, right, flying out from his restaurants in Seattle back to his hometown to do a cooking demonstration in the Legacy Gardens of the museum.

Things begin at 9:15 a.m. with a prayer and celebratory songs at the gardens, followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting by the Pinellas Technical College Commercial Food & Culinary Arts Program. Next is a Healthy St. Pete health and nutrition question-and-answer segment and a "Living Vegan" and Ray’s Vegan Soul Restaurant sampling, followed at 11 a.m. by a history of collard greens lecture by the African American Heritage Trail. Other activities include a collard green contest judged by Buckwheat and Kenzie K. of Wild 94.1, with prizes awards at 3 p.m. All day, kids will have special activities in the KidZone, where kids can learn about eating healthy and exercise benefits. Admission is free.

But that’s not where the fun ends: On Saturday evening, enthusiasts can attend Collards After Dark from 7 to 10 p.m., with soul food, cocktails and live entertainment at the Historic Manhattan Casino at 642 22nd St. S in St. Petersburg. Entertainment includes Sharon Scott, Queenofex Carter, Deneen Wyman and others. Tickets for the evening portion, sponsored by the new Callaloo Group, are $25 per person, $45 for two. (727) 219-1781. tampabaycollardgreenfestival.org.

FOOD, MUSIC, CULTURE:
Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival

Temple B’nai Israel welcomes guests to the second annual Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located on the grounds of the temple, one of the oldest Reform Jewish congregations in Pinellas County, this event features traditional Jewish foods for sale, including Carnegie Deli corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, pictured above, matzoh ball soup, kosher hot dogs, bagels and lox, black and white cookies, hamantashen, chocolate babka and potato latkes.

Along with these Jewish food items, the festival features local arts and craft vendors, a live music stage with Jewish-themed music, a kosher wine tasting room, microbrewery, a kids’ play area, and various educational lectures and demonstrations throughout the day. Additionally, all festival attendees are asked to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantries.

"This year, we are adding many new foods to our lineup," said Barbara Bloom, festival chair. "We’ve also expanded our wine selection, added a microbrewery, and created a ‘marketplace’ for guests to purchase their food items to go."

The festival takes place rain or shine, and admission is free. The full festival menu, including prices for each dish, can be found on the festival website, tampabayjewishfoodfestival.com.

Comments
Deep-fried wonders at Plant City Strawberry Festival to be featured on Cooking Channel

Deep-fried wonders at Plant City Strawberry Festival to be featured on Cooking Channel

The strawberry-laden and deep-fried wonders of Plant City’s Florida Strawberry Festival will be featured on two episodes of the TV series Carnival Eats, the first on July 29.The Cooking Channel series features host Noah Cappe as he marvels at the "ga...
Published: 07/19/18
Nitally’s set to reopen at a new, more intimate, South Pasadena location

Nitally’s set to reopen at a new, more intimate, South Pasadena location

Folks who have missed testing their taste buds with a St. Petersburg eatery’s famous inferno soup will get a chance to do so once again.Nitally’s ThaiMex Cuisine, which closed its downtown St. Petersburg location in May, will open soon in a smaller l...
Published: 07/18/18
Where to eat and drink around Safety Harbor: Gigglewaters bar, Parts of Paris, Sno Beach and more

Where to eat and drink around Safety Harbor: Gigglewaters bar, Parts of Paris, Sno Beach and more

Not that many years ago, downtown Safety Harbor was a little lean on places to eat. Green Springs Bistro had been an anchor, Whistle Stop and Cello’s Char House, too. But no one would have called it a dining destination. It was too bad: The city of 1...
Published: 07/18/18
Eat and drink your way through Tampa Heights with stops at Hall on Franklin, Armature Works and more

Eat and drink your way through Tampa Heights with stops at Hall on Franklin, Armature Works and more

Five or six years ago, if you were to stand on the steps of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and look north along the Hillsborough River, there wouldn’t be much to see. Just a couple of old warehouses and some rubble in the area ...
Published: 07/18/18
In South Tampa, create a dinearound with stops at Bern’s, Haven and the Epicurean Hotel

In South Tampa, create a dinearound with stops at Bern’s, Haven and the Epicurean Hotel

I had a specific vision for my 35th birthday.Relaxation mostly. Bathrobe. Wine. Maybe a massage or a pool. Food, food, food. A handful of close friends. I did some research at beach hotels in Clearwater and St. Pete Beach and found the price range ou...
Published: 07/18/18
Bowled over: From acai to poke, the top 10 bowls in Tampa Bay

Bowled over: From acai to poke, the top 10 bowls in Tampa Bay

Why, exactly, are bowls the new plates?The Wall Street Journal declared it so. Tableware companies like Fiesta have reported serious double-digit growth in the sale of bowls — salad bowls, cereal bowls, you name it. Fast-food restaurants have jumped ...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/19/18
Ybor City mainstay La Segunda opens second location, introduces seating

Ybor City mainstay La Segunda opens second location, introduces seating

TAMPA — It’s like stepping off Kennedy Boulevard right into Ybor City.From the exposed brick and wrought iron accents to the street lamp-styled globe lights hanging from the ceiling and the signage — blue and red divided by a ribbon of gold — the new...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/18/18
This Florida burger joint is one of the 10 best in America, travel website says

This Florida burger joint is one of the 10 best in America, travel website says

A 2˝-hour drive south could land Tampa residents at one of America’s best burger joints, according the review and travel website TripAdvisor.com.The website released a list of the "10 Most Delectable Burger Joints" in America on Wednesday, placing Na...
Published: 07/14/18
Friday is National French Fry Day. Find (free!) fries in Tampa Bay.

Friday is National French Fry Day. Find (free!) fries in Tampa Bay.

Guess what Friday is? It’s National Fry Day (#FRYdayThe13th, see what they did there?). Fun fact: Their origin story may not lie in France but in Belgium. So why do we credit France? Thomas Jefferson is said to have introduced deep-fried potatoes at ...
Published: 07/11/18
We got a preview of the food at Osteria, the new Tampa restaurant from Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani

We got a preview of the food at Osteria, the new Tampa restaurant from Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani

TAMPA — The evening began with chef Fabio Viviani telling the group to fork the fluffy coccoli in front of us, break it open then stuff it with the cold smoked prosciutto de Parma and stracchino cheese delicately laid out on wooden boards. "Stracchin...
Published: 07/10/18