HAPPY BIRTHDAY: GUPPY’S
Twenty-five years for a restaurant is a stupendous achievement in an industry with a two-thirds failure rate. So let’s bake a cake for Guppy’s on the Beach, or at least go there and eat cake. It opened its doors at 1701 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach in 1992.
"I really liked this location when it was a French restaurant back in 1990," said owner Eugen Fuhrmann. "When it became available, I quickly got my partners, Erwin and Scott, together and we all had the same vision as to what that little building could become."
Guppy’s, with 165 seats indoors and al fresco, has gone through many remodels while serving seafood and steaks to a steady mix of locals and tourists. The owners have been recognized in the community for their civic involvement and charity work.
CLEARWATER BEACH: UNCORKED
The biggest foodie event of the weekend is the annual beachfront extravaganza Clearwater Beach Uncorked. On Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., guests sip and savor beachside, with fine wines, spirits, local craft beers and dishes from local restaurants. The event benefits the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership scholarships and programs. $65, $95 VIP includes early entry, access to Wyndham Grand’s Spirits Pool Lounge and special drinks and food. Ages 21 and older. Tickets include keepsake wine glass and tote bag. On the beach at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 S Gulfview Blvd. clearwaterbeachuncorked.com.
WAY TO GO: CHOCOLATE
Friday night is the annual Death by Chocolate event in Largo. At this annual fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Largo, local restaurants and chocolatiers serve up delicacies and desserts in chocolate heaven with live holiday music. The proceeds, last year more than $20,000, benefit local youth programs. A win-win. 7 p.m. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $20 advance, $25 the day of. largorotary.com.
JUST GRILLIN: PRIME RIB
If I had a dime for all the times readers called to ask where to get prime rib, maybe my 401(k) would be more zaftig. It’s an old restaurant standby that almost nobody makes these days. So, take matters into your own hands with a class at Just Grillin in Tampa. Classic prime rib roast is focus, and you’ll learn the best methods to a tender holiday roast, plus make an appetizer, side dish and dessert to go with it. 10 am. Saturday. $25. 11743 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, (813) 962-1700. justgrillinflorida.com.
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