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Dining planner: Beer fest, new 3 Daughters can and foodie gift ideas

FEELING THIRSTY: CRAFT BEER, CAJUN FLAVOR

The Cajun Café on the Bayou's 10th annual Craft Beer Festival gears up Saturday at 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Beer lovers can work their way through more than 200 craft ales, including great American craft beers, European imports, home brews and more. The beer garden atmosphere is 90 percent under cover. Ticket presales at etix.com are $60, $75 at the gate; price includes a souvenir tasting glass and Cajun plate of red beans and rice, crawfish corn bread, jambalaya and Creole marinated pork. And bacon lovers, listen up: There will be 1,600 bacon-wrapped sausages and 1,000 bacon-wrapped pineapples. (Don't tell the World Health Organization.) The event is a fundraiser for Dunedin Doggie Rescue. cajuncafeonthebayou.com.

A BREW WITH A MISSION

3 Daughters Brewing has launched its fourth can, this time as a tribute to U.S. veterans. The can celebrates 3 Daughters Brewing's inaugural My Hero series, with all proceeds donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation. Code named Tango Yankee (military shorthand for TY or "Thank You"), the beer is an American wheat ale available in a limited-edition can. The first can in the series is especially meaningful to 3 Daughters Brewing, as it will feature Bruce Wells Harting, grandfather to the three girls who inspired the name for the brewery. Harting earned his Purple Heart after being shot in combat on the morning of April 5, 1966, in Dak To, Vietnam, on the Laotian border. Beginning Monday it will be available in select Winn-Dixie stores throughout Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. 3 Daughters also will host a special celebration on Wednesday, Veterans Day, with music and a food truck. It's at 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg, 3dbrewing.com.

THANKSGIVING HACK: BUY PIE

Feeling harried already about the upcoming Turkey Day? Outsource. Uhuru sells holiday pies every year, from apple crumb to pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan and chocolate pecan. Order online or by phone for pickup on selected dates at the Uhuru booth at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg, at Clearwater Unitarian Universalist Church, and other locations. See the website for complete pickup locations, days and times. Sales support Uhuru programs. $10-$20 per pie. uhurupies.org.

GET AHEAD: GIFT IDEAS

Garden & Gun magazine is increasingly the voice of the hipster Southern foodie. And yes, there are a lot of them out there. They've just released a new publication called The Southerner's Cookbook, which — surprise, surprise, because in general the magazine doesn't consider Florida "the South" — contains recipes from Tampa's own Greg Baker; chef-owner of the Refinery and Fodder & Shine. Of being included among the South's most recognized chefs, writers and photographers, Baker says, "I was honored to be included in such a crowd of people I respect, but I was even more excited to share my smoked mullet spread recipe. Nothing is more Southern (to me) and nothing is a better representation of Florida's foodways, at least to me." The book is available on Amazon or in bookstores.

Black Opal caviar, the much-anticipated farm-raised black sturgeon caviar developed at Mote Marine Laboratories, arrived in markets last week. More than $1 million worth of the high-quality black caviar, produced from farm-raised Siberian sturgeon, has been produced for this initial marketing effort, says Christopher Cogan, chief executive officer of Healthy Earth. The caviar, available in several sizes from 1-ounce jars to 1-kilo tins, has been processed, labeled, packed and sent out to area retail outlets and fine restaurants. What makes a great stocking stuffer? Hand-crafted, small-grain, small-batch caviar that features a hint of briny sweetness that results in part from its malossol, or "little salt," curing process. Or maybe that's just me. For a list of retail outlets, visit healthyearth.org.

Dining planner: Beer fest, new 3 Daughters can and foodie gift ideas 11/04/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 4:52pm]
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