Make us your home page
Instagram

Dining Planner: Heavy-hitting chefs at Food for Thought, Chowder Challenge and 'Dutch Weed Burger' screening

TALK ABOUT IT: NEW/OLD FLORIDA CUISINE

As the second lecture in the Food for Thought series, four heavy-hitting Tampa Bay chefs and restaurateurs come together for the evening starting at 7 p.m. Monday at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. The first one in the series with award-winning food photographer Penny De Los Santos was an amazing look at how food is a magnifying glass for examining cultures around the world.

For this second event, the brainchild of University South Florida St. Petersburg visiting professor and former Times food editor Janet Keeler, it's a close look at how Tampa Bay culture and history influence the food being made today. Greg Baker (the Refinery and Fodder & Shine in Tampa), Richard Gonzmart (Columbia, Ulele and soon-to-be Goody Goody in Tampa), Jeffrey Hileman (Locale Market in St. Petersburg) and Curtis Beebe (Pearl in the Grove in Dade City and Local Public House and Provisions in San Antonio) gather to talk about the "new" Florida cuisine that draws its roots from Old Florida history and local, seasonal foods.

Given the players and the subject, it's bound to be a lively evening. And there's this: It's free. Register online at usfsp.edu/foodforthought. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

SOUP'S ON: CHOWDER CHALLENGE

Sunday marks the third annual Chowder Challenge competition benefiting the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum. Local restaurants compete for the cherished "Golden Ladle" awards, with the crowd voting for their top chowders and a panel of celebrity judges weighing in as well.

The 2014 winners included some heavy-hitters: The Golden Ladle went to RumFish at TradeWinds Island Resorts (extra style points because their Caribbean chowder included the pesky invasive lionfish that we're trying to figure out what to do with), the judges voted Shark Tales' seafood clam chowder as the top draw, and the people's choice awards named Shells, Gennaro's and Friendly Fisherman. This year, restaurants from the Sheraton Sand Key to the Loews Don CeSar go mano a mano for superlative soup.

Soup sipping is accompanied by music from the Boat of Us and the Stowaways, with libations available for purchase, plus raffle prizes. Tickets available at the museum (115 10th Ave.), Paradiso (104 Eighth Ave.), Paradise Gifts, (371 Corey Ave.), all in St. Pete Beach; see website for other locations and list of competing restaurants. $15 advance; $20 day of; 11 and younger free with adult ticket purchase. In a new location this year, the challenge takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245.

PATTY TAKE: WHAT'S IN THOSE BURGERS?

As part of a collaborative effort between UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County and St. Petersburg College, Sustainability Connections is a series of events that explore the food system through film. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. at St. Petersburg College's Tarpon Springs campus, they screen Dutch Weed Burger, which follows a filmmaker and a food stylist on a journey through New York City's vegan restaurant scene. In search of dishes highlighting seaweed, this pair is out to prove that the future of food may be unexpected (hint: dive deep).

This free event is open to the public, SPC students and faculty, with light refreshments available and free parking. Following the film, a panel discussion will include the controversial Dr. Kevin Folta (chairman of UF's horticultural sciences department), Eric Stewart (manager of Kinship Urban Farm), and Dr. Kevan Main (manager of the Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory). The address is 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Registration is required at Eventbrite.com.

Dining Planner: Heavy-hitting chefs at Food for Thought, Chowder Challenge and 'Dutch Weed Burger' screening 11/11/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 10:41am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pain does not exist in the Karate 3 soundtrack ... does it?!?

    Blogs

    Should the Karate Kid series have stopped at the original? Probably, but if we didn't have Karate Kid 3 would will still have the lost song Listen To Her Heart by the Little River Band?

  2. Bar review: The Landing at Jannus in St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    I've spent many evenings in St. Pete's Jannus Live courtyard, enjoying one of the best open-air venues in the Tampa Bay area. It's where I saw my first concert in Florida: Toadies, on the Rubberneck tour sometime in the mid '90s.

    The drinks at the Landing at Jannus in St. Petersburg are about as cheap as you’ll find at any other regular downtown bar, a nice surprise.
  3. Local craft beer of the week: Two Henrys Belleview-Biltmore Blueberry Vanilla Wheat

    Bars & Spirits

    Two Henrys Brewing Company is a unique entity in the Tampa Bay brewing scene, due to both its status as the only brewery in Plant City, as well as its location on a 27-acre working farm, which also includes a winery.

    Photo by Justin Grant
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 26

    Events

    Train: One of the most engaging frontmen in rock, Pat Monahan, brings along O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield for their annual trip through Tampa. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $21.50-$191. (813) 740-2446.

    LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 12:  Singer Pat Monahan of Train performs as the band kicks off the Play That Song Tour in support of the album "A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat" at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) 700034174
  5. Interview: Todd Rundgren comes to St. Petersburg looking to reach a new generation

    Music & Concerts

    They're teaching Todd Rundgren in college now.

    Todd Rundgren will perform at the Mahaffey Theater on May 27. Credit: Lynn Goldsmith