Many guests at the Juvenile Welfare Board's Cooperman-Bogue Kids First Awards Luncheon teared up several times throughout the event hearing first hand of the struggles people in our community endure and the lengths that others go to help them. The JWB invested $48 million in 80 programs that help children in Pinellas County last year.
Employees who work in four of those programs were honored for their service....
ST. PETERSBURG — The last supper was beef brisket cooked for 12 hours.
"It was like butter," said Ed Shamas, former owner of Orange Blossom Catering.
The meat was served with scalloped potatoes and wild mushroom ragout for a function at the Tampa Port Authority.
That was the last time Shamas oversaw an event as owner of the company his father and uncle started in 1953. After more than 50 years of catering weddings, funerals, Rotary and Kiwanis meetings, ribbon cuttings, debutante balls and business functions, Shamas has left the business. He recently sold St. Petersburg's catering mainstay to Ryan Clelland, who has worked for Shamus as a chef for several years....
03/02/17 Human Interest
The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society collection of three parties titled Wine & Chocol'ART raised thousands of dollars for the Museum of Fine Arts over two recent weekends.
About 40 diners at the 1000 Points of Wine Gourmet Dinner sat next to a sparkling violet convertible Rolls Royce and Skittle-colored McLarens while enjoying a five-course meal and rare 100 point wines that took months to collect from around the world....
At 100, Olivia de Havilland is the oldest living Oscar winner. She won the best actress honor twice, in fact. She is half of the only set of sisters to both win the Academy Award for best actress. She's also the namesake and catalyst for the "De Havilland Law," one of the most significant, far-reaching rulings in Hollywood that reduced the power of studios over actors.
All of this may be in her book one day, but she told Vanity Fair last year that she's in no rush to write her memoir. She does, however, do the New York Times crossword puzzle daily. And she's being portrayed in the upcoming Ryan Murphy series Feud: Bette and Joan by Catherine Zeta-Jones....
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recognized five local "muses" who contribute to the St. Petersburg arts community at its fourth annual Muse Arts Awards.
The Muse Visual Arts Award went to Kyu Yamamoto, who grew up studying art in Nagoya, Japan. He moved his studio to St. Petersburg in 1992 and is known throughout the area for his public art at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and the city's Fire Station No. 4. Yamamoto teaches drawing at Eckerd College....
02/17/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Legacy Week celebrated Black History Month with a look back and a look forward. Events from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10 included a discussion with Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette, an awards banquet, a golf tournament and a celebration party.
The Legacy Awards Dinner held at Empath Health recognized four men for their service to the community: state Sen. Darryl Rouson, educator Samuel Davis, Bishop Preston Leonard of Christ Gospel Church, and Ben Shirley, the city's director of sanitation....
For Valentine's Day: Can pomegranates, oysters and chocolate from Tampa Bay restaurants boost your sex life?02/13/17General
Like so much of our language, we have the Greeks to thank for the term "aphrodisiac." Ancient Greeks celebrated Aphrodite, the goddess of love, with festivals called "aphrodisia."
Somehow after that, food and drink thought to stimulate desire became known as "aphrodisiacs."
Oysters are perhaps the best known, though the list is long. Honey, figs, chili peppers, avocados, arugula, pine nuts, artichokes, pumpkin seeds and on and on. It seems countless foods contain certain vitamins or nutrients that are believed to stimulate production of estrogen or testosterone, increase blood flow or spike dopamine, a chemical in the brain that induces feelings of pleasure....
02/08/17 Human Interest
ST. PETE BEACH — The women honored for their work and volunteering at the Five Fabulous Females fundraising luncheon at the Tradewinds used their time at the microphone to offer accolades and inspiration for Academy Prep students.
"I'm working on coming out of my shell and speaking in front of an audience," sixth-grader Kayianna Hughes eloquently told the crowd of 430 before introducing Cathy Unruh....
ST. PETERSBURG — While most folks don't relish a meeting with their lawyer, for more than 100 third-graders across the Tampa Bay area, it's something to enjoy.
"My student who is a part of Lawyers for Literacy loves it. Each week she counts down the days until Thursdays when she meets with her lawyer," said Jennifer Cocio, a teacher at 74th Street Elementary....
11/03/16 Human Interest
When Brian Auld, president of the Tampa Bay Rays, accepted the Victory Over Violence Award for himself and the team at CASA's annual Peace Breakfast, he joked that he wished he was too busy with the World Series to attend the packed event at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.
"It hasn't been a great year for the Tampa Bay Rays," he said, but the award is a reminder that "there is more to being a ball club than just wins and losses."...
10/25/16 Human Interest
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts' annual Impact awards night was a convergence of business veterans, artists, community leaders, the Dalí, the Mahaffey Theater, live music, students on the verge of greatness and LED lights.
Supporters of the organization known as TBBCA gathered for cocktails at the Dalí's Cafe Gala before meandering over to the Mahaffey for dinner and the presentation. There, they were greeted by a large screen of moving LED lights depicting the artwork of Janet Echelman. ...
A board member of the St. Petersburg Museum of History played a big role in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that just opened in Washington, D.C.
Krewasky Salter is the chief curator for the new museum's military gallery. He lived in St. Petersburg the past two years while running his consulting and research company, 4K Enterprises, and worked on the museum in Washington. During his time in St. Petersburg he became involved in the local museum of history. (He also holds degrees from both the University of Florida and Florida State University.)...
The Junior League of St. Petersburg and the Juvenile Welfare Board celebrated 70 years of working together at their "Putting Children First" reception at the Museum of Fine Arts.
"I always tell everyone in this town if you want to get something done ask the Junior League," Bill Heller, a dean at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and former legislator, said to a group of guests early in the evening....
There are the classic regional favorites like Cuban sandwiches and key lime pie. But a conversation about Florida fare must also include seafood, and the catch we can cook up from our surrounding waters.
Author Bruce Hunt highlights 180 seafood restaurants and markets throughout the state in Seafood Lover's Florida, a new book that comes out this month.
Hunt is more of an expert on Florida than culinary arts. The third-generation Floridian calls himself a lousy cook but says he is "ardently passionate about good food." ...
Ruth Eckerd Hall was filled with red leather boots, black lacy boots, gold platform boots, lots of strappy high heels and plenty of enthusiasm at its Raise You Up gala celebrating the upcoming April run of Kinky Boots.
"This is the best one yet," Susan Benjamin, chairwoman of the performing arts center's special events committee, said of the theme. Other galas based on themes of Saturday Night Live, Flash Dance and Memphis, were great, but Kinky Boots raises the level of creativity and festivity, she added....