GOOD GRUB: GOLDEN SPOON AWARDS
The Golden Spoon Awards, back for another year, have recognized 21 restaurants across Tampa Bay. Announced in early December, these annual dining nods from the Times’ sibling magazine Florida Trend started more than 50 years ago and are divided into three categories: Golden Spoons, Hall of Fame and Best New. Restaurants are judged on their food the most but also their digs and service. Best New accolades went to Baum Ave Market (St. Petersburg) and Oak & Ola (Tampa). Bern’s Steak House (Tampa), Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber (Clearwater Beach), Cafe Ponte (Clearwater), Columbia Restaurant (Tampa), Marchand’s Bar & Grill (St. Petersburg), Mise en Place (Tampa) and Rooster & the Till (Tampa) scored the Hall of Fame title. And the classic Golden Spoon distinction went to Annata (St. Pete), Caretta on the Gulf (Clearwater Beach), Cena (Tampa), Edison: Food+Drink Lab (Tampa), Ichicoro (Tampa), Il Ritorno (St. Pete), On Swann (Tampa), Pane Rustica Bakery & Cafe (Tampa), Parkshore Grill (St. Pete), Parts of Paris (Safety Harbor), Rusty’s Bistro (Clearwater) and Sea Salt (St. Pete). See the full list of winners at floridatrend.com/golden-spoons.
CHEERS: FESTIVAL OF WOOD & BARREL-AGED BEER
Keeping the local love going, Chicago’s Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer honored the innovative barrel- and wood-aged creations of two craft breweries and a meadmaker in Tampa last month. Hidden Springs Ale Works took home silver for its After Dinner Decadence in the Specialty Strong/Porter Stout category; Garagiste Meadery silver for its Cognac Barrel-Aged Black Widow in the Cider/Perry/Mead category; and Coppertail Brewing Co. for its Créature de mer Rouge in the Wild Beer Sours With Fruit category. (Coppertail’s Créature de mer Rouge, first introduced during its fifth anniversary in August, is still available in 375-milliliter caged and corked bottles at its Ybor City taproom.) More than 200 breweries this year sought top honors in 12 categories from the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer, a prestigious festival and competition started in 2003. For the full list of winners, visit fobab.com.
PERFECT PAIR: WINE AND CHEESE
Cambria Wine & Artisan Cheese Tasting: Try a quintet of Cambria wines with brand ambassador Katie Phillips, all complemented by four artisan cheeses. After the sampling, bottles of wine are available for purchase. $25. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. (727) 724-7706. safety-harbor-resort-and-spa.myshopify.com.
Tiny Bubbles and Big Reds: Now in its 14th year, this grand tasting features more than 100 wines. Food stations, a Champagne bar, a photo booth, live tunes and an artisan cheese display/market are also on the menu. $100. 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane. (727) 584-5552. bellavinowinemarket.com.
HOG HEAVEN: HALF-PRICED BARBECUE
Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q wants to thank Tampa Bay diners for their business this weekend by discounting a couple of down-home options on the menu. On Saturday, the fast-casual spinoff of Jacksonville-born barbecue chain Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q plans to slash the price of any of its platters and sandwiches in half. Stop by the Carrollwood/Citrus Park, Riverview, Seminole or Largo Willie Jewell’s locations to score the deal. And be sure to keep an eye out for their buy-one-get-one-free coupons, which are good for a sandwich or a platter on your next visit. williejewells.com.
SWEET STUFF: DECADENT DESSERTS
Chef Warren Caterson leads the Decadent Desserts cooking demonstration, showing you how to whip up simple, health-minded sweets. Caterson is the author of the Table for Two cookbooks. Free. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. (727) 853-1279.