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Meaghan Habuda - Engagement Producer

Engagement Producer

I’m a Florida native who began covering the Tampa Bay bar and restaurant scene more than five years ago. After graduating from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, I cut my teeth in journalism with local alternative weekly Creative Loafing, where I served as food and drink editor. I joined the Times in 2019 and will continue to sniff out all sorts of food news — openings and closings, events, chef moves, you name it — while spearheading other print and web duties on the Features team. So, yes, tip me off to all of the scoops, including the ice cream kind.

  1. Lorene Office is the owner of Lorene's Fish and Crab House, located at 929 22nd St. S in St. Petersburg. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  2. Memorial Day ceremonies around the Tampa Bay area are shifting to virtual or social-distancing formats. Many readers say they plan to honor fallen service members while staying home or keeping their distance. Some, not so much. [Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Server China Jones prepares to serve customers lunches while working a shift at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on May 4 in Clearwater Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  4. Il Ritorno compiles pasta meal kits with fresh spaghetti for takeout in St. Petersburg. Make one on video chat with Mom for Mother's Day. [Courtesy of Hype Group]
  5. Cafe Ponte has temporarily halted operations in Clearwater because of the coronavirus. [Times (2019)]
  6. "Tigertail" stars Tzi Ma and Christine Ko. [SARAH SHATZ  |  Netflix]
  7. Blueberries ready for harvest at Starkey Farms in Odessa on April 10. The farm is open for the next month to visitors who want to pick their own berries. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  8. Nueva Cantina's new virtual restaurant, Louie's Italian Eatery, serves up dishes like bruschetta exclusively for pickup and delivery in St. Petersburg. [Lisa Williams]
  9. Ato Essandoh in "Tales From the Loop." [Courtesy of Jan Thijs]
  10. World of Beer's Tampa Bay locations are matching every $10 meal purchased for a local health care worker with an additional meal. [Courtesy of World of Beer]
  11. Bradenton's Motorworks Brewing and Dark Door Spirits in Tampa recently joined forces to produce hand sanitizer made with distilled Pulp Friction. [Courtesy of Motorworks Brewing]
  12. Order an Easter meal pack with baked ham or roasted turkey for pickup from Metro Diner. [Courtesy of Metro Diner]
  13. An anonymous buyer has purchased this 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon from Datz in Tampa. [Courtesy of Datz Restaurant Group]
  14. Popical Popcorn owner Lynn Roberts opened her gourmet popcorn store in Clearwater in June. [Courtesy of Popical Popcorn]
  15. Ciccio Water garnished its Bloody Mary samples with bacon at the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival in 2016 in Tampa. [Times (2016)]
  16. Tampa Carryout has brought a rotating lineup of food trucks to Tabellas at Delaney Creek in Tampa. [Courtesy of Tabellas at Delaney Creek]
  17. "Birds of Prey" stars Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Ella Jay Basco and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. [Courtesy of Claudette Barius]
  18. This 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon is listed on Datz's takeout menu. [Courtesy of Datz Restaurant Group]
  19. Tampa's Zukku Sushi, known for its classic and specialty sushi rolls, has launched a to-go and delivery concept called Zukku-Tori. [Courtesy of Zukku Sushi]
  20. A sign promoting takeout availability at the Crown & Bull in Dunedin. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  21. Planning to check out Horse Soldier Bourbon's virtual speakeasy? Here's what you need to make an Old Fashioned for the live stream. [SYDNEY LIEBMAN  |  Horse Soldier Bourbon]
  22. Waffle House has temporarily shuttered 365 locations around the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2019)]
  23. Noble Crust now serves to-go craft cocktails curbside in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Noble Crust]