Meaghan Habuda - Senior Engagement Editor

Senior Engagement Editor

I push forward the newsroom’s newsletter strategy and digital offerings. After spending five years as the food and drink editor for local alt-weekly Creative Loafing Tampa, I joined the Times in 2019 as a features producer, writing the Top 5 things to do newsletter and ramping up our restaurant openings and closings coverage. A year later I moved to the engagement team where I worked on dozens of social media initiatives. Now, I lead that team. I’m a native Floridian and University of South Florida St. Petersburg grad who loves spin and exploring Tampa Bay’s food scene.

  1. With the Tampa Bay Times' forthcoming newsletter, Tampa Times, you'll get a roundup of Tampa-focused news twice a week.
  2. The interior of The Merchant on downtown St. Petersburg's Central Avenue in November 2020.
  3. The City of Tampa skyline on a warm, clear day in 2019.
  4. Show the Rays some World Series love on social media with one of our cheer cards.
  5. Our sports newsletters and mobile alerts will keep you in the know with the latest on your favorite local teams.
  6. 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.
  7. Server China Jones prepares to serve customers lunches while working a shift at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on May 4 in Clearwater Beach.
  8. 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.
  9. Cafe Ponte has temporarily halted operations in Clearwater because of the coronavirus.
  10. "Tigertail" stars Tzi Ma and Christine Ko.
  11. 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.
  12. Nueva Cantina's new virtual restaurant, Louie's Italian Eatery, serves up dishes like bruschetta exclusively for pickup and delivery in St. Petersburg.
  13. Ato Essandoh in "Tales From the Loop."
  14. World of Beer's Tampa Bay locations are matching every $10 meal purchased for a local health care worker with an additional meal.
  15. Bradenton's Motorworks Brewing and Dark Door Spirits in Tampa recently joined forces to produce hand sanitizer made with distilled Pulp Friction.
  16. Order an Easter meal pack with baked ham or roasted turkey for pickup from Metro Diner.
  17. An anonymous buyer has purchased this 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon from Datz in Tampa.
  18. Popical Popcorn owner Lynn Roberts opened her gourmet popcorn store in Clearwater in June.
  19. Ciccio Water garnished its Bloody Mary samples with bacon at the Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival in 2016 in Tampa.
  20. Tampa Carryout has brought a rotating lineup of food trucks to Tabellas at Delaney Creek in Tampa.
  21. "Birds of Prey" stars Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, Ella Jay Basco and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
  22. This 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon is listed on Datz's takeout menu.
  23. Tampa's Zukku Sushi, known for its classic and specialty sushi rolls, has launched a to-go and delivery concept called Zukku-Tori.