I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM: Jeni's, Other popups
A trio of food slingers bring popup tastings to town, starting Memorial Day weekend.
Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has hit the road. The artisanal ice creamery's truck plans to make more than a handful of stops around Tampa Bay Wednesday through June 2, giving away seven of its dreamy flavors for free: brown butter almond brittle, salted peanut butter, brambleberry crisp, cream puff, frose, gooey buttercake and darkest chocolate. This "scoop shop" on wheels pulls over at Bandit Coffee Co. first. Noon-3 p.m. May 29. 2662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Follow Jeni's Facebook events page for other stops through June 2.
On Monday, Cass Street Deli, opening soon at 1331 W Cass St. in Tampa, takes over the Nebraska Mini Mart kitchen with a menu preview once again. Cucumber and onion salad, pastrami sandwiches, hot dogs, beet salad, latkes and chocolate egg creams are up for grabs. Noon-8 p.m. 4815 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 231-9522.
Orlando's Pizza Bruno fires up its mobile brick oven to offer Neapolitan-style pies at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails. In keeping with Sunday tradition, the bar spotlights drink specials, including half off for hospitality industry employees. 6-10 p.m. 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 873-6664.
PASS THE SALT: Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival
Whether you like yours frozen or on the rocks, choose from more than 60 types of takes on the beloved cocktail during the Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival. Mango jalapeno, pineapple sriracha and watermelon matcha are among the annual tradition's featured marg varieties, accompanying even more adventurous 'ritas such as churro and boba. Live performances from Nelly, Cold War Kids and Soul Asylum drive the entertainment, but don't miss the games or fireworks. $25 and up. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Blvd., Tampa. tampamargaritafest.com.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: That's the Spirit, Flavor Tripping
Plan ahead for That's the Spirit, the elevated sister of Taste at the Straz. Five local chefs execute a five-course dinner at on-site restaurant Maestro's, complemented by cava-inspired cocktails from area bartenders. The Boozy Pig, Osteria, Sekuski on the Beach, the Bricks and the C House, to name a few, participate. $100 and up. 6:30 p.m. May 30. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
Flavor Tripping, one of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers' #Gather experiences now in its second year, is what happens when you eat miracle fruit before sampling your way through chips, fruit, cheese, sauces and other bites — and 81Bay Brewing Co. suds. Small red berries known as "miracle fruit" turn tart and savory offerings sweet, thanks to their miraculin. The first 50 attendees to purchase a ticket online score $5 flights of beer. $10, $7 members in advance; $12 day of (beer additional). 7 p.m. May 30. 81Bay Brewing Co., 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/gather.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Donatello patriach dies
Tampa's culinary scene has lost one of its longtime restaurateurs. Donatello Restaurant said in a statement that its patriarch, Guido Tiozzo, died May 15 at 82. In 1984, Tiozzo brought traditional northern Italian cuisine to the city through Donatello, a local original that will live on through his son Gino. A memorial gathering for Tiozzo is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 N Dale Mabry Highway. Donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Pet Pal Animal Shelter can be made in Tiozzo's name in lieu of flowers.
MEAT UP: National Hamburger Day
Need a way to observe National Hamburger Day on Tuesday? Hit up BurgerFi, where the celebratory special is $5 cheeseburgers. This fast-casual gourmet burger franchise, whose signature cheeseburger combines Angus beef and American cheese with lettuce, tomato and house sauce, operates locally in Tampa, Seminole and Trinity. burgerfi.com.
THAT NEW, NEW: Spring menu at the Hall on Franklin
Spring is in the air at European-inspired food hall the Hall on Franklin, which has new menu items. "This is our first really big menu change since having two new food partners move in last year," owner Jamal Wilson said. Look forward to seasonal dishes by the Hall's seven eateries, including seared ahi tuna chirashi (Poke Rose), coconut lobster banh mi (North Star Eatery) and beer-brined pork ribs (Fork and Hen). At the Collection cocktail bar, choose from an updated selection of specialty drinks like the kefir-inflected hibiscus Negroni. 1701 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 405-4008. thehallonfranklin.com.
IT'S ON: Party and Bullshtt
Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe invites you to ring in the belated birthday of late rap legend Christopher Wallace, who would have been 47, during Party & Bullshtt: A Biggie Smalls Birthday Celebration. Guests bop to Notorious B.I.G. hits while enjoying the stacked tap list, built upon drafts from breweries in Tampa Bay and beyond; Hidden Springs Ale Works beer Now We Sip Champagne When We Thirsty — a Berliner weisse with passion fruit, hibiscus and milk sugar named for Biggie's 1994 classic Juicy — is among the highlights. Oh, and there's a PB&J bar. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 2927 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 800-2810.