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  1. The Nest at Caracara, a new cocktail bar and lounge, will open later this month in downtown Dunedin.
  2. Taste of Pride returns to St. Petersburg on March 12. This year's event will span three days and take place at over 20 restaurants, bars and breweries.
  3. Downtown takeout restaurant Nojaks has temporarily closed. The owners will open Supernatural Food & Winem a sandwich and natural wine shop, later this month.
  4. Columbia Restaurant bartenders Dave Cunca, left, and Savana Schilling did extra cleaning as they prepared for an extended shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 20, 2020. For the first time since laying off 90 percent of its staff during the pandemic, the Columbia and its affiliated restaurants will host a job fair on March 4, hiring dozens of workers statewide.
  5. Customers shop at a Whole Foods Market in Tampa in 2018.
  6. Jolly Rancher Slush is debuting at the Florida Strawberry Festival in a commemorative cup with loads of sweet treats on top.
  7. From left: Yira Jimenez, Nick Galliano and Gianna Galliano, 5, of Tampa, are served lunch entrees by Karen Betancur and Juan Carlos Rengifo, right, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at La Cabana Restaurant in Tampa.
  8. The Brussels Sprout Melt at Pickford's Counter in Tampa features Brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and a choice of Swiss or vegan cheese on toasted bread.
  9. Its stellar music lineup has been canceled, but the Plant City festival that celebrates strawberries will still go on from March 4-14 with a midway, animal shows, eating contests, racing pigs and, of course, lots of strawberry shortcake.
  10. Tara Simmons, a fine wine manager for Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Florida, poses for a portrait at Cru Cellars in Tampa. Simmons lost her sense of smell and taste after testing positive for COVID-19 in January. It's now been more than two months and her smell and taste still haven't fully returned. Like others in the food and wine industry who depend on using these senses, the loss has been "devastating," Simmons said.
  11. Platinum selling artist Phillip Phillips will kick off the concert series for the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.
  12. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival has returned for its sixth year, with COVID-19 protocols in place such as masks, temperature checks and advanced reservations required. The festival opens at noon Fridays through Sundays through April 25.
  13. The event space and restaurant Iberian Rooster in downtown St. Petersburg will close at the end of the month.
  14. Salmon With Creamy Mustard Sauce makes for a quick dinner with a French-inspired sauce, an easy and elegant dinner if you are abstaining from meat during the Lenten season.
  15. Bottles of Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water move along conveyors through the plant in Zephyrhills in 2014.
  16. The Grove Theater at Wesley Chapel, which opens to the public on Friday, will have 12 theaters, half of them offering in-moving dining. It will also have a Cycle Cinema spin room,  a supervised kids’ playroom, a sushi bar and anhigh-end restaurant.
  17. An architectural rendering for the second location of William Dean Chocolates, which will open later this year at Midtown Tampa.
  18. Chettinad chicken is served with fresh shredded coconut and aromatic spices along with basmati rice and garlic naan at Discovery Indian Cuisine in Palm Harbor.
  19. At Casa Santo Stefano in Ybor City guests can choose to dine in or opt for a Valentine's Day dinner to-go.
  20. Two Dads, a new restaurant in Gulfport, specializes in comfort food to-go.
  21. Chef Dominique Christini, owner of Cafe Largo, prepares Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin With "Carte Noire" Roquefort in his kitchen on Jan. 12, 2021.
  22. Similar to a large cinnamon bun, this king cake recipe from New Orleans chef Kelly Fields is easy to make and a delicious way to celebrate Mardi Gras at home.
  23. Chicken, sausage and shrimp gumbo. By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff
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