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  1. Chef Jada Vidal, right, works a popup event at Willa's in Tampa. Vidal, 20, has hosted a series of tasting menu dinner events since competing — and winning — on "Guy's Grocery Games" last fall.
  2. Grilled bone marrow with balsamic onions and citrus gremolata is on the opening menu at Taverna Costale, chef Fabio Viviani's new Italian restaurant opening in downtown St. Petersburg.
  3. Cigar City Brewing's parent company, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, is selling to Monster Beverage for $330 million in cash.
  4. Clockwise, from left: Roasted beets and apple salad, fish and grits, ceviche and braised short ribs from Wild Child in St. Petersburg, one of Tampa Bay's best new restaurants to open during the pandemic.
  5. The Scacciata Siciliana served at Casa Santo Stefano was one of the best dishes our food critic ate in 2021.
  6. Fast-casual brand Capital Tacos, which has five locations around Tampa Bay, is launching a franchise program with eyes on markets as far north as North Carolina and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana.
  7. Shoppers browse booths at the 2021 Localtopia in Williams Park in St. Petersburg, when crowd capacity was limited. The festival will be back with more than 300 vendors when it returns Feb. 12.
  8. Guests gather on the patio at Pizzeria Gregario in Safety Harbor, where outside dining is the only option.
  9. Cold soba noodles are served at In Between Days, a new sake bar and Tokyo-style listening room in St. Petersburg.
  10. Ceviche's new location in St. Petersburg features plush banquettes inside and an outdoor patio overlooking Beach Drive NE.
  11. The Pearl, which will open in downtown Tampa in fall 2022, specializes in seafood dishes like shrimp boils, pictured, oysters and fish and chips.
  12. Traditional dancers will be part of the Russian New Year celebration organized by the Russian Heritage Organization. It will be held on Jan. 8 at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach.
  13. Owner of Crypto Street Restaurant Ricardo Varona poses for a portrait inside the crypto-themed eatery in Clearwater Beach on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021.
  14. Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg has been sold for $7.1 million.
  15. Metro Diner has a large selection of family style bundles and meals to-go for you to enjoy on New Year's Eve, without going out. [Courtesy of Metro Diner]
  16. Midtown West, a new office tower in the $500 million Midtown Tampa development, will soon be home to two billion-dollar Tampa Bay companies. Several retail and restaurant openings are slated for Midtown in 2022.
  17. Lorrie McMurrian, 39, along with the St. Petersburg Community Fridge that she oversees, outside of the Sustainable Family Services, at 8487 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg, on Dec. 15. Free fridges like this one have proliferated during the pandemic, amid rising food insecurity and the popularization of mutual aid.
  18. Whether you dined in or ordered out, we want to know the new restaurants you can't stop thinking about.
  19. Try Baked Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole for Christmas.
  20. Feeding Tampa Bay executive director Thomas Mantz speaks with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.
  21. The Hyde Park Village location will welcome customers this week.
  22. Ben and Jerry's scoop shops will open in Midtown Tampa and in Clearwater Beach next month.
  23. Tom White, co-owner of Skipper's Smokehouse, speaks during a memorial service for fellow co-owner Vince McGilvra at the restaurant and music venue in Tampa on Monday.
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