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  1. Peruvian-born Christian Salinas, 46, opens a new restaurant this week at a Marathon gas station in Riverview, replacing an old Subway location. Salinas also has a food truck and a free-standing restaurant.
  2. Lee Williams, in a photo from 2007, was the second generation to run Felton's Market in Plant City. “He knew how to talk with his meat cutters, he knew how to talk with the customer and ask what are you making? How are you going to be making this? At what temperature? What are you serving it with?" said niece Kayla Davis. "And it’s amazing because the guy couldn’t fry an egg.”
  3. Cake designer and Wandering Whisk Bakeshop owner Jennifer Jacobs' recipe for Mini Piña Colada Pavlovas is easy to replicate at home.
  4. St. Petersburg Puerto Rican restaurant WEPA has closed permanently.
  5. Octopus has surged in popularity in recent years and can now be found on menus all over the Tampa Bay area, including a version shown above, served at Fado, a new Portuguese restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  6. The new VelociCoaster ride opened Thursday.
  7. Food blogger and cookbook author Molly Yeh attends the Chef's Afterparty in Miami Beach, Fla, on May 22 during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
  8. Chef Kelly Arnold, of Tampa, prepares a pan of leeks while teaching the Make & Take: Fresh & Flavorful Pasta cooking class on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Sur la Table in Hyde Park.
  9. Moroccan Tagine Cooking! at Casa di Mazzaro's, 3001 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 (This is the home goods store that is across the parking lot from the Mazzaro's deli. Moroccan food at the Mazzaro's home store's class kitchen.

Chicken Tagine with fried plums
Butter fresh herb couscous
Grilled carrots with sundried tomato vinaigrette
Honey ice cream
                              
  10. Chef Renae Seiler teaches an Italian Steakhouse themed cooking class at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
  11. Fado, a new restaurant in St. Petersburg, serves traditional Portuguese fare like this polvo a lagareiro, a broiled octopus dish served with olive oil-drizzled vegetables and potatoes.
  12. Kuba Cocina, from chef Felicia Lacalle, is now open in St. Pete Beach.
  13. Il Ritorno's David Benstock beat Bobby Flay on the celebrity chef's culinary competition show Thursday evening.
  14. Throwing your own crawfish boil is easy, if you have the right gear.
  15. Gateau St. Honore
  16. David Benstock, executive chef and owner of Il Ritorno in St. Petersburg, will compete on an episode of culinary competition show "Beat Bobby Flay" that airs on May 20.
  17. Tampaville Hot Chick'n burgers are served at 3 Dot Dash in Seminole Heights in Tampa. The restaurant, which specializes in vegan comfort food like chicken sandwiches and burgers, is helping to redefine the vegan scene in Tampa Bay.
  18. When taking pictures of your beauty, set your pie next to some natural light. Open a window nearby so the colors shine naturally.
  19. 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.
  20. Chef Dominique Christini, owner of Cafe Largo, prepares Tournedos of Beef Tenderloin With "Carte Noire" Roquefort in his kitchen on Jan. 12, 2021.
  21. Chicken, sausage and shrimp gumbo. By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff
  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. Dips and pizzas and foods that don't require shared serving spoons are good options for a Super Bowl watch party in the coronavirus era.
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