CHANGES: URBAN BREW AND COMFORT
Andy Salyards, owner of Urban Brew & BBQ, Urban Comfort and Urban Creamery, is making some changes. The building he has been in for 5 ½ years has been sold and will be knocked down to house a glass museum, and meanwhile he is consolidating Urban Brew & BBQ and Urban Comfort into the Comfort space under the Urban Brew & BBQ name. Doors opened Jan. 8 at 2601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The menu is a mashup, showcasing the best dishes from each (don’t worry, the skillet mac ‘n’ cheese is still there), and they rolled the Brew & BBQ bar down the street and set it up outside Comfort, adding new pavers and planters. With a full liquor license, they will expand beverage options to 13 different bourbons and three ryes, and brunch will be brought back soon. (727) 623-9823
RAISING CANE: SWEET AND SPICY
Here’s a little something to get the year started off on a sweet note. At the Pioneer Florida Museum on Saturday, visitors can indulge in a cane syrup tasting contest at 9 a.m., with 24 syrup producers participating. To continue the theme, the Kiwanis Club will have a pancake breakfast from 9 to 10:30 (because, you know, syrup). Live entertainment begins at 11:15 with the Sara Rose Band, the Sandy Back Porch and the Barking Dogs. Once you’ve digested your pancakes, the highlight of the event will be a chili cookoff and a chili, chili verde and salsa competition. (Tasting cups for sampling are $5.) Cash and trophies will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners in the International Chili Society-sanctioned competition. 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. $10, $5 for students, free for children younger than 5. (352) 567-0262. floridapioneermuseum.org.
BEER WEEK: HALFWAY TO SUDS
Feeling thirsty this week? Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019 is fast approaching, and to celebrate they are throwing a Halfway There party at 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Attendees can enjoy beer samples from home-brew clubs and breweries, panel discussions from clubs and professional brewers, and beer-centric vendors. Free reserved tickets will also allow you one vote for the “Best in Show” homebrew. The winning homebrew will take home a custom New Belgium Brewing bicycle. The shuffleboard courts will be rentable with reservations at the event. Registration is required and all attendees must be 21. 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Register at almostthere.brownpapertickets.com.
RESOLUTION: COOK MORE
You got some solid resolutions for 2019? Any involve food? Vicki Majors teaches small cooking classes at her home in St. Petersburg. On Jan. 16, she conducts a class that will walk you through one-pan chicken with sourdough, gesiers salad (that’s a classic southwest France dish that slowly makes gizzard confit) and an apple compote over ice cream. Classes begin at 5 p.m. and dinner starts between 7 and 7:30. Includes food, wine, lessons and written recipes. $85 per person. 2050 Brightwaters Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 424-0033. culinarydiscovery.biz.