2 Tampa Bay chefs named James Beard Award 2019 semifinalists

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Tampa Bay is on fire this morning with two chefs named James Beards Award semifinalists for 2019. The James Beard Foundation awards are the most prestigious award a chef can receive in the food industry.

Chef Jeannie Pierola from Edison: Food + Drink Lab has been nominated as a Semifinalist for Best Chef in the South 2019. Chef Pierola has been nominated numerous times in the past for the James Beard Foundation awards. She previously worked as a chef at Bern’s Steak House and SideBern’s in South Tampa. Her most recent project is Edison’s Swigamajig at Sparkman Wharf.

Chef Rachel Bennett from The Library in St. Petersburg is nominated as a Semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year 2019. The Library is the latest project from the owners at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa. Rachel is a graduate of the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Culinary Program. Her past projects include Bern’s Steak House, Edison, Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, and the Oxford Exchange itself.

Congrats to these chefs and keep up the great work!

Carlos Eats

February 28, 2019 |

Ginger Beard Coffee turns one

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Local Downtown Tampa cafe, Ginger Beard Coffee, turns one year old on Thursday, July 14th, 2016. They will be raffling off a chance for free coffee in celebration. If you haven’t been yet, Ginger Beard Coffee is located inside Pourhouse Tampa in the Grand Central at Kennedy which is located at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112.

Ginger Beard Coffee serves excellent nitro brew coffee – my personal favorite there is the Cubano which will send a jolt of energy through your body. Check out this video I shot there a few months back with an explanation from one of the owners:

Ginger Beard Coffee Flyer

Carlos Eats

July 14, 2016 |

Bern’s Steak House Wins James Beard Award

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Photos courtesy of Bern’s Steak House: Eric Renaud, Senior Sommelier and Bern’s Owner, David Laxer


James Beard Foundation Award For ExcellenceA perfect way to kick start the 60 year anniversary celebration of Bern’s Steak House is the James Beard Award that was presented to Bern’s Steak House in the 2016 Outstanding Wine Program category on Monday, May 2 in Chicago, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. David Laxer, Bern’s owner, along with his wine team Eric Renaud, Brad Dixon and Rachel Healy continue the legacy of David’s father, Bern Laxer who founded Bern’s and began the extensive wine selection in 1956. The Bern’s wine list is said to be the largest in the country with more than 6,000 wines in its cellar. The iconic Tampa restaurant continues to celebrate the 60 anniversary with special events planned throughout the year.

For reservations or more information, visit or call 813.251.2421.




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