Comments Off on NEWS: Blind Tiger Cafe coming to Westfield Brandon Mall
Continuing its expansion, Blind Tiger Cafe is taking over a Starbucks location at the Westfield Brandon Mall across from the Apple Store. The busy mall in a densely populated area makes an interesting move for Blind Tiger who recently acquired another Starbucks location in the WestShore Plaza in Tampa and opened a number of new cafes recently in Downtown Tampa.
Comments Off on NEWS: Shake Shack confirmed coming to Tampa
After a long wait, Shake Shack is finally confirmed as coming to Tampa, first reported by Tampa Bay Business Journal. The location will be at Midtown Tampa, a “new kind of urban experience with 1.8 million square feet of retail, residential, 3 Class A office buildings, entertainment and hospitality”.
The long-awaited location for the gourmet burger chain still has no opening date for Tampa, but is at least confirmed to be opening by the developer. Shake Shack has long been open in Orlando and opened in Sarasota recently. Midtown Tampa is expected to open in time for the Super Bowl in February 2021.
“Shake Shack is an iconic brand with worldwide recognition, and is yet another first-to-market restaurant that we’re thrilled to bring to Tampa,” said Nicholas Haines, CEO, Bromley Companies. “We’ve followed Shake Shack from its first location next to our office in New York’s Madison Square Park, and appreciate the delight and appeal it has to its customers.”
Shake Shack has over 170 locations worldwide and has been growing around the country in recent years including locations on both the east and west coast. The franchise started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park back in 2001. The burger concept was started in 2004 as a kiosk.
Comments Off on NEWS: “Love Reimagined” dining pop-up coming to Tampa just in time for Valentine’s 2020
There’s a new installment in an experiential dining series called “The Rooted Door” is coming to Tampa called “LOVE Reimagined”. It aims to be “a fully immersive pop-up that will inspire guests to celebrate the Art of LOVE”.
The pop-up will occur from Tuesday, February 11th to Saturday, Feburary 15th, 2020 (5 nights), just in time for Valentine’s Day week 2020.
The pop-up will occur at Red Door No. 5, in Tampa Heights at 1910 North Florida Avenue. Red Door is one of Tampa’s new destinations for culture and the arts. Originally constructed in 1925 and then was decommissioned as an active fire station in 1986. The building has since been restored.
Popular local chefs, Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Chef Noel Cruz of Ichicoro Ramen, will headline the pop-up. Alvarez and Cruz have opened numerous projects recently around the city and are active participants in local initiatives in Tampa Bay. Chef Ferrell Alvarez is a James-Beard Award nominee.
Guests at the pop-up will walk through different spaces which unveil imaginative cuisine, cocktails, visual and performing arts and take them on a journey of the senses as the space transforms with each course. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
The pop-up will last approximately 2 hours and reservation times include 6:30PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM, and 9:30PM. Tickets start at $ 160 and are now on-sale.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Award through Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) to continue nurturing Tampa’s flourishing creative scene and support future creators in the community.
TBBCA has annually awarded six or more scholarships to some of the most talented and deserving Tampa Bay area high school students, providing valuable financial assistance since 2008.
“Love Reimagined” is being organized by PASK Productions, “an experiential event marketing and branding agency delivers premium services to high-end clientele across the country.”
Their collaborations with brands include Hennessy Cognac, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Cirque du Soleil, CORZO Tequila , L’OREAL Paris, DUSSE Cognac, OXLEY Gin, ULTRA Music Festival, National Young Arts Foundation, Art Basel, and Beats by Dre among others.
Comments Off on NEWS: Miracle at Mezzo coming to St. Pete starting Black Friday 2019
Miracle at Mezzo is coming to St. Petersburg starting on Black Friday (November 29th) 2019. The event started in New York City back in 2014 at Mace cocktail bar and is now at Intermezzo located at 1111 Central Avenue in Downtown St. Petersburg.
According to the press release, “each Miracle and Sippin’ Santa location will celebrate the season with a festive menu of signature cocktails, décor of lights, garlands, ribbons, and tchotchkes inspired by nostalgic vintage Christmas decorations, and a soundtrack of holiday songs.” Intermezzo is one of over 100 locations nationwide participating in the event.
Owner/GM Jarrett Sabatini has put together a calendar of events to keep the pop-up busy throughout the holiday season:
Monday December 2nd – World’s Largest Ugly Sweater Party – Over 100 Miracle locations around the world participating! Don your best (tackiest) garb and join in the revelry
Monday December 9th – Holiday Trivia with Santa Claus
Tuesday December 10th – Holiday Karaoke
Thursday December 19th – Songs Around a Christmas Tree with performer J.T. Brown 7PM-10PM
“In our sixth year, we’re excited to keep making Miracle better year after year while keeping our true love for the holiday season alive,” says Greg Boehm, owner and creator of Miracle.
“We offer a true experience for our guests as soon as they walk through the doors. Our partners across the U.S. and world are all dedicated to delivering exceptional visits with quality cocktails.”
Comments Off on NEWS: World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market coming November 22nd to St. Pete
St. Pete will host the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market presented by Enchant Christmas starting on Friday, November 22nd at Tropicana Field and run through Sunday, December 29th. St. Petersburg is joining 2 other cities as destination this year including Washington D.C. and Seattle.
The event will run Monday through Thursday from 4PM to 10PM and Fridays and Saturdays from 4PM to 11PM from November 22nd to December 12th. From December 13th to December 29th the event will run from 4PM to 11PM.
Guests will enjoy:
World’s Largest Light Maze: Enter a living storybook of larger-than-life light sculptures, a light-adorned ice skating trail, and decadent delights as snow gently falls all around you
Christmas Market: Filled with over 40 local artisan vendors
Dining: Savory and sweet scents will pull you into the Christmas Market where you can feast on specially selected seasonal food and drinks as well as holiday treats
Carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes
Santa’s Landing: Santa Clause is re-invented for Enchant, guests will need to pass through trees, tree tops, and pillow-like clouds to get to Santa.
Kid’s Zone: Plenty of activities will be available for kids including toys to play with, coloring, group activities, and more
Nook and Cranny: Pinellas County’s Nook and Cranny pops up nightly for engaging craft workshops where guests can get creative and make ornaments, home decor, and more.
Adult General Admission starts at $ 19.99 with children’s tickets starting at $ 14.99 for ages 4 and older. Military, emergency services, and students receive 10% off with ID shown at the door. Family packages are also available.
Comments Off on NEWS: 10th Annual Shopapalooza coming November 30th and December 1st to St. Pete
More than 225 local businesses are taking over Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg for LocalShops1’s 10th Annual Shopapalooza Festival on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st. The family-friendly event features local art, local music, and the local vibe that makes St. Pete what it is.
Admission is free and open to the public. Guests who register before will be entered in a chance to win a $ 500 shopping spree. The event will benefit Chart 411 and Earth Day St. Pete.
“Shopapalooza Festival celebrates and spotlights the great independent businesses that make Tampa Bay such an amazing place. It gives consumers the opportunity to kick off the holiday shopping season by shopping locally!” says Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 founder.
Venouziou has made it a mission to support local businesses for over a decade.
Vendor options include gourmet food products, home decor, handcrafted jewelry, clothing and accessories, health and beauty products, fair trade goods, vintage finds, pet treats and toys, books, candles and much more.
The events will have “food hall” that features the following options in one spot:
Buddy Brew Coffee
Hot Pursuit Catering BBQ
Main Street Boys Empanadas
Mookie’s Kettle Korn
Pipo’s Cuban Cafe
Pop Goes the Waffle
Softee the King
The Best Thai Food
The Fishin Chicken
The Tea Jug
Food options around the event include:
Emmy & J Roasted Nuts
iPop Gourmet Popcorn
JB’s Sweet Addiction
Lynn’s Ice Cream & Belgian Waffles
Skoops Italian Ice
Sweet Life Cupcakes
The Tea Jug (2nd location)
You Are the Hamster
The event is sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg. It’s sure to be a great time so make sure to go out and shop local.
Comments Off on NEWS: Savor St. Pete festival coming November 2nd and 3rd
Savor St. Pete is bringing their food and wine festival to Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, November 2nd and Sunday, November 3rd at North Straub Park.
The event was previously known as Clearwater Beach Uncorked. It will be a showcase of Tampa Bay chefs, restaurants, breweries, and a wide variety of wines.
Savor St. Pete is sponsored by City of St. Petersburg, Publix, and Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is the official hotel partner for the event.
“We look forward to creating an extraordinary level of excitement in the ‘Burg,’” said Tammy Gail, festival founder and producer. “We are bringing elements that will ramp-up the cool factor that SAVOR ST. PETE will feature.”
Tickets are now available for general admission on both Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3. General Admission guests are welcome on-site from 1PM to 4PM. GA tickets are $ 75 per person per day.
All event guests receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag, and exclusive access to the Grand Tasting Village that is located within a 30,000-square-foot tent.
Comments Off on NEWS: SouthShore Seafood and Arts Festival coming November 2nd and 3rd
The SouthShore Seafood and Arts festival is coming this November 2nd and 3rd to E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin. Over 15,000 people attended the festival in 2018. Organizers are offering a group rate of $ 3 for 20 admission tickets. The festival is kid and pet-friendly (pets must be on leashes).
There will be a wide-variety of seafood available at the festival including stone crabs and a variety of other seafood dishes from the Gulf and beyond.
The event is organized by the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce.
There will be boats and RVs, arts and crafts, educational displays, commercial exhibits, and tons of interactive kids entertainment for families to enjoy. Over 150 vendors will be present at the event.
Comments Off on NEWS: Sulphur Springs River Tower Festival coming November 16th
The Sulphur Springs River Tower Festival is coming Saturday, November 16th, 2019 with a mission of restoring and preserving Sulphur Springs Water Tower (originally built in 1927) and improvements to the surrounding River Tower Park located at 401 East Bird Street, Tampa, FL 33604 .
Sulphur Springs was once an important landmark in Tampa that was quite the attraction. After the spring was damaged and people moved to other parts of town the area was mostly abandoned although efforts to restore the area have been done over they ears.
Recent development in Seminole Heights has draw attention back to the area though and the Sulphur Springs Water Tower.
The event will feature 10 live bands, 7 DJs, a fire show, magician, balloon artist, drum circle for kids, food trucks, art vendors, beer and wine. Gates will open at 11AM and close at 10PM.
Tickets are $ 15 in advance and $ 20 the day of the event (if available). Kids ages 10 and under are FREE.
Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets comfort on the lawn. No outside coolers, food, or drinks will be allowed.
Comments Off on NEWS: Dinner on the Lawn series coming to Armature Works November 14th
Armature Works is launching a Dinner on the Lawn series starting on November 14th from 6PM to 9PM with an Autumn Harvest dinner. Chef Nathan Hardin of Steelbach and James Beard Award-winning Chef Anne Kearney of Oak & Ola will headline the event.
Dinner will be enjoyed under the stars with a view of Downtown Tampa and the Hillsborough River.
Tickets to the event start at $ 155 and include 5 courses, 5 wine pairings, live music, and a pop-up dining experience under the stars.
The menu features fresh tea, milk teas, coffee, lattes, and smoothies. A variety of Asian snacks will be sold such as popcorn chicken, Vietnamese egg rolls, durian crepes, Vietnamese spring rolls, fish balls, and more.
These food items have been a staple of most of the bubble tea shops in town such as Kung Fu Tea and Quickly.
They are known for their Tiger Milk Tea, which is a lactose-free milk with stripes of brown sugar syrup along the sides of the cup to give it a tiger stripe appearance.
Some other interesting choices on the menu are Kumquat Lemonade, Red Bean Matcha, and Cream Mousse Taro.
Comments Off on NEWS: Taste of Latino coming Sunday October 20th to Ybor City
The first annual Taste of Latino is coming Sunday, October 20th to Centennial Park in Ybor City from 11AM-6PM. The event is organized by Latin Times Media, creators of the Cuban Sandwich Festival and is presented by Ford.
Food will be featured from around Latin America with countries such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Peru, Venezuela, and more represented. Award-winning chefs will be present at the event.
Live music and dance performances will occur around the event from Revelacion Salsera, Cukiara, Salsa Aerobics, XTreme Dance, and more. Be sure to bring cash for all the vendors who will be selling food from around the world.
Competitors will compete for who makes the best flan, paella, arroz con pollo, arepas, ceviche, and more.
The event is fitting Ybor City, which was once known as the “Cigar Capital of the World”, and home to numerous immigrants from Latin America. Over 950 historic buildings fill Ybor City and are the foundation of where the Cuban Sandwich was created long ago in Tampa.
VIP tickets to the event are available and start at $ 20. VIP guests can taste contest entries from competitors for the best latino food, complimentary refreshments, and hangout with VIPs, celebrities, and media.
Event Name: Taste of Latino
Venue: Centennial Park
Date & Time: Sunday, October 20th, 2019, 11AM-6PM
Address: 1800 E. 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605
Cost: FREE General Admission, VIP starting at $ 20
Comments Off on NEWS: Marriott’s Moxy Hotel coming to Tampa Heights District
The first hotel is coming to Tampa Heights with The Moxy Hotel, a project from Marriott International. The hotel will feature 153 rooms and occupy 7 floors inside a new 25-story tower.
Construction will begin in 2020 with expected completion and opening by 2022. It will be located between West Oak Avenue, West 7th Avenue, North Highlands, and North Tampa Street.
The hotel will occupy the first seven floors of the tower and the remaining floors will be developed as a multi-family residential apartment community and will include its own lobby, separate from the Moxy Hotel lobby.
The Moxy Hotel will have a smart interface that allows users to seamlessly check-in, park, and lock their room doors using their mobile devices.
Planned amenities include a club room, fitness center, co-working spaces, event spaces and retail space. An art program called “Moxy Blank Canvas” will be a part of the hotel, that “connects emerging artists to their hotels to literally make their mark on the spaces”.
“Over the past few years, I’ve been watching the evolution of the up and coming Tampa Heights District as it becomes a trendy place to work, live and play”, said Tim Sponsler, Vice President Marriott Lodging Development for Florida.
“The development of Armature Works it a great example of the edgy vibe of the neighborhood and their development of the Moxy Hotel will have synergy with the overall vibrant lifestyle experience of The Heights District.”
The Moxy Hotel is part of a larger plan for The Heights District, a 50-acre mixed-use urban district located along the Hillsborough River.
Comments Off on Orlando Beer Festival coming November 16th with over 200 craft beers
Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 2PM – Orlando Beer Festival is happening that day at Orlando Festival Park located at 2911 East Robinson Street.
Over 200 craft beers will be poured at the event from over 50 breweries. Tickets are now sale for the beer festival and are discounted if you purchase them in advance, prices will rise on the day of the event, if available.
The event will feature over 10 local food trucks, live music, interactive games, college football streaming, local vendors, a wine tasting experience, and more. The event is for ages 21+ and will strictly enforce this policy. Orlando Beer Festival is a rain or shine event.
Limited VIP tickets are currently available and includes an hour and a half of early admission, parking, Orlando Beer Festival t-shirt, a commemorative beer glass, VIP zone with shaded seating and craft cocktail experience, complimentary lite bites of food, VIP lanyard, and more. Designated Driver tickets are available. Please do not drink and drive.
Proceeds will benefit the Central Florida Brewer’s Guild.
Event sponsors include Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Orlando Federal Credit Union, Drive Shack, Hard Rock Live Orlando, Universal Roofing & Contracting, and Renewal by Anderson of FL.
Comments Off on Margarita Wars coming July 26th to TPepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa
Full disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Creative Loafing Tampa. I have partnered with them for their upcoming Margarita Wars and have received tickets in exchange for my post about their upcoming event and cross-promotions. Opinions are my own and do not reflect Creative Loafing or affiliates.
Ready to sip some margaritas? Creative Loafing is back with their annual Margarita Wars on Friday, July 26th at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa from 7PM to 10PM. More than 15 of Tampa Bay’s mixologists will duke it out for who makes the best margs in town. All guests will enjoy unlimited samples of margaritas as well as food samples, entertainment, and voting in the Best Margarita competition.
Tickets are now on-sale. Prices will rise at the door if available on the event date. VIP includes an extra hour of admission as well as a VIP-area, swag, one beer, a $ 25 voucher to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, and more. It’s a great way to beat the rush and start the party early.
Use discount code CARLOSEATS to get $ 5 off your ticket until June 30th.
Event name: Margarita Wars
Venue: TPepin’s Hospitality Centre
Date & Time: Friday, July 26th, 7PM to 10PM, VIP starts at 6PM
Comments Off on NEWS: Whiskey Business coming May 31st to St. Pete
Whiskey Business is coming May 31st to St. Petersburg at Nova 535. The event will take place from 7PM to 10PM. VIP guests will enjoy an extra hour of partying starting at 6PM. Enjoy live music, burlesque shows, small bites from local restaurants, interactive seminars, and more.
Comments Off on Florida Brewers Conference coming to Orlando in August, tickets now available
The 3rd Annual Florida Brewers Conference is coming to Orlando this August at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. The event is organized by The Florida Brewer’s Guild, a non-profit trade association committed to preserved the rights and interests of all craft brewers throughout the state. The target audience is brewers, brewery owners, and industry workers.
Over 1,373,558 barrels of craft beer are produced every year in Florida. Florida craft beer is ranked 5th in economic impact in the state and at least 285 breweries operate in Florida (2018 Brewers Association data).
The conference aims to “provide brewery personnel and industry trades with a high-quality educational experience, plus an opportunity to network and share delicious Florida craft beers during the two-day trade show”.
Some highlights include:
Insights from Brewers Diversity Ambassador Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham
Florida specific educational workshops from industry experts
Discussions with regulators, including representatives from Florida AB&T
Networking with over 300 FL craft beer industry members
Commemorative tasting glass
Beer receptions, luncheon & trade expo
Sensory training will be available as an additional component to the conference and cover a variety of aromas found in beer. Organizers are expecting at least 500 guests.
Renaissance Orlando is located directly across the street from SeaWorld and close to Disney World, Universal Studios, and Discovery Cove. Sponsorship packages are now available for those interested.
Hotel accommodations are available to those attending the conference at just $ 149 a night, including the resort fee and self-parking.
Tickets to the Florida Brewers Conference are now available and start at $ 185 for Florida Brewers Guild members.
Event name: Florida Brewers Conference
Venue: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Date & Time: Monday, August 5th, 2019 to Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Comments Off on Nigerian concept Eko Kitchen and Catering coming to San Francisco May 2019
Sometimes good things happen on Twitter. Twitter user and future restaurateur Simileoluwa Adebajo shared her plans to make a Nigerian restaurant in San Francisco this past Friday on the social media platform and went viral across the internet.
Nigeria is home to hundreds of ethnic groups and nearly 200 million people, but restaurants are far and few between and she hopes to change that.
The name of the restaurant will be Eko Kitchen and it is currently having pop-ups around the city and offering delivery service with plans for an opening on Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at Joint Venture Kitchen -167 11th Street, San Francisco, California.
The restaurant will offer service Friday evening through Sundays and handle catering on weekdays from Monday to Wednesday.
Joint Venture Kitchen is a fully-equipped restaurant space in SoMA that also serves as home to bay area pop-ups in San Francisco. It is the hub of Eko Kitchen.
Simileoluwa Adebajo shares, “Nigerian food is soulful, spicy, and full of life, much like Nigerian people. I started Eko Kitchen because I missed home and wanted to share Nigerian culture with the world through our food.”
Adebajo does not have a formal background in kitchens or restaurants, but has been offering delivery on UberEATs and Postmates since July of 2018 and only recently added pop-ups, cooking classes, and catering to her business. She credits her mother and 2 grandmothers for the things she has learned about cooking as well as the internet.
So I've quit my job as a financial Analyst to open the first #Nigerian restaurant in the city of San Francisco. Tbh I'm not sure of exactly what I'm doing but I'll do my best with what I have. Wish me luck, guys. pic.twitter.com/dAJQQJSdIW