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Celebrate National Foodies Day on May 9th

For a Federal holiday to be declared, we need an Act of Congress to be signed by the President. For National Foodies Day to be declared, we need an Act of Foodies to be eaten up by chefs, restaurants, home cooks, barbecue aficionados, and food bloggers nationwide. National Foodies Day has its own website at…
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Chef David Benstock of IL Ritorno to Cook at James Beard House

Co-owner and executive chef of IL Ritorno, David Benstock, revealed today that he has been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. The Beard House is an extension of the James Beard Foundation (JBF), and only a handful of chefs from the Tampa Bay region have been invited to cook…
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IL Ritorno to Double Its Space: New Layout, New Services

There is no other restaurant in all of St. Petersburg, let alone Downtown, that can be compared to IL Ritorno. The closest we have ever come was to go to Rome and Venice Italy. Needless to say, IL Ritorno is one of St. Petersburg Foodies most favorite restaurants. They do their own modern twists on…
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Cask & Ale Founders to Open Two New Venues in Downtown St. Pete

"The Copper Shaker" and "The Estate" to Open Spring 2017 Jeremy Wallace and Jeff Catherell have been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug again, and this time they are opening two places right next to each other in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg. The pair opened Cask & Ale at 29 3rd St N. in…
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Red Mesa Cantina to Take Over Push Ultra Lounge Space

Push Ultra Lounge, one of Downtown St. Petersburg’s premiere upscale night club is ending its 10-year party at the end of this month. Red Mesa Cantina, Push's ground floor neighbor in the same building, will take over the two floor 12,000 square foot space at the end of March. Located on the corner of 3rd…
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What Better Day For a Chili Cook-Off Than a Rainy One?

The 12th Annual Grand Central District's Chili Cook-Off Kevin and I were honored to be asked to be judges of this year's Chili Cook-Off. The event took place in the 2400/2500 blocks of Central Ave on February 18th, 2017 from 12:00-4:00, with check-in in front of The Old Key West Bar & Grill. We were…
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Did Someone Say Free Pizza? Pizza@ Does for National Pizza Day February 9th

PIZZA@ OPENS IN TYRONE SQUARE WITH BIG PLANS FOR NATIONAL PIZZA DAY - FEBRUARY 9th, 2017 We don't normally talk about franchises in our local online magazine, but this one was founded by a St Petersburg resident and our own Chef Jeffrey Jew of Stillwaters Tavern consulted on the menu. Keep reading...PLUS IT'S FREE PIZZA! The Florida-based…
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“Diner 24 DTSP” Opening in Fuego Location late-March 2017

Downtown St. Pete Gets Its' First 24-Hour Diner Ken Collazo, the owner of Fuego Lounge, just shut down the restaurant on Saturday, February 4th to start renovations to open his 24-hour diner in the same space. Diner 24 DTSP is expected to open in late-March. They will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with over 200…
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Flûte: The New Champagne Bar Coming to Beach Drive

Hot New Big City Trend Comes to Downtown St. Pete St. Petersburg continues to get added to several “Best of…” lists that include major US cities. Our city is certainly trending and holding its’ own with cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and dare we even say New York? Well, St. Pete is about to add…
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Spacco Italian Grill in Sarasota to Open February 1, 2017

The much anticipated opening of new Italian restaurant Spacco Italian Grill in Sarasota FL will take place on February 1, 2017. Update: Here's our review of Spacco Italian Grill Although Spacco Italian Grill in Sarasota is a separate company from Gratzzi Italian Grille in St. Petersburg, it is being launched by the same cuisinal masterminds…
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Castile Restaurant And 360° Rooftop Welcome
New Executive Chef Nicolas Lebas

New Chef Brings Elevated Cuisine to St. Pete Beach’s Waterfront Castile Restaurant, the beautiful waterfront dining destination located in St. Pete Beach, announces Nicolas Lebas as its new Executive Chef and unveils new Mediterranean-inspired culinary menus. The French-born toque brings his signature Southern French influences and worldly experience to the Mediterranean restaurant for a worldly…
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Club Savor – St. Pete’s New Dining Discount Club

Savor Your Food & Save Your Money with Club Savor Two of the biggest challenges to being a serious foodie are keeping your waistline in check, and also keeping your budget in check. There are several gyms to help with the first problem, and Club Savor to help with the second one. Club Savor just…
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Donald Trump Honored by Burger in St. Petersburg

The Trump Tower Burger Debuts at Boulevard Burgers & Tap House in St. Pete Beach Sources Say Putin is Pissed that St. Petersburg Russia Didn't Think of it First, Wants to Change City's Name Back to Leningrad According to the press release: "In the spirit of the Presidential Inauguration this month, Boulevard Burgers & Tap…
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