Tampa, FL – Thirty-four (34) restaurants and food purveyors will be participating in the Annual Taste of Westshore, presented by Shutts & Bowen, Attorneys at Law on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of unlimited food, beer and wine tastings from many of Westshore’s best restaurants plus live entertainment and an art display. The event is produced by the Westshore Alliance and HCC and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the HCC Foundation to fund scholarships for students in their culinary & hospitality programs.
Participating restaurants are:
A La Carte Event Pavilion
Aqua Bar & Grille
Blue Bell Creameries
Blue Water Grill, Wyndham Tampa
Brio Tuscan Grille
Carrabba’s Italian Grill/HMS Host
Catering by the Family
Columbia Café /HMS Host
Cooks Club of Tampa Bay
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
First Flight by Mise En Place/HMS Host
Green Iguana/HMS Host
HCC Hospitality Management
L & L Events
La Teresita Restaurant Bakery and Tex Mex
Mainsail Suites Hotel-Latitudes Pub & Grill
Publix GreenWise Market
Rollin’ Oats Market & Café
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
Shula’s American Steak House
Smoothie King Kennedy
Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
St. James Lounge/Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport
Tahitian Inn Café
In addition to showcasing Westshore’s best restaurants, the event gives students in HCC hospitality programs hands-on learning experience in managing a major culinary event. “Culinary students get the opportunity to apply kitchen skills learned in class by cooking with some of the best chefs in the Westshore district,” says Fred Jaeger, Program Manager.
Advance general admission tickets are $35 ($25 for those ages 11 to 20; Free for children 10 & under). Advance VIP Tickets are $50 and also offer guests access to an air conditioned lounge, private restrooms, craft beer and specialty wine tastings and more. All ticket prices increase by $10 on the day of the event. Tickets are available online at www.tasteofwestshore.com.
Shutts & Bowen, Attorneys at law is the presenting sponsor for the Taste of Westshore. Additional sponsors include Florida Blue, MetWest International, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Highwoods Properties, J.J. Taylor Distributing, Cigar City Brewing, and Tampa Bay Business Journal.
About the Westshore Alliance
The Westshore Alliance is a business association with more than 350 members that strives to improve the quality of life for the nearly 94,000 people that work in Westshore. The Alliance has made significant progress in the areas of transportation, beautification, crime prevention, and marketing of the area.
About Hillsborough Community College Hospitality Programs
Hillsborough Community College is committed to making an impact on the community. Through events like “Taste of Westshore,” students experience hands-on learning and application of skills learned in the classroom. Exposing students to the dynamic hospitality and culinary industry in Tampa Bay in addition to promoting scholarships for the future makes the perfect pairing for networking and learning. Thanks to the Westshore Alliance and Taste of Westshore, a scholarship endowment has been established for Hospitality and Culinary students at HCC.