TAMPA (September 6, 2013) – The 3rd Annual Taste of Westshore, presented by HCI Group, will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1 to 4 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 from local musicians. The event is organized by the Westshore Alliance and HCC and portion of the proceeds are donated to the HCC Foundation to fund scholarships for students in their culinary & hospitality programs.
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. “We are excited to invite members of the community to our campus to experience the skills that our talented students have acquired through our culinary management program as they cook alongside many of the area’s finest chefs,” says Fred Jaeger, program manager.
Advance general admission tickets are $35 ($25 for those ages 11 to 20; Free for children 10 & under). VIP Tickets are $50 and also offer guests access to an air conditioned lounge, private restrooms, craft beer and specialty wine tastings and more. VIP tickets are limited. All ticket prices increase by $10 on the day of the event. Tickets are available online at www.tasteofwestshore.com.
Participating restaurants include: Aqua, Blue Water Grill/Wyndham Hotel Tampa, Brio Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grille, Centre Club, Coast Restaurant, Cook’s Club of Tampa Bay, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Grille One Sixteen, HCC Hospitality Management, ItaliAsia, Kona Grill, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion (VIP area only), Seasons 52 (VIP Area only), St. James Lounge/ Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport, Sweet Tomatoes and more. For an up-to-date list of restaurants, visit www.tasteofwestshore.com
HCI Group is the presenting sponsor for the Taste of Westshore. Additional sponsors include the Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, Moffitt Cancer Center, MetWest International, The Millennium Westshore, Mosaic Westshore, J.J Taylor Distributing, Carlton Fields, Highwoods Properties, New York Life, AvMed Health Plans, The Bank of Tampa, Elan Event Studio, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Digital Lightbridge, AriZona Beverages, Viamedia and Republic Services.
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.