What: Top Local Chef + Tampa Bay Marketplace, Tampa Bay’s hottest competition, connecting the area’s foodies with the best restaurateurs and private chefs in the region
When: 5-7 pm Sunday, April 24, 2016
Where: Gulfport Casino & Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport
Admission: General admission and VIP passes available at TopLocalChef.com
Event website: TopLocalChef.com
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-637-5586
ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Eight local chefs have been selected to participate in the 2016 Top Local Chef + Tampa Bay Marketplace, the area’s top foodies event organized by LocalShops1. They are:
Chefs Jill & Maria Johnson, Mangia Gourmet
Chef John Riesebeck, Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ
Chef LeAnn Jackson, Le’Anns Cheesecakes ‘N More
Chef Michelle Garner, OobAlaMode Pastries
Chef Olive Davis, Stellas Restaurant
Chef Ramon Hernandez, Pipo’s To Go Catering & Pipo’s Cuban Cafe
Chef Sean Ford, Tryst
Chefs Shane Ibey and Cassandra Grawien, Tastes of Tampa Bay/Street Surfer Food Truck
Each chef will be asked to create a new dish using Florida Valencia Oranges. The chefs will then bring their dishes to LocalShops1’s sixth annual Top Local Chef event, which takes place 5-7 pm Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd in Gulfport. The event is hosted by emcee Janet Keeler, visiting assistant professor and coordinator of food writing and photography graduate certificate at USF St Petersburg.
General admission and VIP seats are available at TopLocalChef.com.
The chefs will be judged by a panel of food experts and journalists:
Isabel Laesig, founder and blogger with Family Foodie and Sunday Supper Movement
Kanika Tomalin, deput mayor, City of St Petersburg
Noah Pransky, award-winning journalist with WTPS 10 News
Robin King, co-owner of Three Birds Tavern & owner of Out of the Weeds
Ross Clingman, sous chef at Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, and 2015 Top Local Chef winner
The event also features the Top Local Chef marketplace, with a variety of products and services, including:
Cutco At Home Rep Michelle Linden
Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces
Out of the Weeds artisan dressings
Pinellas Chocolate Company
Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market
Wild Boy Sauce
Top Local Chef is a production of LocalShops1, with the support of our sponsors and partners Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces, Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, CASA, Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market and Beach Bar | Restaurant. For sponsorship or other information contact Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 & Top Local Chef founder, at email@example.com or 727.637.5586.
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region’s most active voice for small businesses.