ST. PETE DAZZLES CROWDS WITH AWARD-WINNING CHEFS, ACCLAIMED
FOODS, EXCITING WINES, SPIRITS, CRAFT BEERS AND
MORE AT ITS DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG DEBUT
Festivities included a pop up wedding for the event founder
and a proclamation presented by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
SAVOR ST. PETE made its debut in downtown St. Petersburg
Nov. 2 - 3 to appreciative crowds who gathered to enjoy
an acclaimed array of outstanding dishes, exciting wines, spirits
and beers plus cooking demonstrations and competitions featuring
outstanding chefs and more.
Thousands filled the North Straub Park waterfront Saturday
and Sunday afternoons to sip and savor from booths featuring
foods and beverages provided by more than 90 participants.
event's Best Chef Competition showcased culinary professionals
from Tampa Bay's leading and most popular restaurants vying
to out-cook other contestants by creating a featured dish served
to a panel of judges on Saturday.
Judges Chris Sherman of Florida Trend Magazine, Kevin
Campbell of IHeartMedia/WMTC, Kendall Kirkham and
Javante Ingram of CBS Great Day Live TV, Anna Coats
of MarryMeTampaBay.com, Lori Brown and Keven Godbee
of St. Petersburg Foodies blog/podcast, and Terry Ward
of MSN.com ranked each dish according to presentation, taste
chefs included: Lee Aquino of The Birchwood/Birch & Vine,
Rachel Bennett of The Library, Carson Brock of
Roy's, Ross Clingman of Paul's Landing/Marchand's Bar
and Grill, Chris Fernandez of Mercado/Red Mesa and
Leak Munir of Brio Italian Mediterranean.
Chef and Winning Plate of Cooking Competition
Bennett of The Library won the cooking competition
with her dish featuring the following:
Grilled Oysters, Spicy Nduja Tomato Gnocchi with Bourbon Expresso
Pot de Creme.
Winner & Plate by Guest
overall winner of the votes cast by event guests for their favorite
dish was Chef Lee Aquino of The Birchwood Hotel/Birch
& Vine for "Ice Cream of the South" With Roasted Banana
Grits Toasted Coconut, Chorizo, Raspberry Sofrito and Sorrel
Category winners for Best Wine, Best Beer,
Best Décor and Best Spirits were:
Wine - Island Grove and Best Beer - Stella Artois
Best Spirits - Tito's and Best
Décor - Tillamook
has been an outstanding inaugural year for SAVOR ST. PETE
and we look forward to showcasing even more fabulous food, exciting
wines, spirits and craft beers and all sorts of special surprises
when SAVOR returns to downtown St. Petersburg Nov.
7 - 8, 2020," said Tammy Gail, founder and producer
of the event.
Two extra special events marked Saturday's opening of SAVOR
ST. PETE. Gail surprised SAVOR ST. PETE guests Saturday
when she was joined on stage in the Grand Tasting Tent by Martha
Davis, singer/songwriter of the popular 80s group The
Motels. Davis officiated over the first pop-up wedding
executed in Tampa Bay between Gail and her fiance, Jeff Wernli.
Rick Kriseman and Singer/Songwriter
Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman also appeared on the cooking
stage that afternoon to present a proclamation declaring Nov.
2 - 3 as "Savor St Pete Weekend in the City of St. Petersburg."
A custom wedding cake created by the Culinary Art Institute
of Tampa and specialty cake samples served by Publix highlighted
the celebration of the first pop-up wedding at this event
and, possibly, at any event of this kind.
A portion of the proceeds from SAVOR ST. PETE benefits
the students at the Art Institute of Tampa, a branch
of Miami International University of Art & Design.
SAVOR ST. PETE returns next November with more flavor,
more fun and more surprises in store.
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About SAVOR ST. PETE
SAVOR ST. PETE is a new event that now joins its sister
event, Cocoa Beach Uncorked, as a weekend-long showcase of food,
wines, craft beers and culinary expertise. Both annual events
welcome thousands of foodies, wine lovers and craft beer aficionados
annually. SAVOR ST. PETE has been dubbed "the hippest, most
exciting, two-day food, wine and craft beer festival on Florida's
West Coast." SAVOR ST. PETE is held in the fall and Cocoa Beach
Uncorked in the spring. For information about these events go