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dR Titans DTSP’s Artistic Arrangers by Nanette Wiser dR Arts & Artists Museums, Galleries & Art Fests dR Celebrity Spotlight Dennis Miller by Nanette Wiser dR Sports Star Rowdies’ Kyle Curinga




dR Spirits Luscious Libations


dR Dining Guide New & Noteworthy


dR Dining Spotlight Aqua Prime



COVER: Outdoor Entertaining Ian Prosser unveils his style strategies for the ultimate backyard soiree.


Outdoor Comfort & Style Luxury living, from furnishings to patios and decks.

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Cool Pools


Better Outdoor Living thru Innovation


dR Garden Outside In, Inside Out


dR Culinary Master Chillin’ & Grillin’ by Linda Bray


Green is the New Black Trending: eco-sustainability + luxury.


dR Dining Spolight Maritana Grille



dR Wine Wine Bars/Charcuterie Spring Sips


The Resort at Longboat Key Club


dR Dish Cuban Sandwiches


Shy Wolf Sanctuary by Cassie Kennedy

dR Quick Getaways

dR Travel


Sensational Scottsdale by Nanette Wiser


NYC Insider by Pam Cederquist


Spring Flings Park City, New Orleans, Savannah & more!


Discover Portugal: Lisbon by Chris Barnett









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dR Calendar dR Events Spotlight dR Nightlife dR Party dR Back Page WEDU “Be More Awards” by Thomas L. duPont




dR Health Spotlight CEO John Couris Tampa General Hospital


dR Fitness Run, walk or paddleboard.


dR Wellness Mind, body & spirit tips.


dR Pets Pet-cessories & dining out. by Linda Bray


dR Sports & Recreation Rays, sports bars, car shows & golfing.

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dR Business Tampa/St. Petersburg downtown updates. dR Autos dR Fashion Cabana Couture dR Style Objects of Desire

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dR: What's on the horizon this year that excites you? KS: We are starting to move into the exhibitions and programs that I initiated with our curators when I arrived, so I am really excited to see some of those projects come to fruition. They all underscore the incredible diversity of programming that only we can offer – from a backyard archaeological dig for ancient mosaics, to a new view of abstraction by women artists of color, to presenting one of the most important collections of midcentury jewelry design in the world – we get to do all of it this year. And that’s just three projects. There are so many more! We will be busy. dR: What's your take on the Tampa Bay performing arts scene? KS: In my first year back in this area, my focus has been almost exclusively on the MFA and getting to know the visual arts community here. That being said, I am a fan (and supporter) of The Florida Orchestra and I look forward to getting out to experience even more in the performing arts spaces in the coming year.

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rts and culture is big business in downtown St. Pete, toted by national media outlets such as USA Today, and, Architectural Digest. With seven arts districts in one vibrant downtown neighborhood and robust arts events (2nd Saturday ArtWalk, Shine Mural Festival, El Cultura) and several new museums and galleries, it’s no wonder tourists and locals flock to DTSP. dR Tampa Bay caught up with three of downtown’s Titans of Art representing the diversity of the city’s arts offerings: a traditional museum that is anything but traditions (MFA) , an emerging arts district (WADA) and a beloved performing arts venue with theater and multimedia programs and a new free student pass for Main Stage productions. (American Stage).

dR: What do you hope to see happen in the performing arts scene? KS: I hope the performing arts will continue to be an important part of the overall arts scene in this area. And you can definitely expect to see more performance at the MFA! I am planning an exciting exhibition two years out that focuses on theatre arts by modern masters, including Picasso, Matisse, Hockney, and many others. It will be an opportunity for us to activate our galleries with music, dance, spoken word, and more.

Kristen A. Shepherd, Executive Director – Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

dR: Why did you choose to come to Tampa Bay and MFA? KS: I could not resist the opportunity to return to the Tampa Bay area to make a difference at a museum I have loved since I was a kid. The MFA is the flagship museum, a center of gravity, for the vibrant arts community in St Petersburg. We are the only comprehensive collection in this area, so everything is possible here. We can tell all the stories and serve this community in ways no other museum in our area can. Hidden gem no more! The opportunity to lead the museum into its next big chapter is an opportunity few cities could offer.


Museum of Fine Arts City of St Petersburg

By Nanette Wiser Diane B. Morton, Executive Director - Stephanie Gularte, Producing Artistic Warehouse Arts District (WADA) Director - American Stage After an acclaimed career in California, Stephanie Gularte joined American Stage in 2015. She has produced more than 90 plays and musicals and directed or performed in more than 75 productions. Her inspired motto? “All experiences are an opportunity for growth.” dR: Why did you choose to come to Tampa Bay? SG: I had been deeply immersed in my community in California for many years and was so grateful to have had the opportunity to develop my skills as an arts leader and to make an impact in a region which had not previously been considered an "arts city." The

Diane Bailey Morton

Morton is the new executive director for WADA, which encompasses 1st Avenue North to 10th Avenue South and 16th St. to 31st St. with 200 artists, arts businesses and organizations including Duncan McClellan Glass, MGA Sculpture Studio and the Morean Center for Clay. dR: This is a big change for you, going from law to running an arts organization. DBM: For more than thirty years I have practiced law in Tampa Bay while simultaneously serving on non-profit boards. The opportunity to serve as Executive Director combines my love of the Arts with my love of community. I am thrilled to be at a pivotal place in the development of the District.

decision to make the move to St. Pete to join American Stage represented an opportunity to become a part of community with a ric history in the arts, but also to join in a kind of renaissance where the progressiveness, vibrancy and diversity of the arts landscape is exploding. dR: What's your take on the Tampa Bay performing arts scene? SG: Dynamic. Diverse. Evolving. With continued forward momentum our region has all of the ingredients to become a worldclass performing arts destination. dR: What do you hope to see happen in the performing arts scene? SG: A healthy performing arts scene includes multiple tiers of organizations, including educational, community, semi-professional and professional. This allows for the development of a strong local talent base as well as a sustainable model of collaboration, advocacy and viability. I'd love to see these tiers continue to be clearly defined in our performing arts community and for our organizations to work together to elevate the profile of the performing arts in Tampa Bay. G

dR: What’s going on this year for WADA? DBM: We are growing in every way from site improvement at the Arts Exchange to strengthening our businesses in the District. Our gallery and event space will introduce new artists and art installations to our community. Our studio artists, working in our recently completed rent controlled studios, create wondrous art every day. We hope to bring groups to experience art as it is being made. dR: What’s your take on Tampa Bay’s art scene? DBM: My take is a phrase I learned when I lived in London: "spoiled for choice." Every weekend we are spoiled with a myriad of choices for first class art experiences. From professional theatre to art exhibits we are incredibly lucky. Even better, we don't have to travel a long distance to have these experiences. dR: What would you like to see more of ? DBM: With all our growth I'd still like to see more author events and dance performances. We have plans in the Warehouse Arts District to build an education center to include a professional dance space. Our event space is perfect for author events and readings.

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he Tampa Bay arts explosion is everywhere - public sculptures, radiant murals, cutting edge galleries, museum exhibitions and the NOMAD art bus to name a few. New on the horizon are two downtown museums: Western Art (The James Museum) and New American Arts and Crafts Museum. Just announced is Eckerd College’s new Helmar and Enole Nielsen Center for Visual Arts. The 33,000 square foot space features two galleries, a ceramics wing, digital arts and audio studios, a printmaking workshop and seven semi-private student studios. Helmar E Nielsen, the donor for which the center is named, provided $7 million in funding to Eckerd’s Visual Arts discipline. His contribution will endow a professorship in film production. THE DALI In addition to The Gala Café and store, the museum hosts a weekly brunch (Mimosas and Masterpieces), weekly yoga and monthly opera free to the public. On April 8th, the museum hosts their beloved wine and food festival, Los Vinos de Dali. Dali/Duchamp: Discover how two inventive, irreverent individuals forever changed how we see art – and artists – as The Dalí premieres its new special exhibition, Dalí/Duchamp, this Saturday, February 10. On display through May 27, 2018, this singular exhibition is the first of its kind dedicated to the friendship and mutual influence of two of the twentieth century’s greatest artists – the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, and Salvador Dalí, the champion of traditional painting and the imagination. Dalí and Duchamp were generally thought to represent completely different approaches to art, but through this unique exhibition their world of shared ideas is on full display. Duchamp was associated with the art movements of Dada and Surrealism, and is famous for


conceptual art – art where the idea of the work is more important than the completed work itself – and for creating the first “readymade,” an everyday object presented as a work of art. In contrast, Dalí was a defender of classical techniques in painting and the champion of artistic tradition. He was a surrealist and a superior technician who, like Duchamp, thought the idea of an artwork was of prime importance. Games at The Dalí: Surreal Simul Chess. In honor of Duchamp’s affinity for chess, The Dali is hosting a chess night (6-8pm) featuring three chess champions each playing up to 20 people at one time. For an entry fee of $5, you can play against the best chess masters. MUSEUMS Museum of Fine Arts (MFA): See art tiles with drawings by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg that were affixed to the Apollo 12 and left on the the moon’s surface in “Moon Museum: Art and Outdoor Space” thru May 20. “Gregg Perkins: Sunshine City” explores St. Petersburg’s unknown history thru May 27. Representing more than 100 years of art history, European Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Arts opened in March (thru 2020). Dunedin Fine Art Center: Local artists, evolving gallery exhibits and interactive children’s museum offers classes, events and more.Their 38th Annual Garden Party April 22 at The Fenway Waterfront Party features a silent/live auction, music and good eats/drinks. Florida Holocaust Museum: Through July 15, discover the secret history behind Operation Finale, the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann thru photographs, film and artifacts. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: With three exhibits closing March 16th, stay tuned for what’s next in addition to digital photo classes. Henry B. Plant Museum: Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings and tropical gardens pay homage to Florida’ s storied past. The Imagine Museum: Just opened this winter, perhaps the finest collection of visionary art in glass and other media showcasing a half century of American Studio glass.

dR Arts & Artists Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art: Thru April 15, peer into the mysterious world of Steven Kenny’s whose paintings illuminate the bonds between humans and nature through a surrealist context. Allowing the subconscious to emerge, the surreal and symbolic juxtapositions of man versus nature become strangely harmonious as we venture into the human psyche in Internal Landscapes: The Mysterious World of Steven Kenny. Let’s Get Surreal continues through April 15, featuring printmaking works by Salvador Dali, Stanley William Hayter and contemporary artists. St. Petersburg Museum of History: Oddities and history, from aviation and St. Pete Pier to baseball and The Sunshine City’s iconic evolution. Tampa Museum of Art: Thru April 15th, this regional artist exhibition features Tampa-themed works by Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and others who have worked in our city at various times in their careers. The LGBT community plays a major role in the artistic and cultural fabric of Tampa Bay and around the world. Pride & Passion, a signature fundraising event April 14th. Morean Arts Center: An umbrella mecca for education, craft camps, the Glass Studio & Hot Shop Gallery, Center for Clay and The Chihuly. Thru April 27: Fresh Squeezed 2: Emerging Artists in Florida: This exhibit encourages emerging artists break boundaries, to think of ways their work can create a dialog in our community, our region, in our wild, wacky, wonderful state. Featured artists: Catherine Gomez, Glenyse Thompson, Jack Fields, Katrina Sarah Miller, Lauren Mitchell and Matthew Cicanese. GALLERIES Downtown, Ocean Blue and The Wyland Gallery showcase international artists with a passion for the sea, while Tampa’s edgy Cass Gallery feature buzzworthy local and national artists. Check out The Clay Center of St. Petersburg. Chihuly Collection: World famous glass art by Dale Chihuly, lyrical and elegant. Thru May 12th: “Shayna Leib: Into the Deep” an artist, diver and underwater photographer, Leib developed a passion for deep water diving. Her attention to detail is exhibited in this show featuring glass works inspired by the underwater world, complimented by her photographic works

Creative Soul: Art gallery,coffee shop and wine bar. Duncan McCllelan Gallery: More than 50 glass artists showcased here. Thru April 9th: Alex Bernstein with Kazuki Takizawa (who is featured in a reception and glass-blowing demonstration March 11 at noon – 4pm.) Florida CraftArt Gallery: Upstairs art studios, downstairs a dazzling array of Florida artists’ creations in clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood and jewelry. Thru March 24, check out “LightHeaded: New Directions in Fine Craft Lighting” with more than 60 pieces of light art featured with a dramatic gallery redesign. Galleria Misto: This Belleair Bluffs gallery offers framing and an extensive modern collection of acclaimed regional and international artists. (727) 559-7767 Softwater Studios: This 4,000 square foot artist collective rotates exhibits in the WADA district, especially during 2nd Saturday ArtWalk. Zen Glass Studio & Gallery: Tampa’s premiere flame working glass art studio offers classes and events. FEATURED ARTIST: BARRY LIVELY Patina Gallery: Always seen maneuvering through every high-society event, lens in hand, dR contributing photographer Barry Lively’s stunning imagery from his international travels is on display March 1 thru April 9. What began as more of a family portrait and landscape photography hobby has become a career of passion and diversity. Through constant encouragement and endless opportunities to showcase his photographic and cinematic skills, Barry has been able to bring happiness and prosperity to others as well as himself. Join Barry and friends for a casual chat and glass of wine while perusing his latest work. Opening reception March 15th with live music, 5 pm – 7pm. G

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PUNDIT DENNIS MILLER Comedy is serious business


olitical pundit Dennis Miller calls us from his car parked at a Santa Barbara area strip mall to talk about the “Florida circuit” he’s touring this spring, which includes a March 30th appearance at St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater. “I like Florida, there are a lot of people who get my brand of humor,” says Miller, who will be shooting a new special in June. Don’t expect him to be too political, though. “The country’s too divisive right now and over the years I’ve become socially liberal on some things and conservative on the other.” Award-winning comedian Dennis Miller is known for his skewering, take-no-prisoner rants. From political diatribes on The O’Reilly Factor to his Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” acerbic anchor commentary, he’s captivated audiences, nailed five Emmys and three Writers Guild of America awards for his critically acclaimed talk show “Dennis Miller Live.” He is also the author of five New York Times’ “The Rants” bestsellers and he’s even been a sportscaster on ABC’s Monday Night Football. Miller 3.0 is calmer and more focused on life’s adventures at 64, so expect half the show to be witty raconteur ramblings about getting older, traveling, unplugging and his passion for hockey, hiking and reading. “I don’t watch much television, although I like Tucker Carlson who’s a little bit like Zorro and interesting to watch. I turn on Turner classic movies after 5. You migh say I’m a bit of a Luddite these days,” says Miller. Aging is definitely on Miller’s miraculous meandering mind. “At 64, I’m getting a little forgetful. This morning, I forgot where I put my gingko biloba and found it near my Beats by Dr. Dre hearing aid.” There will be some political potshots, of course. “66% vs. 33% funny generic vs. political humor is what I’m aiming for. Hillary doesn’t go away, there’s the Mueller investigation and Trump makes for some fun and games,” notes Miller, who sees fractious politics making for cranky people and a divisive culture. These days, life’s adventures trump career goals. “In the old days, I was on fire to do everything I could but as I get older, it’s time vs. money. I want to travel to Bhutan and Sri Lanka this year, go to the river in Prague with my wife and kids,” says Miller, who’s currently deep into the 75 novels by PG Wodehouse.

He’s not sure where to hang his hat these days as the media climate shifts and morphs. In addition to the June special, he’s got his Miller Minutes in 50 markets and growing. “I go for the authenticity and joie de vivre, Norman Rockwell sensibility to make sense of things,” says Miller about his performances. dRTampa Bay asked Miller about post-fires in Santa Barbara. “Luckily, my family escaped harm but I just drove from my house and they finally opened Hotsprings Road and it looks like a bomb hit it,” he says sadly. He’s got his pet peeves, of course. Miller being Miller, the “emperor has no clothes” humorist is not thrilled with the oversharing on social media. I’m a little aghast at this generation’s obsession; the last we set the bar this low I was a dwarf. Lewis and Clarke didn’t keep notes as assiduously as the Kardashians do on breakfast,” he deadpans. “We have more ways to know each other than ever before and we know nothing.” Fake news is nothing new, according to Miller. “I’ve seen tapes where all this so-called infotainment began. You know who started it? Walter Cronkite, when he reported that it was time to get out of Vietnam, that’s where this cable mentality came from.” As for Trump, Miller doesn’t share the general disdain, pointing out that “he’s the idiotic billionaire who became the president of the United States? How silly to think he’s stupid.” But don’t think Miller respects the powerful and ignores the powerless. Like political cartoonists (Thomas Nast) and other pundits, he likes to tweak power and call BS when it’s time to out the pretenders. Miller takes the art of being funny seriously. “They know me, my approach, my arcane language and odd references,” says Miller whose stream-of-conscience speech and smirk mask hours of scholarly work-change to relentless research and a “somewhat good memory.” Oddly enough, the Pittsburgh native studied journalism in college but he never used it, except to be a “fake” newscaster on SNL. “What scratches my brain is writing jokes. I am extremely curious like to constantly learn new things.” G

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ampa General Hospital (TGH) is a private, not-for-profit hospital on Tampa’s Davis Islands. Part of the fabric of the community for nearly 100 years, TGH is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and has a deep and rich history of working together with both academic and community physicians. As a Level I Trauma Center,Tampa General Hospital was named the #1 hospital in Tampa Bay byU.S. News & World Report 20172018, and recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals in six specialties. In addition, TGH has earned and maintained Magnet status - the highest recognition a hospital can receive for nursing excellence – since 2005. As one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in West Central Florida, TGH serves 12 counties and is one of the largest hospitals in Florida, licensed for 1,010 beds. It’s one of the region’s largest employers, with more than 8,000 team members. John Couris, TGH’s new president and CEO, took over the reins of TGH in August 2017, just in time for Hurricane Irma. He saw firsthand how well the team worked, seamlessly executing their disaster plan. He knew he had made the right decision to become their leader. “They did an amazing job, and our patients were never in jeopardy,” Couris said. It’s that teamwork, he believes, that is the essence of an outstanding hospital like TGH. “The recognition fromU.S. News & World Report reflects our commitment to quality, and proves that the efforts of our team members really makes a difference,” Couris said. TGH is providing world-class health care, using cutting-edge technology and procedures, in a safe, patient-friendly environment. TGH performed Florida’s first heart transplant more than 30 years ago and is now one of the busiest organ transplant centers in the nation; by the end of 2018, TGH will have performed more than 10,000 transplants. New devices are being used to save patients’ lives and improve their health every day. Need a pacemaker the size of a multi-vitamin? A tiny tube that can vacuum out what once was considered a catastrophic blood clot? You can find them – and more brand-new and investigational technology – at TGH. It’s that innovation and exceptional patient care that Couris hopes will pave the way for TGH’s vision and development. dR: Why has TGH started a telehealth initiative? JC: We understand our patients are busy and that it’s hard to drop everything to come to the doctor’s office. That’s why we’re using technology to come to them. Our providers are using our TGH Virtual Care service to make it as easy and convenient as possible for our patients to get the care they need – no matter where they’re located. dR:Tell us about TGH’s leading services. JC: We have one of the largest transplant programs in the country with outstanding results, thanks to our multidisciplinary team. We are the only Level I Trauma Center on the West Coast. We are one of three verified burn centers in the state of Florida. Thanks to our academic partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, we have 330 residents and fellows and hundreds of allied health professionals that we train every day, as well as a robust research platform with over 400 clinical trials. Last year, we did 32,000 surgeries and 500 transplants.


dR: Tell us about your plans for TGH. JC: We are creating a patient-centered system of care. Everything we do is organized around the patient. We want to create an environment that is seamless, transparent and intuitive for the patient -so the patient doesn’t have to worry about how to coordinate services; we coordinate services for them. We need to continue to invest in new technology and new programs and new infrastructure, such as new operating rooms and new imaging technology. We continue to collaborate with our physicians on best practices. To enhance patient care, we are moving to a service line orientation: for example, we are organizing around the patient journey from the outpatient world, inpatient world and post-acute world to services such as women’s and children, cancer care, cardiology, neuroscience, transplant, orthopedics, health and wellness, thyroid and parathyroid, and imaging. Our plan is to continue expanding into the community to provide high quality care and easier access to our patients. dR: How do you keep your finger on the pulse of TGH? JC: A couple of times a month, I put on scrubs and work alongside the staff — cleaning floors, transporting patients, and working in the emergency room or operating room. When you walk in your team members’ footsteps, you see the world through their eyes and better understand their experiences in the organization. This allows me to get to know people and builds anesprit de corps that’s critical. My approach is that I want to be authentic, genuine and transparent. I want to inspire the team to be the best they can be. If you have happy, engaged team members who feel supported and listened to, and their issues are being resolved, you ensure that your patients receive world-class care. dR: How do you connect with the staff about TGH news? JC: I meet with our leadership team monthly and host hospital-wide communications forums several times a year. Once a month I make a video for our team members. We call it “Out and About with John,” and each month I go to a different department and talk to them about a new innovation they have introduced. For instance, I just highlighted TGH’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They have installed web cams for every baby – and that’s nearly 100 beds. Thanks to these cameras, when parents and family members can’t be at the NICU, they can go online 24/7 with secure access and a private password so they can see their baby. Maybe there’s a military parent stationed overseas, or grandparents in a distant state. No matter what their challenges are, we can provide them a little more peace of mind. dR: What do the next five years look like for TGH? JC: We’re shifting paradigms. We have to stop thinking of ourselves as being in the sickness business and realize that we’re in the health and wellness and care coordination business. Once we focus our thinking that way, we can organize our resources and technology around the patient, not the other way around. We want to lower costs and drive quality up. The next five years will be exciting and fast-paced—we are going to flourish by disrupting the entire health care market through innovative technology and programs that all center on driving real value to the patient.


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pril 7 Run the St. Pete Fit City 5K: The second annual Healthy St. Pete Fit City 5K and One Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for 7:30 am to 11 am at North Straub Park. This familyfriendly wellness event features a chip-timed 5k, a one-mile fun City of St. Petersburg walk, health and wellness vendors, fitness demonstrations, a kids’ zone and more. The event is free and open to the public. Individuals or teams may register online for either the run or the walk through April 6 at The 5K registration fee is $17.50 ($15 plus a $2.50 convenience fee) and $7 ($5 plus $2 convenience fee) for the one-mile walk. On April 7, the 5K registration fee increases to $20. Participants may also register on race day in North Straub Park beginning at 7:30 am. Those registered for the 5K by March 23 receive an event t-shirt; t-shirts will also be available at the event but sizes are limited. Each participant will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal for either the 5K or one-mile walk, with a limit of one medal per participant. FYI:; Healthy St. Pete (727) 892-5994.


Paddleboard Adventures: You can rent kayaks at Weedon Island and Ft. deSoto or any of the SUP/surf shops around town. One of our favorites is Urban Kai, with two locations at 13090 Gandy Blvd. and 700 S. Florida Ave., where you can take yoga on water or a fitness class that meets up at The Getaway or, go on an adventure tour and make new friends. Celebrate & Race: Seems there’s a race or walk to celebrate every holiday, from the wearing of the green on St. Patrick’s Day to Easter. 3/24 Race for the Cupcake 5k, Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete 3/24 Southeastern Guide Dog Wag n’ Run 5k, Sarasota 4/6 PARR for the Course 5k, Tampa 4/7 Dunedin Highland Trail 5k 4/8 Iron Girl Half & 5k, Clearwater 4/8 Caddy’s on the Beach 5k, Treasure Island 4/14 My Hope Chest 5k, Tampa 4/14 Pediatric Burn Survivor 5k, downtown Tampa G

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f watching the Winter Olympics inspired you to feel and look your best at any age, it’s time to explore how you can pursue wellness for mind/body/spirit. Whether it’s mindful meditation or a group wellness class, there are dozens of Tampa Bay rejuvenating resources. City of St. Petersburg

Growing Pains: If you are a parent with a child or teenager affected by depression, eating disorders or other issues (including the recent shootings that make kids fearful about school), you may want to consult St. Petersburg’s Jacqueline Hubbard, M.D., ABPN. Dr. Hubbard is a dual board certified psychiatrist with board certifications in general psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry. (727) 877-8225 Keep Your Brain Young by Having Fun: You mind stays most nimble when you’re active. Boost brainpower by doing crossword puzzles, taking a different route home, telling jokes, dancing, eating dark chocolate and even shopping! According to Johns Hopkins, scientist discovered that older adults who shop more than once a week have fewer memory problems as pondering price and items to choose engages different areas of the brain simultaneously.

Skin-sational Ideas: Despite Altered Carbon’s sci-fi premise, you really do only get one body! With the return of stronger rays, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen with adequate protection to help prevent skin cancer. Wear a hat, get your annual physician check-up for suspicious moles and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Radiance Medspa has introduced a new anti-aging treatment. Vivace combines three technologies: MicroNeedling, RF (radio frequency) to deliver heat to the skin with corresponding red or blue LED for skin tightening along with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Growth Factors. This comprehensive nonRadiance Med Spa surgical treatment tightens skin on the neck and jowl/jaw line, face and hands and generates new collagen, plus reduces fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment will also reduce the appearance of scarring, improve skin texture and tone, even skin color, minimize stretch marks and minimize pores. The Vivace treatment can be done on most skin colors, including tanned skin and dark skin. The treatment is usually done in a series of three to four treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart. (727) 518-7100; G


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hat happens to the countless exotic and captive-bred animals that have been injured, neglected, or abandoned? Many of these animals would be put down due to state laws, as they are considered to be potentially dangerous. Thanks to non-profit Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, a few have escaped a sad fate. Shy Wolf Sanctuary has provided a home for not only abandoned wolves and wolfdogs but many other exotics that need a place to call their own. This haven also provides a home for abandoned wolves and wolfdogs as well as skunks, raccoons, foxes, lemurs, prairie dogs, and even a Florida Cougar named Cimarron. Volunteers work tirelessly to ensure these animals are given the best life they can possibly have, especially since many of them have come from neglectful or even abusive situations. Clara is a New Guinea Singing Dog (commonly referred to as “Singer” by her friends) who was rescued by Shy Wolf Sanctuary after being surrendered to an animal shelter in Texas in the summer of 2017. Originally named Luna, her name was changed to Clara since the sanctuary already had a wolf in their care with that same name. Singers are not like domesticated dogs and still remain somewhat wild in their nature. Clara is now living happily with her companion Hunter at the Executive Director’s extra kennel. Treasure was found as a stray at a junkyard in Brooksville. He was taken to the local animal shelter, where the staff immediately fell in love with his amber eyes. As a rule, shelters cannot adopt out dogs that

show any signs of having wolf in their bloodline. The Hernando County Animal Control finally called Shy Wolf Sanctuary to come and take this sweet boy. He is no longer at risk of being put down here and enjoys going for walks and meeting new visitors who come to the sanctuary. Educating the public is very important to Shy Wolf Sanctuary, and each year volunteers visit dozens of local elementary schools to spread the message of how important wolves are to our ecosystems. These volunteers will often bring an animal ambassador with them as they teach children about how to respect both exotic and captive-bred animals. G


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et parents invest heavily in the well-being of their furry children. From raw food to sweaters, strollers and toys, our pets live as well as most humans. Check out the current.

WAG: Like Uber or Lyft for dogs, this app is new to the Tampa Bay area. Stuck at work and can’t get home to walk your pup? Download the Wag app and you can schedule on-demand or recurring dog walks. Walkers are vetted with background checks and have to pay a fee to become a part of the Wag pack. See in real time the walk route as well as a check in with your pooped post-walk pup. IKEA Pet Furniture: There’s more to Ikea than fun furniture and design! Seeing pets as family members has led IKEA to develop the comprehensive LURVIG pet product line. Created by pet-loving designers with support from trained veterinarians, the line covers all the bases of our shared life with pets indoors and out from dog/houses, bedding and bowls. Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty: As construction of new apartments and condos in the Tampa Bay area reaches fever pitch, you have to wonder; where is Fido going to “go”? Dogs naturally like real grass, but if going for a walk or potty training a new pup is not convenient, check out Fresh Patch. Delivered to your door, this hydroponic, odor-absorbing tray of natural lush lawn is safe on your patio or in your parlor. Maintenance-free and fully disposable, just order another tray and throw the old one away.

Sleep and Play Cat Bed: How about a place to pow-wow for your meow? It’s a Teepee for your cat that is part bed, part play station. With a memory foam mattress and a Sherpa pompom with bell, this super comfy and safe bed offers your kitty the ultimate in luxury lounging. Wayfair. com Petcube Bites Treat Camera: Miss your furry children while at work? Petcube Bites is an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treat dispenser that lets you connect with your pets during the day. See, talk, play and reward remotely…all from an app on your Android or IOS phones. Fling out treats and give your fur kid a virtual “good boy”! Ultra Modern Pet: For discerning pet parents, there’s no need to ditch high design. With models such as The Loft, Floating Suite and KittiBunk, these handmade beds are works of art. Cool, contemporary and stylish with faux fur, wood, chrome and acrylic. G



ning with dogs has long been tres normale with Parisians, but the Tampa Bay area is starting to catch up when it comes to feasting al fresco with Fifi and Fido. Here are some hot spots that cater to your canines…

The Chattaway: An iconic 90-year old landmark in South St. Pete, this laid-back, tropical oasis is a real hit with the hounds. Known for their lush gardens and awesome burgers, dogs are welcome to sip water and share some shade beneath the tables. Chattaway even has its own dog ice cream on their menu. Cassis American Brasserie: Dogs of any size can dine al fresco at this lovely St. Petersburg Beach Drive gem. With café seating and new outdoor lounge areas outside, there is plenty of space to bring the furry children with you. Cassis even has a dedicated doggie menu with the likes of Pooched Eggs and locally baked dog cookies. Red Mesa Mercado: A sister spot to St. Pete’s famed Mexican meccas, Red Mesa and Red Mesa Cantina, Mercado offers a small market and a large covered dining patio where pups are always welcome. Tables are marked for dog-friendly seating. Amazing burritos for you and your furritos, Mercado also serves breakfast. Sweet Sage Café & Boutique: Thinking of a beach day with your pup? Sweet Sage offers a quaint combination of cafe, gift shop and boutique with a beautiful outdoor dog-friendly garden. Offering canine delicacies such as French Poodle Toast and Mutt Loaf, this colorful cafe even holds weekly Yappy Hours.


The Getaway: Tuesdays are dog days for The Getaway! Bring your fur kids from 10 AM to 11 PM to enjoy waterfront dining inspired by The Keys with locally-sourced seafood and drinks at the tiki bar. Come by boat or car and enjoy chilling in the sunshine among the palms and sand. The Sail on River Walk: In the heart of downtown Tampa near the Convention Center, The Sail offers Yappy Hour all day, every day! Dock your boat and stop by with your furry friends for complimentary dog biscuits and water bowls. Serving dog ice-cream in pup cups, fun in the sun and superb sunsets. The Dog Bar: A mix of daycare and private pup park, this downtown oasis serves wine, beer and spirits. Enjoy large tv’s to watch your favorite team, Ping Pong, Skee Ball, Jenga, Connect Four and Corn Hole. G


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ocal soccer star Kyle Curinga, 23, joins the Rowdies' 2018 team after playing in Finland and Utah. A graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School and Times’ All County Player, he is thrilled to be with his dream team, the Rowdies, who kick off their 2018 season at Al Lang Field on March 24th. "It's a dream to sign for your hometown club," Curinga said. "I'm really looking forward to the 2018 season and proving my worth with this historic club. I can't wait to play in front of these fans, especially Ralph's Mob." Curinga is excited to be back at the beach. “The journey has been a little wild. After Florida Atlantic University, I played in Finland for GBK Kokkola and FF Jaro the first three years, then Utah and now back here,” says Curinga. “The Rowdies have always been a goal I wanted to check off and playing at home in front of friends and family for a team of this stature is exciting.” Look for big things from this young and promising defender. In two seasons with GBK in 2014 and 2015, he made 50 appearances and scored four goals. He trained with the Rowdies last winter and played as a trialist in the 2017 Florida Cup before ultimately signing with the Real Monarchs SLC in the USL. “Kyle is a player that we had here with us last pre-season and we were really impressed with him,” Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. “He had a great season in the USL last year and we’re excited to bring him home with the Rowdies.

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He’s at the right age to really kick on and take the next step in his career.” Curinga is truly a local boy. Both his parents were born and raised in Pinellas County and went to the same high school. He has an older sister an and 11-year old brother who wants to follow in his fancy footsteps. A boat-load of classmates and friends will be cheering him on and his girlfriend will be watching from Finland, there in spirit. One of the best parts for Curinga is playing with soccer legends and being mentored by his teammates, especially Joe Cole, Neill Collins, Marcel Schäfer and Georgi Hristov. “I like to bounce ideas off them, ask them how I can make a play better and get their advice,” says Curinga, who also credits club coach Hans Burt and his high school coach Jim Harte for inspiring him. What’s a typical day for a Rowdies player like Curinga? “Waking up with a good breakfast like a bowl of oatmeal and berries and peanut butter and honey and maybe avocado toast. Take a bath to loosen my muscles, then head off to training after stretching and foam rolling and other exercises.” As a new St. Pete resident, Curinga likes to grab a bite at Locale or Bodega. “Downtown has changed a lot in ten years,” he says laughing. Curinga’s laid-back Florida demeanor and laser focus is sure to make him a fan favorite. He’s a cheerleader for the Rowdies franchise and their approach. “We’re family-friendly and affordable fun. Come on out and wear your green and gold!” G

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Tampa: Hattrick’s, Prime Time Sports Grill, North 20th Sports Pub & Grille, The Press Box, Brick House Tavern & Tap, MacDinton’s.

pring is the best time in Tampa Bay to enjoy your favorite sport or recreation. Here, you’ll discover the best bets, from golf to baseball. Stay tuned next month for our water sports guide.

WHEELED ADVENTURES We love a good car show. On April 2nd, the 13th Annual of Speed rolls into Vinoy Park, showcasing vintage and contemporary vehicles from Corvettes to exotic supercars, vintage motorcycles and even watercraft. There’s jazz, food and vendors along Beach Drive. On the 3rd Saturday of every month, enjoy duPont REGISTRY’s Cars & Coffee from 7 am – 9 am. The May 19th show is at Peter O’Knight Airport on Davis Island, instead of its usual location at 3051 Tech Drive, St. Pete. Want to go fast? Grab a go-cart and channel your Jimmy Johnson at Tampa Bay Grand Prix of Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater.

PLAY BALL The Tampa Bay Rays, 2018 season kicks off with the home opener against the Red Sox March 29th. There’s lots to celebrate including new talent, giveaways and Trop eats. The Hunger + Thirst Group, responsible for successful local eateries and recreational venues (Avenue, Park & Rec, and Kings Street Food), will be opening at the Trop on the Porch while they introduce a new indoor and outdoor concept/space aptly named, Ballpark & Rec. It will be bringing the fun and games atmosphere of Park & Rec and serving up typical ballpark food (burgers, hotdogs and milkshakes) from counter style diner Kings Street Food and burger joint the Avenue. Many of the 30 collectibles for game attendees are tied to the 20th anniversary celebration (a 20th anniversary cowbell!). We like the Steven Souza Jr. wristband (April 15), the Kevin Kiermaier lunch box (Aug. 5) and the deejay Kitty slippers (Aug. 26).; 888-FAN-RAYS

FORE FUN From Top Golf to local golf courses, Tampa Bay is a golfer’s dream. Valspar at Innisbrook is the highlight of the spring season, but you don’t want to traipse the tees without the right clothes, clubs and bags. Luckily, The Golf Locker Superstore features popular brands such as FootJoy, Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Oakley, Puma, Travis Mathew, J.Lindeberg, Dunning and Titleist. From shorts to shoes, they’ve got it all, especially the most stylish, technologically advanced fabrics for golf shirts, and that everyhandy item, rain gear tailored for the golf aficiando. 6200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. G

SPORTS BARS Looking to watch the Rays or your hometown baseball or basketball team? Catch the fever here: Guy Harvey Outpost: Catch Rays Watch parties on a big screen TV beachside April 8, June 17, July 29 and Aug. 12. Get there early and enjoy cool cocktails and apps at Rumfish Grill and ogle the award-winning aquarium. Gulf Beaches: Slyce, Caddy’s, The Wharf, Sea Hags, Players Sports Bar, Sea Dog Brewery, Angry Pepper (Madeira), Brown Boxer and any of the tikis - mix music and sports.

Downtown St. Pete: Ferg’s, The Tap House (Hollander Hotel), Thirsty First, Green Bench, 3 Daughters, Park & Rec.


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BMW Unveils The M4 Convertible 30 Jahre Edition: Knowing how much we love special editions them, BMW has pulled back the curtain on a 30th-anniversary edition. Times have changed, and the two-door is now the M4 instead of the M3. Only 300 examples of the M4 Convertible 30 Jahre (year) will be produced. It will arrive with 450 hp thanks to the M Sport exhaust. Only two colors will be offered: Macao Blue Metallic and Mandarin II. The interior is full Merino leather, in a color scheme that matches either of the body colors. G

Porsche Officially Unveils The 2019 GT3 RS: They did it again. Porsche engineers in Stuttgart have outdone themselves by offering 520 horsepower without turbos. The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS will arrive with a top speed of 193 mph, and without any unnecessary weight. Torque is also improved with 346 lb-ft available at almost any RPM. It is the 3rd street-legal GT car to be released in a year. Acceleration is even more brutal. The current 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and this new beast does it in 3 seconds flat. G

Ferrari 488 Pista, Lighter and More Powerful: This new model acts as a successor to the other V8 special series models, including the 360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, and 458 Speciale. Compared to the 488 GTB, the new 488 Pista comes in 198 lbs lighter and with an additional 49 horsepower. That last part points to what Ferrari calls “the largest ever increase in engine power for a special series car.” Total output for the 488 Pista is set at 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Combine the reduces weight and increase power, and you have a 0 to 62 mph time of 2.85 seconds, 0-124 mph time of 7.6 seconds and a max speed of over 210 mph. G



ston Martin has officially launched their online shop. Fans of the brand can pick out attire and accessories from a catalog of items. The Aston Martin Racing team apparel is available in the Ready-to-Wear section if you plan on repping your favorite team. Other apparel is also available, including polo shirts, bags, scarves and more. There’s also a selection of iPhone cases in the Lifestyle section that will allow you to rep the brand on your mobile device. Models of famous Aston Martins can also be purchased, including the DB5 from the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ and the DB10 from ‘Spectre’. G


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Something Fresh. Something Classic. Something That Epitomized Out-Of-The-Box Thinking. Introducing the new Moke America: A 20th-century collectible car reinvented with 21st-century green-friendly electric power, available exclusively in the USA. The Moke (rhymes with “bloke�) is far from a museum piece. Our electric car is versatile, carbon-free and efficient. This upgraded version has more—more legroom, expanded trunk space, a kickin’ sound system and all the benefits of cool, quiet electric power. The Moke stays true to its roots while keeping its headlights on the future. At Moke America, we have reengineered the entire car, while keeping Moke’s classic design and spirit alive. We made the car bigger, wider and stronger. Our car is 2,300 pounds. It's the heaviest Moke ever built. It feels sturdier than the old Mokes. We raised the wheel from a 13-inch wheel to a 14-inch wheel, so it’s taller. We redesigned the windshield so the glass is larger, stands across farther and is higher. We implemented a five step E-Dip process to control the quality of the paint. We also do undercarriage rust proofing to prevent corrosion.

Most importantly, we wanted the Moke to be green. The old Mokes had engines that were very noisy. With ours, it's silent when you drive. You can charge it with a 110-outlet. It plugs into any household outlet. Eight hours gets a full charge, and a full charge can get you almost forty miles of drive time. Moke America is a neighborhood electric vehicle. It’s a car that's driven around town to visit friends, the beach, the supermarket. And it’s better for the environment. The biggest components of the Moke are made in America, including the glass, seat belts, tires and batteries. All ten batteries are made in America. The product is assembled here on American soil. If you have a problem with the batteries, we have them right here on the shelf. It’s easy to use, easy to wash. The whole car can be hosed down, inside and out. We offer a Bimini top so you’re half outdoors, half indoors. The look and design is better than the original because it is longer, wider and closer to an American car.


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Instant Style Accessorize Seersuckers Sassy’s adorable gingham shorts or kickin’ it dresses (smocked flounce, linen sheath) with cute earrings, necklaces, handbags and shoes for ladies as well as toddler togs (Livie & Luca pink sandals) at this unique boutique in Safety Harbor. Seersucker Sassy Boutique

Mini-Fashionistas With Easter and Mother’s Day on the horizon, this cotton seersucker suit is perfect for all ages. You can get personalized birthday t-shirts, adorable rompers and there will be a Mommy and Me tea before Mother’s Day. Ribbons & Ties @RibbonsandTiesinc


Shoe-Tastic! Fashion is art when you sport a Shola shoe. Nigerian-born Shola Yusuf is the founder and creative guru behind the colorful designs in her fun heels, wedges, sandals and flats.

We’ll Always Have Paris Love these angled flare ruffle hem Petunia Pants, so flirty Parisian chic. This hip clothing emporium features Hudson Jeans, Hale Bob, Custo Barcelona, Otazu, Bleulab, Analili, Liquid Metal, Caroline Rocha, Avant Garde, Dang Chicks, Fahrenheit and other trendy clothes and accessories. Paris Isabella Clothing Company @ParisIsabella

Fashion for a Purpose Made for Freedom helps fund awareness and provide resources by selling jewelry and accessories created by survivors of human trafficking and people coming out of marginalized situations.

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ot a cruise or beach vacay planned? Step out in style with these smashing spring collections. Think pink, nautical or this year’s trend-setting Pantone colors including Ultra Violet, sunny Meadowlark, Little Boy Blue, verdant Lime Punch and romantic Pink Lavendar. Suit up in belted tankinis, sports bra tops, fruit prints (cherries), vintage denim, flounces, retro pin-up and velvet dominate. At Cerulean Blue, Noisette says, “The look for the season is ultrafeminine, with florals, flounces and lace, flowing and fitted.” At Lilly Pulitzer, a Floribbean fave, the swirling seadreams ocean wave pattern will make you want to catch some waves. White and black/white are classic cruise choices, but vibrant pops of color from tangerine to bright color prints, - turn heads.

Ella Moss: Shiny Spice in one piece blue.

Tara Grinna Tangerine Flounce One-Piece: Inspired by the timeless elegance of the Paris haute couture, and made of ultra lux and exclusive Italian fabrics.

Lanai Halter One-Piece – Lilly Pulitzer: Our favorite halter swimsuit is here and better than ever. We love the Lanai because of the plunging neckline and beautiful waist details.

Ginette Cover-Up Lilly Pulitzer: Poolside, this boho poncho with fringe details has svelte swimwear match-ups. Add a poolside hat and Landon sunnies and wow the crowd.

Tara Grinna White Tie Front Kaftan: Easy fit and flowing fabric will cover you just enough to travel with you just about everywhere you go!

Tara Grinna San Juan Full Panel Pareo: When worn tied at waist or hip, the pareo falls to ankle or floor length. Can be tied and worn as a dress in many ways.


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dR Restaurant Guide

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY: EATERIES & EVENTS Paul’s Landing: The Vinoy Renaissance Resort opened its highly anticipated new waterfront restaurant in February. The chic yet laidback eatery is poised to become a landmark dining spot for locals and travelers alike, serving innovative Florida-inspired cuisine on its locally sourced, Florida-inspired menu. Guests and locals alike can enjoy dishes such as fresh clams with orange and jalapeño broth from Tampa Bay-based Two Docks Shellfish, beer brined smoked wings, Gulf fish tacos and a chef favorite – the smoked fish spread. The drink menu offers playful specialty cocktails, unique and rotating on tap cocktails, as well as daily frozen creations made with fresh pressed juices and spirits as well as local craft beers including the Paul’s Landing Orange Wheat, a signature brew created in collaboration by the resort’s head chef and local Three Daughters Brewing’s Brewmaster in 2014.


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e want to thank all our social media friends and foodies who regularly share news about great places they’ve checked out or upcoming festivals around Tampa Bay, especially our content partners at and That’s So Got a lead? Email with your fave, new or old.

4/20 Pig & Swig: From 6-11 pm downtown’s Albert Whitted Park, The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association features live music and gourmet fare from Cravings Donuts, Softee Th King, Got Lobstah, PB & Jelly Deli, Maggie on the Move, Better Than Eve’s BBQ, Just Smokin BBQ, Mr. C’s Grilled Cheese, Soul Food Street Kitchen and more! Look forward to their Taco and Beer Fiesta (5/18) and Street Food and Craft Beer Fest (6/15). St. Petersburg’s Saturday Market Online: Click on delicious grains, greens, fungi, soups, spices, citrus, and teas from your favorite vendors when you can’t get there on Saturday. . Orders can be placed from Sunday at 3pm and through Tuesday till 7pm, with pickup on Thursday afternoons from 4pm–7pm at either Jet Jackson Center at Wildwood Park and 1114 Central Ave.

DOWNTOWN A new Omakase restaurant, Sushi Sho Rexley, from brothers Arte and Rexley Kwok.joins the growing Asian cuisine explosion downtown Nueva Cantina debuted its Vitale-artist designed food truck this spring as well as a new menu and a planned expansion to south Tampa before summer. Foodies rejoice! Opening soon from the owners of Ruby’s Explore artisanal Elixir and Gratzzi is Flute & Dram on Beach Drive, featuring bubbly, Scotch, caviar and pizza, craft cocktails, more. Nueva Cantina’s new Vitale-designed sensational seafood and food truck is muy caliente bueno and a petie burgers. 2nd location in South Tampa is planned for late spring. Oak & Stone: This new American tavern featuring craft beer, artisanal pizza and gourmet fare, will soon open at 199 Central Ave. There’s a self-serve beer tap wall, handmade wood fire artisan pizzas, house-made burgers, sandwiches, soups, entrees and salads plus wines, bourbon and whiskey tasting flights at the full bar.

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dR Restaurant Guide TAMPA The waterfront Armature Works now features mouth-watering fare at Hall on Franklin or Heights Public Market. In Seminole Heights, Mortar & Pestle unites an innovative café, local coffee, and old-time pharmacy. Downtown’s waterfront dining is growing with new seafood-focused Blue Harbour.

Luna @ Bula’s Gastrobar: Bulla Gastrobar opened its stylish new rooftop bar, Luna Lounge, set to be SoHo’s next big hotspot Thurs. thru Sat. evenings. While enjoying views of the downtown Tampa skyline, guests at Luna Lounge can savor handcrafted cocktails, made-to-order sangrias and top-shelf Spanish beer and wine selections, alongside elevated bites to complement the ambiance of the space and nightlife. Menu items include, tuna tartar, preset cured meat and cheese tablas, salmon rillettes and more. Sweet Soul: The Ciccio Restaurant Group created Sweet Soul to focus on health-conscious food while staying delicious. Their entire menu is vegan-friendly, paleo, and plant-based featuring superfoods. They use sugars such as maple, honey, agave and dates. Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: New to the International Mall, this authentic Mexican eatery features contemporary twists on regional fare, late night bites and tequila shooters till 2 am. There’s a killer brunch menu including avocado toast, fuego chicken with waffles and a wet burrito with endless Bloody Mary’s and mimosas. Better Byrd: Rustic chicken dishes are the catch of the day, from the Mac & Byrd, a fried chicken sandwich topped with mac & cheese, to the healthier Byrd Bowl with options ranging from ramen noodles, jalapeños, or Peruvian slaw. Guests will also enjoy Wyngs served up with a variety of dipping sauces., followed by a dessert of mini donuts. What started in St. Pete will now be in Hyde Park.

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Ybor City sweetens your day with Snobachi hand-rolled ice cream and the coffeehouse scene’s bustling with the addition of Foundation Coffee or Kôfē at the Hall on Franklin. For cocktail culture, look no further than American Social, Hotel Bar, Franklin Manor, and Ciro’s Speakeasy (be sure to call ahead for the password). New this year, a joint project by Hyde Park’s Irish 31 and Florida Cane Distillery have produced Florida’s first craft whiskey derived from Florida-grown sugar cane. Mingle with the locals in the intimate confines of Ybor City’s Cigar City Cider & Mead where the menu of small-batch specialties changes regularly. The Refinery relocates into its sister location, Fodder & Shine. Burgerim: Coming soon, petite burgers that are all the rage in California. Pick from 16 of their slider-like 2.8 ounce patties with the option to customize each. Protein options include beef, turkey, lamb, dry aged beef, chicken, chorizo, salmon, veggie, wagyu and Merguez, or spicy beef and top it with any of their savory sauces including, you guessed it, a special house sauce. Along with the traditional lettuce, onions, and tomato, you can pick from nine additional toppings, from classic grilled onions to a sunny side up egg on a regular, wheat, or gluten-free bun. Work is going quick at their Tampa location (East Polk and North Franklin).

Craft Beers: You don't have to wait until Craftber's month long salute to beer. Check out Facebook events at Seminole Heights (Angry Chair), South Tampa (81 Bay), Plant City (Two Henry's Brewing) and Ybor City (Cigar City, Coppertail, Rock Brothers Brewing) and Apollo Beach (Four Stacks). G



dR Dining Spotlight

CHEF JASON VARGO’S NEW MENU SIZZLES fried in non-GMO sunflower oil, which he stands by strongly. The diver U-10 sea scallops are fresh from Connecticut. The Norwegian salmon is flown in from Iceland and he uses Wild-Caught North Atlantic cod, a favorite of his. He recently flew to Wooster OH to check out the test kitchen for his Certified Angus Beef, that he has been using since he opened the restaurant, visiting local farms where they raise the cattle which is held to very high standards. He also uses cagefree brown eggs, heirloom tomatoes and micro-greens . One of his favorite items you’ll see on the menu is Wild Red Argentina Red Shrimp that “tastes like baby lobster, with a lovely earthy taste.”


he sound of music wafts from Aqua Prime’s patio as patrons nibble apps and sip wine while catching up on what’s new in Indian Rocks Beach. Thanks to Aqua Prime’s culinary maestro Chef Jason S. Vargo, one of the season’s highlights is the new menu, wine list and crafted cocktails. He’s been a chef for 24 years and at 38, his passion for food and ingredients drives this stellar new menu. Now owned by Premier Event Hospitality Group, the casual but upscale restaurant is garnering rave reviews—especially the chef. Chef Jason has a passion for perfection, and his attention to detail shows in his menu. “We’re about Sea To Table, with handcut steaks. Being a part of the community and using local vendors for fresh produce and ingredients is the key to my dishes,” says Vargo proudly.

"...Chef Jason's savory new menu is upscale casual as is Aqua Prime's vibe..."

SEA TO TABLE MENU Beautifully plated, the savory dishes are fun and approachable as is the casual chic vibe in both the restaurant and bar, where no one is a stranger. Aqua Prime is a chef-driven restaurant, with Vargo in charge through three sets of owners. “I have put my heart and soul into Aqua Prime. and From decor to menu, I have been apart of all the changes. We've updated the new plates, glassware, candles, fans, the bar, paint, landscaping, the logo menu, and interior décor with new lighting,” says Vargo proudly. “I want the experience to be memorable...the ambience, the service and especially the food.” SMOKED FUSION COASTAL CUISINE The new menu reflects his hands-on approach, creative ideas, locally sourced ingredients and expertise in creating consistently delicious fare that’s unique on the beach. “With this menu, we have evolved. One day I saw a opportunity where smoke fusion was lacking on the beach, and came up with the tagline "We are A Smoked Fusion Coastal Cuisine", Just enough smoke to elevate certain dishes to make you want more,” says Chef Jason. Sourcing ingredients is a passion for Chef Vargo. His food is


Lunch is served 11 am - 3 pm. You can go light with yummy salads like the coconut crusted salmon salad or watermelon goat cheese. Seafood lovers will enjoy the house-smoked local amberjack fish spread, pan-seared scallops in a coconut curry sauce or crispy blue crab cake with the arugula kiwi mango salad.

Spice it up with spit fire wings or smokin’ chicken. The Fish Tacos, Brisket Beach Burger and Smoken' Irma Burrito with truffle mac and cheese will drive you wild. For the purist, order the English-Style Fish & Chips and herb fries or the Tampa Bay Cuban, the best on the beach. The AP Gourmet Burger with smoked sriracha bacon and gorgonzola cheese is hands down a burger for the ages. Add a side of brisket beans and rice or sweet potato waffle fries or save room for dessert, especially the white and dark mousse cake or crème brulee cheesecake.

by Nanette Wiser meat is perfectly seared and accompanied by creative sauces. The bone-in pork chop is brined in rosemary and herbal teas then chargrilled and served with a port wine gorgonzola fondue. There’s lobster, sea bass and yellowfin tuna, but Chef Vargo’s grouper and salmon are best of show. Ask for a side of the Signature Dijon garlic cream or smokey red Argentinian chimichurri.

Photos courtesy of Aqua Prime Seafood & Steaks

DINNER IS SERVED The Early Special menu from 3 - 5:30 pm for only $14.50 is a great deal featuring coconut crusted North Atlantic Cod, Smoked Brisket, Local Amberjack, Norwegian Salmon, Chicken Piccata, Wild Red Argentine Shrimp or Certified Angus New York Strip. All come with a choice of side and a biscotti cookie with whipped cream for dessert. Dinner runs at 3 - 10 pm daily. Some of the same appetizers grace the menu, but best bets include the PEI mussels in a citrus lemon butter sauce, the Pina Colada shrimp, angus beef carpaccio or smoked meatballs. The signature IRB fish and white bean chowder is back, and the Asian inspired ginger and chicken rice soup is stellar. Good luck deciding on the beef, from T-bone to prime rib, filet mignon or Argentinian Coulotte steak. The

SETTING THE BAR HIGH With a full liquor bar and friendly mixologists, you can choose signature cocktails, craft beers , domestic or import bottle and the boutique wine list showcases global vineyards both domestic (California, Oregon) and international (New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, Spain). Dessert drinks like the key lime or chocolate martini and afternoon delights like the Ruby Slipper (Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka, St. Germain Elderflower) or Mango Mojito to take the edge off the day. G


Aqua Prime Seafood & Steaks 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach (727) 330-7724 | Happy Hour Daily: 11 am – 6 pm Live Music: 1 pm – 4 pm & 6 pm – 9 pm


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he Don CeSar turned 90 this year, celebrating in style with a posh party and luring two fabulous chefs to revamp the menus, Executive Chef Michael Molloy and Maritana Grille’s Chef de Cuisine, Emily Ferrari. Formerly with the Vinoy, Chef Emily is a talented 29 year old culinary magician. Her Southern roots and Italian heritage influence her love of fresh sourced ingredients. ”We’re getting back to local seafood and farm fresh produce,” says Ferrari. “We still have the steaks we’re known for, but we’re showcasing more composed dishes with Mediterranean and Italian flavors, French style and a Southern twist.” Ferrari attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, working in upscale restaurants and moved to St. Pete in 2014 for a chemistry degree with a focus on food science. She worked at Maritana Grille once before, but after graduating moved to Chattanooga’s best restaurants and country club, recently returning to Maritana to helm the restaurant. A home cook in her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, she loves to play with dishes until they are perfect, sourcing microgreens (Brick Street Farms) and handcrafting every element of her dishes, all beautifully plated. “There’s a picture of me with my hands in dough when I was nine months old, and I’ve always loved being in the kitchen. We always had a great Sunday dinner and I want to bring that feeling of an extraordinary meal prepared with love to our guests,” says Chef Emily.

Maritana’s new menu is fun and approachable as is the casual chic vibe in both the restaurant and bar. White linen tablecloths, an exceptional guest experience, flickering white candles, elliptical white china and pewter accents (seashells, octopus, sea turtle), soft jazz and the aquarium tank dominated by a Moray eel create a serene ambiance. (Later this fall, Maritana Grille will be reinvented with a more modern vibe and seating, including a private dining area.) From the Fiji water in a pewter chiller to a redolent new wine list cultivated by Maritana Grille’s GM ames Pyles (Nickle and Nickle Pinot Noir and other California eno-stars), the dining experience is first rate without being fussy. Best of show handcrafted cocktails - inspired by the season – are The Flying Fig (Beluga vodka, St. Germain Elderflower, muddled figs, lemon), the Love You Gotta Keep (Hendrick’s gin, Pomegranate Arils, mint, lime), a Debonair Martini with gold flakes and the Booker’s Burbon Berry Bramble. First up is the best-smelling focaccia scented like an herb garden, with handcrafted seasoned butter. For starters, the chilled bruleed crab is a suberb dish, a deconstructed crab cake with asparagus blanches and served cold with citrus zest, a zing of Asian flavor and a bit of champagne gastric. In addition to the oysters and seared scallops with pancetta, the pork belly with pickled shallots, charred green onions and carrot puree is an homage to Chef Emily’s Georgia roots, who cures the pork in a salt and sugar mixture.

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Farm-to-fresh delights include the roasted beet carpaccio with candied walnuts, blue cheese and a citrus vinaigrette and the heirloom mustard green salad with charred baby carrots and house-made cheese curd, paired with the ahi tuna sashimi. In addition to the traditional surf and turf and exceptional coffee-rubbed filet and venison loin, the sensational seafood is some of the best in Tampa Bay. The snapper, Maine lobster papardelle in a savory smoked broth and seared sea bass will

captivate you but it’s the black bass served with a butternut squash puree that is notable. “Everyone does Chilean sea bass, but I think the black bass has a richer, more flavorfull bite and I can get the skin nice and crispy,” says Chef Emily, whose accompaniments are equally astonishing, from the lemon caper sauce to the truffle pomme frites and sautéed mushrooms with a cabernet demi-glaze. Save room for the new dessert menu from Chef Jake, including the caramelized “fire and ice,” orange segmengs and a meringue toasted on the plate served on a fresh banana custard…or the decadent chocolate concoctions. When Chef Emily isn’t dreaming up new recipes, she likes to visit her Mom in Gulfport and go kayaking, read (American Gods is on her bedstand) and eat Asian food (ramen, sushi). As for Maritana Grille, if you’ve loved it before, you’ll discover even more to love now. G


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S ENSATIONAL SCOTTSDALE Iconic sunsets, kooky saguro cacti and starry nights... priceless!


pring in Scottsdale is the best time of year to visit. From sensational shops and world-class restaurants to the stylish city’s natural playground (the Sonoran Desert, which blooms in spring), you’ll discover the West at its best. Iconic sunsets, kooky saguro cacti and starry, starry nights…priceless! DINING/SPIRITS Desert delish is the best nickname for Scottsdale. Thirty craft breweries, fine dining, marvelous Mexican, farm fresh cuisine and extraordinary wines are everywhere, from downtown to the resorts. There’s ramen at Hot Noodles Cold Sake, dessert heaven at Super Chunks Sweets & Treats, gastropubs Culinary Dropout, AZ88, Citizen Public House, romantic Arcadia Farms’ organic wine country cuisine served in an historic cottage in the downtown arts district to name a few. Chef Matt Carter’s Fat Ox is a modern Italian eatery just as good as his French-themed café Zinc Bistro, the Latin-infused Mission (known for its blood orange margarita) and The House Brasserie. Here, pasta is the beginning and the end of the story, freshly made daily and served with unconventional sauces. For mouth-watering cuisine and breathtaking views, nothing beats The Elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley. For Mexican fare, one of the most acclaimed is La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. You can dine on the patio and savor South America specialties such as ceviche, carnitas or spicy-sweet Pollo en Mole de Abuelita. The Cien Agaves’ tacos (grilled ono, pork in adobo sauce, crispy shrimp, or marinated skirt steak) pares well with any of the 100 premium tequilas or a cactus mai tai. Go local at Barrio Queen downtown’s street fare from the


award-winning slow-roasted pork seasoned with sour orange and achiote to the grilled corn. For new wave Mexican, check out Blanco Tequila +Tacos. You can spend a night exploring local vintages and international wines at sleek and stylish Sorso Wine Room, Terroir Wine Pub (charcuterie!), kitschy Scapegoat Beer & Wine or Kazmierz World Wine Bar, whose small plates and wine cave wow sophisticated enophiles. NIGHTLIFE Start off at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, an ode to American fare and live acoustic music. The Valley of the Sun doesn’t go dark after hours, with live music lounges showcasing jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, rock and more. The Omni Scottsdale’s candlelit Mbar lounge hosts popular jazz, rock and indie bands. Hang out in the elegant lounges of downtown’s City Hall Steakhouse Oceans Club in north Scottsdale and catch a piano crooner, cover band or a jazz trio. Eclectic Kazimierz mixes it up with jazz, Latin, R&B, and world beats. Cowboy dancing can be found at the Rusty Spur Saloon or Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon. CONSUMING PASSIONS Scottsdale is known for its swanky shopping and designer duds; find them at Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Promenade, Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Quarter. For a local taste, take home juicy Arizona dates and cactus jelly. Find unique souvenirs at The Store at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Cosanti, the working studio of late architect Paolo Soleri known for his famed bronze and ceramic wind-bells.

by Nanette Wiser ARTS & CULTURE Scottsdale boasts world-class performing arts, but the big news is the Western museum in downtown Scottsdale filled with paintings, sculptures, cultural artifacts and interactive exhibits celebrating the pioneer spirit of the American West. Downtown’s historic pedestrian-friendly Art District is home to 70 galleries and museums; on Thursday’s ArtWalk, you can explore from 7-9 p.m. SPORTS & RECREATION Are you a baseball lover? Fifteen major league teams now play in Arizona's spring showcase, and Scottsdale is home to three of them: The San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Put some greens in your diet with Scottsdale’s outstanding golf courses. You can play 18 or 36 holes, desert style or traditional links and travel the course by Segway or golf cart. Explore the great outdoors with Arizona Outback Adventures ( who can take you paddleboarding on the lower Salt River just 30 minutes from Scottsdale’s finest resorts as well as mountain biking, rafting and kayaking guided tours. SPAS & RESORTS Getting pampered is a Scottsdale tradition, and there’s a resort for every taste. The rejuvenated Phoenician Spa is a three-story luxury oasis with its rooftop pool reopening this spring. Agave, the Arizona Spa at the Westin Kierland offers a courtyard garden, lap pool and private areas for spa therapy; it’s also pet-friendly. Among boutique properties, check out the mid-century historic gem Hotel Valley Ho, The Hermosa Inn’s artistic casitas, Mediterranean-style Royal Palms Resort & Spa or the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. For ultra-posh, full-service resorts, many with golf and spas, The Phoenician is where the rich and famous park when in town. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers six pools, lagoon fishing and a family favorite, as is the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. For the ultimate hideaway, book the intimate, romantic Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia with its rooftop pool or the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and book a desert vibe luxury casita. 

SCOTTSDALE CULINARY FESTIVALS Scottsdale Culinary Festival will be celebrating 40 years of food, wine and entertainment April 14-15, 2018 at Scottsdale Civic Center Park. The festival has over 40 local restaurant participants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, a family zone and a wine garden. Proceeds from the event benefit the Scottsdale League for the Arts. Nirvana Food & Wine Festival is April 19-22, 2018 at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley. Star chefs will join Sanctuary’s Executive Chef, Beau MacMillan, for food and wine tastings-- from a Bourbon Street Blues event at Sanctuary’s famous infinity-edged pool to a Birds & Bubbles dinner and Master of Taste event all throughout the weekend. 


Scottsdale Events Non-Stop Flights: American, Southwest Scottsdale is 23 minutes from the Phoenix Internationsal airport. Photos courtesy of:


by Pam Cederquist

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NYC INSIDER: BIG APPLE ADVENTURES am Cederquist was born and raised in NYC and grew up in theater. A film director and writer, her travels take her from Los Angeles to Taos, but NYC is her muse. Here are some of her favorite things: “I like to go off the beaten path. This list isn’t standard fare but, if you’re feeling adventurous, go here.”


Gardens: In late April, the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is a beautiful way to start your day.

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Family Fun: National Geographic’s “Encounter” is an immersive experience that will keep you on your feet. It’s a virtual reality journey beneath the oceans of the world where you’re surrounded by sea creatures. This one’s fun for all ages. You’ll be on your feet moving from room to room so comfortable shoes are recommended.

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Theater Unplugged: “Sleep No More” presented by McKittrick Hotel Emursive. It’s environmental theatre at its best. Taking place on 5 floors of an old hotel, you are turned loose and can follow any actor on their journey. Then take a break at the bar and head back out. You’ll need comfortable shoes for this one. And be warned. All audience members wear masks.

Art: For art, my go to is the Metropolitan Museum. If you’re interested in smaller galleries, 47 Canal showcases risk-taking work and Ramiken Crucible is a small, quirky space. MOMA is more than just post–World War II art in all media; it's a haven for film buffs, sculpture garden bibliophiles and those who love modern photography and design. The Whitney features more than 3,000 American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Performing Arts: If you’re a fan of the Bard, “The Winter’s Tale” or “Twelfth Night” at The Theatre for a New Audience will keep you entertained. Anything at St Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo or the Brooklyn Academy of Music puts on is bound to be spectacular. Get your groove on at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Dining: In the world of food, try Nom Wah Tea Parlor in China Town for delectable dim sum. Hot Chocolate? City Bakery, Elephant Bar or Jacques Torres are my go-to parlors and for a cocktail before or after, Gallow Green rooftop, the Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, Juniper and Sweet Afton Bar in Astoria. G

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here’s a spring getaway for every passion, and here are five we love. If you’re still in winter wonderland mode, you can ski Park City or Aspen. There are dozens of festivals from seafood to symphony. Whether you choose a girls’ only shopping spree to Savannah or a family trek to Nashville, book these trips now. DESTINATION Park City Utah: From spring skiing to festivals, this city set against the backdrop of majestic mountains will keep your spirits high. Book a trip now for the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, the Park City Food & Wine Classic, the rip-roarin' Oakley Rodeo, the melodically inspiring Utah Symphony | Opera's Deer Valley Music Festival or live performances at the historic Egyptian Theatre. Plan a stay at world-class resorts: Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort winter or summer, where you can mountain bike the trails.

RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville TN: With a luxury indoor/outdoor water park opening in fall 2018, this elegant resort set in lush tropical gardens hosts 20 restaurants and bars and serves some of Tennessee’s best whiskey. There’s a spa, live music venues, an indoor river ride and more with Nashville’s festivals and vibrant nightlife scene not far away. SHOP The Paris Market & Brocante, Savannah GA: We’ll always have Paris, even if it’s the Southern version. World travelers Paula and Taras Danyluk curate both vintage and new home décor, hostess gifts and jewelry from all over the globe, setting up their treasures in artistic installations. There’s a coffee and tea shop serving French press coffee and macarons, lavender ice tea and more. RESTAURANT Commander’s Palace, New Orleans LA: This 12,000 square foot restaurant serves some of the best Creole and Cajun food in a stunning historic building renovated after Hurricane Katrina. Make a reservation now if you plan to attend the 49th annual New Orleans Jazz Fest (April 27-29 and May 3-6) at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Gentilly Boulevard. G

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EVENT Spoleto Music Festival, Charleston SC: Simply unforgettable, this 17-day/night festival May 25-June 10 fills historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 120 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in disciplines ranging from opera, theater, music theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz. Commodore Palace


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ccording to designer and visionary Ian Prosser, planning a THE LOOK BOOK garden party is all about creating cozy, sophisticated seating Whether you rent or use your interior furniture for an outdoor areas for intimate conversation. “Furniture adds intimacy party, the trick is to set up interesting nooks. Have a few sit-down or to an outdoor event; at the end of the night, your closest stand-up tables for dining. Mix up rustic chairs with velvet couches, friends will be lounging here.” modern lounges with a pop of pillow color and use linens to complete You can call him The Party Whisperer. “When we started off we your color theme against a background of gray, green and white did a whole lot of flowers and then it morphed to weddings. Ten foliage. Throw down a rug, from Oriental to cowhide and layer years ago, I closed the retail stores and morphed into adding textures. Illuminate with lanterns hung from trees or the furniture so we could control the event and create nestled in plants and make each tableau unique. Add a lifestyle-driven event in people’s homes or venues,” wine, a great play list, cheese and dozens of friends. “Furniture adds says Prosser. Inspired by his travels and love of shop windows intimacy to an outdoor or found objects, Prosser’s party ideas are in demand and always in vogue. “We bring the event; at the end of the night, feeling of the inside out by going into the home, your closest friends will be exploring the host’s personality and vision, then lounging here.” instilling that unique, personal look and feel into the fete. We want to create a warm and nurturing place that lets people play and relax in,” says Prosser. Prosser’s home is a neutral haven accented by art collections, whimsical artifacts and objects of desire, from a crystal French perfume bottle and opera glasses tucked in a glass box on his coffeetable to white flowers. His best advice for party givers? “Don’t overthink it. Make people feel comfortable.” Check out Prosser’s 101 fab party ideas.


dR Home GET LIT Market lights are popular, but they are over used. Go to a garden center, find something that is more unusual such as tiny lanterns and stars. “We did a dock illuminated with lanterns. It was a fantastic visual and kept people from walking out there,” said Prosser.

COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL Although blue and violets are trending, they tend to turn to gray in the evening light. Go for more Lilly Pulitzer vibrant colors or sorbet colors. Cantaloupe, soft raspberry and shocking pink in a combo make it exciting. White flowers are sophisticated and subtle both on the table and in the garden (pansies, violas, geraniums impatients petunias hydrangea, pentes). The mix of textures is intoxicating

For them, a home or venue is a stage to be transformed into a magical and memorable occasion where the bar is the moon and beyond. The event planner is a designer for society events and celebrites including: The Versailles-themed Wine Weekend at MFA, Bern’s Wine Fest, Donna Summer, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, one of the Back Street Boys. G

TROPICAL FLAVOR Think Ernest Hemingway. Make the furnishings bamboo and bring in a modern vibe with angular white sofa and chairs accented by leafy pillows with a pattern. On the tables, you can use floral palm leaves or the bird of paradise seen here. Work in found objects and things you collect to personalize the décor.

VIVA LA FRANCE Right now, there’s a trend back to French décor. Have a collection of containers on the table (antique silver gray finish or handthrown clay or wire) and Provence Paris-style collectibles. Nothing fussy, simple elegance.

BE UNIQUE Go bold with each table setting, making interesting individual settings. Go beyond plants or flowers. Use a collection of different sizes of lanterns, accented by blooming plants in clay pots or herbs (mint, rosemary, oregano) on half the tables, flowers on the other half. Prosser likes white and green flowers/foliage on a chartreuse green tablecloth for spring entertaining. BOTANICA & STYLE HOUSE RENTALS Since 1989, Botanica International Design & Décor Studio has created beauty that resonates deeper than what the eye perceives. They are all about the beauty of the WOW moment, when the doors first open to guests and the party begins. Owner and impressario Ian Prosser, creative designer Zoë Gallina and their team of designers have a long list of accolades. They are a full-service event design and decór company providing excellent floral craftsmanship, unique and custom rentals, drapery, furniture, lighting, linen and more.

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OUTDOOR COMFORT & STYLE Luxury living from patios to pools

the rage. Add a personal touch. Hang art, mirrors, unexpected found objects or collections, even a flat screen TV on the patio DECKS, DOCKS, PATIOS & PORCHES Transform your backyard into a garden oasis with landscaping that turns these outdoor spaces into an open air living room. From containers to plantings, experts like Argentine Landscaping can grow your vision into a verdant, relaxing reality. Multi-tasking, multi-level spaces are trending, with under-deck built-ins for storage. Look to mixing modern with rustic porch looks, hardware and railings, interesting landscape lighting and even a pergola for this year’s trends. Add a drink-holder rail to a dock, mood lighting, audio and dine as the sun goes down.

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n Florida, paradise starts with stylish backyards that double as modern escapes, big on connectivity and luxury upgrades. Outdoor living is more than a few lounge chairs on a patio. Think outdoor rooms with the comfort and convenience of your living room. Here are some unique ideas for upgrading your home exteriors from docks to decks, patios to pools.


FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES Indoor décor is taking over the outdoors this season. Look for comfortable, attractive furniture: Say goodbye to weathered wicker and wrought iron, today’s furniture and fabric technology are weather-resistant. Combine different looks, from teak to retro, including mosaic tables. Incorporate colorful fabrics, strong colors such as magenta and deep teal, anything as long as it goes with green. Purple too crazy? Go with taupe, brown, charcoal and navy. Shoeless comfort begins with exterior painted floors, patterned floor tiles or outdoor floor rugs. Stripes and checkerboard patterns are classic options, and it gives the outdoor space polish. Add a modern ceiling fan such as Hunter, or a powerful Haiku fan to stay cool. A fire feature, from a glamorous fire pit to a fireplace, is all



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UNFURL THE UMBRELLA When it’s sweltering, raise the umbrella, especially the sun-resistant Sunbrella and UV-stable brands that won’t fade. An umbrella is more than shade; it helps keep a space private or defined. Wood is better than aluminum, which dents and scratches and it helps to have an umbrella with wheels so it can be easily moved around. For small spaces, a cantilevered umbrella works best. Go for stripes (black, yellow or navy with white) or solid colors other than white. For a touch of whimsy, World Market features elephants and floral designs CREATE AN OASIS Turn your pool into a spa resort with the addition of stylish tile and pavers from Stone-Mart. Travertine is easily a good choice if you want a durable paver and coping for your pool. Using the material, you can build an elegant and high-quality travertine pool that looks incredible, smooth, and sophisticated, it will leave every guest impressed. The material can easily transform your swimming pool into a luxurious area for lounging and relaxation. You will find that your pool deck will be safer, too, as the material provides extra grip for the feet to prevent incidents of slipping and falling.

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dR Home COLOR ME GREEN After a successful New York career for celebrities and other luxury homes, Interior designer and Feng Sui specialist Raina Yacoub brings a fresh perspective to her Tampa Bay clients. She suggests using green in your décor, from plants to accessories. In Feng Shui color psychology, colors play a big role in influencing how you feel. The color green is associated with calming, balancing, healing, relaxing and tranquil—it is the most restful color on the eye. Green represents growth, vitality, abundance, and nature. The color green also stimulates positivity and is very inspiring,” says the owner of Designs by Raina.

MULTI-TASK SPACES Organize your man cave or she shed with organized shelving and cabinetry from Closet Factory and Southern Closet Systems. Whether you’re storing tools or seasonal items (golf clubs, bikes), there’s a rack or storage unit for it as well as flooring options that give your garage sleek and slip-free experience. Both vendors can help you customize your garage to create a second space for a home gym or craft area, easily open to spring breezes by hitting your garage door opener. ADD SOME WOO to YOUR LOO If you’ve got an outdoor/garage bathroom, shower, guesthouse bath or outdoor bar in your backyard that needs seem TLC, don’t look any further than Olde World Cabinetry, Plumbing & Hardware. Lighting, decorative plumbing, cabinetry and customized craftsman solutions are their specialty. Look to them for exterior hardware like designer houses numbers, mailboxes and more. MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE & SECURE Keep the outdoors from coming indoors with high quality, dependable windows and doors that are attractive and energy efficient with West Coast Windows & Doors. With 22 years of experience, West Coast Windows & Doors’ factory-trained and highly-skilled installers can replace your leaky ones with impactresistant ones will protect your home and family from the elements, giving you a sense of security and reducing noise. G

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OPEN SESAME From landscaping around the door, to ornaments and lighting, your door says a lot about your lifestyle. A door has a lot of work to do. It needs to keep your home energy efficient, keep your family safe and secure; stand strong during inclement weather and prevent rot, rust and termite damage. Patio doors have double duty (see above) but they elegantly usher the flow of the indoors out and transform your home with light (or shade during the summer months). DoorPro Entryways, Inc. specializes in fiberglass door systems and custom glass designs.


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GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK For millennials, luxury real estate combines beauty and eco-sustainability


f you think luxury is a page out of TV shows like Dallas, think again. It’s no longer about acquiring cars and fine wines, although that’s still all the rage in the Tampa Bay market. But the new affluent millennials want something else. A live/work/play neighborhood like downtown St. Pete and Tampa’s newly evolving downtown. This demographic is also driving the real estate market and developers to include green certification, smart features and connectivity as well as aesthetics to the mix to improve resell.

...“Luxurious homes can be green and grand at the same time...” What are some of the benefits of going green? “From lighting to energy saving appliances and smart home features, reducing the carbon footprint is a huge trend and driver of sales for millennials,” says Ron Goldstein, Luxury Waterfront Specialist for Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sand Pearl Residence is the first Clearwater Beach residential building that went all "green." This custom “wave wall” is a trademark of Decker-Ross, part of the condo's timeless design with the environment in mind.

Here are some of the features you’ll see in today’s “greener” luxury homes and condos: Incorporating LEED standards: LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification from the US Green Building Council. Earning this certification lets everyone know that a project meets the highest benchmark for sustainability and eco-friendliness. Saving energy and water: The home design has to include innovative, cost-cutting features such as rainwater collection (for irrigation), solar panels and geothermal systems. In-wall touch screens from AMX control a home’s light, heat, irrigation, sound and more allowing homeowners to program such features remotely so energy is not wasted when they are not home.

Neal Communities' Venice Grand Palm Community are green certified under the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Goldstein’s passion in eco-sustainability led him to get certified in EcoBrokers® , which is the premier green designation for real estate professionals who are champions of eco-friendly alternatives for property buyers and sellers. “We help support this community initiative by looking at “green” factors that make a home a great buy including water quality, indoor air quality, green financing, energy efficiency, building performance, solar or geothermal options, wind and other renewable energy solutions, xeriscaping, organic practices, environmental labeling and property history,” says Goldstein. According to Goldstein and other eco-experts, they are growing in popularity. Environmentally-friendly luxury residences blend harmony, sustainable living and opulent style.


Build greener: Incorporate energy-efficient building materials (exposed concrete, steel super structure and aluminum exterior panels) and rooftop designs that conserve energy and make the most of solar power. Today, green roofs are so practical and effective that mainstream, design-focused authorities like HGTV are offering primers on how to install your own. (Luxury homes have incorporated green roofs and balconies for a mix of efficient, natural cooling and landscaped, aesthetic beauty.) Introduce connectivity and services powered by artificial intelligence: At the 2018 Home CES Show, it’s not just smart refrigerators that tells you when food expires or smart ovens that automatically start dinner when you call from the car. iHome products with built in Bluetooth speakers range from wireless charging, aromatherapy diffusers and vanity mirrors. There are wireless kitchens and a smart ring that let you turn on a light with the wave or your hand. Luxury homes automated by Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are coming…or here now. G

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BETTER OUTDOOR LIVING THRU INNOVATION What’s new on the horizon? This year’s tech and home extravaganzas yielded some intriguing outdoor helpers including: Satellite Controlled Sprinkler Systems: The Weather TRAK Water Resource Management System lets you conserve water while efficiently watering your lawn by using satellites to stay in touch with local weather conditions and only turn the sprinklers on as needed. Lawn Mowing Robots: They vacuum, and now, they mow thanks to Robomow, Husqvarna, and Worx.


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ife, uninterrupted by rain or skeeters, makes backyard entertaining both enjoyable and relaxing. For outdoor comfort at its best, check out what’s trending, from cooling your patio to blocking rain.

Outdoor comfort provider A-NIKS specializes in fully automated mosquito misting, patio cooling/heating, retractable awnings and screens. With their patio accessories, you can create a sanctuary with these essential elements: Misting Fans: Explore state of the art evaporative outdoor cooling technology that keeps the party hot while cooling you down. The Zone Pump Misting System forces water through a specialized Uni-Nozzle System for maximum efficiency and cooling.

Wash Those Windows: A vacuum and squeegee combined, this popular European tool is catching on here, like the Karcher WV50 window vac. Coffee Tawk Made Easy: Hang out by the pool with a cuppa joe made right there with a portable espresso maker. The Essenza Mini is small and its new third-party pods are recyclable and biodegradable. G


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Firetainment: Gather your friends around an elegant table top with a firepit set in the middle, or dozens of other options. Kourtina Adjustable Wind/Rain Blocking System: Easy to adjust for residences, balconies and outdoor open spaces, you can decide the height and create an intimate atmosphere. The electric model is equipped with laminated safety glass so you can opt for an open terrace.


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ot a green thumb? Indulge your Mother Nature gene with an indoor or outdoor garden. Whether you live in a penthouse with a balcony or a sprawling home, there’s an accessory and planting scheme that will transform your home. From Pinterest to local landscapers and nurseries, there’s 1,001 ways to personalize your garden. INDOOR GARDEN In addition to repurposing vintage treasures, add a kitchen window box with herbs is, a chef ’s best friend. Introduce plants that double as air filters or a faceted glass terrarium ( At Ikea, you’ll find a Satsumas Plant Ladder with five plant pots in white, perfect for cacti and succulents. Target’s Project 62 matte gray planters are chic and affordable. Or introduce an Urban Cultivator into your kitchen for a constant supply of greens and herbs. The sleek residential 24-inch wide device can be built in and plumbed into a home’s water supply or used as a stand alone and is fronted by a glass door. OUTDOOR GARDEN For a patio, container gardens make the most sense for growing vegetables and flowers in small spaces and moving the plants around as the sunshine intensifies. Use your plantings to create a green screen, attract butterflies or amuse your senses (rosemary, lavender, night blooming jasmine) as well as make it both pet and kid friendly (sharp fronds and thorns). DRESS YOUR GREENS Decorative solar lights (flowers, birds), a one-way mirror bird feeder that attaches to your window for close-up views (Wind & Weather, or an Allen + Roth aqua and white coastal-style Citronella candles are fun. Bain Lighting has a collection of outdoor metal furniture from butterflies to dolphins. In St. Petersburg, Patina’s art planters (seen above) are strong and lightweight, with beautiful patterns and colors. The 15” and 18” planters are equipped with discreet wheels, making them easily portable once they are filled. They are self-watering and feature inserts that improve ventilation, keeping roots healthy and plants hardy. EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY There’s a club, celebration and venue for every garden passion, from orchids to ferns with expert advice for novices. Celebrate all spring!


April 21st is Earth Day, while a living plant or fruit tree is the perfect Mother’s Day gift and every day through May, there’s a farmers’ market somewhere in Tampa Bay, including the new Clearwater Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Brick Street Farms: Chefs love them and you can order your weekly veggies from this indoor city hydroponic farm built in climate-controlled freight containers. Earth Day Festival: On April 21st from 10 am – 5 pm in Williams Park downtown St. Pete, enjoy interactive exhibits, good food, great music, shopping vendors, and the chance to learn how to do your part to create a more sustainable planet. St. Pete Eco-Village: This handson educational center offers community garden courses and methodologies in sustainable living practices. Florida Native Plants: Learn about the hardiest and prettiest native plants and shrub choices for your landscape at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve ( and Florida Botanical Gardens. Weedon Island conducts walks and classes on local ecosystems and how to grow vegetables with sub-irrigated planters. Garden Clubs: Check out the Tampa Rose Society on Facebook, the and West Coast Bromeliadds (, the Tampa Orchid Club, the and West Coast Orchids group ( Green Thumb Festival: On April 28-29, Walter Fuller Recreation Center features arborists, environmental and horticultural exhibits and vendors, butterfly plants, a diagnostic soil and water sample clinic, a recycling rally, children’s tree clming and a garden wagon parade! Sunken Gardens: Stroll meandering paths, lush with exotic plants, beautiful demonstration garden and more than 50,000 tropical plants, and flowers. Offers garden tours, horticultural programs and more. G

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native of St. Petersburg, Mary Kay Andrews has spent her life putting words to paper both as a writer for the Atlanta Constitution and as a witty whodunit novelist under her real name, Kathy Trochek. She’s cooked up a new endeavor with her first food foray, The Beach House Cookbook, with recipes she’s tested in her two restored vintage beach homes, The Breeze Inn and Ebbtide, both affectionately named after fictional places in her novels. In between cooking, entertaining friends and whipping up her next novel, Mary Kay’s favorite pastime is junking and fixing up old houses. Her low-country coastal lifestyle influences her recipes with the likes of Coca Cola, Meyer lemons, grits and local shrimp as ingredients. (For more grilling recipes, go to CHERRY-LICIOUS GLAZED RIBS This recipe would probably work with Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper, but if that Southern staple CheerWine is available in your neighborhood, that’s what will give it that uniquely cherry taste. Use two big disposable foil pans for this messy recipe. You can do it in the oven and finish it up in the oven, or best yet, on the grill. Serves 4 For The Ribs 2 tsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. light brown sugar 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1 tsp. chili powder 4 lbs baby back pork ribs 4 c. Cheerwine

For The Glaze 1 1/2 c. Cheerwine 1/2 c. cherry jam

1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar 1/4 c. tomato paste

Directions 1. Preheat oven/grill to 400°. In a small bowl, mix together salt, brown sugar, black pepper, and chili powder. 2. Rub all over ribs. Divide ribs between 2 large disposable aluminum roasting pans, being sure to place the slabs in meat side up. 3. Pour 2 cups Cheerwine into each pan, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Roast ribs, switching pans’ positions halfway through cooking, until very tender, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. 4. While ribs cook, prepare the glaze. In a medium-size saucepan, whisk together Cheerwine, jam, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, and soy sauce. Set over medium heat. Let cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced and syrupy, about 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside. 5. Remove ribs from oven when tender. Remove foil and ribs from pans; pour fat and remaining liquid out of pans and discard. 6. You can finish these up on the a hot grill or in the oven. Carefully arrange for oven rack to be about 8 inches from broiler (no closer); preheat broiler. Brush ribs all over with prepared glaze and return to pans, meat side up. Broil for about 5 minutes or until lightly charred. 


ime to dust off the patio for al fresco entertaining! This year’s outdoor dining trends encompass new state of the art grills, tools, eclectic spices and savory sauces.

EQUIPMENT The current rage in outdoor grilling is the electric Pellet Grill. Go gastro-pro with wood-fired, flavor-infused pellets. Grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and BBQ all on the same digital grill. Just set it and forget it. Kick back and grill in minutes with Kickstarter sensation, the Insta Grill. No lighter fluid needed and clean up takes minutes. Great for solo or small gathering grilling, as well as tailgating and camping.

ACCESSORIES Add a fun and personal touch to grilled meats with a Steak Brand. Hand forged by a Texas cattle rancher, brand sizzling steaks with your initial, monogram or custom design. For grilling and chilling, try a Himalayan Salt Block. Heat on the grill to sear seafood and meat, or chill for serving a selection of fruits, vegetables and cheeses with a hint of salt. TASTE Tasty BBQ and grilling has morphed into Fusion’que, where spices and sauces cross cultural boundaries. Cuban Island Spice is a popular addition to pork and chicken dishes. A chai-based sauce, created locally, called “Saucy Everything” is perfect for meat, seafood and veggies. White BBQ Sauce (no tomatoes in sight). Mix organic mayo, vinegar, sugar and lemon for some Southern tang that’s spooned over grilled or smoked chicken. 


GRILLING TIPS: Gas vs. Charcoal - Gas does burn cleaner, but some folks prfer the smokier grilled burger taste. Buy additive free charcoal. Get It Hot - Pre-heat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature (and to kill any bacteria). Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 350-400°F for medium-high, 300-350°F for medium and 250300°F for low heat. Use A Grill Basket - For foods that might fall through the grill rack or are too cumbersome to turn over one by one (vegetables, fish, tofu, fruits, etc.).


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ip sip, hooray. It’s Tampa Bay’s best season for outdoor entertaining, so we asked Eric V. Kennedy, publisher of Fine Wines and our digital guru, what’s light and lively.

notes of sage and cedar. The palate bursts with bramble fruits and cranberries. The youthful tannins are an indicator of great things to come; age will only bring more beauty.

Domaine Carneros by Tattinger, Brut Rose Sparkling Cuvee de la Pompadour: This sparkling rose from California’s Carneros wine growing region boasts a beautiful pale salmon color with a fine bead. Aromas of tangerine, strawberry and biscuit are also found in the mouth. The length is long and elegant.

Hall, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2015: A woody, toasted note speaks to well-integrated yet present oak in this white that maintains medium-bodied texture on the palate. Bright, lemony acidity complements the creaminess, dashing in wet stone and undeniable floral notes of apple and orange blossom.

Four Graces Reserve, Pinot Noir, 2013: The embodiment of elegance and finesse in winemaking, The Four Graces 2013 Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir is perfectly balanced with seamless tannins and the ripe, lush red berry fruit profiles indicative of great Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs. Aromas of strawberries and heritage roses mingle with cloves and dark cherries, ending with

Swanson Vineyards, Pinot Grigio, Sonoma County, 2015: Pale golden straw in color, the 2015 Pinot Grigio calls to mind white jasmine blossom, crisp Asian pear, honey Meyer lemon zest and cantaloupe. The wine is balanced, refreshing and works nicely as either an apértif or as a match with most seafood, especially oysters on the half shell.

ODE TO PORTUGAL Get ready for your Lisbon adventure in this month’s dRTravel with a sampling of Portugal’s major wine regions - Douro, Lisboa, Vinho Verde, Alantejo and Dao. Some top under $25 wines include:

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Casa Ferreirinha Douro White Vinha Grande 2015: Crisp, well-structured. Think Gala apple. Quinta de Chocapalha Lisboa 2012: Intense red berry and crushed red plum flavors. Seacampo Dao Casa Americo 2013: Red plum, raspberry and red currant notes. Joao Portugal Ramos Alentejo Marquela de Borba White 2016: Creamy and lightbodied. G



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ark your calendars, Tampa, the International Cuban Sandwich Festival returns March 31 and April 1 to historic Ybor City. The contentious and never-ending debate concerning who makes the finest Cuban sandwich in the city, the state, and the world draws feverish passion from longtime area residents. Chefs gather to layeth the proverbial culinary smackdown to put such debates to rest once and for all.

Clash of the Cuban Sandwich Titans Prior to arriving in Tampa, the Cuban Sandwich Festival hosts special semi-final rounds in Kissimmee (March 3), and Miami (March 11). The winners advance to the main event in Ybor City. An exciting new facet to this year’s festivities is the attempt to construct the world’s largest Cuban sandwich at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus on March 31. Last year, residents were treated to the South Korea-based restaurant Tampa Sandwich Bar. It marked the first visit to the Tampa Bay area for owners Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho. They both did exhaustive research in order to craft their menu — Cuban and Mac N’ Cheese sandwiches, shrimp po’ boys, fried Oreos and sweet potato fries are main fixtures. If you’re in attendance then you’re already a winner. A panel of celebrity judges will converge in Tampa to decide winners in several categories: • Tampa Historic Cuban Sandwich • Non-Traditional Cuban Sandwich • Popular Cuban Sandwich • World’s Best Cuban Sandwich Smackdown Champions (Metro Orlando, Miami/South Florida) Local residents have the unique opportunity on March 31 and April 1 to sink their teeth into the most inventive Cuban-inspired fare ever concocted. The participating chefs earn the criminally overused and dried out adjective, exquisite. G

TOP CUBANS Aguila Sandwich Shop: The Cuban sandwich from Aguila was made famous after its appearance on the hit show Man Vs. Food. Many have poured into this Tampa staple to see if their taste buds were ready for the awesome sensation of an authentic Cuban sandwich. 3200 West Hillsborough Ave. Brocato’s Sandwich Shop: This spot has served Tampa well since 1948. While their breakfast sandwiches, deviled crab, and fried plantains are magnificent, their Cuban sandwich is what makes this restaurant famous. 5021 East Columbus Dr. Columbia Restaurant: You can’t talk about food in Tampa without mentioning the ever-popular Columbia Restaurant. The original restaurant opened in Ybor over 110 years ago. The restaurant spans five generations and now has locations all over Florida — 7 in total. The success of the restaurant is emblematic of their commitment to sharing the flavors of Ybor and the entire Tampa area with the rest of the state. 2117 East 7th Ave.


La Ideal Sandwich Shop: This small shop in Tampa packs some serious flavor into their outstanding Cuban sandwich. They make them with the highest quality ingredients and press them to perfection so that when you take your first bite you’re treated to that signature crunch. 2924 West Tampa Bay Blvd. Ruben’s Cuban Cafe:A popular spot amongst our local Twitter followers, Ruben’s Cuban Cafe has been open for almost three decades. The cafe brews some sensational cafe con leche, and their pressed Cuban sandwiches are equally impressive. 4941 East Busch Blvd. West Tampa Sandwich Shop: Known as the home of the honey Cuban sandwich, the West Tampa Sandwich Shop has been putting together the area’s finest Cuban for almost 40 years. The spot received national attention when President Obama paid the business a visit and remarked how much he enjoyed their sandwich in a phone call after his trip. 3904 North Armenia Ave. Wright’s Gourmet House: Tampa’s premier cafe has been open since 1963. Their large menu of sandwiches and cakes are legendary, but their award-winning Cuban sandwich is a true foodie gem in the city. 1200 South Dale Mabry G


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tunning! Coastal views and beachy hues with Caribbean flair all work together to reflect this spacious and very private four bedroom plus half-bath beachfront SOUTH WEST CORNER PENTHOUSE. From the moment you step off the secure direct-coded elevator into your private entry be impressed by the open floor plan which reconfirms this condominium beach home of over 4,000 square feet is built for entertaining friends and family without compromising privacy. Multiple balconies, media room, spacious great room with open concept kitchen to dining and sitting areas capture fabulous views. Four separate en-suite bedrooms three of which have private balconies allow guests and family to retreat to in comfort. The chef-inspired kitchen features top of the line stainless steel appliances, gas cook top, double ovens, custom cabinetry, granite counters, gorgeous backsplashes and porcelain tile floors. A fireplace, wet bar with beverage refrigerator, detailed crown


molding and tray ceilings complement the great room. An impressive master bedroom suite that encompasses the entire 2nd floor has a magnificent balcony with sweeping views of the white sandy beaches and pristine Gulf waters. A very well appointed master bath with separate shower and jetted tub, double vanities and walk in closets provide abundant space to relax and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings. A beach front heated pool/spa, cabana and remote-entry two car garage are found on the ground level. San Kevi is a small private residence with only 7 homes located on residential Indian Shores-minutes to major access roads for Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater. Offered for $1,599,000 G

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ustom designed, newly constructed coastal home situated on prestigious Eldorado Avenue in the Mandalay subdivision of Clearwater Beach, exudes informal luxury. With modern and opulent interiors, this beachfront 3story, 5 bedroom/ 5 ½ bath (3,698 sq ft) home offers the classic charm of a stately beach house, boasting panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico. An expansive living room with Brazilian marble fireplace makes this home an exquisite place to entertain. The open floor plan with generous gourmet kitchen offers a bounty of Gulf front views with spectacular sunsets. The master suite and its veranda are located on the top floor, accessed by stair or elevator. Amenities include a heated


salt water pool, multiple balconies, home automation and security, a full-house generator, custom 1700-bottle wine cellar and 2 car garage, plus a golf cart. The home’s windows have been specially tinted to protect the local sea turtle population. Just a few steps from the large patio and pool, enjoy the sugar sand of award-winning Clearwater Beach. Stroll the miles of Clearwater Beach’s sandy shoreline, watch the local dolphin and pelicans play and enjoy the myriad of dining and shopping destinations just minutes from this exceptional home. Offered at $4,000,000. Kerryn Ellson PLLC | (727) 408-4888 Coastal Properties Group Christie's International Real Estate

he Windsong tower of Belle Harbor offers this 7th floor Southwest (preferred) corner "Avalon" floor plan. The condo has been impeccably updated and outfitted with the most particular taste in mind. The views from each room cannot be matched. Your southwest view orientation is the preferred for all sunsets and avoids cold winter winds out of the north. Outfitted with granite, wood cabinetry, upgraded appliances, tile flooring and crown moulding. A gentle predisposition for the winter sun, winter sunsets with two separate volume terraces. Belle Harbor amenities offer you the world with abundant acreage, a twotier clubhouse, heated pool and spa along with a state of the art fitness center. Offerred at $915,000


Justin Helmus | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (727) 507-1993


704 Eldorado Ave, Clearwater Beach • Offered at $4,000,000

1235 N Florida Ave, Tarpon Springs • Offered at $2,799,000

520 Gulf Blvd, Belleair Shores Offered at $6,200,000

480 Palm Isle SE, Clearwater Beach Offered at $2,100,000

360 Shore Drive, Palm Harbor Offered at $2,000,000

414 Harbor View Lane, Largo Offered at $1,950,000

409 Bayview Drive, Belleair Offered at $1,699,000

1766 Beville Road, Clearwater Offered at $1,500,000

205 Flamingo Dr, Belleair Offered at $1,499,999

205 Rosery Rd, Belleair Offered at $1,390,000

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Dania Perry Waterfront and Luxury Home Specialist MOBILE: 727-215-2045

#1 Selling Realtor in Tampa Bay Sold $650M+ since 2010 Dania Sold $185M in 2016-2017



Resting upon beautifully manicured grounds, this sprawling 4 bedroom, 4.2 bath 8367 total sqft lakefront home delivers an inspiring, versatile, family-centric luxury living experience. Beautifully sculpted ceilings, splendid open kitchen, elegant formal/living areas, spectacular 13-seat theater and huge game room. Dazzling pool/spa deck transitions to an amazing full basketball court. Room for tennis court and other wonderful outdoor activities. Offered for $1,599,000.

Completely redesigned and rebuilt for 2018, this elegant coastal contemporary waterfront residence offers an inspiring 3542 sqft of living area. Appealing Key West style themes, impressive tall ceilings and a rich open floor plan complement the wonderfully finished kitchen, spectacular master suite and gorgeous outdoor living spaces. 4-car garage parking, 5 beautiful baths and so much more. Offered for $1,399,000.

HAWKS LANDING – PALM HARBOR, FL Tucked away in a serene private sanctuary, you’ll love the natural beauty surrounding this lavish 5 Bedroom, 4 Bath, residence with 6915 total sqft. Exquisite translucent marble flooring, spectacular luxury kitchen. Rich living areas abound! Remarkable master wing, two beautiful executive offices, huge game room & more. Massive screen enclosure houses superb indoor-outdoor pool/spa deck. Pristine waterviews front & back. Offered for $1,350,000.


Located in Highly Acclaimed MiraBay, you’ll be swept away by the unmistakable Caribbean aura of this striking 7894 total sqft, 5 bedroom, 5 bath Coastal Colonial waterfront. Exquisite finishes, superb balconies, magnificent kitchen and remarkable master wing. Dazzling 2600sqft screen-enclosed pool/spa deck includes outdoor Wolf Cooking Center, gas fireplace & fine wood ceilings. 13K boatlift offers rapid access to the Bay. Offered for $1,250,000.

The Dania Difference • The Professional Difference • The Real Difference in Real Estate CENTURY 21 JIM WHITE AND ASSOC. • 10645 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706


#1 Century 21 Realtor in the World Five Conservative Years!

Dania Perry Waterfront and Luxury Home Specialist MOBILE: 727-215-2045



Brilliant in design and sublime in its contemporary sophistication, this colossal 21,359 total sqft estate in a private, richly landscaped Island Enclave enjoys sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Spectacular presidential library and CEO’s Office. Sensational 1000sqft living room with towering wall of glass. Magnificent dual Master Suites. Astonishing finishes, materials and workmanship deliver uncommon luxury and appeal! Offered for $5,699,000.

Located in an exclusive gated oasis overlooking Clearwater’s beautiful intracoastal waterway, this magnificent palatial waterfront estate is one of Tampa Bay’s finest. Spectacular ceilings, scintillating marble floors, regal columns, custom inlaid woodwork, elegant crystal chandeliers and impressive flying staircase adorn this stunning 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath 12,389sqft (under roof) home. Offered for $4,395,000.



Almost 7,000 total sqft under roof. Located in historic Don Cesar Place directly on the sand. Block construction, towering 24ft high center staircase, large gourmet kitchen, gorgeous 37ft-wide covered Gulf front balcony, huge master suite overlooking the beach, Pebbletec Spa, wonderful hardwood floors, elegant window treatments & impressive built-ins/woodwork. Offered for $2,599,000 .

Public Remarks: This awe-inspiring 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 7 car garage 5,040 heated sqft Mediterranean waterfront treasure delivers sublime, picturesque views of beautiful open water. Brilliant kitchen, gorgeous covered balconies, masterful formal and informal living areas – all with remarkable attention to detail. Sensational luxury finishes floor to ceiling, inside and out! Offered for $2,099,000. for $1,250,000.

Thank You Tampa Bay for a Record Breaking Year!

CENTURY 21 JIM WHITE AND ASSOC. • 10645 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706


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10 Papaya Street, #1204, Clearwater Wake up and look through your bedroom sliding doors to view the Gulf of Mexico from this lovely 2/2 condo located in the heart of Clearwater Beach. The living and dining room features sliding doors to a covered terrace overlooking the beach to the west and inland waterways to the east. The wood and granite kitchen with breakfast bar includes new black stainless steel appliances. Both bedrooms open to the terrace. Newer HVAC, hot water heater, and newer laundry appliances have been recently replaced. Enjoy life on the beach. Offered at $949,000 Martha Thorn | The Thorn Collection | (727) 400-4770


28 Sunset Bay Drive, Belleair

802 S Druid Road, Clearwater

Spectacular panoramic views of Clearwater Harbor. Four bedrooms, three baths. Beautiful multilevel home on the water. Offered at $1,899,000

There is no more beautiful "home and garden" than the back yard of this magnificent Clearwater waterfront estate. The bay area's most expensive and extraordinary residence. Offered at $19,750,000

Mary Ann McArthur Coastal Properties (727) 460-5906

Terri Novitsky Lauren Michaels Real Estate Partners (727) 298-8888


Sliding doors open to covered waterfront lanais from this renovated 4/3.5 contemporary cul-de-sac home located on a protected deep-water canal. Features include a covered dock with lift, pool and spillover spa, great room gas fireplace and master suite luxury bath and bonus room. Offered at $1,249,000

106 POINCIANA LANE, HARBOR BLUFFS FL This remodeled 4/4.5 waterfront home overlooks the pool and deep water dock. An island kitchen includes granite and stainless. The master bedroom features a sitting room and his and her bath suite. Offered at $1,599,000

711 BAY ESPLANADE, CLEARWATER BEACH FL Desirable 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom located on the award winning Clearwater Beach. This active beach community has all the best waterfront amenities. This home features a private boat dock with remarkable panoramic views throughout. Offered at $1,395,000

769 HARBOR ISLAND, CLEARWATER BEACH FL Wide-open expansive Clearwater Harbor views from this remodeled 3/3 home with sparkling pool and brand new boat lift. Large island kitchen with granite, high ceilings and master bedroom fireplace. Offered at $1,299,000

56 NORTH PINE CIRCLE, BELLEAIR FL Making dramatic use of glass, patterned bricks and natural mahogany, this contemporary 4/5 home, located on Clearwater Harbor, was designed by a leading architect of the Frank Lloyd Wright school. Features include a pool and dock with boat lifts, Offered at $1,450,000

The Thorn Collection |1-877-MT-SELLS (1-877-687-3557) | Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Š2017 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. FL-10/17

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estled perfectly on one of Florida’s most beautiful Bluffs, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and Memorial Bridge, this elegant, chic custom built home will win your heart at first glance. Built in 1993 by one of the area’s preeminent builders, Baybrook Place is uniquely designed to take advantage of its stunning, park-like setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows with skylights throughout the


house give it a bright, airy feel while the beautiful interior beams, detailed woodwork, wood and stone with marble inlay floors bring the outside in for added warmth and a cozy feeling. Throughout the home, you will discover marvelous touches such as an additional light filled family room on the second floor with vaulted ceilings and French doors leading to a secluded deck with views stretching across the Bay. Offered at $1,490,000 G

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STAR POWER @THE STRAZ The big news? The Broadway musical blockbuster Hamilton is coming to The Straz in 2019! 3/18 Ana Gasteyer: After years belting out superstar vocals in Broadway musicals (Wicked, Rocky Horror Picture Show), she brings her timeless cabaret performance with the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time. The pattern is real, the themes adult; the lyrics are timeless and the music swings like crazy. 5/11 Nick Swardson: Comedy Central staple and star of Netflix’s The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over, comedian Nick Swardson delivers his highly popular, lowbrow boy-amok schtick to worldwide audiences who just can’t get enough of this BMOC in the Adam Sandler school of comedy, an exclusive, uncensored night of outrageous stand-up. PERFORMING ARTS Mahaffey Theater

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Kingston Trio TAO: Drum Heart Jason Mraz Cirque Eloize Saloon Million Dollar Quartet Dennis Miller (featured in this issue) Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

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Michio Kaku One Night of Queen Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Mummenschanz Queens of the Stone Age Animaniacs Live! David Blaine (VIP Packages available) Erasure

Amalie Arena 3/22 Disney On Ice Reach for the Stars 3/31 Demi Lovato & DJ Khalid 4/11 Lorde – Melodrama World Tour 4/20 98ROCKFEST 4/29 Jeff Dunham 5/12 James Taylor with Bonnie Raitt 5/15 Justin Timberlake – The Man in the Woods Tour 6/2 Shania Twain 6/16 Maroon Five 6/22 Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train 7/13 Sam Smith 7/25 The Smashing Pumpkins The Straz 3/20-25 The Bodyguard 3/26 Anna & Elizabeth 3/27-4/1 Beautiful - The Carole King Musical 4/3 National Geographic Live! Standing at the Water's Edge with Cristina 4/7 Mittermeier Opera Tampa Gala 4/12 Sons of Serendip 4/13-15 Opera Tampa presents Macbeth 4/14 National Theatre Live - Angels in America Part I: Millenium Approaches 4/19 Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games 4/21 Best of Tampa Bay 4/22 Megan Hilty 4/23 Rhiannon Giddens with Dead Horses 4/24-29 Waitress 4/25 – 5/20 1984

5/5-5/6 Straz LIVE! On the River 5/5-5/6 Next Generation Ballet's Cinderella 5/12 Sandi Sylver Puppet Show 5/12 Darci Lynne & Friends Live 5/17 Tinder Live! with Lane Moore 5/18-19 The Book of Moron 5/19 Bubble Guppies Live 5/20 National Theatre Live - Angels in America Part II: Perestroika 5/21 Shannon McNally 5/23 Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Giselle 6/5-10 The Sound of Music 6/13-7/8 Dancing at Lughnasa 6/15-17 The Illusionists: Live From Broadway 6/22 Bobby Bones Red Hoodie Comedy Tour 7/5-7/8 Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Ruth Eckerd Hall 3/18 Foreigner 3/20 O Sole Trio 3/22 Rodney Carrington Live 3/23 Alice Cooper 3/24 ‘70s Fest (Three Dog Night, The Lords of 52nd St., Firefall, Al Stewart) 3/25 One Night in Memphis 3/25 The Florida Orchestra (Masterworks-A Little Night Music) 3/27 Maks, Val & Peta (Live on Tour: Confidential) 3/30-31 Jersey Boys 4/4 Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour 4/5 Pod Tours America 4/6-7 Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella 4/17 Jason Isabell and The 400 Unit 4/20 ABBA The Concert 4/21 A Chorus Line 4/22 The Florida Orchestra (Masterworks-Verdi’s Requiem) 4/23 Kinky Boots 4/24 Yanni 4/26 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary with Rock Symphony 4/27 Alan Parsons Live Project 4/29 Florida Orchestra (Pops Celebrate Broadway


dR Calendar Capital Theater 4/27 Blast Friday in downtown Clearwater features 10,000 Maniacs! 3/16 Judy Collins 3/20 Mike and the Mechanics 3/22 David Bromberg Quartet 3/24 Steep Canyon Rangers 3/25 Dar Williams 3/29 Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes 3/31 Karla Bonoff & Livingston Taylor 4/2 Chrissy Metz 4/6 The Weight Band 4/7 Michael Amante 4/13 Night Ranger Unplugged 4/14 Chris Botti 4/15 Wynona & The Big Noise 4/18 Brian Culbertson 4/21 Stephen Lynch The Florida Orchestra Check the website for venues/times @ Straz Center, Palladium Theater, and Ruth Eckerd Hall. 3/17 The Justine LeBaron Young Artists Competition 3/18, 4/8 Woodson Chamber Concert @ Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum 3/20 Orchestra 101 with Michael Pastreich, President & CEO of TFO @ MFA 3/23-3/25 A Little Night Music 4/5 Latin Flair @ The Mahaffey 4/5 Fiesta! Happy Hour Concert @ Straz Center 4/6-7 R & B Legends with Michael Lynche 4/14-15 Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 4/20-22 Verdi’s Requiem 4/26 The Golden Age @ Mahaffey Theater 4/26 Happy Hour Concert @ Straz Center 4/27-4/29 Celebrate Broadway 5/4-6 Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 5/11 The Music of Michael Jackson @ Mahaffey Theater THEATER freeFall Theater Daddy Long Legs (3/16 - 4/8): This charming novel spawned a motion picture starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron Jerusha Abbott is the "Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home" until a mysterious benefactor decides to send her to college to be educated as a writer. Required to write him a letter once a month, she is never to know the benefactor's identity so she invents one for him: Daddy Long Legs. Although she knows that he will never respond to her letters, she grows more and more fond of this elusive and kindly "old" gentleman.


But another relationship soon begins to develop in Jerusha's life. Jervis Pendleton is the well-to-do "youngish" uncle of one of Jerusha's roommates, who introduces her to a world of literature, travel, and adventure. Through her correspondence with Daddy Long Legs and her growing intimacy with Jervis, Jerusha's letters chronicle her emergence as a delightfully independent "New American Woman." Yet there is one startling fact Jerusha has yet to recover, one that will change her life forever. TIX: (727) 498-5205. American Stage Marjorie Prime (3/7-4/1): The Sunshine State and the Golden State join forces for this American Stage/Capital Stage CoProduction. This captivating sci-fi drama explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits – if any – of what technology can replace. It’s the age of artificial intelligence and 86-year-old Marjorie is worried that her memory is fading. But when a mysterious and charming young visitor appears to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her past, questions emerge about the limits of technology and the possibility that memory might be a purely human invention. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?

Improv/Comedy (3/18, 4/8, 4/15): Second and third Sundays monthly, the American Stage Improv House Teams present a night of outrageous improvised comedy. Laugh out loud with four house teams with their Upright Citizens Brigade style improv! Hawk & Wayne Karaoke-Prov (4/1): First Sunday of every month, the hilarious “Best of the Bay” duo takes unscripted comedy to a whole new level! St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival Romeo & Juliet (3/15-3/25): Enjoy this romantic classic alfresco in Williams Park DTSP at 8 pm. Studio @ 620 3/16 Book Launch: “Phil Gernhard, Record Man” by Bill DeYoung, author of the acclaimed Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down, will introduce his new book at this free reading. Sounds@620 Music Series: 3/24 John C. O'Leary III; 3/31 Sonic Graffiti 4/7-8 Georgia O'Keeffe, Pioneer: In partnership with ArtFusion, enjoy a portrayal of the visiual artist in her living room at Abiquiu, her New Mexico home. FILM 4/25-4/29 Sunscreen Film Festival: The Sunscreen Film Festival is a worldwide acclaimed film festival for independent films. MovieMaker magazine in 2009 voted Sunscreen one of the “25 Coolest Film Fests” in the country. In 2013, Sunscreen was one of only 23 film fests nationwide to be sponsored and acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival offers far more than just hosting indie films from artists who are not the biggest names in the field. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from the best actors, directors, producers, writers, designers, and other careerpath professionals.

The Producers (4/18-5/13): Performed at Demens Landing Park; Gala Under the Stars (4/20): The story centers around down-onhis-luck Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”

THE SPOKEN WORD On April 7, the Junior League’s gala “Adventure Awaits – A Literacy Gala” @ The Club at Treasure Island features dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Keep St. Pete Lit: With book club discussions at MFA, classes and pop-up literary events, the big Kahuna of the year is the April 9-22. 4th Annual SunLit Literary Festival with a kickoff party April 5th @ the Chihuly Collection.

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March 27: Anniversary Afternoon Tea - Benefits the Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Join the Florida Orchestra Guild for an elegant Afternoon Tea and fundraiser from 2-4 pm. The catered event will feature a Parade of Hats and a program on “Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure” by Kay Leonard, Protocol Officer for the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base. FYI: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club, 40 Snell Isle Boulevard NE, St. Petersburg. FYI: (727) 528-6595

April 14: BLUEPRINT: Bandstand - Benefits; Habitat for Humanity From the sultry sounds of the jazz age to the big bands of the 1930’s to the birth of rock and roll in the 50’s, everyone has a soundtrack to their lives and Blueprint, the fifth annual signature gala event at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg, will capture every genre of music. Laura Fage created the fundraiser five years ago and is the executive producer. Bandstand will feature the much-coveted VIP Dining Rooms that have become synonymous with this gala, each showcasing unique dining experience spaces created by Blossom Events, Bridal Boomerang, Catered Lifestyle & Kate Ryan Linens; Cheers! Events, Inc., Extravaganza! Productions, Inc., Fuel 4 LLC, Concept Bait Global Events + Floral Design Group, K. Jillian Design, Cristina Denegri Interiors and Gabro Event Services among others. Enjoy music from every era, interactive cocktail stations and an exclusive, one-of-a-kind auction featuring individual works of art created by more than 20 local artists upcycling gently-used furniture provided by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. FYI: (727) 536-4755; G



April 12 : The Longest Table - Benefits WUSF Public Media This casually elegant iconic event stretches along the waterfront on Bayshore Drive NE from MFA to the Vinoy, with dozens of restaurants participating and attended by Tampa Bay’s hoi polloi. Ticket price depends on the restaurant you choose, which includes 400 Beach, Parkshore Grill, Café Europe, FarmTable Cucina, Mattison’s, Oak & Stone, Perfect Thyme, Sophie’s, Stillwater’s Tavern and Seafood Shack. FYI: (800) 661-0823;

3/8 The Evening of Champions Academy Prep Center of Tampa Bay (813) 248-5600

4/7 Cheers for Charity Broadrick Family Foundations

3/24 Golf Like a Rockstar Gulf Coast JFCS (727) 479-1800

4/25 Sea Grapes The Florida Aquarium

April 21: 11th Annual Arts Hops - Benefits The Greater Largo Library Foundation Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, craft brew garden, cash bar and savory/sweet delights and support literacy and the library. Zen Glass Studio and Craig Bone arts on display. FYI: (727) 586-7398;

3/24 15th All-Star Charity Gala The DeBartolo Family Foundation Entertainment: Chris Isaak (813) 964-8302

4/21 Heart Ball American Heart Association

4/28 Farm to Table(aux) Eat, Drink & Be Artsy for CASA (727) 895-4912

dR Calendar FAMILY Great Explorations Seuss-tastic Celebration (3/16): Enjoy Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a story-time and photos with Cat in the Hat. Kids can experiment with Oobleck, paint Truffula Trees, and use shapes to make Cat in the Hat storybook characters. In partnership with WEDU Public Media. St. Patrick’s Day  (3/17): Explore colors, songs and stories from Ireland; create Irish flags, and design rainbow works of art. The Great Eggs-ploration  (3/23):   Celebrate the start of spring break with eggs-citing science and crafts activities! OTHER 3/23 Fourth Friday @ Tampa Theater: Showcases Downtown Tampa’s rich arts, culture, and entertainment scene and an array of local restaurants. 3/24 Art, Fashion & Spirits @ Kozuba & Sons: Meet local artists and buy original art from the best talents in Tampa Bay. See the latest American and European fashions, while enjoying a distillery tour and samplings of the finest Polish Vodka available. Music, hors-d'oeuvres and a donation bar will make this Saturday night fun, fashionable and frolicking!

3/31 Tierra Verde Classic Car and Truck Show: Taste of Tierra Verde in downtown Tierra Verde parking lot, 4/5 Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™ @ Tampa Theatre: This experiential theatre production takes you on a prehistoric journey where you will meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs. 4/7 Dunedin Highland Games Festival: Love a kilt? Catch the bagpipes and haggis here. 4/21 Beach Goes Pops: Passe-A-Grille music, food and drink is a local favorite. 4/21 Brainquility Music & Arts Festival: Safety Harbor event with live music, food and more. Safety Harbor Waterfront Park,


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Preserve The Burg In April, Movies in the Park will resume. Here are the upcoming walking (and biking) tours exploring historical downtown St. Pete neighborhoods. 3/10 Historic Allendale Walking Tour 3/16 Downtown Morning Walking Tour 3/17 Historic Uptown Walking Tour 3/17 Historic Gulfport Walking Tour 3/24 Westward HO to Historic Kenwood Walking Tour 3/25 Bicycles & Buildings - Keeping St. Pete Special Bicycle Tour! 3/31 Hidden & Historic Driftwood Tour 4/7 Original Downtown Walking Tour


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t’s more than ironic that the great Portuguese explorers like venture out to the nine inhabited Azore islands with their powder Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama discovered much of white beaches and turquoise waters, or head straight to Porto and the world in the 15th and 16th centuries yet 500 years later, ther Douro Valley in the northern provinces where the world’s most even some of the most intrepid Americans have yet to visit exquisite and complex port wines are ‘fortified’ with brandy for taste, Portugal—and its captivating coastal capital, Lisbon. bottled, aged, uncorked and enjoyed. Another nearby destination That’s changing. Today, seduced by its ancient, untrammeled for discriminating lovers of sweet wines, Madeira, is a quick beauty, flavor-infused foods, world class wines, sunny skies connecting flight away. and bargain prices, Americas are flocking to a country LISBON UNVEILED the size of Maine. Visitors from the U.S. have been "...Lisbon is very growing 30% annually for the last few years. As a first timer, Lisbon enchanted me.The city is Yet Portugal never feels crowded, cluttered or a little like San Francisco, hilly, with bridges, European with narrow, tourist infested. nearly surrounded by water, its sidestreets lined crooked, cobblestone paths with stylish shops, bistros and bars filled with GETTING THERE and alleys that lead nowhere welcoming locals who probably never cook at From Tampa-St. Pete airport, it’s an easy trip. home. Lisbon, no surprise, is very European with that beckon your inner narrow, A short JetBlue hop to Miami International and a crooked, cobblestone paths and alleys that lead nowhere and with storefronts and inner fast connection to a TAP Air Portugal nonstop to Magellan..." sanctums that beckon to your inner Magellan or Da Lisbon. Unlike many foreign flag carriers, the minute Gama and challenges your navigational skills. you step aboard the widebody Airbus A-330, with its surprisingly inexpensive coach, premium economy and roomy executive class seating, you immerse instantly into the Portuguese DINE, DRINK & SHOP For example, I love historical bars that are honeycombed with culture. I found in-flight service caring, responsive and polite. The flight from Florida is an overnighter, arriving at 5 am when storied adventures of cocktails past and their imbibers and their the airport is virtually empty and customs/immigration clearance, bartenders. Fellow local imbibers implored me to visit the quirky was swift. Lisbon is known as the easiest gateway from the U.S. into legendary Chinese Pavilion and swore on their sainted mothers’ soul Europe. Here’s an insider tip: TAP has a free stopover scheme where it wasn’t some chop suey palace that poured Shanghai beer. I finally you can spend five days in Lisbon and continue on one of 62 other found the block where it was supposedly located, R Dom Pedro V89, but couldn’t find the front door. The sign was obscured. There was TAP flights anywhere else in Europe, Russia or Africa. However, most Floridians on my flight wanted to explore Portugal, nothing Chinese about it.



by Chris Barnett holy grail. I had lunch in a lovely restaurant where virtually the entire menu was cod, everything except the dessert. The Portuguese, passionate about preserving their heritage, do not bend to trends. “Theirs is no Portuguese fast food—no pizza, no hamburger,” said Thomas, a waiter at a popular dining hangout, Can The Can. “For us, it’s seafood and wine in all variations. The food scene is vibrant, influenced by the immigrants of former African colonies to Arabian and Iberian cuisines. Carnivores aren’t shortchanged. Sirloin, sometimes topped with a slice of cured ham, pork belly or a cooked egg, is a delicious diversion.

At 6 pm sharp, a tall, wall aged wooden door creaked open and inside was a musty 19th century former grocery store with high ceilings, a warren of rooms, a few stools at a bar and toys from the first and second world war, hanging and sitting everywhere. It was a time machine, a hideout for patrons of the libational arts. Handsome barmen with engaging personalities were at my service. “I am Apolinio, the finest bartender in all of Lisbon,” roared a silver haired gent. “And this is Pedro, the worst barman in tall of Portugal. Pray that he doesn’t make your drink. Now what would you like?” I liked the refreshing gin and tonic that Apolinio skillfully mixed for me for US$11 but it somehow seemed more exciting when I discovered that former British prime minister Tony Blair and Russian president Vladimir Putin bellied up to the very same spot in the bar, separately not together, years earlier, flanked, no doubt by their bodyguards. I drank solo but quickly made friends with a handful of in-the-know locals and fellow travelers. I found the Portuguese to be initially reserved but they thaw quickly if your questions show genuine interest. Unlike neighboring Italians and Spaniards, they are not dramatic, emotional souls. Lisbon is a delightfully walkable city, safe, clean but filled with Ubers, taxis and hop on, hop off streetcars. English is spoken almost everywhere. The small central city of just 600,000 mixes whimsy with its antiquities. For instance, the lowly sardine is virtually worshipped in Lisbon, dating back to 1195 when patron saints sermonized fishes. There are sardine shops piled high with designer tins of the tiny critters and they are on almost every menu, eaten any time of day. Flags and mobiles fly honoring the sardine. A colorful, packed tin is a cherished souvenir. It’s the American hot dog of Portugal. Indeed, food and dining and conversation are national pastimes in Lisbon. Leisure is savored. For some unexplainable reason, stress is neither visible nor felt nor communicated. It must largely sunny climes and the serenity of the everpresent sea. Outdoor cafes and coffee and many serve up what seems to be the national drink yearround—white port wine and tonic. Portugal’s unofficial libation is Ginjinha, a thick, sweet liqueur made from sour cherries and sipped from a chocolate shot glass. And if the sardine is lionized, cod is the

NAVIGATING PORTUGAL Atop your ‘don’t miss’ list is the Sao Jorge Castle, a majestic Moorish fortified citadel sitting high above central Lisbon, built in the 11th century, partially destroyed and restored several times. (Lisbon is sprinkled with live archeological digs for latter day explorers). Celebrating its past is the 171 ft. high Monument to Discoveries shaped like a ship’s prow, located on the Tagus River shoreline. Lisbon is filled with museums that cover the cultural waterfront. Some are quirky such as the Museu da Farmacia, a pharmacy museum, the Museum Nactional dos Coches, touted as housing the world’s largest collection of horse-drawn carriages and coaches. A must-see is the new Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology which itself is an architectural thrill. Nactional de Arte Antiga, Portugal’s fine art gallery, is a wonder for wanderers. For me, the Museu do Ar or Air Museum of Portugal in nearby Sintra was the most riveting where thE “dream of flight” started with a winged suit donned by a doctor in 1540. He crashed. But the collection of commercial and military aircraft is nostalgic and uplifting. Lisbon has its share of luxury hotels at four-star prices including the Hotel Britania, Eurostars Das Letras, Intercontinental and the Corinthia. But I found the Dom Pedro Lisboa, a four-and-half-star jewel, to be virtually perfect for under $150 a night. And that included a not quite but close Las Vegas style breakfast buffet. Rooms are spacious, staff is gracious, Internet is fast and the location is central. Guests are mostly Europeans, on holiday or doing business, and mercifully, no conventioneers.  Photos courtesy of Portugal Tourism Bureau.


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roovy tunes rock Tampa Bay. Don’t miss the Gasparilla Music Festival (March 10-11) and the Tampa Bay Blues Festival (April 6-8) featuring Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton

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COMEDY Got an itch to do stand-up? Check out local open mic nights including The Iberian Rooster and Ruby’s Elixir. Take an improv class at the American Stage, Catch a show at Coconuts Comedy Club @ MJ’s (St. Pete Beach), SideSplitter’s Comedy Club (Tampa) or Snapper’s Grill & Comedy Club (Palm Harbor) Improv Comedy Theater Open mic night Wednesday 8:45 3/9-10 Margaret Cho 3/11 Tony Goud 3/14 Cody Woods 3/16-17 Jay Mohr 3/18 Eric Olson 3/22 Brendan Shaub 3/23-25 Lavell Crawford 3/29-31 Aries Spears 4/12-15 Ben Roys LIVE MUSIC Downtown St. Pete: On Sunday, The Independent features jazz @ 1 pm (with luck, James Suggs) and Delmar Gastropub has the talented Jim Geffen. For blues, Ringside Café and The Hideaway Café are two dR favorites, as are Green Bench Brewing and 3 Daughters, always hopping with live music on weekends Bay & Beaches: The tiki bars rock this time of year, especially Harry’s Beach Bar, Bongo’s, Jimmy B’s, Ka’Tiki Sunset Beach, Ricky T’s and on the Gandy, The Getaway. Jannus 3/10 Sabaton, Kreator 3/ 22 Get The Led Out 3/ 23 Badfish - A Tribute To Sublime


Dashboard Confessional NBA YoungBoy Fortunate Youth, Ballyhoo!, TATANKA Broken Social Scene The Revivalists Descendants The Wailers Sweetwater Fest Nightwish Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Old Crow Medicine Show Kommunity Rise Up WMNF Us Festival

Hideaway Café 3/10 Kaleigh Baker 3/17 Vicki Genfan 3/23 Scott Kirby 3/24 The Hummingbirds 3/30 Mudbone 3/31 WAHH CD Release Party 4/17 Glen Phillips 4/22 Hideaway 9 Year Anniversary Party 4/28 Sarah Peacock The Ale & The Witch Enjoy Witchgrass Wednesdays weekly. 3/10 Harlis Sweetwater Band 3/13 Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds Series 3/14 Witchgrass Wednesday 3/16 Damon Fowler Group 3/18 Betty Fox Band 3/20 Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds Series 3/23 The Woodwork 3/24 The Florida Mountain Boys 3/25 Someday Honey 3/27 Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds 3/30 Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones 3/31 Chris Sgmatto student & Jeff Jensen Band 4/1 Betty Fox Band 4/3 Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds 4/4 Witchgrass Wednesday 4/6 Chris Beard with horn section (Tampa Bay Blues Festival after party) 4/7 Janiva Magness (Tampa bay Blues Festival after party) 4/8 Ajeva 4/10 Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds Series 4/13 The Prestage Brothers 4/14 Circus No. 9 4/15 Betty Fox Band 4/17 Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds Series 4/20 In Business (7 piece touring band from New Orleans) 4/21 The Florida Mountain Boys and Have Gun Will Travel

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Someday Honey Meg Shannon’s Songs and Suds Trailside Phantoms Betty Fox Band Ella Jet and Future Soul The Hot Rod Hornets Betty Fox Band Hymn for Her The Florida Mountain Boys and The Stevie Nicks Experience JP Soar and the Red Hots Uncle John’s Band Betty Fox Band

Ruby’s Elixir 3/1 Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio 3/4 Family Funk Jam 3/5 Shawn Brown 3/6 Noel Rochford Jungle Jam 3/7 Josh Lamkin Blues Band 3/8 Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio 3/11 Family Funk Jam 3/12 Shawn Brown 3/13 Noel Rochford Jungle Jam 3/14 Josh Lamkin Blues Band 3/15 Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio 3/18 Family Funk Jam 3/19 Shawn Brown 3/20 Noel Rochford Jungle Jam 3/21 Josh Lamkin Blues Band 3/22 Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio 3/25 Family Funk Band 3/26 Shawn Brown 3/27 Noel Rochford Jungle Jam 3/28 Josh Lamkin Blues Band 3/29 Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio 4/1 Family Funk Band 4/2 Shawn Brown 4/3 Noel Rochford Jungle Jam 4/4 Josh Lamkin 4/5 Hiram Hazley + Le Jazz Trio 4/8 Family Funk Band 4/9 Shawn Brown

dR Nightlife TAMPA On weekends, Eddie V’s is the place to be for jazz and the upscale crowd. At Jackson’s Bistro, there’s live music on Saturday. Skippers Smokehouse 3/10 John Kadlecik Band 3/11 Old School Sunday w/ Dukes of Juke and Blue Dice 3/16 Holey Miss Moley with Future Vintage 3/17 Coo Coo Ca Choo with The Lint Rollers 3/18 Alter Eagles, CSNY Tribute and Ventura Highway 3/23 The Company Stores with Shane Meade and the Sound 3/25 Southern Rumble, Dirty Soul Revival & Comin' 3/27 Eric Lindell & The Grand Nationals 3/30 Tinsley Ellis with 8 Ball Aitken 3/31 Reggae Legends Concert 4/21 Walter Trout with RJ Howson

The Palladium 3/17 Uncle John’s Band, Music of the Grateful Dead 3/25 Hotel California: Tribute to the Eagles 3/26 Guthrie Brothers: Music of Simon & Garfunkel 3/28 Palladium Chamber Players with Cellist Julian Schwarz: Bach, Brahms 3/30 Nate Najar’s Boss Nova All Stars: Chuck Redd, Harry Allen, Maucha Adnet Jobim, Gilberto, Getz & Byrd 4/2 Phil Dirt & The Dozers 4/5 Tampa Bay Blues Fest Kickoff: John Nemeth & His Big Band 4/8 Sarah Vaughn Tribute 4/13 Suzanne Westenhoefer: iRESISTable Comedy 4/15 The Florida Bjorkestra: Music of Madonna & George Michael 4/20 Listening Room Festival Finale 4/25 Palladium Chamber Players with Double Bassist Andrew Chilcote 4/27 Selwyn Birchwood 4/29 The Royal Guardsmen 50th Anniversary Celebration 5/1 Tampa Bay Symphony: Dvorak, Schumann, Brahms, Sibelius 5/4 James & James

Palladium Chamber Players Present the Mile-End Trio: Violinist Jeffrey Multer, Pianist Marika Bournaki, Cellist Julian Schwarz 6/1 St. Petersburg Opera: Verdi’s La Traviata 6/29-7/8 St. Petersburg Opera: Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man 5/9

St. Patrick’s Day On March 17th, Four Green Fields will showcase the Brayzen Heads @ Curtis Hixon Park. With locations in downtown St. Pete and Tampa, MacDinton’s is ground zero for St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. They also own Caddy’s in Sunset Beach and downtown and The Pub. All feature live music on a regular basis. Launch your inner leprauchan at Courigan’s Irish Pub (DTSP), Finley’s Irish Pub (Largo), Flanagan’s Irish Pub (Dunedin), O’Keefe’s (Clearwater) and Mickey Quinn’s Pub (Seminole). In Tampa, find your pot of gold at Irish 31, Paddy Wagon’s Irish Pub, Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, Maloney’s Local Irish PubG


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Heels to Heal Fundraiser: Hosted by Rina and Payal Patel, the “Brunch & Bubbly in Style Fashion Show,' guests enjoyed poolside refreshments and a poolside fashion show with clothes and accesories from Uniquely Yours , Megan from Pippa Pelure, Naracamicie, & Shola Shoe Design & Kendra Scott. Among those attending the elegant event were Kruty Patel, Dr. Payal Patel, Dr. Pallavi K. Patel, Ragini Patel, Simul Patel, Kalpana Patel, Dr. Aarti Mathur and Partita Patel. The fundraiser helped raise money and shed light on the mental health issues around domestic and mental abuse as well as support survivors in H2H’s Therapy Resource Program. Photos by Barry Lively

RCS - Blue Jean Ball: The 8th Annual Blue Jean Ball raised over $75,000 in support of the RCS mission to provide Help & Hope for the hungry, homeless, and domestic violence survivors. The night included Cubanthemed food made by the Blue Jean Ball committee, music from Pirate Flag Band and a silent auction. Seen here: RCS President and CEO Kirk Ray Smith, presenting sponsor David Siracusa of Siracusa Staffing & Leasing, and Rommy and Chris McDonald don denim and smiles while rallying to raise funds.

Children Across Borders (CAB): The 2018 CAB Cricket Cup, hosted by CAB founders Vivek and Sharmila Seth (seen here with children from the 1Voice Foundation) at George M. Steinbrenner Field was an afternoon of cricket and family fun for the non-profit’s supporters and beneficiary organizations. Patrons enjoyed gourmet British/Indian cuisine and specialty cocktails, the tables adorned by vintage teapoits brimming with orange and green flowers.


dR Party Winter on the Beach: Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s (CMA) 6th annual signature dinner and auction was held at the Sandpearl Resort in February. CMA honored community leader and philanthropist, Mrs. Ruth P. Stone with the Frank Chivas Positive Impact Award. This fundraising event benefits CMA’s core mission: the care of resident and rehabilitating marine animals. 1. Board Member Linda and Bob Keliher 2. Honoree Ruth P. Stone and CDO Kelly Jordan 3. Elif and Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald Photo by Barry Lively.



3 Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation: The 2018 annual meeting celebrated the Foundation’s family of donors. 1. Kurt V. Erickson, MD, Barry B. Kraus, MD, Gregory W. Smith, DO, and Stephen I. Haire, MD were honored with Distinguished Physician Leadership Awards for their unparalleled excellence in clinical practice, leadership and outstanding service to the hospitals and community. 2. Dr. Paul & Liz Phillips were presented with the Golden Flame Philanthropy Award, the highest honor given by the Foundation.

1 Charity Polo Classic: The 7th annual Charity Polo Classic sponsored by the Morgan Auto Group was a huge success, raising money for the Children’s Cancer Center, Ryan Nece Foundation, Clothes to Kids and Morgan Auto Group’s Helping Hand Fund. Among those enjoying bubbly and bites and sporting Kentucky Derby-style chapeaux were, Doris Lively and Julie Weintraub. Photo by Barry Lively



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The Muse Awards: The Arts Alliance’s MUSE 2018 pARTy featured smashing food, bold dance, worldly music and vogue performances and raised $25,000, with proceeds benefiting artists, arts businesses, and arts & cultural organizations. Congrats to Charlie Parker, Visual Arts Award; Mark Sforzini, Performance Arts Award; Paul Wilborn and Eugenie Bondurant, Arts Ambassador Award; Sylvia Rusche, Parton of the Arts Award; Shelia Crowley, Literary Arts Award who all received lovely glass award bowls by Duncan McClellan. 1. Eugenie Bondurant and Paul Wilborn 2. Sheila Crowley and John Collins


St. Paul’s-Clearwater's Independent School Annual Auction: A smashing success, raising more than $200,000, chaired by Christine Ruppel and Molly duPont Schaffer. More than 200 parents, faculty and community supporters of the school enjoyed hand-rolled cigars, delectable food, live entertainment and more. Guests bid on silent and live auction items including “be head of school for a day” and Adirondack chairs hand-painted by each grade. 1. Cris and Diana Crisler 2. Ami Degala and Seema Patel 3. Misty and Scott Roberton



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3 Wine Weekend: Viva La France was the theme of the luminous Wine Weekend chaired by 2. Patricia Rossignol (with Jean-Francois) benefiting the Museum of Fine Arts raising more than $750,000. Friday’s costume ball, the Dolce & Gabbana pop-up shop, Saturday’s tented auction and after-party disco dance and Sunday’s brunch drew hundreds of revelers. Emcee Russell Rhodes was everywhere. 1. dRPublisher Thomas L. duPont and fellow auctioneers Jeffrey Burchard and Elizabeth S. Flower worked tirelessly, in between mingling with Saturday’s sleek crowd, Louis Latour’s Bernard Retornaz, 3. MFA Director Kristen Shepherd, (right) and others. Photos by Valerie Bogle



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WEDU “BE MORE AWARDS” EDU PBS has been Tampa Bay’s primary Public TV station since 1958. Their commitment to quality educational and entertaining programming is unmatched. Financially supported by the community, WEDU offers a wealth of award-winning multi-media platforms including television programming,, various social media platforms, a monthly member magazine, educational outreach and selected special events. One such event is the WEDU “Be More Awards”. This special luncheon celebration invites the entire philanthropic and charitable community to nominate various causes and events to receive recognition as contributors to our community. In short, how to “Be More” to the community in the most effective, positive and meaningful way. This past February, the awards luncheon was held at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center and the results were astonishing. The judges had the tough job. They had to choose the winner in 14 categories. Well, all of the nominees were actually winners because of all of the plans, programs, and people helping so many residents of our community that just plain need help … from a friend … who gives freely of the time, physical and financial resources to help those less fortunate. Want to know why we live in a great American community? WEDU and all of the “Be More” award sponsors and award winners are one very big, real and thoughtful reason.


youngest members of society. WEDU prides itself on its position in the Tampa Bay community as a leader, partner, informed citizen and a member of PBS, the most trusted institution in America. There is not enough space to fully explore the programming benefits of WEDU. From PBS national content to informative local programming, to features on our Veterans, to educational programming and services, to lifelong learning and more, WEDU is an integral part of the Greater Tampa Bay area. Hat’s off to all of the employees, volunteers and partners making our community a better place to live, work and play.

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WEDU’s focus on the local community has resulted in the station being regarded as a beacon of trust for men, women and children of every walk of life no matter their age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. WEDU is a treasured community resource; a window to the world for the homebound and a vital educational source for the


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