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IN THIS ISSUE 12 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Womens Fashion
Autos, Vespas and Collectibles
Introducing 210 Brightwaters Blvd NE
Magnificent Holiday Decor and Centerpieces by Janan Talafer Tampa Bay’s Best Dressed Holiday Lights by Katherine Ferrara
New Year New You by Susan B. Barnes
A Beautiful New You by Nanette Wiser
Driving Way Off-Road at the Land Rover Experience by Michael Taylor
68 WINE GUIDE
Let’s Celebrate...Holiday Bubbles and Beyond! by Karen Aungst
Making Merry - Handcrafted Holiday Cocktails by Nanette Wiser
Create and Thrive Thru Artwalk by Catherine Mitseas
Cover Photos: Flower arrangement by The Potting Shed - photo courtesy of Manuel O. Obordo Vincent Jackson photo courtsey of Brian James, Brian James Gallery
74 CULINARY MASTERS
A New Road - Meet On Swann’s Owner and Executive Chef Christopher Ponte by Melinda Tam Orlando
Goody Goody by Mary Lou Janson
80 LUXURY LIFESTYLE DIRECTORY
82 dR PARTY 84 EVENT CALENDAR 88 BACK PAGE
Jackson in Action 83 Foundation by Mary Lou Janson
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November/December 2016 Dear Readers, As we start the holiday season, life seems to accelerate. Balancing events of the season with family gatherings, and holiday gift buying can be a great task in itself. In this issue, we invite you to enjoy holiday traditions, both old and new. For the Holiday Road Trip, we have compiled a list of Tampa Bay’s Best Dressed Outdoor Holiday Light displays that can be enjoyed by all ages. Our annual dR Holiday Gift Guide has all kinds of great gift ideas for that special person in your life. Holidays seem to be wrapped around our home and family table. Why not make sure your table center pieces and holiday décor make a statement. Our dR Home Magnificent Holiday Décor and Centerpieces display holiday themes with traditional colors and the use of local greenery. And a special thanks to the Potting Shed for our fabulous and festive holiday arrangement featured on our cover. The Potting Shed has been a central part of all of Tampa Bay’s most beautifully decorated celebrations since 1975. Located at 4127 S. MacDill Avenue in Tampa, they deliver almost anywhere for almost any occasion. Need that extra special touch? Call Sharon Smith at 813-8311969. Tell her I sent you, and thanks to Sharon for making our Holiday Issue even more special. For those hosting the holiday festivities, let dR Spirits lead the way with unique recipes for handcrafted holiday cocktails. Or, let us suggest a special champagne that will help you celebrate the occasion.
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If you are looking for adventure this holiday, dR Auto features the Land Rover Experience Driving School which provides participants with jawdropping opportunities to see just how incredibly capable Sport Utility Vehicles have become. The vast majority of all Sport Utility Vehicles are never tested to anywhere near their true off-roading capabilities. And, last but not least, let us not leave out “The Gift of Giving”. Our hero, role model and community leader featured in our BACK PAGE article is Vincent Jackson, #83 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His “Jackson In Action 83 Foundation” (website: www. jacksoninaction83.org) is dedicated to “provide support for military families focusing on the educational, emotional, and physical health of children.” We focus our BACK PAGE article on Vincent because he is personally involved in giving to others. Growing up in a military family, Vincent is intimately connected with the strengths and challenges that face our armed services families. We congratulate him on his efforts and ask all of you to follow his “Gift of Giving” example. Many of us here in the Tampa Bay area are blessed, and I ask that you share your blessings with someone in need. Here at duPont REGISTRYTM , we participate in the Marine Corp Toys for Tots Campaign in hopes that we can create some smiles for children in our area whose holidays might have been a little bit empty. Join us, and Vincent Jackson, in the tradition of “The Gift of Giving”. Enjoy!
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HOLIDAY Theseus Grand Peacock Figurine, $6,500 The beauty of the rare white peacock becomes mesmerizing when rendered in shades of white, cream, and honey enamel, accented with sparkling opal, light topaz, and silk-hued hand-set crystals. Each feather is adorned with large white semiprecious agate stones. Limited edition of 300. The Silver Queen | www.silverqueen.com
Elegance in Tri-Color Gold Bangle, $18,999 5.35 carat total weight Round Brilliant diamonds in Tri-Color (yellow, white and rose gold) 6 row bypass hinge style. Gold & Diamond Source | www.goldanddiamond.com
Tiffany Prism, $25,000 Ring in 18k rose gold with a cultured South Sea white pearl and pink sapphires, ring in platinum with a cultured Tahitian pearl and blue sapphires, from the Tiffany 2016 Masterpieces Collection Tiffany & Co. | www.tiffany.com San Benito Silver Magdalena Necklace, $288 This VSA Designs San Benito Silver Magdalena Necklace features beautiful white pearls and clear Swarovski crystals with a San Benito medallion. Paris Isabella | www.parisisabella.com 12
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Roberto Coin Rock and Diamond Slim 18K Rose Gold Bangle, $19,500 1.49 tdcw. 18-karat rose gold. Pyramid studs trim outer edges. PavĂŠ white diamonds. 3.63 total diamond carat weight. Made in Italy. Neiman Marcus | neimanmarcus.com
Valentino, My Rockstud Medium Animalia Embroidered Leather Satchel Bag, $3,745 Valentino "My Rockstud" medium satchel bag in calf leather with Rockstud detail. Features Animalia embroidery throughout; golden hardware. Removable shoulder strap. Flap top with latch closure. Approx. 9.8"H x 11.8"W x 4.6"D. Neiman Marcus | www.neimanmarcus.com
Oliver Peoples Vintage Eyewear, $340 Since 1985. Handmade in Italy. Belleair Opticians | www.belleairopticians.com Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Crystal-Buckle Velvet, $965 Manolo Blahnik velvet pump in blue. 2.8" covered heel. Crystal buckle detail. Topstitched collar. Made in Italy. Neiman Marcus | www.neimanmarcus.com
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HOLIDAY STEFANO RICCI Desert Boots Suede with exclusive SR matted crocodile details Price available upon request. | www.stefanoricci.com
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Corum Golden Bridge Round, $41,700 For more than 35 years, Corum's Golden Bridge has both fascinated and seduced. For the first time in its accomplished history, this emblematic piece is unveiled with a round case 43 mm in diameter. Integrating cutting edge micromechanics and monumental architecture, its baguette movement is an extraordinary interpretation of a symbolic bridge, modeled after San Francisco's infamous Golden Gate Bridge. www.corum.com
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE STEFANO RICCI Eight Cologne Eight for the eighth fragrance, a number rich in symbolism, recalling the iconic SR octagon. The main accord of this exclusive new fragrance takes inspiration from the bergamot, the famed Italian citrus, with a balanced blend of cardamom, mandarin and black currant top notes, whilst lavender and sandalwood satisfyingly complete the narration. The crystal bottle is protected in a tailored plexiglass casing, enhanced by the fragrance’s emerald green colour. Price available upon request. | www.stefanoricci.com
Tutima Patria Dual Time, $19,500 Glashütte down to the smallest detail. Elegant gold watches made with superior manufacturing skills, have a centuries-old tradition in Germany. After Glashütte’s new rise, the watchmakers and their fine watches were able to attain a world-renowned reputation once again. With the Patria Dual Time, we keep Glashütte’s deep-rooted horological tradition alive: the watch must be noble, beautiful, and precise. | www.Tutima.com
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Tuff Writer, $95-$215 The Tuff Writer Precision Press line of pens are quite possibly the finest machined pens made and sure to draw envy in the boardroom. Using the in-house 416SS advancing mechanism and pressurized ink cartridge these stunning pieces are available in various ballistic precious metals including mil-spec anodized aluminum, aged brass, copper or titanium. As always with Tuff Writer, these are crafted in the USA and built to last a lifetime. | www.tuffwriter.com www.duPontREGISTRYtampabay.com
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Kairos Ultra-Modern Luxury Safe, Pricing begins at $8,000 Maximum security converges with ultimate sophistication in the new Kairos luxury safe from Casoro. The interior boasts carbon fiber and anodized aluminum with beautiful polished custom handles. Soft close drawers and LED downlights enhance the elegance of these custom configurations. Available in multiple sizes with residential or commercial security. Kairos, the opportune moment for decisive action. www.casorojewelrysafes.com
Maxine Snider Inc., City Bench The City Bench is a double-duty piece that also knows how to be a table. Supported by slender stainless steel or bronze legs, the generous upper shelf is upholstered with buttonless biscuit tufting and a pair of discreet bolsters for a comfortable perch. A second shelf is ready for a book or two, a box of photos, or a pair of shoes. 75W X 19.5D X 19.5H Price available upon request. | www.maxinesniderinc.com
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Maxine Snider Inc., Varenne Writing Table The Varenne Writing Table is gracefully proportioned and luxuriously detailed. Clad in book-matched veneers, it is inspired by the French escritoire, or writing box, characterized by interior compartments or drawers and a "fall front" desktop. Reinterpreting this classic form, the Varenne Writing Table is meticulously outfitted in the interior with nine lacquered drawers, faux ivory pulls, and a locking leather desktop. 38.5W X 17.5-32.25D X 41.75H Price available upon request. | www.maxinesniderinc.com
Just Grillin Summer Classics Croquet Teak Sofa, $4,899 Crafted from the finest teak, the Croquet sofa is a beautiful work of art transformed into outdoor furniture. It features tapered back legs and mortise and tenon construction. | www.justgrillinflorida.com
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HOLIDAY Vespa Motor Scooter, Starting at $4,995 The Vespa motor scooter is the perfect blend of passion and practicality. For over 70 years, Vespa has been an international icon of Italian function and style. In the fifties, the world fell in love with Vespa in Roman Holiday. Vespa of Tampa Bay | www.vespaoftampa.com
The S 408 from Pursuit, $740,000 Beckons big-game fishermen and families alike. A true center console footprint with the added benefit of Pursuitâ€™s Sport line of amenities makes the choice of moving up to a 40-foot Pursuit easy and rewarding. A stout helm, rugged hardtop, large cabin space and tremendous seating choices around the cockpit mark the S 408 a leader in her category. More comfort means more passengers and when it comes to delivering the largest new Pursuit to date, consumers will not be disappointed to share the experience with family and friends. Quality Boats of Tampa | www.qualityboatsales.com
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The gracious Grandes of North Sand Key Beach present this 9th ﬂoor Mirasol ﬂoor plan encompassing far sweeping Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Pass, Pier 60, Caladesi Island and Clearwater Harbor views….. GrandeMirasol.com
Timelessly enhanced with stone ﬂooring, bespoke master carpenters cabinetry, superior appliances inclusive of Sub-Zero and Bosch, a subtle paint palee, customized closets, luxuriously understated les, ﬁxtures and texles. A rare private garage and an addional under building parking space conveys with this condo home. Offered at $1,495,000
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The meculous Meridian on North Sand Key Beach oﬀers us this direct Gulf front “D” ﬂoor plan w/ 3 bedrooms….. TheMeridianD.com
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Protected Gulf & Sunset exposures from this 5,000+ square foot North Clearwater Beach home encompassing 5 bedrooms within the much regarded Carlouel enclave….. 1015Eldorado.com
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Sandpearl A…..You Give Me Fever The most inspired and legendary 3 bedroom ﬂoor plan on the West Coast of Florida awaits within The Sandpearl Residences….. SandpearlA.com
Beach home elevaon views of the Gulf, yearlong sunsets, Pier 60, the Sand Key Crescent and the far Southwest sweep from 2,605 exceponally well appointed square feet. Reﬁned in natural tones with hand craed cabinetry, millwork, wainscong and ﬂooring. Offered at $2,295,000
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The view consummate Meridian “B” with spanning Gulf of Mexico, sunset and shoreline vistas from every room… TheMeridianonSandKey.com
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An exceponal highline contemporary Penthouse within the Windsong Tower of the Mediterranean inspired Belle Harbor on North Clearwater Beach….. BelleHarborPenthouse.com
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INTRODUCING 210 BRIGHTWATERS BLVD NE St. Petersburg, Florida
Revisit an era when pride of craftsmanship and architectural design were respected and valued; so much so that the original owners of 210 Brightwaters Blvd in St. Petersburg, on desirable Snell Isle, commissioned Russell Pancoast, an internationally renowned architect, to design the home. Pancoast’s vision and insight have withstood the test of time and the exceptional design and character of this home make it as desirable today as it was in 1938 with its focus on light, airiness and exceptional architectural details. The masterful renovation has retained Pancoast’s vision while giving the home all the modern conveniences for today’s busy life style. The home offers fabulous views of Coffee Pot Bayou as well as a deep water dock making access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico ideal for any size vessel while the curved dining room with walls of windows will make your guest feel as if they are dining in an observatory overlooking the homes private, expansive pool surrounded by mature beautifully manicured gardens. The impressive formal living room is graced with a fireplace, a cathedral cove ceiling accented with wooden beams, polished marble floors and water views of Coffee Pot Bayou. Often, elegance and style is lost with today’s need for space, but this desirable 4 bedroom layout also boasts a large office, a family room with custom mill-work and an inviting fireplace, a light and bright Florida room and a impressive wine cellar. The two master suites; one on the main level and another newly renovated master suite on the second level with a private waterfront balcony, offers walk in closets and luxurious bath featuring marble counters, white cabinetry and a separate tub and shower. A newly added 2 car garage, complete this must have home that is ideally situated on an estate size waterfront lot (100X139) within walking distance to the cultural mecca of downtown St Petersburg and minutes to award winning beaches making this a property that offers it all! Offered at $1,995,000 GG
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CONTEMPORARY WATERFRONT IN PASADENA YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB
Built in 2010, this elegant 5 bedroom, 4 and a half bath home with 5,078 SF of living space offers an elevator, hurricane windows a 3 car garage and 105 ft. of waterfront with open water views. Offered for $2,925,000
MODERN WATERFRONT MASTERPIECE IN TIERRA VERDE
Spectacular waterfront pool home! 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath and a 5+ car garage having 4,350 SF of living space. Offered for $1,599,000
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Offering 10,000+ heated SF with more than 18,000 under roof with a 12 car garage! Offered for $4,999,000
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Contemporary Elegance! 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 5,200 SF waterfront home! Unique custom details throughout; wide plank African Iroko "Antico" hardwood flooring. One-of-a-kind home ideally situated on a large lot. Offered for $1,750,000
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Amazing renovated and architecturally redesigned home sits on 3/4 acre lot. 5 bedroom, 6 bath, 4,500 SF of living space. Offered for $3,000,000
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Inspiring 5378 heated sqft, 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath Colonial Beachfront Residence rests on an uncommonly wide 90 feet of beachfront! Brilliant Gulf views, towering 20ft ceilings, remarkable floor-to-ceiling cast stone fireplace, dedicated master level, huge garage, 4-stop elevator & luxury finishes throughout. Offered for $3,850,000.
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This brilliant, luxurious residence delivers spectacular and rare open water views of the Gulf of Mexico and intercostal waterway from virtually every room! Magnificent 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath, 9124 total sqft home features beautiful marble floors, elegant stone handrails/balusters superb exterior/interior columns and trim work. Striking pool & spa, composite dock, 13k boat lift. Offered for $2,950,000.
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 $2,950,000.
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This stunning 5 bedroom, 5 bath contemporary home, built in 2003 with concrete block construction throughout requires no flood insurance and offers privacy and peaceful water views, boat dock with 2 lifts, pool and spa. Walls of sliding doors open to the spacious walk out balconies from the living areas. Second floor master suite with spacious dual sink bathroom, 2 walk in closets and private balcony. Situated on a natural Bluff, no flood insurance. www.108HarborViewLane.com Offered at $3,349,000
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BY JANAN TALAFER Sparkling accents, twinkling lights, fragrant candles and lots of greenery help set the scene for the holidays, creating that special magic that makes the home feel so festive and inviting. Traditions and ritual help create meaning in our lives, and Christmas is the best time of year to indulge.
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Whether you enjoy taking charge of the holiday decorating yourself, or prefer to leave the creativity to the experts, don’t overlook the showstopping power of a beautifully designed holiday centerpiece for your dining room table or sideboard and for the main entryway to your home. Eclectic Elegance Sharon Smith of The Potting Shed enjoys creating an elegant, eclectic design that blends dry and fresh elements for an interesting look. She starts with a beautiful container, preferably something that a client brings in, such as a silver antique piece. Then she begins building the design using green and white as the primary colors, with accents of red using berries and roses. “We like to use the largest oriental white lilies we can find, mixed with Dendrobium orchids, huge open roses and green cymbidium orchids for a pop of color, especially the ones with the cabernet throats,” says Smith. “We’ll add to that with branches, pods, Florida cedar and magnolia leaves, both dried and fresh. Plus, some pine cones, perhaps painted silver.” Smith also loves using hydrangeas and peonies. Her signature design look is the English garden. Cheryl Pacheco at Carlson-Wildwood Florists discourages clients from having one large, tall arrangement in the middle of the table, which can block guests’ view and make conversation more difficult. Instead, she suggests stretching a low, horizontal row of evergreens, short candleholders and shiny ornaments down the whole length of a large table for a beautiful effect. She also recommends creating a delightful tiny centerpiece at each place setting, such as a clear, glass Christmas ornament filled with a single eyecatching flower and a sprig of greens. To keep the ornament from rolling and tipping over, place it inside a little nest make with evergreens or even stems of rosemary. Holiday Greenery a Must Pacheco says that for her, Christmas is not about flowers; it’s about the greens. “They are so fragrant and you just can’t have too many of them,” says Pacheco. In addition to using boughs from the traditional pine, cedar and other fir trees, she likes the southern trees found right in our backyard, such as the Magnolia, which has large glossy, dark green leaves, and the invasive Brazilian pepper with its bright red berries – a good substitute for holly. Pacheco also encourages clients to consider making a family heirloom part of their holiday decor. “If someone has a beautiful china or crystal bowl or other sentimental piece, we can turn it into an amazing centerpiece,” she says. “We can line the item for protection and then fill it with flowers and greenery, making it part of the tradition.” Continued on the next page.
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HOME Natural & Organic Darin Bahl of Tailored Twig has a well-deserved reputation for creating tablescapes and centerpieces that have an eclectic, natural and organic feel. To achieve that look for the holidays, he might incorporate berries, seedpods, chestnuts and cinnamon sticks into a festive garland of Magnolia leaves, with accents of pine and other evergreen boughs. To add color and texture, he’ll use Christmas ornaments and fabric bows, as well as the bright red berries of the Brazilian pepper, which he calls the Florida “mistletoe.” Lighting is another important consideration. “The holiday decorations might be beautiful, but without illumination you won’t get the full effect,” says Bahl. In addition to candles, Bahl recommends lanterns, which come in a variety of styles, from antique gold, platinum or brass too stained glass or even streamlined and contemporary.
As often as possible, he turns to local craftsman to design and create oneof-a-kind pieces to add to his floral designs. But he also attends the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market for inspiration. “The show is in January, so the hunt for the next Christmas season begins early, literally right after the last holiday season has ended. We start gathering everything over the summer, so by the fall we are ready to go.” While Bahl’s floral creations often have an exotic tropic look, during the holidays he likes to stay traditional. “Tropical colors and designs just don’t say Christmas for me. I find that most of my clients want to be traditional – they like wrapping their home up in the warm glow of the season.” GG
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It’s the most wondrous time of the year in Tampa Bay when the city comes to life with millions of twinkling lights and holiday décor. From the beaches to the magnificent homes that line Bayshore Boulevard, friends and neighbors are embracing the season in full color. Celebrate the holidays this year by visiting one of the many holiday events around our area. We’ve compiled a list of area events–whether you enjoy a lighted boat parade or relaxing to the sounds of the season choreographed to spectacular displays–to enjoy with friends, family, and your favorite treats. Photos courtesy of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
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BY KATHERINE FERRARA Holiday Light Displays - Commercial Decorating Elves, a landscape lighting service in St. Petersburg, has been decorating some of the area’s biggest and brightest commercial and residential outdoor landscape décor and light displays. You can see some of their illuminating displays at these locations this season. decoratingelves.com City of Seminole Rec Center, 9100 113th Street North, Seminole Homes along Brightwaters Blvd., St. Petersburg Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach Ibis Walk, 10400 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg Charles Rutenberg Realty, 1545 Belcher Road, Clearwater Multiple condos along Gulf Blvd. at Sand Key, Clearwater Sundial, 153 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Holiday Light Displays - Neighborhoods November 25-January 3, from 6-10 p.m. The Oakdale Christmas House, 2719 Oakdale Street South, St. Petersburg For 40 years, the Oakdale Christmas House has welcomed locals and visitors to enjoy its holiday displays. This stunning display has been named among the top 3 Christmas Light Displays in the country and featured in numerous media outlets. The artfully decorated holiday layout features more than 500,000 lights over a half acre, with four Christmas trees adorning the roof, a manger scene, life-sized animated animals and an 18-car railroad display. christmasdisplay.org December 1-31, 6-10 p.m. daily Lights of Lake Park, Largo Over three miles of Christmas lights and decorations adorn the Lake Park Estates neighborhood. This annual event supports the Suncoast Hospice Cart with over $675,000 raised since the event began in 1993. Pack your favorite snacks and hot chocolate for this drive-thru event that draws crowds from all over Tampa Bay. lightsoflakepark.com December 13, from 3-8 p.m. Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, St. Petersburg Enjoy a leisurely stroll (or trolley ride if you prefer) to view eight festively decorated homes along the brick-lined streets of the Historic Old Northeast. The tour starts at Westminster Palm View where visitors receive a map to tour the neighborhood. visitstpeteclearwater.com December 25-30, from 6-10 p.m. 11048 Streamside Dr., Tampa This drive-thru display showcases this North Tampa home’s love of the holidays. More than 55,000 LED Christmas lights are used in decorations and synchronized to holiday tunes playing on 88.3 FM radio. The dazzling displays include a 17-foot helicopter with Santa, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and other favorites. 813area.com Boat Parades December 2 at 6 p.m. Boat Parade and Winter Festival in the Park, St. Pete Beach Celebrate the season with a view on the water. There will be holiday music, hot chocolate, art projects for children and a visit from Santa to enjoy before
the boat parade. The viewing party starts at 6 p.m. in Horan Park. spbrec.com December 10 at 6 p.m. 30th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade, St. Petersburg This event, organized by the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, raises funds to benefit local charities. The Bruce Watters Jewelers Holiday Festival starts off the festivities at 5 p.m. with children’s activities, food, and live entertainment. The boat parade begins at 6 p.m. and travels from Bayboro along the Bayfront by the St. Petersburg Pier, the Vinoy Basin and back into Tampa Bay. stpeteboatparade.org December 10 at 6 p.m. Holiday Boat Parade & ROC Park Concert, Madeira Beach This event begins with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony before dozens of brightly colored boats light up the waterways. The route runs from John’s Pass Village on Madeira Beach to ROC Park. visitstpeteclearwater.com December 11 at 6 p.m. Holiday Boat Parade, Redington Beach and Indian Shores Bring a chair and blanket to watch the festively decorated boats float on the Intracoastal Waterway from the Tom Stuart Causeway to the "The Pub" restaurant in Indian Shores. visitstpeteclearwater.com December 11 at 6:20 p.m. Holiday Boat Parade, Treasure Island Billed as “Las Vegas on the Water,” Treasure Island's Lighted Boat Parade is a spectacle on the Gulf. The parade departs from The Club at Treasure Island and travels by the Causeway Bridge and John’s Pass. mytreasureisland.org December 17 at 6:30 p.m. Holiday Boat Parade, Indian Rocks Beach The boat parade cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway, beginning at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and winding through the "fingers" of Indian Rocks Beach. indian-rocks-beach.com December 18 at 6 p.m. Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade, Tampa This stunning display on the water features more than 150 paddlers and boaters! The parade begins at the Lowry Park boat ramp and runs along the river. Riverfront residents are encouraged to join in the festivities by decorating their docks. Holiday Parades December 3 at 10 a.m. 89th Annual Santa Parade, St. Petersburg The jolly old elf rides travels to St. Petersburg for the annual parade that has delighted generations. Bands and floats will travel from Central Ave. and 5th St. and travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. NE. stpeteparksrec.org/holiday-events Continued on the next page.
HOME December 3 from noon-4 p.m. 35th Annual Santa Fest and Christmas Parade, Tampa One of Tampa’s biggest holiday events kicks off with a holiday parade through downtown Tampa at 11 a.m. The route begins at Morgan Street to Ashley Drive and then to Cass Street. Curtis Hixson Park is transformed into a winter wonderland display to enjoy holiday games, activities, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. tampagov.net
Select nights from November 25-December 31 Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Busch Gardens is transformed into Christmas Town with more than one million twinkling lights and holiday shows. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, along with special guests this year: Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon, Cornelius and Bumble. Included in park admission. seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa
December 17 at 1 p.m. Holiday Parade, Safety Harbor Main Street in Safety Harbor celebrates the season with a parade of floats, classic cars, bands, and a visit from Santa. visitstpeteclearwater.com
December 1-6 p.m. Jingle Jangle Jam, Hilton St. Petersburg Carillion Parkway Snow is in the air at this 9th annual fundraising event that benefits children and families in our area. The event includes a holiday feast, seasonal martinis, and a silent auction. $200. eckerd.org.
Special Holiday Events November 18-20 from 9 a.m-5 p.m. Festival of Trees, Clearwater This signature holiday event features over 125 exquisitely adorned Christmas trees, wreaths, and decorations handcrafted by artists, businesses and community leaders. Visit Santa’s Children Village to make a holiday ornament and meet the Jolly Elf himself. Proceeds support The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. Admission $5; free for children under 10. http://thearctbfoundation.org/events/
December 2 from 6-9 p.m. Jingle Bell Rock, Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa This rocking holiday party is fun for all ages! The evening event includes photos with Santa, festive craft stations and VIP views to the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony outside. $10 premium/super premium members; $12 general admission. glazermuseum.org Learn more about the event by visiting the websites in each listing. Have a wonderfull holiday season! GG
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“We keep in close contact with our patients,” said Dr. Bidani. “After the procedure, (with the balloons) they feel full and notice that with the dietary and food coaching, they see significant weight loss. We’re making lifestyle modifications, and our patients not only are losing weight, but they’re keeping it off.” In the six months Dr. Bidani has been offering the ReShape procedure, he has seen his patients’ successes: his first patient lost 35 pounds in four months, while another went from a 46-inch waist to a 36-inch waist, and yet another dropped from a size 22W to 18 in just six weeks. To introduce Tampa Bay-area residents to ReShape, Dr. Bidani is offering complimentary office consultations through the end of the year, “to promote good health.” “Why not be lean for 2017,” he asks. GG
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A BEAUTIFUL NEW YOU More than 30 years in plastic surgery, Dr. Christian Drehsen is known for his unique aesthetic approach to giving his patients their ultimate dream of beauty. With an impeccable eye for symmetry and proportion, Dr. Drehsen's aesthetic instincts and artistic passion have allowed him to produce exquisite results for thousands of patients. The opening of the downtown St. Pete’s ZO Skin Centre® ( by Dr. Zein Obagi), Dr. Drehsen takes one step closer to ensuring his beautiful clients can enjoy and maintain rejuvenated skin. With elegant ZO Skin Centre® locations in SoCal (Newport Beach Fashion Island, Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach, San Gabriel, Pasadena), Dubai and Cairo this is the first franchise and the only East Coast location. Having been trained by Dr. Zein Obagi in Beverly Hills, Dr. Drehsen believes in the ZO® philosophy to create and maintain healthy skin for life – for all patients. All services are inspired by the ZO® Skin Health Circle™, which takes into account Prevention, Therapy, Daily Skincare and Maintenance, with products that are formulated and developed to do just that.
A Marriage Made In Science and Aesthetics Dr. Obagi and Drehsen share a passion for skin health and want to help people look younger indefinitely. Both believe that healthy skin is naturally smooth, strong, firm, even toned, hydrated and free of disease. Dr. Drehsen liked the ZO® system because it works for every skin type and ethnic group as well as for those with no medispa procedure, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure or plastic surgery. “It’s like washing and waxing your car to maintain a facelift. If the skin is not maintained, invigorated and renewed, it no longer glows as in the beginning,” says Dr. Drehsen, noting that the ravages of makeup also affect skin health as does aging and too much Florida sun. Adds Dr. Obagi: “We are serving and treating a growing number of men who are increasingly looking for healthy skin and looking for anti-aging solutions.” Every treatment at the new ZO Skin Centre® delivers visible improvements, customized for a guest’s specific skincare needs and performed by highly skilled aestheticians trained in the principles, protocols and methods of Dr. Zein Obagi. Who Is Dr. Obagi? A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Obagi is a world-renowned skincare expert, award-winning inventor, educator and author. An inventor of skin health since 1988, Dr. Obagi explains what makes ZO® products different than anything currently on the market. “Many other products on the market are outdated. We have discovered within the last 10 years the negative effects of inflammation and glycation, the need to enhance skin strength and increase the skin’s ability to resist negative effects of many internal and external factors, and the need to enhance our skin’s ability to repair damaged skin DNA.” With ZO® products, Dr. Obagi has incorporated all of the agents and ingredients necessary to achieve the skin rejuvenation results addressing disease-specific systems through well-defined and easy-to-follow protocols while restoring skin health at the same time. The result: a more flexible product line, better treatment and happier patients. Dr. Obagi chose Clinique of Plastic Surgery and Dr. Drehsen because of his excellent reputation; his talent and experience in the field of plastic and 62
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Expert Analysis, Personalized Products and Services Physicians at each ZO Skin Centres® begin their relationships with patients by conducting 45-minute skin evaluations, looking at the skin on the face, neck, scalp, ears, décolleté, back and hands. A personalized skin-care program is developed to address any acne, melasma, sun damage, skin laxity, volume loss, wrinkles or related concerns. Follow-up assessments evaluate the progress of the guest’s skin-care programs. It’s all about prevention and averting skin ailments before they occur. Says Dr. Obagi: “We can prevent sun damage, aging, pigmentation and acne if we start delivering to the skin formulations that will help the skin work properly. At the ZO Skin Centre®, we are able to diagnose because of our skin analysis, even identifying medical conditions patients may not be aware of.” The Centre also offers injectables, facials, peels and other cosmetic procedures, but it’s more than a typical medi-spa. The goal is to create a program to fight problems at every age for a lifetime of skin health customized for individual needs. Dr. Drehsen agrees. “This system is heavily weighted to prevention and to maintaining skin in better condition. It’s more than a product line; it’s a system of restoration and rejuvenation from the inside out.” GG Photos courtesy of ZO Skin Health, Inc.
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The Land Rover Experience Driving School provides participants with jaw-dropping opportunities to see just how incredibly capable Sport Utility Vehicles have become. The vast majority of all Sport Utility Vehicles are never tested to anywhere near their true off-roading capabilities. SUVâ€™s are now more sophisticated and capable than ever thanks to improvements in engineering, technology and driver aids. Fewer vehicles are more capable off road than those from Land Rover, who have specialized in building four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles since 1948. Venue There are 32 Land Rover Experience centres around the world with locations in China, Russia, the Middle East, South Africa, Europe, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. There are four centres in North America with three in the United States, in California, North Carolina and Vermont, and only one in Canada, in Montebello, Quebec, which is about 90-minutes west of Montreal. The Land Rover Experience has been operating out of their own facility on the grounds of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello for the past 12 years. Once participants have signed in, they climb aboard their Land Rover of choice, and drive about 10 minutes away to Kenauk Nature 64
Reserve, one of the largest private fish and game reserves in North America. It has more than 60 lakes on the 100 square mile property. The Land Rover Experience has access to 2,000 acres of the reserveâ€™s 65,000 acres.
BY MICHAEL TAYLOR They follow the Tread Lightly! procedures. Tread Lightly! is a not for profit organization whose goal is to “balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of fish and wildlife”. Vehicles Participants of the Land Rover Experience have access to the full range of current Land Rover models including the Discovery Sport (which starts at $37,695), Range Rover Evoque (starting at $41,800), Land Rover LR4 (starting at $50,900), Range Rover Sport (starting at $64,950) to ultimate off roader the Range Rover which starts at $84,950 and can climb to more than $225,000 for the long wheel base SV Autobiography. Instructors Dominique Rochette has been involved in the Land Rover Experience since it opened in Montebello in March 2004. He started as a driving instructor and eventually moved behind the desk and oversees the operation of the facility. Our in-car driving instructor for the day was JeanBenoit Cousin. He moved from Quebec City to Montebello for just one summer of instructing. “I liked working here so much I haven’t left and I’ve been doing this fulltime for the past 10 years.” Said Cousin. “Montebello is now my home”.
The Experience The Land Rover Experience can accommodate any experience level, from beginner on up, and is designed to increase one’s knowledge and ability of off road driving. First-time participants can try experiences ranging from 1 hour up to 3 full days, with prices ranging from $150 per hour to $1,200 per day, in Canadian currency (approximately $115 and $915 US dollars, respectively). Buyers of Land Rover vehicles in Canada are entitled to participate in a 3-hour Land Rover Experience free of charge. Corporate groups can also participate, with a minimum of 6 participants. Team Building Group Activities include events entitled Mission Impossible, Geo-Cache Scavenger Hunt and Blind Drive, and yes, you drive a Land Rover blind folded! Full days begin with lessons on off-road obstacles including ditch crossings, log crossings, and vehicle controls and gradually move onto more advanced trails including steep hill accents and docents on a variety of surfaces, side-tilts, rock crawls, sand dunes and deep water. Each Full Day Experience includes a picnic lunch, a Land Rover Experience gift, and a personalized framed certificate of completion. Continued on the next page
AUTO Our Experience We spent the day driving an extremely capable Range Rover Sport. The following are just some of the systems and technology available on todayâ€™s Land Rovers: Adaptive Dynamics delivers balance between ride and control by offering continuously variable damper settings, monitoring vehicleâ€™s movements up to 500 times per second. All Terrain Progress Control can be set to speeds between 1 mph and 30 mph and maintain that speed without touching the accelerator enabling you to concentrate on steering through obstacles. Dynamic Response is a two-channel system which can control the front and rear axles independently allowing it to be tuned to deliver increased low-speed agility and enhanced stability at high speed. Dynamic Stability Control detects understeer and adjusts the brakes and engine power accordingly. Low-Traction Launch allows the driver to pull away smoothly even on challenging low-friction surfaces such as ice, snow and sand Terrain Response 2 monitors the road or off-road surfaces and automatically selects the best possible driving mode by altering the chassis and powertrain settings. Electronic Air Suspension System results in a comfortable on-road ride and automatically switches between two ride heights when navigating off-road.
cornering by monitoring and balancing the distribution of torque between the wheels to improve grip and steering both on and off-road. Twin-Speed Transfer Box incorporates high and low range gears. Low range ensures a controlled descent on off-road terrain, and high range is for driving on the road. Initially our driving instructor demonstrated some of the vehicles settings and took us slowly though the initial obstacles, then it was our turn to take the wheel. One really must experience driving a $100,000+ vehicle down an unimaginably steep uneven rock surface without putting your foot on the brake or accelerator pedal, and other than the steering, letting the vehicle do all of the work. Equally amazing is driving up a very steep uneven tilted rock face, while corning, and keeping constant pressure on the throttle and letting the drivetrain determine exactly which wheel or wheels have traction, while smoothly transferring power back and forth to the four corners of the car. Having an experienced instructor sitting in the seat next to you is a must the first time one attempts such off-road maneuvers. Proof positive of how capable these SUVâ€™s have become is the fact that they have to make the course tougher and tougher with each generation of vehicle If youâ€™re looking for a great day out in the wilderness, and have the patience to slowly navigate through seemingly unnavigable terrain, book some time at the Land Rover Experience. You will be amazed at what you, and a capable Sport Utility Vehicle can accomplish together. GG
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LET’S CELEBRATE...HOLIDAY BUBBLES AND BEYOND! It’s time to Toast to the Holidays and the coming New Year, and we want to share with you some of the awesome Champagne that you will want to enjoy with your family and friends. We reached out to some experts here in Tampa Bay to find out what they would choose as their favorite picks for the season, and they were happy to give us some recommendations. Any one of these fine labels are sure to add that special flavor to your holiday get togethers with family, friends, and co-workers. So when you’re out shopping for something to fill those empty spaces in your wine cooler or cellar this holiday season make sure you look for one of these fine Champagnes to pop the cork on this magical time of the year. Our toast to you and yours for this Holiday Season and the coming New Year...We wish you Peace, Hope, Love, Health and Happiness! Cheers and Enjoy from everyone at the duPont REGISTRY and Tampa Bay’s Fine Wine Guide! Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee A golden color, distinctive of black grape varieties. Very fine bubbles. On the nose, it has a beautiful aromatic complexity, ripe fruit and spicy aromas, with hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches. On the palate, there is a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity. The bubbles are like velvet. Flavors of pear, brioche and spicy aromas, notes of fresh walnut. Pair with all fish, especially sushi and sashimi, shellfish such as shrimp, prawns, crayfish and grilled lobster, poultry and white meat, cashews, parmesan or prosciutto. | $80 Delamotte The balance between the dominant Pinot Noir and the smaller percentage of Chardonnay in the Delamotte Rosé gives this wine its beautiful pale rose color. The wine has tiny bubbles with strong red fruit aromas and flavors. It is vivacious, supple and round with a hint of acidity. It makes a wonderful aperitif, as well as a good companion to poultry dishes or red fruit desserts. | $90 68
BY KAREN AUNGST Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve A deep golden robe. Delicate vivacious and long-lasting bubbles, are the result of more than 36 months of ageing in chalk cellars. With 40% of reserve wines (the maximum possible amount), the blend offers a complex, voluptuous nose with notes of freshly baked brioche and the richness of roasted coffee beans. A precise selection of wines, purposely limited to 60 crus, ensures the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve a deliciously sophisticated harmony. An opulent selection of ripe, sundrenched fruits such as mango, apricot and greengage plum combines with dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The reserve wines, some dating back ten years give the wine lushness. The depth of the thousand-year old chalk quarries where the wine matures offer a touch of praline along with notes of amber and vanilla. | $70 GG
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MAKING MERRY Handcrafted Holiday Cocktails Photos courtesy of Datz | Sugar Plum Fairy
Weâ€™ve asked some of our best mixologists and spirit mongers to share their favorite seasonal sips.
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BY NANETTE WISER Want to know why Rudolph’s nose was really red? Too many holiday cocktails! From frozen hot chocolate to brandy-infused candy cane eggnog, cranberry orange cinnamon margaritas to cranberry/rosemary simple syrup Cosmos, the sips of the season are merry and bright. Incorporate seasonal flavors (ginger, cranberry, peppermint, orange spice, cardamom, cinnamon) into your holiday cocktail menu. After all, who can resist a white chocolate peppermint latte with rum? Certainly not Santa, who already has a cookie issue! We’ve asked some of our best mixologists and spirit mongers to share their favorite seasonal sips. Datz Restaurant Group: Suzanne and Roger Perry always have something festive in their shaker, and this Sugar Plum cocktail dancing in their heads is as light and whimsical as their restaurant dishes and drinks. (Datz, Roux, Dough, Dr. BBQ). Sugar Plum Fairy: 1.5 oz Damrak Gin, 1⁄2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 3 dashes of Fee Brothers Plum Bitters, sugar, lemon and shake. Add 2 black cherries, a mint sprig and dust with powdered sugar like snowflakes. edison food+drink lab: Enjoy their savory Royal Tannenbaum, made with The Botanist gin, lemon juice, Boomsma Cloosterbitter, Fernet-Branca, simple syrup, egg white, and Bittermens ‘Boston Bittahs’. Fleming Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Known for their gourmet fare and boutique wines, Fleming’s celebratory cocktails include a French 75 (Plymouth gin, citrusy Mas Fi cava) and a French Twist Lemonade (Svedka vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, fresh-squeezed lemonade). The Mill: Introducing gourmet gluten-free plus other culinary delights, the robust cocktail menu features a classic Sazerac perfect for the season, made with The Mill Single Barrel Whistle Pig 10 year Rye, De Luze VSOP Cognac, Proprietary Bitters Blend, Demerara Sugar Cube and Absinthe Rinse. Nueva Cantina: Louie Spetrini and his merry margarita elves in downtown St. Pete know a thing or two about Festivus, hence their Cranberry Margarita. In a shaker add crushed ice, 1 1⁄2 ounces of tequila, 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier, 2 ounces of cranberry puree and shake to mix. Pour drink into a sugar rimmed margarita glass. Ocean Prime: Handcrafted cocktails, shaken, stirred and superb, from the den for men rosemary-infused Manhattan (Woodford Reserve, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Nonino Amaro, Rosemary Grapefruit, Peppercorn Bitters) to the “Auld Lang Syne” signature Berries & Bubbles (Belvedere Citrus Vodka, Marinated Blackberries, House Made Sour, Domaine Chandon Brut).
Rococo Steak: If you’ve started to grab the bull by the horns with their Turkish Rose Cocktail, then you know this steakhouse excels at cocktails. A simple Ruby Red Martini at Christmas says you’ve been naughty, not nice, made with Ketel One, St. Germain, ruby red grapefruit and basil. Other tidings of joy include: St. Pete Swing: Mix Titos vodka with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and add Prosecco, mint and lemon sorbet. Muddled Mule: Combine Tito's Vodka and Muddled blackberries and blueberries. Add Ginger Beer, lime juice and ice, stir and serve.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka: This is my new oh so smooth favorite, a sister to the Austin-based Deep Eddy cranberry, peach, grapefruit vodkas, displacing Grey Goose from my all-time faves: Christmas Lights Out: Mix 3 oz Tito's, 1 1⁄2 oz bourbon whiskey, 1 dollop maple syrup, 1⁄2 tsp vanilla, top off with low fat milk; mix with ice and enjoy! Candy Cane Martini: 2 1⁄2 oz of Tito's , 1 drop of peppermint oil, 1⁄4 oz grenadine syrup, 1⁄4 oz simple syrup. Shake and strain into a martini glass with a crushed candy cane rim. (Put the candy cane in a bag, and break them up with a hammer until they are the consistency of margarita salt.)
Holiday Cocktail Tips Use champagne instead of soda in your drinks. Fresh ginger syrup spices up Moscow Mules and Dark N Stormies. Simmer 2 oz. peeled, sliced ginger with a cup each of water and sugar for 30 minutes. Add a yummy sherry or port to a martini or classic Manhattan for a smooth, honey finish.
On Swann: Like the color of Santa’s coat, their Florida-style red Sangria is spicy and succulent while local Old St. Pete Righteous Rum & Spice perks up a Dark N Stormy. Serve weary adults attending your Teddy Bear tea a High Noon Tea (chai and spice tea, vanilla infused rum). Nutty Brandy infused with macadamia, hazelnut and almonds is perfect for a Christmas Eve toast.
Seasonal garnishes make merry, from red and white peppermint drops in the glass to candy cane sipper straws. Warm up a cool night with mulled red wine with muscovado sugar, fennel seed and cinnamon spice. www.duPontREGISTRYtampabay.com
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Now in its 20th year, the St. Petersburg Second Saturday ArtWalk phenomenon just keeps growing. Originally begun by the Downtown Arts Association to promote galleries along Central Avenue, the single street art hop has evolved into a trip through five distinct districts toggled together by trolley services offering visitors access to more than 40 studios and galleries. Artists and galleries drove the collaboration, says John Collins, executive director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. In 2012, galleries banded together to provide trolley rides to the Warehouse District. Shortly thereafter, the Arts Alliance began working with district leaders, found trolley funding, and hired a social media guru. As Collins puts it “creativity just needs organization to succeed.” Today, ArtWalk attracts more than 1,000 visitors each month to the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District. These unique communities shelter enough work for visitors to traverse a new area each month. “You could easily spend three or four hours in one district,” he explains. The enthusiasm keeps growing because each Saturday’s “opening night,” Collins says. For example many, such as ARTicles Leslie Curran Gallery always premiers a new artist; Duncan McClellan glass studio features nationally recognized glass artists for weekend-long discussions and demonstrations; MESU360, Creative Clay, and others host live music. There is something for every taste and style from African American inspired pieces to contemporary glass, photography, and paintings, to New York Style graffiti and South American crafts. Indeed, the communities are becoming renown for their sheer concentration of genres. It can be argued that within the Southeastern United States, St. Petersburg houses the largest collection of clay artists and – with four working glass studios and eight galleries downtown – also touts the region’s greatest selection of glass. It is a community thriving: The ArtsXchange project is converting six warehouse buildings into live/work studios, classrooms, and commercial. ARTicles opened a second location strictly dedicated to exhibitions, Duncan McClellan Gallery now includes a sculpture garden, Ocean Blue Gallery’s owners emigrated from Sarasota; Raw Studios ArtWalk “wing it” sessions attract local musicians who belt out impromptu tunes in the outside patio. Despite the bohemian atmosphere, there are strict guidelines for entry to the walk. An artist’s work must be in a studio art gallery or part of a coop; street tents are not allowed. The greatest benefit of ArtWalk, says gallery owner Duncan McClellan, is it attracts enthusiasts to mediums usually reserved for the rarefied collector. In the case of glass art, by watching live demonstrations his guests discover that they too, want glass in their lives. A change of heart that frequently leads to commissioned work for their homes – accessible, story-driven, and personal – the very definition of art. 72
Photos Left to Right Photo: John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Photo: John Collins | Artist: Charlie Parker of Charlie Parker Pottery Photo: John Collins, Glass Blowing, Mariel Bass at DMG Glass Photo: Russell Janson | Artist: Dante Marioni, blown glass caned sculpture Photo: ARTicles Leslie Curran Gallery | Artist: Steven Kenny, The Ribbons Photo: John Dale | Artist: Jane Jaskevich, Maria - a Sylacauga marble sculpture Photo: ARTicles Leslie Curran Gallery | Artist: Steven Kenny, The Lure
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Meet On Swann’s Owner and Executive Chef Christopher Ponte
“I’ve always wanted a restaurant in Hyde Park. Hyde Park has that nice urban feel...”
Pictured above: Kristyna Vavrova, Dennis Austin, Vicente Lavayen, Geoffrey Igartua, Wesley Roderick, Mariah Tantillo | Photos courtesy of On Swann
BY MELINDA TAM ORLANDO There are a handful of culinary leaders in the Tampa Bay area who drive our local innovation with their creative vision and passion. Chef Christopher Ponte is one of those leaders. Chef Ponte, who started his culinary career at Clearwater’s Pepper Mill Restaurant in 1991 and later opened his own 250-seat concept, Café Ponte, in 2002 has enjoyed many accolades for his work by food critics and locals alike, but this dreamer wanted more. In 2016, he partnered with a group of friends to open On Swann, a neighborhood restaurant and bar that is thoughtfully sourced with a seasonal menu. duPont Registry Luxury Living in Tampa Bay met up with Chef Ponte to discuss his new venture, his culinary passion and so much more.
What made you want to open another restaurant in Tampa Bay? I’ve always wanted a restaurant in Hyde Park. Hyde Park has that nice urban feel that you don’t usually find in Florida. You opened your restaurant with a group of friends. How do you know everyone? We met through the restaurant industry, became friends and decided to form this partnership to open On Swann. How is this restaurant different from Café Ponte? On Swann is more of a neighborhood, casual restaurant but it still maintains the high quality of food we have been known for at Café Ponte. What is your food philosophy? My food philosophy is to serve high-quality, fresh ingredients that are executed to perfection. Where do you get your cooking passion from? My passion about cooking comes from being able to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the guests. What does food mean to you? Food means a lot to me. It’s an experience when you get to eat and dine with family and friends to create memories. What is the first thing you remember cooking? The first dish I remember cooking was a blackberry compote with my mother and sister. What dish do you make at home most often? The dish I make at home most often is a simple pasta with a red sauce.
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What are the most popular dishes at the restaurant? Currently the most popular dishes are the Scallops, Gnocchi and Kale Salad. If you were going to order the perfect meal at the restaurant, what would you order? My perfect meal at the restaurant currently would be to start with the olives followed by the endive salad, and to finish with the pasta. How do you come up with a menu? I come up with the new menus from my experiences traveling throughout the country, which helps me create a seasonal menu that is always evolving. Who would you like to walk into your restaurant? It would be an honor to have Chef Paul Bocuse walk into the restaurant. What do you want Tampa Bay to be known for food wise? I would like people to know that you don’t have to go to a big city to get great food — you can find it right here in the Bay. What advice would you give to new chefs starting out in Tampa Bay? I’d tell them to be passionate about what they are doing. They need to have a high integrity about their craft and do things properly without taking the easy way out. They also need to have pride in what they are serving to their guests. GG Open for Lunch Everyday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Open for Dinner Sunday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 1501 Swann Avenue, Tampa | 813.251.0110 | onswann.com. www.duPontREGISTRYtampabay.com
“We’ve lost too many of these iconic spots.”
BY MARY LOU JANSON A Tampa burger chain that had served its signature beef patties with a secret sauce since 1925 was Richard Gonzmart’s go-to dining destination when he needed to bring home dinner for his family. After finishing work at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, he’d speed dial in an order and head to the Florida Avenue Goody Goody where his sack of burgers would be waiting for pick up. When the last Goody Goody location closed in 2005, it marked more than the loss of a favorite takeout spot to Gonzmart. The president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, a Tampa-based family owned and operated business, mourned another culinary casualty among an elite group of restaurants that had served Tampa families for generations. Rather than let this legacy fade from memory, Gonzmart began negotiating for the name, recipes and rights to Goody Goody. It took nearly 10 years but his persistence and patience finally paid off. The announcement made October 2014 confirmed Gonzmart was bringing Goody Goody back to Tampa. “We’ve lost too many of these iconic spots,” said the fourth generation restaurateur citing The Colonnade, Castellano & Pizzo and Agliano & Sons Fish Co. as examples of established businesses catering to local appetites that no longer exist. “I didn’t want this name to fade into history, too. Plus, at each of our restaurants we celebrate history, heritage, family and good food. Goody Goody fit right in with our other concepts. It’s perfect for us.” Reviving, rebuilding and rejuvenating Goody Goody has brought both pleasure and pressure to its owner. Instanly there were questions about where it would be built, whether the food would stand up to its predecessor and, the inevitable, when would it open? “We had off-the-charts public demand and expectations,” Gonzmart recalled. “That reassured me I had made a good purchase, but it was a little frightening, too.” The past two years allowed Gonzmart and his team time to perfect pies, sandwiches, sauces and milkshakes so they are worthy of being sold under the Goody Goody marquee. Dozens of tasting events hosting hundreds of volunteer tasters were held to ensure ingredients and execution of items included on the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu would meet with the approval of longtime fans as well as first-timers. “We want to serve those loyal customers but also introduce new generations who appreciate good food at a great value in a cool setting. I love seeing three generations sitting together talking about back then and right now. It’s a nod to the past with an eye to the future.”
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Creating a clone of Goody Goody was never the plan. Elevating and expanding what the Goody Goody brand stood for was the vision. The newly designed version that opened in August features ingredients that are fresher. Its interior design is bold, bright and beautiful. And the dining experience at the Hyde Park Village hotspot is one that is commonly described as “fun.” Continued on the next page. www.duPontREGISTRYtampabay.com
DISH “They did things at the old Goody Goody we can’t, or won’t, do today,” Gonzmart said. ”Our overall quality is better. Our meat is a far better cut. We use beef from the Strickland Ranch, just as we do at Ulele. Their fries were frozen. Ours are fresh cut daily,” he explained. “Nobody really talked about the breakfast at Goody Goody. There was a reason for that. But we worked very hard on our breakfast items. I sampled 23 kinds of bacon before adding it to the menu. All of our eggs are from Amish farms. Breakfast is my favorite meal and at Goody Goody we serve breakfast all day.”
The story continues with the upcoming opening of Goody Goody at Tampa International Airport and a recent expansion of the South Tampa site that will boost the size of both the kitchen and bathroom. Beyond that? Gonzmart hints there may be more in store for the brand but remains noncommittal for now. He admits to being pleased with the results and “ecstatic” about the response. “If something’s not fun, I don’t do it. Life is too short. Each project is fun in different ways,” he added. “At the Columbia Restaurants, it’s tweaking what has worked for 111 years and providing good food and a place for community and family celebrations. At Ulele, it’s embracing the waterfront, pioneering a completely new menu and helping revitalize Tampa Heights. At Goody Goody, I really enjoyed recreating, creating in some instances, the menu – and then providing a space that is our take on the old-time diner. I had an absolute blast.”
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PARTY CITY: FASHION + ART+ CULTURE! A signature fundraising event at the Tampa Museum of Art. VIPs enjoyed runway seating for the fashion show and a private cocktail hour before general admission began at 8pm. All tickets included hors d’oeuvres by Eddie V’s, open bar, desserts, valet parking and dancing and a chance to win a trip to New York fashion Week in 2017.
1. Cristina Howell, Pam Wysocki, Violetta Jozefczak 2. Maureen and Doug Cohn 3. Lyda Lindell, Carl Lindell and Lane Lindell 4. Kamali Models
FARA ENERGY BALL The 8th annual FARA Energy Ball welcomed 750 guests to the Tampa Marriott Waterside for dinner, spirited silent and live auctions and high energy entertainment from Blonde Ambition band on September 17. The sold out event, chaired by the CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning Steve Griggs and his wife Janell, raised a record $2 million in support of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and the USF Ataxia Research Center.
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2016 CALENDAR JANUARY/FEBRUARY
NOVEMBER 26 | SATURDAY Dolly Parton: Her first major U.S. and Canadian tour in more than 25 years will highlight her hit songs with a few new songs from her new album Pure & Simple. 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, Tampa. 813-301-6500. www.amaliearena.com
NOVEMBER 27 | SUNDAY David Crosby & Friends: Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, is heading out on tour with a new group, performing music from his incredible new album Lighthouse. 8:00 p.m. Capitol Theatre, Clearwater. 727-791-7400 www.AtTheCap.com
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. Carol Morsani Hall, STRAZ, Tampa. 813-229-7827 www.strazcenter.org
35th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll: Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Visitors get a glimpse of the past with various sized Christmas trees adorned with lights and garland and vintage decorations. Complimentary cider and cookies are served on the veranda each day. 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa. 813-254-1891 www.plantmuseum.com
NOVEMBER 29 | TUESDAY
DECEMBER 2-3, 9-10, 16-23 & 26-30 Christmas In The Wild: The traditions of Christmas will be abundant at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo this holiday season! Encounter amazing animals at night, festive lights, Christmas carolers and live entertainment. Sample holiday treats at our Christmas Lodge and visit Santa for a merry and memorable evening at this magical holiday event. Open til 10:00 p.m. Tampa Lowry Park Zoo. 813-935-8552 www.lowryparkzoo.org
Into The Woods: Epic adventure musical incorporates plots and characters of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and features music and
hits. 7:30 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7832 www.themahaffey.com
DECEMBER 3 | SATURDAY
DECEMBER 1 – 23
Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016: This year’s Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour will feature three special guests; Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Valerie Simpson. Together the four musicians will put fresh spins on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season. Meet & Greet package also available. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 4 | TUESDAY – SUNDAY
DECEMBER 1 | THURSDAY Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio: Award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist will be performing songs from her 2008 holiday album, A New Thought For Christmas and many more of her smash /www.tampabay.com
Shanghai Nights: Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China. This sumptuous stage show features the crowd-pleasing, death-defying and jawdropping spectacle of one of the oldest acrobatic troupes in China. Ferguson Hall, STRAZ, Tampa. 813-229-7827 www.strazcenter.org
DECEMBER 4 | SUNDAY An Evening with Jillian: Best-selling author, television personality, entrepreneur and one of the nation’s leading health and wellness experts, Jillian Michaels returns to Clearwater. The show is a truly unique, interactive evening of audience sharing and inspiration that will help you unleash your potential so you can finally achieve your dreams. Meet & Greet packages available 8:00 p.m. Capitol Theatre, Clearwater. 727-791-7400 www.AtTheCap.com
DECEMBER 6 | TUESDAY Donny & Marie: America’s favorite brother and sister duo will bring Holiday classics along with their charttoppers. Add in sibling humor, their supreme Las Vegas band and dancers, along with the high-energy style and dance numbers and this is one production that is total entertainment for the young and young at heart 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater 727-791-7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com www.rutheckerdhall.com
DECEMBER 9 | FRIDAY Martina McBride: Love Unleashed Tour. Awardwinning country superstar will be joined by special guests, High Valley and prolific singer-songwriter Hailey Whitters. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com
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DECEMBER 13 | TUESDAY The Beach Boys 50 Years of Good Vibrations Christmas & Hits: Original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston bring the Holiday and the Hits in this epic one-night-only performance. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com
DECEMBER 16 & 17 | FRIDAY & SATURDAY Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy: Updated and funnier than ever. Steve Solomon’s smash hit comedy is inspired by his hilarious family. You don’t have to be Jewish or Italian to love this show. Friday - 8:00 p.m. Saturday – 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com
DECEMBER 17 | SATURDAY The Nutcracker presented by Tampa Ballet Theatre: Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score comes to life with all the magic of the holidays performed by local professionals under the artistic direction of Lindsay Clark. 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-7917400 www.rutheckerdhall.com
DECEMBER 20 – 25 TUESDAY – SUNDAY An American in Paris: The new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Carol Morsani Hall, STRAZ, Tampa. 813-229-7827 www.strazcenter.org
DECEMBER 20 | TUESDAY Rockapella Christmas: Get Some Holiday Magic! The world’s most loved five-man contemporary pop vocal phenomenon returns with their completely original take on the holidays. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, Clearwater 727-791.7400 www.AtTheCap.com
DECEMBER 20 | TUESDAY Jackie Evancho: Live In Concert. The 16 year-old American classical crossover sensation that gained wide recognition at an early age as a runner-up on America’s Got Talent. Since then she has released five albums. 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater 727791-7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com
acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com
DECEMBER 31 | SATURDAY Tampa Theatre NYE Wrap Party: “Animal House”Themed New Year’s Party. This inaugural event transforms the Theatre into the Nu Uplison Sigma fraternity house for the most epic house party this side of 2017. Party-goers will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live music and dancing with Top 40 party band SeKond Nature, and an open beer-and-wine bar all night long. Guests must be 21 year or age or older to attend. 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Tampa Theatre, Tampa. 813-274-8287 TampaTheatre.org
JANUARY 10 – MARCH 12, 2017 Forbidden Broadway: The longest-running musical revue in the world. This cabaret revue sharply spoofs show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary and classic Broadway musicals. Jaeb Theater, STRAZ, Tampa. 813-229-7827 www.strazcenter.org
DECEMBER 17 & 18 | SATURDAY & SUNDAY Next Generation Ballet presents The Nutcracker: Featuring internationally renowned professional ballet dancers onstage with NGB’s award-winning company members, this famiy-friendly favorite transports audiences to a fantastical place where toy soldiers come to life, giant mice dance and holiday magic fills the theater. Carol Morsani Hall, STRAZ, Tampa. 813-229-7827 www.strazcenter.org
DECEMBER 18 | SUNDAY Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghost of Christmas Eve. TSO is bringing back this treasured tale which follows the journey of a runaway who breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater on December 24th. The teen is discovered by the theater’s caretaker who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around. 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Amalie Arena, Tampa. 813-301-6500 www.amaliearena.com
DECEMBER 22 | THURSDAY
DECEMBER 18 | SUNDAY
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Audience members are transported into the television special (that originally aired in 1964) as songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set design with projections, costumes and characters are brought to stage. 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com
A Christmas Carol: The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, returns to Clearwater with its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday classic. 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. 727-791-7400 www.rutheckerdhall.com
Salute to Vienna: New Year’s Concert. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert – celebrating a 20-year tradition in Clearwater! A stunning new program features Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra,
DECEMBER 31 | SATURDAY
JANUARY 20 | FRIDAY Launch of SoldUSA Realty: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, live music, a celebrity appearance, and more at St. Pete Community Center. Guests will also benefit from an unprecedented listing discount. The offer never expires, and those interested need only mention the deal to a SoldUSA team member. The event is open to the public, they need only to RSVP to the following email: Mark@MarkNathwani.com. GG
PARTY HANDS ACROSS THE BAY'S 7TH ANNUAL TAMPA BAY'S DANCING WITH THE STARS Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay's 7th Annual Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino took place on October 1st. This spectacular fundraising event brought in a record breaking $270,000 that will benefit the Tampa Bay Community!
1. Steve and Julie Weintraub 2. Neil and Mindy Grossman 3. Elif and Dr. Jerald Fitzgerald 4. The beautiful ballroom at TPepin's Hospitality Centre 5. Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars 2016
BY MARY LOU JANSON
JACKSON IN ACTION 83 FOUNDATION
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Vincent Jackson is an acclaimed wide receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, co-author of children’s books written with his wife, Lindsey, and a shrewd investor whose high profile holdings include the popular SoHo restaurant, Cask, Ferg’s Live in downtown Tampa and a rapidly growing real estate company. A lifelong commitment to philanthropic activities led Jackson to launch the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation in 2012. Its mission is to provide support for military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of children. The organization operates annual programs that provide scholarships to military dependents, encourage reading achievement among elementary-aged students, gift military moms with items to help them care for infants, host military families and veterans at Buccaneers football games and more. As the only child of a military family himself, Jackson was fortunate to have close relationships with both parents but the frequent relocations and occasional long-distance relationships admittedly were disruptive. How did your father’s 21-year military career affect your childhood and provide motivation for your foundation? Being a military kid, we were always moving so I had to learn how to make friends consistently as I was changing schools. I had to be a little more adaptable, get out of my comfort zone and face some different challenges. I’ve been philanthropic my entire life. My dad was big on that as far as giving back to the community. We did a lot of charitable 5Ks together, we used to do community clean-ups and feed the homeless. As a professional (football player) starting my career in San Diego, I got involved right away with the Salvation Army, working with the cancer foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs. In the back of my mind I always wondered what would be something for me to put my personal stamp on, something that would be near and dear to my heart, something that I could relate to? And it always took me back to the military. There seemed to be a niche that was being overlooked. What’s going on at the homes of these families? How are the spouses and the children being affected by deployment and how can we provide a support team to really focus on that? 88
The foundation’s mission is to provide support for military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of children. How are you impacting these families? We reach out directly and get feedback about their background and any resources they may need. It may be help finding a job, meeting other moms or questions about schools. All of our programs, our baby showers, our reading program and our kid’s camp, are generated from speaking with military personnel, spouses and teachers to find out what is the gap and how we can help. How does the foundation operate and how much of your personal time is involved? Our foundation is very organic and honestly it is myself, my wife, our executive director (Allison Gorrell) and about three or four board members. Obviously we have great volunteers who come out to events we have. We cannot do this without them. As far as myself, my hands are on everything we do. When we take kids to One Buccaneer Place, I give the tours. Lindsey and Allison are the leads on the baby showers but I am there. I wouldn’t have it any other way. The whole point of this is to make an impact and take me out of it. I am just another volunteer. We want to make these military men, women and their families the stars of everything we do. What is most fulfilling to you about the foundation’s work? The results that we see and, first and foremost, the children. I loved my childhood and look back at it as a gift but there were many challenges that came with it. If not for a great support system that I had with my family and the people they surrounded themselves with, it would have been very difficult. Our programs are very wholesome, we are truly hands-on and very impactful. I don’t know if these programs are going to affect five kids or 500 but I know it’s invaluable because there is such a need to support these families. We get new faces every year. These young families are always coming and going. We may have them for six months or two years. Even when they have gone onto a new military base or a new part of the country, they still reach out to us to say “Timothy brought up something he did at your camp two years ago”. That’s what it’s about. That’s the beauty of it. GG For more information go to www.jacksoninaction83.org.
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