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November/December 2010

Luxury Living in Tampa Bay Luxury Living in Tampa Bay


experience the new hyatt regency clearwater beach resort & spa. Steps away from the powder white sands of Clearwater Beach, a brand new resort is bringing world-class style and amenities to the west coast of Florida. All guestrooms are suites with fully equipped kitchens featuring granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, private balconies and Gulf of Mexico views. The hotel also offers Sandava Spa, Shor American Seafood Grill, Camp Hyatt, Hyatt StayFit™ Gym, 20 Air-Conditioned Pool Cabanas and indoor & outdoor meeting space perfect for any business gathering or special event. For reservations, call 727 373 1234 or visit Hyatt. You’re More Than Welcome.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE by Susan B. Barnes Sparkle and Shine by Gale Steves Setting the Season

by Susan B. Barnes A Dolphin’s Tale



WINES by Jeffrey DiMaio, CSW Champagne for the Holidays



DISH by Melinda Tam Orlando A Family Tradition—Alessi Bakery

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RESTAURANT REGISTRY PARTY ARTS by Melinda Tam Orlando The Ultimate Playground

REAL ESTATE Blackstone on Lake Tarpon


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by Susan B. Barnes A New Orleans Christmas

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by Cathleen McCann Helpful Hints for your Holiday Plants




Floating through the Season





HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS by Janan Talafer Capture the Wonder, Beauty, and Excitement of the Holiday Season

by Mary Lou Janson Chef Daniel Goldrich, Pelagia

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Happy Holidays Dear Reader, I hope this issue finds you, your family and friends, preparing to enjoy a bountiful Holiday Season. This is a special time of the year when we all should pause and enjoy ourselves and the fruits of our labor. It is also a time of the year we should take stock of our good fortune and actively express our happiness by reaching out to others less fortunate. We do that here, at the duPont REGISTRYTM, by participating in many holiday activities with our families and co-workers. One of our favorites is “Toys for Tots.” The U.S. Marines do a great job leading the annual campaign, and we come up with an unusual amount of bikes, model cars and other new toys for those less fortunate. Thank you for whatever it is that you do for others during the holidays. The world is a better place because of it. This issue has many tips for entertaining during the holidays, as you might expect. In dR GARDEN we provide Helpful Hints for your Holiday Plants from different professionals in the Tampa Bay area. For things-to-do during the Holiday Season, see the article in dR HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS. You will see quite a variety of events listed, from art shows and parades to music and ice shows, see pages 86 and 88 for dates and times. Our dR TRAVEL section highlights New Orleans for the holidays. New Orleans is the place you want to be any time of the year if you are into culinary experiences. Read about how they dress up the city for the holidays with greenery, lights and special events, then they top it off with the food, for a truly unique experience. Speaking of food, your mouth will water when you read about Alessi Bakery in our dR DISH feature. The Nicolo Alessi family provides recipes and great ideas in this issue. Then, Chef Daniel Goldich from the Renaissance International Plaza Tampa Hotel is featured in dR CULINARY MASTERS. He also shares his recipe for Seafood Pasta with Saffron Tagliatelle, Lemon Cello and Lobster Broth. And at your next family gathering try out one of our sparkling wines or Champagne choices from dR WINE, and you are sure to be a big hit. It may be a little early, but this is my last opportunity to send you holiday greetings in a Publisher’s letter. Please accept my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy!

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An Artisan Fire Pizza Oven brings old-world pizza making to your outdoor countertop. The high performance oven is ready for use in as little as 20 minutes and bakes a thin-crust pizza in less than 5 minutes. $6,495. Just Grillin, 813-962-1700.

Tiffany Art Deco-inspired yellow diamond scroll earrings with white diamonds in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold. $20,300.

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Gift Guide

Howard Miller’s contemporary European designed radial-shaped floor clock has a full-length curved glass door. Porcelain-like dial and brushed nickel grid pen-dulum and weight shels complement the Black Coffee finish. Cable-driven Westiminster chime Kieninger movement. H–84.5 inches, W—21 inches, D– 14.25 inches. $4,275. 14

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A SMARTT custom designed and built model railroad layout is a marriage of creative expression and high-tech precision. Every layout is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece built exclusively to your taste. We can re-create the most endearing moments or places from your life. Our only limit is your imagination. SMARTT, Inc., Miami, Florida. $980,000.

"Waterfall" diamond tassel pendant designed by Elizabeth Taylor comes with a signed copy of the design sketch. Over 70 carats of diamonds with six cuts including pear, rose, briolette, emerald, baguette and round in 18-karat white gold. Italian made by hand. Signed with laser version of Elizabeth's signature. Hung on platinum chain with diamonds. $220,000.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide

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Tiffany Leather Collection Bella pleated clutch in red satin. $995.

mPulse eMPOWER biofeedback infrared sauna from Sunlighten is a high-tech luxury sauna. With a Blaupunkt speaker system and LCD touch screen DVD player, this sauna also has clinically backed health benefits including: weight loss, detoxification, heart health and pain relief. $16,000.


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Need someone to fetch your beer or even fold your laundry? Here is your answer—PR2, a personal robot. and it is a research and development platform that lets you innovate right out of the box. PR2 combines the mobility to navigate human environments and the dexterity to grasp and manipulate objects in those environments. PR2 is not a consumer product. You can own your own PR2 robot for $400,000 (programming required).

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Accompany holiday attire with this elegant 18-karat white-gold ladies ring. The center stone is a 12.99-carat emerald surrounded by 1.78-carats of diamonds. $57,995. Cappello & Co., 727-585-5700.

Baccarat offers a handcrafted full-lead crystal vase with a vermeil base. The vase features contrasting geometric rhythms, diamond and square shapes—a true exercise in style. Made in France. $9,200.

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Only an exclusive few of Barbie's biggest fans now have the extraordinary opportunity to get in the game with the famous doll herself! This foosball table is the most extravagant item from Mattel's limited-edition, privately commisioned, "The Plastic Collection" of carefully curated Barbie items from around the world. This item is available for special order from FAO Schwarz NYC Flagship Store at (212) 644-9400. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. $24,999.

Paris Isabella Clothing Company is the only dealer in the Tampa Bay area to carry Patricia Locke’s timeless designs crafted using Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones. “Ceil Blue” can be special ordered in other color combinations. Necklace $138. Earrings $98. Bracelet $188. 727-545-4900, Pinellas Park. 17

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John Hardy’s Batu Bamboo Collection emphasize white topaz set in undulating, bambooinspired sterling silver.. Made in Bali. Kick Cuff with stones, $1,795. Braclelet with stones, $795. White Topaz & Sterling Silver Dome Ring, $695. Saks Fifth Avenue, Tampa.

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Tag Heuer Formula 1 Lady, watch has a steel and ceramic bracelet. Bezel contains 120 Wesselton diamonds totaling 0.75 carats. $2,500. The Watch Studio, St. Petersburg, 727-573-4555.

View your favorite constellations with this CGE PRO 1400 HD Computerized Telescope. Proven NexStar computer control technology, 40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information, and computerized Equatorial mount are just a few features. $9,999.

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Aquaracer 500M Calibre 5 Steel and Gold Tag Heuer men's watch pushes the limits this watch surpasses the depths and bounds of reliablility, precision and prestige. The Aquaracer features a black dial with vertical streak effect and a 3-row brushed steel bracelet with solid folding strap clasp. $3,650. The Watch Studio, St. Petersburg, 727-573-4555.

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La Fiorentina’s knitted mink fur cape featuring rosette accents and a hood. Natural mink from China. Neiman Marcus, International Mall, Tampa. $1,495.

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Francis the First Sterling Silver Tea & Coffee Service made by Reed & Barton is heavily decorated with a cornucopia floral design and inspired by the French Renaissance King Francis the First. Outstanding workmanship and attention to detail make this one of the most sought after services in the world. $11,799. Silver Queen, Inc., Largo, 727-585-4502.

Montegrappa proudly introduces the Eternal Bird Limited Edition inspired by a 12th Century Chinese painting depicting the phoenix with a female figure. The barrel and cap are made of shining red celluloid and sterling silver or 18-karat gold. The eyes are natural rubies. The exquisite ink pots are made from rock crystals from Madagascar. Buy the fountain pen and the ink well included. Fountain pen $3,250. 516-741-0011.

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"Winter Moon" earrings and pendant ensemble. Exotic and rare iridescent blue South Seas abalone pearls in 18-karat gold with diamond accents. Pendant $4,200; Earrings $4,950. Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire, Belleair, 727-584-1110.

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Mesh scarf necklace in 18-karat gold by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. $8,500.

Dyson DC 25 Animal vacuum turns on a dime with no loss of suction. $549. State Vacuum of Tampa, 888-841-4826.

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David Yurman presents three creations. Sterling silver bracelet $425. Sterling silver with either black or white ceramic $650. Neiman Marcus, International Mall, Tampa.

A Henri Bar design contains 77 high quality, near colorless, handset diamonds totaling 3.10 carats. $4,195. Bernies & Son, St. Petersburg. 727-823-2000.

dR AROUND THE BAY By Janan Talafer

The Archery Shop Archery enthusiasts will find top-brand bows, supplies and accessories at the Archery Shop in Tampa, which opened this summer to give both hunters and hobbyists access to everything they could possibly need, including a 20-yard indoor range, perfect when the weather is too hot or the bugs too intense. Owner Vance McCullers has a passion for the sport, which he says is growing in popularity. “If you’re into it, you’re hooked,” says McCullers. Archery takes concentration, patience, eye-hand coordination, skill and lots of practice to stay consistent. In medieval England, learning archery was compulsory for boys and men. It’s been an Olympic sport since the 1972 games in Munich, Germany. 14520 North Florida Avenue, Tampa. 813-963-2222.

Boost Your Golf Performance Improving your golf swing and lengthening your drive requires more than power. Barry Hubbard, the owner of Body Balance for Performance, puts the emphasis on flexibility, balance and range of motion. “The body is the most important equipment in golf,” says Hubbard, who has a 7 handicap and has been a professional caddy since 1991. At his new fitness center in Tampa, Hubbard and his staff incorporate fitness training, physical therapy and technology to boost performance and reduce injury. “It’s very beneficial for golfers, but we can help anyone playing a rotational sport, such as tennis, badminton and hockey,” says Hubbard. The first step is a professional evaluation. 14506 North Florida Avenue, Tampa. 813-963-0201.

Transforming the Garage Picture your garage in its current condition and imagine it after Ron Hennings of American Garage has stepped in to take charge, cleaning it up, organizing everything and rolling out high-shine flooring that resists gasoline, oil and brake fluid. American Garage can help design a space to fill multiple needs, from housing the car or motorcycle, to storage for tools, sports equipment and a place to work-out or enjoy a hobby. This is the garage as an extension of the home; a place where you wouldn’t mind hanging out. “We don’t have basements in Florida, so garages can fill that need,” says Hennings. In addition to custom garage designs, you’ll find cabinets, storage systems and commercialgrade flooring in a variety of colors and styles 8080 Ulmerton Road,   Suite A, Largo. 727-386-4000. 

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Sleek, Stylish & Eco-Friendly Shelly Meadows of Urban Concepts has partnered with Profusion Design to create a stunning new showroom of ultra-modern fireplaces, furniture and accessories, all crafted from stainless steel, a material she says offers clean lines, is built to last a lifetime and can be crafted into incredible designs. “You will not find anything like it in this area,” says Meadows. Fireplaces are Meadows’ passion; the majority of her work is custom-design. One of her latest: a long, narrow nine-foot ribbon of flame that makes a bold statement. The fireplaces hold “eco-smart burners” which use ethanol alcohol, a clean-burning, non-toxic fuel with no smoke, no gas lines and no electricity. That makes them perfect for indoor or outdoor use. 3245 Tyrone Blvd. N., St. Petersburg. 813-374-2131.

The Chart House The Chart House restaurant comes to Tampa Bay for the first time and the location in Rocky Point couldn’t be better. It’s the perfect spot for a franchise noted for its great steaks and seafood, along with superb waterfront venues. A large outdoor patio allows diners to sit outside and take advantage of the spectacular views in cooler weather. The menu features a large selection of fresh fish, including signature Chart House entrees like Macadmia Crusted Mahi; Bronzed Swordfish with jumbo lump crab; and Spiced Yellowfin Ahi with ginger soy sauce and wasabi cream. Leave room for the deserts – hot chocolate lava cake and a Grand Mariner soufflé with chocolate, raspberry or crème anglaise sauce. 7616 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 813-289-7773.

The Club at Treasure Island Lou Graham, former lead singer of Foreigner, and Joe Piscopo, comedian/actor, are among entertainment planned for The Club at Treasure Island, a private venue that entrepreneur Bill Edwards bought in 2009 and spent a year renovating and upgrading. The new upscale club offers concierge services, a first-rate culinary team and an intimate, cabaret-style second floor ballroom for the great line-up of entertainers Edwards is bringing to town. “It’s a totally different tempo and atmosphere for the club,” says Scott Pinsker, director of marketing and sales. Members have access to six clay tennis courts, a marina and heated pool. Ten percent of membership dues are donated to All Children’s Hospital, along with proceeds from special events, some of which are open to the public. 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. 727-367-4511. dR

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he holiday season is upon us, and because we oftentimes have balmy temperatures and sunny skies, it’s sometimes hard to get into the spirit. Well, believe it or not, it’s time once again to light and decorate our homes for all the festivities in the upcoming weeks! We spoke with several Bay area decorators on ways to jumpstart your decorating, just in time for the celebrations to begin! You don’t have to be Clark Griswold from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” when it comes to decorating the exterior of your home! Nick Schriver, a decorator with Decorating Elves, and his team have seen a renaissance of sorts back to the traditional holiday colors outside the home instead of white lights. “Not everyone’s doing it,” said Schriver, “but it’s along the lines of we’ve seen a lot more of it.” Schriver credits the resurgence of color to clients wanting to get back to the youthfulness about what the holidays are all about. The elves use bigger, multicolor bulbs to achieve the colorful effect, without any gaudiness coming into play. 24


At the same time, Schriver notes that Christmas is a very traditional time of year, and that traditional items are always a mainstay. Some of these traditional decorating ideas include outlining roof lines, wreaths on windows, wrapping trees and bushes, and character displays in the yard. Even icicle lighting, which was a fad just a few years, has become a staple in lit decorations. Decorating Elves is making the conversion to LED lights, “the best new thing on the market,” said Schriver. “In Tampa, with the high humidity and proximity to the water and salt air, LEDs are far more weather resistant,” he said. Not only that, but clients see up to 80 percent savings off the holiday lighting portion of their electricity bills. Mary Peterson, owner of Signature Landscape Lighting, takes a different look at lighting the exterior of the home. For instance, Peterson likes to wrap a tree in a very wide red velvet ribbon, and highlight the decoration with a spotlight on the tree. “I like to be different, to go against the norm,” she said. “We make it different so that you stand out a little bit more.”

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Peterson also notes that holiday lighting can be used year-round, not just during the season. “We stress that you can have that festive look year-round,” she said. “Enjoy that party atmosphere, that look, throughout the year.” Peterson carries the festive feel of the holidays throughout the year by creating a complete lighting package, tailored to each client’s needs, that may include a combination of holiday lighting, up lighting

and architectural lighting. Inside the home, Judy Miller, owner, Limited Edition Interiors, advises that less is more, whatever your taste. “One of the things I recommend people do is, if they’re purchasing things, to purchase big things for their trees,” said Miller. Or, if you have a lot of smaller things, cluster them together. She likes to cluster a group of smaller balls together using a hot glue gun or wire, tying them together with a bow on top. Themed and color-coordinated Christmas trees are also big with Miller’s clients. “For a color-themed tree, look for things that match the colors that you already have in your home,” she advised. “Gold and silver goes with everything!” Looking for a Florida tree? She suggests finding big white sand dollars or other sea life objects, and tropical flowers (such as silk orchids) and foliage, and voila—a Florida tree! For those with family heirloom trees (like yours truly!), Miller suggests adding red balls or bows to anchor the tree, while still showing off those handmade ornaments you’re so proud of. Don’t have a lot of time to decorate during the holiday season? Miller likes to find slim, or pencil, trees that don’t have

the girth of regular trees. Once decorated to your liking, they can simply be rolled up in a sheet and stored in the back of a closet or in the attic until you’re ready to use them the next season. Simply unwrap, and you’ve got a decorated tree, all ready to go! One of the ways to make your home cozy during the holidays is to light a fire in the fireplace. Urban Concepts offers both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, but with an edge. Shelly Meadows with Urban Concepts works in homes not usually associated with fireplaces—

condos and apartments. She has even put burners into coffee tables, “for an indoor fire pit.” The fireplaces that Meadows works with burn ethanol, an alternative fuel that is clean burning and doesn’t smoke. “We have the perfect Florida fireplace,” said Meadows. “They put off low heat, and all of that heat goes throughout the room, instead of a vent.” With all of these decorating ideas, whatever your idea of decorating for the holidays, make it festive and most of all—you! dR

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By Gale Steves Home for the holidays usually means pulling out all those posh plates, glittering glassware and shining silver you have saved for this occasion. Tis the season to celebrate, and what better way than a fine table display. However, you may need to go shopping because this year’s design trend is for putting on the glitz, not the holly or snowmen. “The new elegant holiday table is a combination of gold, silver and deep reds or blues”, say Winnie Magnon Marvel of Alvin Magnon Jewelers. “And the good news is that these pieces (sans Santa) can be used for stylish entertaining throughout the year, not just relegated to the months of December and January.” 26

The trick is that you do not have to invest in a whole new set of anything. Try adding a fresh look with new salad or accent plates. They can change the whole look of a table. The same is true of new stemware. A touch of gold or color can add drama to a meal. And gleaming silver serving pieces makes a table feel dressed for dinner. This is a secret that fashionable hostesses have been practicing forever. So dust off your stored china and crystal, and create this year’s seasonal settings with a few new additions. Here are some inspirations to bring glad tidings to your holiday table.

Table Mate The simple lines of Christofle Silver’s Malmaison gravy boat give your sauces distinction, whether they are homemade or made by others. Treasure this piece on your table. ($1,750.) Available at Christofle store in Pelican Bay, Naples or by special order from Robb & Stucky, Tampa.

Dressed in Red Red is definitely an attention getter, and it will give a special glow to your table with these outstanding accent plates in Syracuse Rose pattern by Robert Haviland for Mottahedeh. ($190.00 each or 5-piece place setting, $990.) Alvin Magnon Jewelers, Tampa

Precious Metals China for a gracious table needs to be a chameleon. It should be able to dress up or dress down depending on the occasion. The Palladium bone china from Tiffany features a radiating pattern of gold and platinum pinstripes. $225 and up. Tiffany & Co., International Plaza, Tampa.

Regal Setting This china pattern is multi-layered and can change personality accordingly. Renaissance Gold china by Wedgwood makes a holiday table gleam or a regular dinner a festive occasion. The bold blue and intricate gold detail makes this a favorite. $215 for 5-piece place setting. $990. Macy’s Westshore Plaza, Tampa.

Raise a Glass Crystal stemware adds glass distinction to your holiday table. Get in the party spirit with this exquisite Mille Nuits Flutissimo in Ruby by Baccarat. Your champagne will taste even better than before in these flutes. $220 each—boxed in set of two. Neiman Marcus, International Plaza, Tampa. dR 27






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A Dolphin’s Tale

From Rescue to the Big Screen

By Susan B. Barnes


ive years ago, a small, threemonth old dolphin found herself with a crab trap wrapped around her tail. Fortunately, some fishermen came upon her and worked with others to rescue her. Fortunately for her,


she made her way to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), where she was cared for 24/7 by staff and volunteers (yours truly, included!)—and named Winter. As a result of the entanglement, Winter lost her tail; survival from such a dramatic injury was virtually unheard of.

After all, how could a dolphin swim or even survive without a tail?! CMA staff and volunteers had faith and continued to work with her and, against all odds, she survived! Obstacles remained, however. What could be done about a tail? The only

answer anyone could come up with, a prosthetic tail. A lot of concerns surrounded that concept, though—how would the tail stay on? What effect would saltwater have? And, since Winter was a juvenile, there would need to be several prosthetics to fit her as she grew. CMA staff worked extensively with a team of experts to develop the prosthetic tails for Winter. The consortium consists of Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., and was advised by Mike Walsh, DVM, former Director of Veterinary Services at SeaWorld; Steve McCulloch, Director of Dolphin Research and Conservation at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution; and Juli D. Goldstein, DVM and marine mammal specialist. All of the work was done pro bono, and Winter received her first tail in September 2007, nearly two years after she was rescued. According to David Yates, chief executive officer, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Winter will continue to get a new tail every three months or so for the next three to four years as she grows into adulthood. As word spread about Winter’s incredible story of survival, she became a worldwide sensation. She became quite the celebrity and the subject of many features, from articles in The St. Petersburg Times to The Today Show to television and newspapers around the world. Nearly three and a half years ago, Yates knew that a movie was in the works. “There’s a long way to go until you get close to a green light,” he said.

Opposite: New pool built in summer of 2010 for the quarantine and rehabilitation of rescued dolphins. This pool will be seen in the movie Dolphin Tale (release date September 2011), about Winter. Top right: Abby Stone and Elaina Franklin fit Winter with her first prosthetic tail. Middle right: Abby Stone is playing and working on behaviors with Winter. Bottom right: Winter wearing her prosthetic tail swimming in her pool. Next page: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium 31

Dolphin Tale, a 3-D movie, began filming in Clearwater in late September, and stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr. and Kris Kristofferson—and, of course, Winter! To get a feel for Winter and her natural behaviors, director Charles Martin Smith spent time with her to get to know her, and to see what could be worked into the film. Mid-summer, Winter’s trainers and CMA staff started working with her to desensitize her to what would be new surroundings. “We built a fake movie set with a lot of the things she’d see during filming,” said Yates. “Things like cameras, lights and booms.” “A lot of what she’s doing in the movie, she’s already doing—it’s her. The best thing is that with her, it’s a lot of fun. She enjoys it. Dolphins need to be stimulated, and Winter’s having a blast right now.” Though Smith is directing the film, Winter’s trainers and CMA staff are in and around the water with her, though out of frame, queuing her. And other aquarium residents will be in the movie, too. “Panama, the dolphin Winter lives with, will play herself,” jokes Yates. She, Indy and Nicholas—all rescued dolphins— will be a part of a mock release scene.


“From day one, we knew the only way that we could do the movie is for everyone to understand that the animal care continues for all our animals,” said Yates. “The movie is going to be huge; it’s going to be life-changing for the aquarium,” he said. “We’re going to tell Winter’s story and it’s going to be seen around the world. The attendance, the revenue and the donations will enable us to grow in our work and to rescue more animals. “This is the ultimate life-changing event that rarely comes around for an organization,” Yates continued. While the CMA team is excited about the movie and telling Winter’s story of survival, Yates understands the impact that it will have not only on the aquarium, but for the area. He believes the making of the movie is the biggest tourism promotion ever for Pinellas County. Dolphin Tale is being filmed at the aquarium, which will be known as Clearwater Marine Hospital in the movie, in addition to spots in and around Clearwater. The landscape isn’t the only local perspective, though. “Out of the nearly 150-person production team, a vast majority are Floridabased,” said Yates. “Of those who are

Florida-based, a majority of them are Tampa-based.” On screen, there will be a scene in the movie, Save Winter Day, which will include about 500 extras, all local. The production of the movie taking place in Clearwater and Pinellas County is generating a lot of money for the area, including hotel rooms, restaurants and the hospitality industry in general, according to Yates. Filming is scheduled to wrap in early December, and a tentative release date for Dolphin Tale is set for mid-September 2011. Though the major premiers will be in L.A. or New York, Yates is confident Clearwater will see its own red carpet premier. “The only thing guaranteed is that the schedule changes. We’re taking it one day at a time,” said Yates. Though she wasn’t expected to survive, Winter continued her fight and defied the odds and survived her seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Five years ago I had a chance to be a part of her life and took away a gentle, friendly reminder that all of us can survive anything if we try. Soon the whole world will be able to take away that same message. dR

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The holiday season is nearly here, and you can feel the change in the air. Get togethers with friends and families are planned; gifts are bought and wrapped (maybe!); and happiness abounds. New Orleans is seemingly made for the holidays. The architecture and ironworks found throughout the city are magically strewn with greens, garlands and twinkling lights, setting just the right scene to celebrate the holidays. To really immerse yourself in the holidays—New Orleans style, take advantage of some of the many events the city has planned. One holiday favorite is to


take a stroll through the Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, a dazzling display of nearly two million lights strung throughout 100-year-old oak trees. On December 11, take the trolley to the historic Garden District and stroll through the 35th Annual Holiday Home Tour. Seven beautifully decorated homes will be featured, as well as a bonus—the Opera Guild Home. If you’re visiting over December 19, stop by St. Louis Cathedral’s Annual Holiday Concert, and afterwards, take a song sheet and lit candle and join in on your favorite carols during Caroling in Jackson Square,

right in the heart of the French Quarter. Eating, of course, is part of the New Orleans experience. With restaurant after restaurant offering the finest meals, you really can’t go wrong with whichever you choose in the Big Easy. For a true culinary delight, make reservations for breakfast at Brennan’s Restaurant. Plan on spending an hour or two to enjoy a decadent, three-course breakfast. Yes, a three-course breakfast. My recommendation: start with the baked apple, followed by either the Eggs Sardou, with artichoke bottoms and creamed spinach, or Eggs Nouvelle

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Home Theater • Fully-Equipped Gym • Dock for 60-Foot Boat ontemporary masterpiece on the brick streets of Dunedin’s waterfront. Double lot on wide open deep water with dock currently occupying a 60foot boat. Day or night this home offers unforgettable panoramic water views from every room. This is the ultimate home for entertaining. Gourmet kitchen with SubZeros, double ovens, double dishwashers and natural gas range. Enormous living and dining rooms. Deluxe home theater with top of the line projector and movie screen.


Handsome office with mahogany built-ins and an amazing upscale sports lounge and gaming area. Luxurious master suite with steam room. High-tech security system with surveillance cameras. Very private guest suite with sitting area. Presently there’s a fully-equipped gym available that rivals the areas finest fitness club. Dramatic custom pool with fiber optic lighting that makes you feel like you are at the finest resort. Lush landscaping and an oversized 3-car garage complete this waterfront gem!

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eachfront Mansion with Clearwaters only Rooftop pool! Visiting Clearwater? Whether you are looking to rent or purchase a luxurious home, look no further. This extravagant home is offered for rent or purchase. Imagine vacationing at one of the top 10 beaches in the United States at one of the finest homes along the gulf coast of Florida. This fabulous vacation get-away is tucked away in a private setting, surrounded by balconies, connected by elevators, and crowned by a rooftop pool that boasts panoramic views of the beach. That’s right, there is a full-size swimming pool on the roof. The home features every creature comfort that you can imagine from high-speed internet to gas grills to breathtaking views. The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath beach house is a vacationer’s dream come true. If you just want to enjoy the home for a short time, you don’t need to pay the $3.5 million asking price. There are plenty of activities to enjoy on the white sandy beach along with some of the finest restaurants on the gulf coast. Upon request our 16 passenger Hummer limo will escort you for the 25 minute drive from Tampa International Airport. You are also only two hours from the “magic” of the Orlando area. Truly, this beachfront home is considered the vacation of a lifetime!

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Chef Daniel Goldich Senior Banquet Chef to Executive Chef in the Blink of an Eye


ugust was fast approaching and Chef Daniel Goldich looked forward to having the month off. The senior banquet chef for the Renaissance International Plaza Tampa Hotel was awaiting the arrival of soon-to-be-born daughter Gabriela as well as taking a break before the busy banquet season began. But the vacation was cut short when then Pelagia Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi announced he was moving to St. Louis to join the Four Seasons Hotel and needed to start right away. The 31-year-old Goldich, who arrived in Tampa six years ago to work side-by-side with Schenardi to open the Renaissance Hotel’s signature restaurant, was needed back in the kitchen. Within weeks, Goldich was named Schenardi’s successor. Because Pelagia is part of the AAA Four Diamond Renaissance Hotel, its executive chef supervises not only a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily but also room service for all 293 guest rooms and on-site catering for weddings, fund-raising events and corporate meetings to ensure the quality, consistency and creativity does not lag at any level. What might seem overwhelming to others is familiar territory to Goldich who previously worked at leading resorts and restaurants coast-to-coast, from Atlantic City, N.J. to Southern California. But it was his childhood spent on the 40-acre family farm in southern New Jersey and the catering business started by his grandmother late in life that first interested Goldich in learning to cook professionally. “I had five sisters so we didn’t go out to eat much. Everyone would help cook,” Goldich recalled. “After my grandparents retired, my grandmother was always entertaining family and friends so I would 64

help with her catering business.” Formal training in the culinary arts followed at vocational school and continued until graduation from the acclaimed Academy of Culinary Arts in Atlantic City in 1999. Next stop was the French Alps where Goldich worked as an apprentice under the eight-month tutelage of a chef in Chambery whose restaurant boasted a much coveted Michelin star. “What you put into it is what you get out of it,” Goldich said of his culinary education. “I wanted to learn the proper techniques and a professor had a contact with a revered chef so I went to southeast France to learn the basics of classic French cuisine.” Upon returning to the U.S., Goldich joined the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City before making another off-shore career jump, this time to focus on fusion cuisine at the W Hotel’s Diamond Head Grill in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was 2001 when Goldich returned to the mainland and the dine-amic duo of Goldich and Schenardi first teamed up to open the Five Star, Five Diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, CA. Five years later, when Schenardi opted to made a cross-country career move to Tampa to open Pelagia, he encouraged Goldich to join him and launch what has consistently been a critically acclaimed restaurant lauded for its fresh flavors, inviting presentations and inventive dishes. Now that Goldich has stepped up to Pelagia’s top spot, he knows all will be watching and waiting to see what changes he makes, what direction the menu takes and how the pressures of this pressurecooker position will be handled. Spend time with the calm, competent

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and, yes, confident, Goldich and one would never know there are any stresses related to juggling the new job, a growing family and the day-to-day demands of the restaurant, room service and banquets. As he finalizes the fall/winter and holiday menus, helps his wife, Lynnette, raise their seven-week-old daughter, and 18-month-old son Liam, Goldich is building partnerships with local sources for foods that will meet the quality and quantity demands of Pelagia. “I can’t change it all at once but I want to incorporate more foods that are grown locally, purchase seafood that is fresh from the docks and use more of what is in season and fresh,” he said.

Seafood Pasta with Saffron Tagliatelle, Lemon Cello and Lobster Broth 2 ounces semolina flour 7 ounces all purpose flour 2 eggs 1 tablespoon hot white wine 1 teaspoon chopped saffron 1 pinch salt 1 teaspoon oil 6 pieces scallops (u-10) 12 pieces mussels 12 pieces shrimp (16/20) 6 ounces grouper, diced 1/4 cup tomato, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon shallots, chopped 1/4 cup white wine 1 ounce butter 1/4 cup lobster stock

Mix the two flours together then add eggs, saffron previously steeped with the wine (save wine for sautéing seafood), salt and mix in mixer with a dough hook. Work the dough for 10 minutes and let rest for 30 minutes then pass it through the pasta machine until you reach the number 1.25. Let dry for two minutes and cut into Tagliatelle shapes. Place on tray with semolina and, when ready, cook in boiling salted water. In a hot sauté pan with a little oil, add seasoned scallop and sear. Once scallop is seared well add mussels, white fish, and shrimp, diced tomatoes, shallots and garlic then deglaze with white wine. Once reduced, add lobster stock, reduce and finish with a tab of butter. Then toss with cooked pasta.

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Sauté vegetables, cut up lobsters then add to vegetables. Roast well until bright red. Add tomato paste, paprika and let caramelize. Add garlic, peppercorns, thyme and bay leaves. Deglaze with brandy and lemon cello flame and burn off alcohol. Add water to cover by two inches. Bring to a boil, lower temperature and let simmer for two hours. Strain and cool in ice bath. Should be reduced to 1/2 gallon of liquid. Refrigerate remainder up to a week or freeze up to six months. Serves 6 dR

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2.5 pounds Mirepoix (carrots, onions and celery) 5 pounds lobster bodies cleaned (ask market) 8 ounces tomato paste 1 cup brandy 1 cup lemon cello 8 cloves garlic 8 pieces of peppercorns 1 sprig thyme 2 bay leaves 1 gallon water

QUESTIONS POSED TO CHEF DANIEL Favorite book: Kitchen Confidential by Chef Anthony Bourdain It is a look at real life situations in a kitchen. I have worked with people who actually hid cookware in the ceiling tiles so that no one else would use it or take it. One person in the world you’d want to cook for: His grandmother It would mean a lot to me for her to see what I am doing. Best part about your job: Instant gratification from customers You need to know what they expect and give them what they want. 65


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olidays are synonymous with special traditions, spending time with loved ones and delicious meals. And what better way to start the season out right than a visit to the legendary Tampa establishment that was founded on those same principles: Alessi Bakery & Deli. When Nicolo Alessi arrived in Tampa from Italy in 1912, he put his baking knowledge to good use and opened the first Alessi Bakery on Cherry Street. In 1925, he moved the bakery to the corner of North Howard Avenue and Chestnut Street. Now, nearly 100 years later, Alessi Bakery & Deli continues to fill Tampa Bay bellies with delicious Italian delicacies made with the finest ingredients. The current West Cypress Street, green-roofed location boasts an Old World charm with rows of sweet treats, make-to-order sandwiches, specialty coffees and friendly smiles, no doubt in part by the family management, Phil Alessi Jr., the great-grandson of Nicola Alessi. Phil Jr. serves as Alessi Bakery &


Deli’s President and CEO, but he will be the first one to showcase a more laidback attitude. “I’m not one for titles,” Phil Jr. explains. “We are very personable here. We are on a first-name basis with many of our customers.” And the landmark’s busiest time of year is no different. Italian and gingerbread cookies, Yule logs, biscotti, specialty cakes and more are freshly made every day and sent out with customers to enjoy during their holiday parties and seasonal gatherings. Regulars as well as new visitors bustle their families right into the restaurant to nibble and chat in the outdoor-seating area. Others reach out to the Alessi Bakery & Deli to take over the entire holiday-meal planning through the catering service, which can help a hostess with any party stress. In the end, Phil Jr. takes great pride knowing that Tampa Bay families will be taking Alessi Bakery & Deli along in all their holiday traditions. “It’s a dream come true to bring the bakery to the next generation,” Phil Jr.

says. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of something my family started so long ago and I want to help carry on that tradition.” Alessi Bakery & Deli will celebrate that great honor by decorating for the holidays and making more than 20,000 pounds of Italian cookies during the season. Perhaps you’ll end up with a holiday spread much like the Alessi family at family gatherings. “We are a very close-knit family and we keep things pretty low-key, but we do have any amazing spread,” Phil Jr. boasts. And as always, the bakery’s reputation for quality, consistency and customer service will keep you coming back for more, long after the twinkle lights are packed up and the last candy cane is gone. Aside from the winter offerings, Alessi Bakery & Deli will still have those must-have items that patrons have come to love like stuffed potatoes, Cuban sandwiches, deviled crabs, fresh salads, unbelievably delicious bakery goods and more. Be sure to try the famous “Scachatta,” which was originally created by Nicolo Alessi in Italy. Alessi Bakery & Deli still makes this best-selling item with that same recipe today—and that’s a family tradition.

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Gingerbread Cookie


6 cups all-purpose flour or pastry flour 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup shortening 1/2 cup water 1 cup molasses 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be frosted with the icing of your choice.

Cherry Almond Biscotti 2 cups white sugar 1 cup all-purpose shortening 4 eggs 4 1/2 cups cake flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup honey 1 1/2 teaspoons anise extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup almonds, sliced 1 cup dried cherries Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine honey, anise extract and

vanilla in a small bowl or measuring cup. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Alternately add dry ingredients and honey mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stir in the almonds and cherries. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto prepared sheet, forming two 2- x 13-inch long strips on each sheet. Smooth dough into logs with moistened fingertips. Use flour if needed. Bake about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Place cookie sheets on racks and cool completely. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Cut cooled logs on the diagonal into 3/4-inch thick slices using a serrated knife. Place slices on cookie sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes, until dry and slightly brown. Remove to a rack and cool. They can be dipped in chocolate if desired. dR

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Egg Wash 1 egg 1 teaspoon water Sift together the flour, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into three pieces, pat down and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies one-inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the baking sheet to 67


Where to eat around the bay   AQUAKNOX GLOBAL WATER CUISINE 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway in the Westin Tampa Bay Airport, Tampa. 813-675-8700 or AquaKnox has made a huge splash with its Global Water menu, and ultra-chic decor. Occupying more than 10,000 square feet, AquaKnox provides a modern, open atmosphere and the waterencased, walk-in wine tower is visually captivating and functionally spectacular, housing more than 400 selections. The centrally located, state-of-the-art kitchen and raw bar, visible from virtually every table, offers an open elegance while a private chef’s table is designated for guests wishing for a more intimate experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations recommended.

 BACKFIN BLUE CAFÉ 2913 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport. 727-343-2583 or People come for the baked-not-fried crab cakes, which are Maryland style, filled with jumbo lump blue crab and very little else. Owner and Chef Harold Russell, who ran the kitchen at the Hurricane on PassA-Grille and Shula’s in Tampa before opening this spot in 1997, serves up hearty comfort foods and fish dishes in a charming bungalow, where cans of Old Bay Seasoning figure into the décor. Dinner only: Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Kids’ menu available.


Charley’s Steakhouse and Market Fresh Fish

249 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-897-9728 or Oysters are the stars here, with freshly shucked Louisiana Selects served raw, fried or baked on the half shell. Sit at the long, white marble bar and enjoy the lively banter in this neighborhood place. Or for a more formal dining experience luxuriate at a table. Wherever you choose to sit though, the food, which also includes fish, steaks, pasta and chicken, is as good as the big-city ambience. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 CEVICHE TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT 10 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, 727-209-2302; 1502 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, 813-250-0203; 2930 Gulf to Bay, Clearwater, 727-799-3082. Today it’s a mini chain with five locations. But when Ceviche first opened in Tampa in 1995, it had only a handful of tables. Thankfully, it still lacks chain ambience. Nothing feels canned, and nothing tastes bland either. A dizzying list of traditional tapas, pinchos, ceviches, paellas and cazuelas are accompanied by more inventive little dishes, such as ceviche a la Rusa (an oyster ceviche topped with caviar and chilled vodka). Some warm dishes are drenched in sherry and cream and taste so divine that you wonder why they haven’t sparked a trend. You can wash everything down with sangria, Spanish wine, Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant 68

sherry, cider, or beer; take in Flamenco at the Flamenco Bar; and end the meal by splitting a towering torta de tres leches. The Tampa location offers poolside dining, and the St. Pete one occupies three separate restaurant spaces, really, at the Ponce de Leon hotel, and it’s a see-and-be-seen place. In Tampa: Dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week; Sundays open for brunch. In St. Pete: Breakfast, lunch and dinner served seven days a week at Pincho; dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week. In Clearwater: Lunch and dinner served Tuesday through Sunday.

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 CHARLEY’S STEAK HOUSE & MARKET FRESH FISH 4444 West Cypress Street, Tampa. 813-353-9706 or Charley’s serves only the best USDA Prime and Choice cuts which come from three-year-old, grain-fed steers. The steaks are cooked on a 1,100-degree open pit fueled by oak and Florida citrus woods. Charley’s also offers an array of amenities—among them a private dining room and wine lockers. The overall ambience is unpretentious. It’s like home—except that you don’t have to flip the steaks yourself. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 CRAZY CONCH CAFÉ 1110 Pinellas Bayway South, Suite 206, Tierra Verde. 727-865-0633 or If people blowing past “downtown” Tierra Verde on their way to Fort DeSoto knew about Crazy Conch, they just might time their beach excursions with dinner here. Owners Michael Peeland Sally Herb are Tierra Verde locals with a local following. Chef Peel’s Gulf Coast menu is comfort food for the beach with Southern dishes mixed in. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Featuring Certified Angus Beef steaks, the freshest seafood, and delectable desserts in a relaxed elegant waterfront environment. Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille is one of the area’s favorite places for a group party, business meal or a quiet romantic dinner for two. Our expert service staff will make your dining experience a to remember!

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A Taste of New Florida in an Old Florida Atmosphere 221 Main Street | Dunedin, Florida

727.734.1445 New York Strip, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

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 GALLAGHER’S STEAK HOUSE 614 Channelside Drive #215, Tampa. 813-229-8000 or Gallagher’s Steak House was founded in 1927 in New York City, where it first served and named the New York Strip. The steaks, Prime, are dry aged on premises for three to four weeks then are cooked over a charcoal fire. They live up to their reputation: well marbled, nicely crusted, boldly flavored yet tender. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 GRILLE ONE SIXTEEN E & E Stakeout Grill’s Prime steaks

 E & E STAKEOUT GRILL 100 N. Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs 727-585-6399 or For a dining experience where taste, service and presentation are second to none, come to E&E Stakeout Grill. The food is exciting yet down to earth. Featuring Prime Steaks, Seafood, Fajitas, Burgers and more. Lunch Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dinner Monday through Thursday 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4:00 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Reservations accepted.

 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR 4322 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa. 813-874-9463 or Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged Prime beef and discover new tastes with our unique wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Fleming’s gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

15405 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-265-0116 or New American cuisine served in modern swank can change the world for a little while. Beyond the fancy, understated décor, though, the food is steak house and then some. Organic steaks and perfectly cooked fish tempt those in for more than just nibbling. Otherwise you can make a meal sharing appetizers, salads and desserts. Side dishes are steak house standards, upscaled a bit and served family style. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 IRB SUSHI 416 - 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach. 727-593-2808 (next to Crabby Bill’s) Owned by Matt Loder Sr., owner of Crabby Bills, and managed by Matt Loder Jr., IRB Sushi is carrying on a 30-year tradition of serving the finest and freshest seafood you will find on the beaches in a relaxing, laid-back beach atmosphere. Matt Jr. and Sr. welcome all of you to an evening of fun and fine food. Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

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4134 West Boy Scout Boulevard, MetWest International, Tampa. 813-877-5938 or Kona Grill’s team of eight sushi chefs offer an expansive sushi menu featuring several signature items, as well as traditional sushi and sashimi. The warm, inviting interior includes Kona Grill’s signature saltwater aquarium, contemporary dining



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Lunch • Dinner • Take out •Thai Asian • Sushi • Full Bar • hood tradition and improves upon it with an emphasis on friendly service and an innovative cuisine. Malio’s Prime is located on the bottom floor of a downtown high-rise that looks out over the Hillsborough River and the picturesque University of Tampa campus. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Monday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.


Michael’s 717 South’s infamous crab wontons

room, full-service display sushi bar and a modern upbeat bar scene with an expansive outdoor dining patio. Lunch and Dinner: Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Reservations accepted.

 MALIO’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7746 or A luxurious offshoot of the fabled Malio’s Steakhouse, a Tampa institution, Malio’s Prime takes that 35-year neighbor-

2819 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. 727-584-1700 or This fancy-but-casual seafood joint also serves steaks and likes to keep the landlubbers happy. Fish foodies will be in their element, though. The décor is sport-fisherman chic with island ambience, as is the menu. With so many fish in the sea to choose from, you can thankfully be indecisive and dine tapas style. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Children’s menu available.

 MICHAEL’S 717 SOUTH 717 S. Howard Avenue, Tampa. 813-250-1661 or Serving authentic homemade Italian dishes from the kitchens of Italy to the exotic seafood from the Pacific Rim. Choose from their expansive appetizer list, to more than 25 entrée selections including their aged Prime Beef steak varieties, farm fresh all natural chicken, and better known local favorites, such as their famous Miso & Sake fresh grouper. They have a 450-bottle wine list, serve 71

award-winning martinis and specialty drinks. Homemade desserts, include Kona Molten Lava Cake. Michael Stewart, local owner, and twice voted “Chef of the Year” Robert Masson welcome patrons to enjoy the art deco paintings, cozy booths, open kitchen, clubby bar, and private dining rooms. Lunch and Dinner: Monday through Friday. Dinner only Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.

It’s Italian with a Cape Town twist, thanks to its South African owners, Arno and Irene Waltsleben. Some Italian standards are spiced up with hints of curry, red chili peppers, coriander and cilantro for example. Chef Arno consistently delivers high-quality food for a great price. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in downtown St. Pete. Lunch: Mondays through Fridays. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.



442 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 100, Tampa. 813-254-5373 or A classy place in a classy part of town, Mise En Place oozes sophistication. Its chic décor complements its clientele of movers and shakers and beautiful people. The swanky lounge attracts the after-work crowd with elaborate cocktails, a top-notch wine list and an extensive menu of small plates. This fine-dining restaurant is not just looks, though. Its new American menu undergoes a weekly transformation based on what’s in season and the whims of Chef Marty Blitz. For more than fifteen years, Mise En Place has been ground-zero for serious foodies that want to wow their palettes. Blitz takes inspiration from the world’s cuisines, using local ingredients whenever possible, so it’s hard to not want to try more than one dish. Lunch and dinner: Tuesdays through Fridays. Dinner only: Saturdays. Reservations accepted.

4912 Fourth Street North or 128 Third Street South, St. Petersburg. 727-527-8728 or Technically Red Mesa is a Mexican restaurant, but it’s also one of the best seafood restaurants in the area, with grouper and gulf shrimp to remind you this is Florida. If there’s a wait, order a glass of sangria and savor the aromas from the kitchen as you deliberate between authentic Mexican, southwesterninspired dishes, or ones with Caribbean, Cuban or Asian influence. Guacamole and fundidos may tempt you to fill up on tortilla chips, but plan to save room for an entrée. And Platanos Foster if you can. Lunch: Mondays through Saturdays. Dinner: Mondays through Sundays. Breakfast and brunch: Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more.

 MYSTIC FISH 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-1800 or You’re lucky if you live in north Pinellas and can come often. No matter how far you have to drive to get to Mystic Fish, though, it’s worth the trip. Co-owner and Chef Doug Bebell knows his fish, and you’ll find seafood standards, like Maine lobsters, yellowfin tuna and salmon cooked traditionally and with invention on the menu. For example, blackened Chilean sea bass is seasoned with ginger, soy and seaweed, and the rare tuna gets Thai garlic-chili sauce and Japanese spices. Despite its name, Mystic Fish has a reputation among meat lovers, too. The steaks are hormone free, thankfully, and the New Zealand rack of lamb in a Guinness demi-glace has a following. The special menu dishes are truly special. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

 OISHI SUSHI & STEAK HOUSE 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-9202 Here you will find the art of Teppanyaki and the ultimate traditional Japanese food, specially prepared to pamper your palate by professional chefs bent on spoiling you and making this a delightful feast you will long remember. One visit and you will be back for the best and freshest sushi you have ever tasted. Lunch specials and a full bar for your pleasure. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week.

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 RICKY P’s A NEW ORLEANS PO BOY SHOP 6521 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-525-2023 or Rick Parsons, a native of New Orleans is thrilled to be living his dream—making people happy in the face with his delicious home cooking. In addition to his mouth watering sloppy roast beef, muffaletta, and shrimp po boys he also cooks up an authentic seafood gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, etouffee, and Louisiana-style crab cakes. Another speciality of the house is the most delicious bread pudding you have ever tasted. Lunch: Oishi Sushi & Steak House 73

special occasions, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, etc. Family owned and operated for 20 plus years. Lunch and dinner: Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Brunch: Sundays only.


Sloppy Joe’s signature entree

Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner: Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.

 SEA SEA RIDERS 221 Main Street, Dunedin, Florida. 727-734-1445 or Located near the waterfront in the quaint downtown district of Dunedin, Sea Sea Riders serves award-winning, reasonablypriced cuisine in a casual setting—arguably serving the best steak and seafood in Tampa Bay. A taste of new Florida in an old Florida atmosphere. Banquet rooms are available to host

Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. 727-367-1600 or When you want to soak in a stunning sunset while sipping a beachy cocktail nothing hits the spot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sure, it’s not the original one, but that’s just a detail, especially when the beachfront deck seats 150. It’s the place to be with music, vacationers and seasoned locals making it festive. It also offers a casual beachy menu with the faves from the Key West institution, among them the conch fritters, sloppy joes, Key lime pie and wings. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week.

 TAPS WINE & BEER MERCHANTS 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-463-1968 or Located at the base of the Skypoint condominium building on North Ashley is Taps Wine and Beer Merchants. There are more than 60 bottles of wine available by the glass dispensed from hightech dispensing machines. And for the beer drinker the selection includes more than 300 domestic and imported beers. The kitchen turns out a creative assortment of light meals. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Seven days week. Reservations accepted.

 TEATRO ON SEVENTH 1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite C-201, Centro Ybor. 813-248-9400 or Centro Ybor’s Teatro on Seventh honors the historical past of Ybor City. The beautifully restored brick building, originally built in 1892, provides a unique ambiance with its detailed tin ceiling, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling ornate windows and a unique cigar terrace that overlooks the historic and lively Seventh Avenue. Teatro’s International fusion cuisine offers something for everyone. The menu provides signature dishes and cocktails that are distinctive and found only at Teatro. Valet parking is provided on 9th Avenue at the North end of Centro Ybor. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 THE VENUE 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. 727-571-2222 or Viaggio was recently voted one of Florida’s best restaurants by Florida Trend and has quickly become a local hot spot. The chef has created a tantalizing menu that truly sets the standard for signature steaks, the freshest local seafood, and a creative array of international tapas. Takara distinguishes itself by serving only the finest grade sushi available. Its traditionally Sea Sea Riders’ Vanilla Rum Grouper 74

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trained chefs prepare each dish to order and continue to garner top accolades throughout Tampa Bay. Come experience Takara’s exotic cuisine and indulge yourself in its beautiful and friendly atmosphere. Reservations accepted.

 WATER UNIQUE SUSHI 1015 12⁄ South Howard Avenue, Tampa. 813-251-8406 or Sushi gets really Americanized in a good way here. Those that fear carbs, for example, can order sushi deconstructed (called “water bowls”) with Asian slaw or greens in place of the rice. And more traditional sushi rolls can be made with brown rice,

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and its “water rolls” replace the nori with rice paper. The healthy menu offers intriguing combos, such as the don’tknock-it-until-you-try-it banana-eel roll and Asian guacamole served with wonton chips. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

 WATERCOLOUR STEAKHOUSE AND GRILL 1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach. 727-593-1661 or Acclaimed to have the best steaks on the beach, Watercolour Steakhouse and Grill features certified black Angus beef steaks as well as the freshest seafood and the most delectable desserts. Served in a relaxed elegant waterfront environment, Watercolours is one of the area’s finest places for a group party, business meal or a quiet romantic dinner. Expert service staff will make your dining experience one to remember. Dinner: Daily 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT & FINE CATERING 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach. 727-393-3491 or Ted and Kai invite all of you to an evening of award-winning fine dining, with continental fare and European flair. Serving Tampa Bay for more than 30 years with theme-designed rooms that reflect French, Swiss, Italian and Spanish decor. The Wine Cellar has been awarded the Florida Trend “Golden Spoon Award” and the “Silver Plate Award” from the International Culinary Society on numerous occasions. Live music and dancing starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Old World Lounge. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Watercolour Steakhouse & Grill outdoor dining 75

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REEVES AUDI A8 UNVEILING Reeves Audi hosted a special event to unveil the long awaited Audi A8 at the beautiful Tampa Museum of Art on October 7th. Three hundred guests enjoyed the electric orchestral sound of Nova Era as well as skate dancing by artistic Boogie and StreetSauce. Test drive the new A8 at Reeves Audi.



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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS GALA Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay held its 12th Annual Art of Helping Children Gala, raising more than $200,000 to support their mentoring programs for at-risk children. The Venetian Carnevale themed event featured musical performances by King High School students and was co-title sponsored by EarthTech and the Broadrick Family Foundation.


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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION RESEARCH RECEPTION The American Heart Association held a Research Reception on October 27th at the Tampa Museum of Art featuring local researchers who are currently funded by the organization. Guests were able to mingle with these local scientists and learn how their world-class research positively impacts the world of cardiovascular medicine.


SECOND ANNUAL FARA ENERGY BALL The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), in partnership with the University of South Florida’s Ataxia Research Center (USF ARC), hosted its second annual FARA Energy Ball on August 28th at Tampa’s A La Carte Event Pavilion. This year’s event was headlined by nationally recognized recording artist Sister Hazel. The Ball raised research funds that will improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with ataxia associated diseases and lead to treatments that eliminate its symptoms. 1. Whit McLamore, Jeff Smith-President Outback Steakhouse and Laurie McLamore 2. Monsignor Higgins with Dr. Holly Hedrick 3. Judy Genshaft, PhD, President, USF with Chris Sullivan, Founder OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC





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ampa’s Glazer Children’s Museum isn’t a typical museum. This handson experience actually encourages children and their families to explore and discover all it has to offer. The museum is specifically designed for children through age 10 and their families with educationally programmed exhibits, designed to meet the needs of the young visitors. The 53,000square-foot space features 12 themed areas including 170 “Interactivities” that are accessible, bilingual, safe and interactive. Alan Mock, the museum’s VP of Development & Marketing, says a visitor’s note that the museum received explains it best. “I didn’t have to tell my son ‘no’ or ‘don’t touch that’ all day. All I kept saying was ‘keep going and have fun.’” But the most amazing part of the Glazer Children’s Museum is how it brings

families closer together. “It offers a unique environment that is safe, stimulating and playful, where children and families can

learn about themselves, each other and the world they live in through exploration and role-playing,” Mock explains. The museum’s three floors offers

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hours of amusement and excitement. Visitors explore the Imagination Gift Shop, Tiny Bites Café and three galleries on the first floor. The second floor showcases the rest of the museum’s themes including health, technology and engineering as well as diverse experiences from flying an airplane to shopping for groceries. And the third floor of Tampa’s newest downtown attraction boasts its specialevent space, perfect for holiday parties, wedding and more, with a 2,300-square-foot terrace overlooking the new Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. And all visitors leave truly understanding the Glazer Children’s Museum’s amazing tagline, “It’ll grow your mind.” Let it grow your mind today. 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; 813-443-3861 or dR 85


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White sandy beaches may replace waist-high snow drifts and golf carts are favored over Santa’s sleigh, yet holiday events in Tampa Bay continue to capture the wonder, beauty and excitement of the season. Here are a few highlights.

By Janan Talafer HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT THE GARDEN Be dazzled by 425,000 lights illuminating the 150-acre Florida Botanical Gardens at Pinewood Cultural Park in Largo. The gardens are lit nightly beginning November 26 through January 2. Music and entertainment are provided, food is available and vendors sell holiday-related gift items. New this year, a holiday gift and plant sale on Sunday, December 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. REINDEER AT THE PARK Santa’s reindeer drop by Lowry Park Zoo during Wild Wonderland, a holiday attraction that also includes photos with Santa, free rides, a sweets shop, holiday lights and displays. The event is held in the evening from 7–10 p.m. on


December 10–12; 17–23; and 26–30. New this year is a children’s holiday musical show December 28–29 in the zoo’s Safari Lodge. It is included with the price of admission to Wild Wonderland.

Lowry Park Zoo’s Wild Wonderland

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADES Nothing is quite as magical—or so tropical— as watching a flotilla of boats glide by in the dark, festively illuminated with holiday lights. Don’t miss this annual tradition held everywhere from Tierra Verde, St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island to Indian Shores, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Dunedin, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach. Both The Club at Treasure Island and St. Petersburg will hold parades on   Saturday evening, December 11. 

SANTA, SNOW AND SKATING St. Petersburg kicks off the holidays with a downtown tree lighting ceremony on November 26; then on December 11, the annual Santa Parade takes place along the waterfront starting at 10 a.m., followed by Snowfest, an afternoon children’s event. For a personal visit with Santa, stop by North Straub Park, various evenings throughout December. MIRACLE ON CLEVELAND STREET Downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street district transforms into a winter wonderland on Saturday, December 4 with snow, a tree lighting ceremony, the arrival of Santa, carolers, vendors, entertainment by a national recording artist, the Deck the District wreath contest—and the announcement of the winning wreaths.

Miracle on Cleveland Street

SANTA COMES TO TAMPA Bring the family for a holiday parade through downtown Tampa streets starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, followed by, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a visit with Santa and skating on an actual ice rink at Curtis Hixon Park until 4 p.m.

Christmas on the Mall in downtown St. Petersburg

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS For a retro look at the holidays, don’t miss the University of Tampa’s Victorian Stroll, held at the Henry Plant Museum, the former opulent hotel built in 1891 by railroad magnate Henry Plant. Known for its fabulous Moorish architecture and distinctive “onion” dome minarets, the museum is filled with authentic furniture and accessories from the Victorian age and decorated for the holidays with an 18-foot tree, antique toys, and carolers.

HOLIDAY DANCE What would the holidays be without the Nutcracker? Enjoy Moscow Ballet’s Classic Russian Nutcracker at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater (December 18–19); the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa (December 22–23) and Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg (December 28). Or for a modern-day twist on the Nutcracker story, see Cirque Dreams Holidaze, where ornaments come to life, performing Cirque de Soleil-type feats at the Straz Center (December 17–19).

CHRISTMAS ON ICE Bush Gardens hosts several popular holiday attractions during December, including Christmas on Ice with professional skaters, holiday-themed gospel and spiritual songs with a live choir, and a music extravaganza with tap-dancing toy soldiers. The entire park is decorated for the holidays, plus a New Year’s Eve show features fireworks and a concert by the Guess Who. FINE ARTS & CRAFTS HOLIDAY SHOWS Two Tampa Bay landmark venues, The Florida Craftsmen Gallery in St. Petersburg and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, hold their annual holiday sale and show throughout the month. For high-end arts and crafts items, these galleries are the places to visit. CLASSIC HOLIDAY MOVIES If you love Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life, don’t miss the annual holiday movie series in December at the historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa. This spectacular 1920era movie palace is well worth a visit.

Cirque de Soleil, Holidaze

HOLIDAY MUSIC Enjoy a diverse selection of holiday music, from the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Show at Mahaffey Theater (November 13) to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Straz Center (November 30 through December 5) and a Peter White Christmas at Ruth Eckerd Hall (December 16). Look for the Holiday Pops with the Florida Orchestra at Straz Center (December 10), Mahaffey Theater (December 11) and Ruth Eckerd Hall (December 12). dR

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Through December 31, 2010 Dalí, Dance plus Beyond The Dalí Museum Through January 30, 2011 From Life to Death in the Ancient World Tampa Museum of Art Through January 30, 2011 Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia Ringling Museum of Art Through February 20, 2011 Forbidden Broadway The Straz Center

November 26–December 18 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Carrollwood Players Theatre November 27 George Lopez 8:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

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Through December 31, 2010 Sharing Salvador: The History of the Dalí Museum & the Morse Collection The Dalí Museum

The Florida Orchestra Wicked Divas on Broadway Steven Reineke, conductor 8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater Lou Gramm A Night of Hits Starring Foreigner’s Lead Singer 9:00 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island

Santa’s Holiday Revue

The Santa's Holiday Revue Tampa engagement is a fast-paced, rollicking musical that takes a joyous 'round-the-world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many more. You'll sing, clap and tap along while learning new and old traditions that instill the magic of the season. This wonderful jubilee creates a heart-warming experience that celebrates the true spirit of cultural diversity. The Straz Center

November 19 Al Pacino 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

November 28 Santa's Holiday Revue 2:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

November 20 Sutton Foster 8:00 p.m. Capitol Theatre

The Florida Orchestra Wicked Divas on Broadway 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 6 Amy Speace 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater The Straz Center

Diana Ross 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

November 30–December 5 Irving Berlin's White Christmas Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

December 9 Margaret Cho 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 1 Dave Koz Christmas 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 9–11 The Nutcracker Presented by the Academy of Ballet Arts The Palladium

November 21 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 7:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater The Florida Orchestra Mozart's Nachtmusik Jens Georg Bachmann, conductor 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall November 5—28 Opus by Michael Hollinger American Stage Theatre Company November 20 through July 17 Realism: Selections from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection Tampa Museum of Art November 22–23 Celtic Thunder 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall November 23–24, 26–27 Late Nite Catechism 2 8:00 p.m. Murray Studio Theater Ruth Eckerd Hall


December 2–4 Frankie Randall & Deana Martin Recreating the Sounds of Old Blue Eyes 9:00 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island December 2–19 The God of Isaac Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center December 4 Curtis Belz: Jails, Hospitals 7:30 p.m. Murray Studio Theater Ruth Eckerd Hall Joe Satriani 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 5 The Florida Orchestra Dvorak's Cello Concerto Stefan Sanderling, conductor 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

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December 10 Bowzer's Holiday Oldies Party 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall The Florida Orchestra A Holiday Pops Richard Kaufman, conductor 8:00 p.m. The Straz Center Caribbean Holiday 7:30 p.m. Murray Studio Theater Ruth Eckerd Hall December 10–11 Joe Piscopo 9:00 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island December 11 Amy Grant & Vince Gill 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 11–12 Fiddler on the Roof Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center December 12 Judy Collins 7:00 p.m. Capitol Theatre December 16 Peter White Christmas 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 17 Nate Najar Trio Holiday Show with special guests 8:00 p.m. The Palladium December 17–19 Cirque Dreams Holidaze Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center December 18 The SPC Concert Chorus Annual Candlelight Concert 3:00 p.m. The Palladium December 18–19 The Nutcracker 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 19 Justin Bieber 7:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum 91

December 21 Straight No Chaser Christmas Cheers 7:30 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center December 22–23 The Nutcracker The Great Imperial Russian Ballet Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center December 23 A Christmas Carol 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 28 Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater December 30 NBC’s Last Comic Standing Tour 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 31 Salute to Vienna 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall KC & The Sunshine Band 10:15 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island

January 10 Christine Lavin 7:30 p.m. Jaeb Theater The Straz Center

January 4–8 Celebrity Autobiography Murray Studio Theater Ruth Eckerd Hall January 4–16 Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical. Ferguson Hall The Straz Center

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January 13 Forever Plaid 1:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

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4TROOPS 8:00 p.m. Capitol Theatre

January 7 The Florida Orchestra The One and Only Louis Armstrong Jeff Tyzik, conductor 8:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

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January 14 Hello Dalí The Florida Orchestra Stefan Sanderling, conductor 8:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

January 8 The Color Purple 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

January 14–15 The Improvised Shakespeare Co. 8:00 p.m. Shimberg Playhouse The Straz Center

January 8 Elvis: The Show Goes On 8:00 p.m. The Palladium January 8 - February 27 America Modernism from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Mark S. Kauffman Tampa Museum of Art

January 16 If You Give a Cat a Cupcake 1:00 p.m. Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

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Harborview Center Clearwater, Henry B. Plant Museum Tampa, The Lakeland Center Lakeland, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Tarpon Springs Lowry Park Zoo Tampa,

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, MOSI Tampa, North Straub Park St. Petersburg,

January 25 National Geographic Live! Polar Obsession 7:00 p.m. Ferguson Hall The Straz Center

January 8

Gorilla Theatre Tampa,

Mindy Solomon Gallery St. Petersburg,

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Carol Morsani Hall The Straz Center

Elvis: The Show Goes On

Dunedin Fine Art Center Dunedin,

Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg,

January 18–23 Rock of Ages Ruth Eckerd Hall

Nova 535 St. Petersburg, Old Hyde Park Village Tampa, Palladium Theatre St. Petersburg, Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota, Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, Saks Fifth Avenue, West Shore Plaza Tampa, St. Petersburg Little Theatre St. Petersburg,

January 26 Glenn Miller Orchestra 1:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

St. Petersburg Museum of History St. Petersburg, St. Pete Times Forum Tampa,

January 28 The Fab Fou: The Ultimate Tribute A Celebration of The Beatles 9:00 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island February 12 Jon Secada 9:00 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island

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Sea Sea Riders Restaurant, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Signature Landscape Lighting, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Takara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Stanek Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Thai Thani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Venue Night Club, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Viaggio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Watercolour Steakhouse & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Interior Design and Home Furnishings Designs by Cherie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Mar-Go Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Marla Davidson Tile and Stone Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Specialty Items

State Vacuum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Archery Shop, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Belleair Bluffs Plaza (The Plaza 100) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Silver Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


USA Gold Buyers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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With inspired designs, immaculate stones and a vivacious personality, Suzanne Perry’s Jewelry Hauture captures the imagination and allure of the red carpet. What, or whom, encouraged you to strike out on your own as a private jeweler? I’ve always had an artistic side to me, but what I could imagine in my head, I couldn’t really do with my bare hands... so I learned early on to be an advocate for other artists. I love beautiful things and I wanted to be able to share that experience with others. Plus, the idea of working a nine-to-five job has never appealed to the entrepreneurial blood that flows through my veins. My time is my own. Where do you find inspiration for your pieces? On the red carpet, where else? Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been enamored with glamour and luxury. Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Princess Diana... they were inspirational icons for me... uber-feminine, yet strong personalities. And their jewelry! Elegant, enduring, tasteful, sophisticated, sparkly... what’s not to love? How do you decide which pieces to invest in? First and foremost, it has to be one of a kind. What woman likes to show up to an event in a gown that everyone else is wearing? Personal taste is just that... personal. It shouldn’t be replicated. What do you see for the Jewelry Hauture brand in the future? Honestly, I don’t see much changing. This is fun for me. My clients are discerning and extremely private. It’s an intensely personal relationship and I like it that way. You’ve lived all over the world. Why call South Tampa home? South Tampa has a unique, up-and-coming flavor to it. It’s home to a lot of designers and artists, but is still developing its own style. I like that. I also love being surrounded by water, it’s soothing. But mostly, it’s a great place to raise a family. My son loves it here.




TAMPA 2101 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.


LARGO 2475 East Bay Dr.



SPRING HILL 13390 Cortez Blvd.

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