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Contents April/May 2013
The Publisher's Notes
Marc Dahl – Enjoying the Ride
12 Ride Iconic Porsche 911 Turns Half-Century
All Doll'd Up Exhibit at Florida Craftsmen
Pride & Passion
Events, Business & Promotions
The Bay Area Social Scene
32 B Scene
Local Area Party Happenings
METROHome 34 Tour
Channelside Modern Highrise
42 Hot Properties
A Home of Traditional Elegance
All About Wine
Dining Al Fresco Soak up the sun while the weather is ideal for outdoor dining BY RONDA M. PARAG
Spring Trends – Beach Bound & Country Club Chic METRO showcases some of the newest spring fashions with the
METROGuide 74 Getaways
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Unraveling the Mystery of a Wine Label
Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria
Unique Sightings Around Tampa Bay
Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club as the backdrop
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN GAUTIER
63 2013 Summer Camps Guide A Variety of Camps for Summer Fun
On The Cover | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan Gautier – Ryan G Photo – www.RyanGphoto.com | LOCATION: The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg | STYLIST: Linda Zipkin | HAIR: Chris Kiss @ Bamb¯u the Eco Salon – www.chriskisshair.com | MAKEUP: Monique McLaughlin – Makeup and Hair by Monique – www.makeupandhairbymonique.com | PHOTO ASSISTANT: Jeff Tollefson | NAIL ESTHETICIAN: Jillian Melucci – Nails by Jillian – www.nailsbyjillian.com | MODEL: Orsolya – Locke Management – www.lockemanagement.com | FASHIONS | Orange Short - $39, Multi-color Top - $29, Pink Bando - $9 — JC’s Boutique; Filagree Cuff - $39, Orange and Fuschia Cuffs - $49 each — Tresca Italia
69 Health + Beauty Guide
Trends & Products In Health, Wellness And Beauty
79 METRO Dining Guide A Guide To Area Restaurants
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Publisher’s Notes A Passion For Food and Fashion. Two of our favorite things dominate this issue. METRO’s Spring fashion layout at the Renaissance Vinoy will give you some inspirations for the the season. Enjoy the great weather and show off your latest Spring Fashions. There are many foodies in the Bay area and we’ve uncovered a few places to dine Al Fresco. Before the temperatures rise too much, check out a few of our recommendations for outdoor dining. Also, meet Dan Bavaro and discover the flavor of Italy in downtown Tampa at his Italian restaurant, serving all hand-made pastas, pizzas and delicious cannoli and tiramisu. In METROHome Tour, a couple and their children have found the perfect home in a hi-rise condo in Channelside. With the help of Katie Gagnon from Blue Moon Trading Company, the Truong’s are finding a balance of using re-purposed items and art collected from their travels to create a comfortable and contemporary feel. We hope you will join us for METRO’s 8th Annual Summer with Style Party on Thurs., May 2 from 6 - 8:30 p.m at Neiman Marcus to benefit The Children’s Dream Fund. Help us make a summer of dreams possible for children with life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are $50 and available online at www.tampabaymetro.com.
Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Writers Mary Lou Janson Brooke Palmer Kevin Pelley Megan Voeller Contributing Photographers Ryan Gautier Stacy Larsen Jeff Tollefson Madison Vorbrich
Stephen Parag II Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief President / CEO Stephen Parag II
Upcoming METRO Sponsored Events: April 13 April 19 - 22 April 20 April 27 May 2 May 7 May 16 May 18 May 18
Karamu XXV | www.LowryParkZoo.com | 813.935.8552, ext. 225 Bern’s Winefest No. 16 | www.bernswinefest.com Humane Society of Tampa Bay Tuxes & Tails | www.humanesocietytampa.org 2013 Heart Ball | www.heart.org/tampabayheartball | 727.563.8112 METRO’s 8th Annual Summer with Style Party | www.tampabaymetro.com Handbags & Happy Hour | www.handbagsandhappyhour.wishcentral.org Go Red For Women Luncheon | www.heart.org/tampabaygoredluncheon Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Women of the Year | www.mwoy.org/sun Pride & Passion | www.prideandpassion.org
Vice President / CFO Patricia Vorbrich Vice President Ronda M. Parag Vice President Chad Vorbrich Publishers of: Tampa Bay Metro™ Tampa Bay MetroHome™ Tampa Bay Weddings Magazine™
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Photo courtesy of Patrick Crockett
Marc Dahl filming out front of the Tampa Museum of Art for the 2013 Gasparilla Music Festival.
Marc Dahl Enjoying the Ride By Ronda M. Parag
Marc Dahl is a local filmmaker and owner of Five Studios. His most recent collaboration, the feature film Pharmboy, was the winner of the Audience Award for the Best Film in the Narrative Feature category at the 2013 Gasparilla International Film Festival. This ultra low budget film was produced in 82 days and filmed exclusively in Pasco County. Pharmboy was a joint effort with Lawrence Feeney of Pasco Films. Dahl was the cinematographer, editor and sound designer, and Feeney was the writer and director. The duo met a couple years ago while making a short film for the 48 Hour Film Festival in Tampa/St. Petersburg. The filmmaking industry has recently seen a revolution due to advances in digital technology. Dahl is optimistic that Five Studios can make Tampa Bay the place to continue to make narrative feature films.
Dahl followed a path of creative interests from his earliest years in school, as an artist, then a musician, which then led to the stage and theater, and eventually he headed off to college to major in film. It was on Davis Islands 12 years ago, that Dahl opened his studio offering creative services in art and design, photography, and film. His company, Five Studios, is a multimedia production studio. “It’s taken 25 years for me to go full circle and finally get back to what I originally set out to do ... make movies,” says Dahl. “It’s always been my true passion in life, and only now do I really feel like I am getting some traction. But, trying to make a living doing what I’ve always dreamed of, I’m like a dog with his head sticking out of the car window, I have no idea where I’m headed, but I’m sure enjoying the ride.” The Pharmboy movie trailer is at vimeo.com/fivestudios/pharmboy-trailer.
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Iconic Porsche 911 Turns Half-Century By Ronda M. Parag
Everyone would agree the 911 is the heart of the Porsche brand. The icon of design, form and function are being celebrated as the quintessential sports car for the last 50 years. Making its debut at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963, there hasn’t been a more recognizable silhouette in automotive history than the 911. Most Porsche lovers would agree that from the Panamera to the Cayenne, the 911 has wielded influence. With seven generations, more than 820,000 Porsche 911s have come off the assembly line. Unlike other sports cars, the 911 reconciles everyday practicality and functionality. Ferry Porsche described the 911 qualities best in this way: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.” The classic design and unending strive for automotive performance are a tribute to designers, engineers and fans of Porsche that has endured and evolved during the last century. Test drive the latest Porsche models at Reeves Import Motorcars Porsche. 103 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612, 813.936.2222 or visit www.reevesimportmotorcars.com.
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Beach Bound Things are heating up in Tampa Bay and METRO’s found some great fashion accessories for all things water and sand. From a great dress to the latest shades, we’ll get you styled for the beach.
Dazzling Drops Bring out the orange this season with a pair of goldplated metal triple teardrop design earrings with an exotic appeal of the islands. $48.00. Available at Tommy Bahama.
Vintage Shade Be stylish and chic with a pair of Thierry Lasry sunglasses to protect those eyes. Handmade and a favorite of Hollywood, these glasses give a nod to the past. $445. Available at Deborah Kent’s.
A fun, colorful jersey print dress by Trina Turk is sassy and fashionable, to cover up a bathing suit or stand alone dress for dining at the beach. $268. Available at Neiman Marcus.
Arm Candy Casual glam is easy with a triple stack of bracelets in the color of the season - coral. $118. Available at Tommy Bahama.
Step It Up A black and white espadrille wedge by Kate Spade will pair perfectly with a tropical beach dress or even a casual coverup. $278. Available at Neiman Marcus.
Hold Everything The beachy bucket tote by Tory Burch is ideal to carry all the essentials for a day poolside or on the beach including sunscreen, glasses, and the latest copy of METRO. The pompoms and fringe trim provide fashion fun. $395. Available at Neiman Marcus.
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All Doll’d Up at Florida Craftsmen By Megan Voeller
An exhibition of unusual, artist-crafted dolls at Florida Craftsmen came to life when executive director, Diane Shelly happened upon a page on Pinterest — the online forum for sharing pictures of artsy objects — devoted to the topic. The virtual encounter led her on a search for artists from across the country and as close by as St. Petersburg, to include in the exhibition “All Doll’d Up: The Magic of Art Dolls,” on view at Florida Craftsmen through June. The showcase of playful figures — from quirky babies to old ladies, personalities dainty and oversized, and some who even stretch the definition of human being — features the handiwork of 15 artists. Between them, they employ ceramic, resin, fiber, feathers and all varieties of found materials to create memorable sculptures that aren’t like any dolls most people have ever known. “The range of what an art doll is,” Shelly says, “is really phenomenal.” Washington, DC, artist Chris Malone uses beads, shells, and miniature African masks, among other materials. Florida artist, Joan Allen’s diva dolls, strive for pure comedy and the heights of femininity. The exhibition includes a St. Pete couple whose works are rarely exhibited locally. Chomick + Meder, a collaborative duo with backgrounds in animation and TV production design, have been making dolls and automata — dolls that move, powered by hand cranks or computerdriven motors — together for nearly 20 years.
Scientist Experiment, Chomick + Meder
Victoria Rose Martin
All Doll’d Up: The Magic of Art Dolls April 19 - June 8 with an opening reception on Friday, April 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 727-821-7391 or go to www.floridacraftsmen.net.
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Saturday April 27, 8 pm - 11 pm Immerse yourself in over 100 unique varieties of wines along with delicious food from area restaurants. There will be an exciting silent auction and live entertainment. All our exhibits will be open. So join us. To purchase tickets in advance and save, visit ďŹ‚aquarium.org Sponsored by:
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Celebrating Diversity at Pride & Passion By Ronda M. Parag
A kickoff to celebrating diversity in the local Tampa Bay community begins with the 8th Annual Pride & Passion event on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Tampa Museum of Art. A gathering of over 800 is expected for an evening of arts, entertainment, culture, food and drinks. There will be live entertainment by Penguin Entertainment from Orlando, Florida, music by DJ Dino Bonetti, and gallery access to the Museum’s exhibitions Faded Elegance: Photographs of Havana by Michael Eastman and Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern Mexican Art. “The leadership and committee behind Pride & Passion 2013, continue to delight current and new members by producing a stellar evening that celebrates the Museum’s commitment to diversity, while also raising funds for our education and exhibition programs,” said Todd D. Smith, the Museum’s Executive Director. “We are proud to be the home of this significant LGBT event.” Pride & Passion 2013 steering committee members include event chair, Marc Retzlaff, vice chair, Kelley Cato Juneau, Dennis Wolfe, Don Kiceina Jr., James Ratliffe, Jocelyn Brenner, Jess Hille, Jose Garboza, Mariruth Kennedy, Okesene “Okie” Tilo and Portia Weiss. Tampa Bay METRO Magazine is a media sponsor.
Tickets to Pride & Passion are $75 prior to May 1, $85 after and are available for purchase online at www.prideandpassion.org.
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METROLife Spotlight The Container Store Opens In Tampa The Container Store, opened its 59th store in Tampa (across from International Plaza) on Saturday, March 16. The storage and organization retailer’s 25,000 square foot store filled with 10,000 products to organize every area of your life, provided the perfect backdrop for a Private Preview Party on Thursday, March 14 in collaboration with Junior League of Tampa supporters. About 2,500 guests enjoyed Champagne and hors d’oeuvres from Puff ’n Stuff Catering, and danced to music by None Other. Visit The Container Store at 4720 W. Spruce Street, Tampa, FL 33607. www.containerstore.com Photos/clockwise: Sharon Tindell – Chief Merchandising Officer of The Container Store, Suzanne Oaks Brownstein– PR Chair of Junior League of Tampa, Stephanie Wiendl – President of Junior League of Tampa, Melissa Reiff– President of The Container Store and Garrett Boone – Chairman Emeritus of The Container Store; catered food by Puff n’ Stuuf Catering; Founder, Garrett Boone, Tampa store GM, Marvin Price; Store front at night
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The Junior League of Tampa Hosts Forum to Fight Human Trafficking
Stephanie Wiendl, President, The Junior League of Tampa
Florida ranks third nationally in human trafficking activity, and Tampa itself serves as a major trafficking hub. To heighten awareness of this crime happening locally, The Junior League of Tampa teamed with Stetson College of Law to host the “Human Trafficking Breakfast Forum” on February 27 at Stetson’s downtown Tampa campus. Top federal judges, prosecutors, FBI agents, detectives, and victim advocates spoke to 350+ attendees about the insidiousness of human trafficking and how it can remain hidden for years. “Many of the victims of trafficking – especially children — keep silent out of fear,” said Stephanie Wiendl, president of The Junior League of Tampa. “So we are trying to help community members recognize the signs of trafficking, and also tackle the issue at a legislative level with our advocacy efforts.” During Florida’s 2012 legislative session, the League’s advocacy was crucial to passing Bills HB 0099 and HB 7049, which increased criminal penalties for trafficking and augmented victim support services.
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Tampa Preparatory School’s Bella Sera Gala Auction and Dinner
Photos/clockwise: Bella Sera Auction Chair and Platinum Patron Betsy Zollinger with Head of School Kevin Plummer; Gold Patrons Judy Genshaft and Steven Greenbaum; Patrons Todd and Shari Mezrah with Diamond Patrons Penny and Jeff Vinik.
Tampa Preparatory School hosted more than three hundred guests for the Bella Sera Gala Auction and Dinner at A La Carte Event Pavilion, chaired by Betsy Zollinger. As attendees browsed Silent Auction items, the School’s String Ensemble supplied musical ambiance for the event. The Live Auction began with a bidding frenzy on exciting items like designer handbags and jewelry; VIP experiences with the Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers; a trip to see Manchester United and outings with prominent members of the Terrapin community! The community supported this year’s Fund-a-Future campaign, as individuals donated more than $35,000 to support Tampa Prep’s generous financial assistance program. This campaign raises funds in addition to the event’s overall proceeds. The commitment to financial aid by current families, faculty and administrators exemplifies Tampa Prep’s mission of “A preparation for life with a higher purpose than self.” It truly was Bella Sera (a beautiful evening).
AT&T honored with “Business Partner of the Year”
The Greater Tampa Chamber presented AT&T with the “Business Partner of the Year” award at the Military Appreciation dinner on Wednesday February 27, 2013 for the work done in the Tampa Bay community. AT&T has joined forces with organizations and initiatives that support our troops; and by participating in programs that benefit the men and women on the front lines, their families and their communities. Photos/left-right: Chase Stockon – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Military Council Co-Chair, Andrew Hall – Regional Director, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Jon Bayless – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Military Council Co-Chair.
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Vibe Fit Club Celebrates New Location
5IFZÂľSFUIFCJHHFTUTIPFTZPVÂľMM FWFSIBWFUPGJMM Itâ€™s not surprising, you may need a little help. Vibe Fit Club recently celebrated their new, larger, location in West Tampa with a spectacular Grand Opening party. Guests enjoyed music, food by Flamestone Grill, special rates for new members, New Balance shoe specials, and even face painting and a bouncy house for the kids. Founder, Theresa DePasquale, and co-owner, Julie Barnhardt and the entire Vibe team, are excited to welcome current and new members to this great new location. Come get your fit on at Vibe Fit Club! Visit the new location at 3529 Prestige Place, Tampa, FL (behind the Loweâ€™s on Racetrack Rd.) www.vibefitclub.com
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METRO Mixer at Armani's Restaurant Tampa Bay METRO magazine held it’s first METRO Mixer for 2013 at the beautiful new terrace at Armani’s Restaurant. Guests enjoyed drinks, appetizers, and the spectacular view from atop the newest addition to Armani’s, their newly renovated terrace, complete with fireside seating, and incredible sunset views of Tampa Bay. Call and make your dinner reservations today. Armani’s Restaurant 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL (atop the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay) 813-207-6800, www.opentable.com/armanis
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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Kicks Off
Tampa Bay’s Leading City Resource www.TampaBayMetro.com
Back Row – left to right: Justin Trombetto, Kimberly Thresher, Ty Iller, Monique Caldwell, Chad Bolsinger, Joseph Dobrowolski Front Row – left to right: Debra Kaplan, Stacie Lenners, Dr. Mary Li,Carroll Couri, Rose Huro-Waters
Each year, in Tampa Bay, dynamic, passionate candidates engage in a spirited competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Man & Woman of the Year” titles, by raising funds for blood cancer research. The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. Every dollar counts as one vote, and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks. We wish them all luck! METRO is a proud sponsor and urges readers to donate to one of the 11 Candidates for the 2013 Man & Woman of the Year campaign at www.mwoy.org/sun.
Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala Saturday, May 18, 2013 Hilton Tampa Downtown Call 813-963-6461 for tickets www.TampaBayMetro.com
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Easter Seals’ A Pair To Remember: A fashionable afternoon luncheon filled with shoes and auction packages raised funds for children in the early intervention programs of Easter Seals. Fashionable models including Kevin Sparkman, Ernest Hooper, Ralph ‘DJ Papi’ Alvarez, and John Lum showcased the packages to the nearly 200 in attendance. Jenn Holloway was the emcee and auctioneer raised over $60,000. | Heart Gallery’s Be Mine, Diamond and Cigars: Event co-chairs
Laurie Daigle and Casey Christopher hosted the inaugural fundraiser with an attendance of 450
for the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay which showcases children in foster care ready to find that forever home. The Junior League of Tampa showed their support including Nicole Hubbard, Lee Lowry, Whitney Horiszny and others who served on the committee. Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik was emcee of the Be Mine Heart Gallery event. He and his wife, Amy are adoptive parents of two. | Children’s Dream Fund DreamMaker’s Luncheon: The heartwarming testimonials from dream children and families brightened the luncheon where the annual DreamMaker Award was presented to TB Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny. The Children's Dream Fund has been the recipient of funds from three Lightning Community Heroes. | Carolyn F. Heller Grant Award Reception: Friends, family and guests gathered at the Tampa Museum of Art where visual
artist Michael Parker was named the 2013 recipient of the Carolyn F. Heller Grant, awarded through Hillsborough Arts, Inc., a support organization for the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.
(1) Cody Yerian, Robin Roberts, Joanie Cupler (2) Kim Macaluso, Wendy Garraty, Kelly Malatia, Susan Pancholy, Tricia Willett (3) Aileen Pizzo Hanlon, Shona Carcary, Christy McGeachy, Standing: Pickens Price, Pamela Price, Barbara Volpi, William Price (4) Kevin & Shazia Sparkman (5) Ernest Hooper, DJ Papi Ralph Alvarez, Shari Mezrah, Christy Laxer (6) Nicole Hubbard, Jesse Miller, Lee Lowry (7) Christy Gestiehr, Jesse Miller, Amy & Mark Dominik, Melissa Twomey, and Mike DiBrizzi (8) Amy VanOverbeke, Kate Quinn, Whitney Horiszny, Marlo Cervi, Ronderik Curtis, Nicole Hubbard, Ryane Plyer, Paige Trulio, Carrie DeJose (9) Cynthia Lake, Penny & Jeff Vinik, Ben Dachepalli (10) Tom Hebel, Patti Barrow, Kevin Marshall. Back Row Standing: Casey Barille, Andrew Bornstein, Sam Nein, Brad Moses, Bill Barker, Robert Loring (11) Todd Smith, Fran Heller, Art Keeble (12) Judge Susan Bucklew, Bill Platt, Jan Platt, Alan Heller
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Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s Luncheon: Country singer and keynote speaker Naomi Judd shared her wisdom and passion for life at the Philanthropic Women’s annual celebration and recognition of the funding, given by members to St. Joseph’s Hospital which has topped nearly $300,000 co-founded by Donna Jordan and Elaine Shimberg. Members vote on projects
that support health care for women, children and families in Tampa Bay. | Corbett Preparatory
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located at Rodeph Sholom Synagogue. Guests enjoyed Tampa’s own Frank Sinatra, Don Juceam in the “Fly Me to the Moon Lounge.” In the Club, DJ Allen played music of the 80s.
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Bollywood Nights: The first annual Bollywood Nights was held at the Tampa Museum of Art. Hosts, Vivek and Sharmila Seth helped bring to life the vision for Children Across Borders that they formally launched in Oct. 2011. Guests enjoyed beautiful Indian themed settings with music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a live auction emceed by News Channel 8's, Ron Carter.
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Star DeBartolo Gala with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, All Pro Ronde Barber and actors Quinton Aaron, Thomas Nicholas and Marlee Matlin were among the celebrities in attendance. Grammy winner John Legend performed during dinner and celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson spun tunes at the After-Party. The all white dĂŠcor was stunning with flowers, candles and floating crystals adorning the tables and white carpet on the floor. Guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food, stellar entertainment, live and silent auctions and dancing to support the work of the Foundation.| Fashion Funds the Cure: The 10th Anniversary of Fashion Funds The Cure brought out 12 girls currently battling pediatric cancer and 44 alumni models with Carson Kressley returning as host and Chad Harrod, Dan Doyle, Jr. and Alex Sullivan as returning
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March certainly went out like a lion with a whole lot of star spotting here in Tampa Bay. Athletes are the stars in Tampa, and Irish 31’s Paddyfest had plenty. The Gasparilla Film Festival had a special surprise guest, which led to a successful week for the burgeoning event. In its second year, the Charity Polo Classic starred up its roster as well, making it a hit with local Tampa Bay philanthropes. In its second year, Hyde Park favorite, Irish 31, didn’t disappoint with their annual Paddyfest. Benefiting the Mike Alstott Foundation, the two day event welcomed almost 4,000 people to celebrate March’s favorite holiday. Complete with a corn hole tournament, bands, and
green beer, the day and evening were full of revelers getting their Irish on. Sponsored by American Marketing and Orangetheory Fitness, the event’s founders and owners of Irish 31, Jay and Bianca Mize, couldn’t have been more pleased with the increased turnout of fans and regulars of Irish 31. Celebrating in true Irish fashion were: Mike Alstott, new Bucs addition Vincent Jackson, Rich Clements, Gregg Williams, former Ray, Toby Hall, Carlos Padilla, Donna & Ron Hanes, and Jane & Jeff McKee. The seventh annual Gasparilla International Film Festival, a six-day-long celebration that showcases a wide variety of independent and international films to Tampa Bay residents and visitors, welcomed approximately
1,000 guests who attended the festival's opening ceremony at Tampa Theatre. Pre-film, about 500 VIP guests were invited to a reception featuring complimentary beverages and food from Irish 31, Dazzle by Datz, Whole Foods, Shells Seafood and Timpano. Emcee Kathy Fountain hosted the evening’s festivities, and also presented the Opening Night Film, 'Empire State'. After the screening, the film’s director – Dito Montiel, producer – Randall Emmett, and star – Michael Angarano, came to the stage and hosted an interactive Q&A with GIFF's audience members. Also spotted during the week was Colin Farrell, in town to support his friend’s film, The Fix, which won Best Short at GIFF.
Chris Gannon is no stranger to success. Growing up as the son of Outback founder, Tim Gannon, certainly taught him a thing or two about hospitality. A former US Polo player, Gannon wanted to show the sport to Tampa Bay, and created the Reeves Charity Polo Classic. For only its second year, it’s proving to be a winner, as the sold out crowd of nearly 400 gathered for a beautiful day in Plant City. Enjoying the horsepower were, presenting sponsors Vivian Reeves, along with her daughter Kim Rogers, Kelly Rogers, player John Walsh, Andrea Penton, Andrew Schaberg, Tina Greene, Eilam & Betsy Isaak and George & Lefty Mantzaris. Do you have an event you want us to cover? Email us at email@example.com or tweet us @rsbpevents! Look for us at Bern’s Winefest! METRO is an exclusive partner! Now get out there and “B” Scene! —Brooke Palmer (1) Jay Mize, Mike Alstott (2) Carlos Padilla, Toby Hall (3) Lindsay Stewart, Colin Farrell, Michael Stewart (4) Thomas Jane (5) Monica Varner, Colin Farrell, Ante Novakovic (6) John Walsh, Tim Gannon, John Mangin, Chris Gannon (7) Crafton Bryant, Blake Doganiero, Nick Mooser, Trevor Baldwin (8) Lauren Castine, Kevin Hourigan, Sarah Buckner, Ashley Macaluso, Tammie Hourigan (9) Heather Stewart, Brittany Stahl, Jacqui Cairone, Brandi Holmes, Stephanie Doganiero, Kelli Hardiman
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Reclaiming Urban Roots In A Modern Highrise. By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by Stacy Larsen
The vibrant setting and vast views of the surrounding cityscape and waterfront, convinced Chicago transplants Anh-Tuan and April Truong to leave their lovely, low-country home in Apollo Beach to head, instead, for the clouds and the crowds. From their new home in Channelside Towers, the vantage point the family of four enjoys is truly a birdseye-view of the always bustling activity surrounding cruise and container ships at the Port of Tampa, attractions like the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center and downtown venues like the Tampa Bay Times Forum. They are only floors away from nearby playgrounds and parks, restaurants and shops and entertainment ranging from performing arts to professional sports. The highrise, luxury condominium literally captivated the couple from the first time they toured the 4,850-square-foot space. Within its walls, they discovered a way to reclaim their urban roots and reside in a more central location.
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The Truong's are transforming the interior of their hi-rise condo with eclectic finds and re-purposed decor including the hinged barn doors in the living room.
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An urban loft feel was created in the dining room and living room when the wall was covered in salvaged bricks shipped from Chicago.
“We are urbanites at heart,” said April Truong. “Living in Apollo Beach felt a lot like being on vacation, but we soon found we missed the pulse and pace of the city.” What persuaded the cosmetic surgeon and his wife to take the leap and live in a 28th floor condominium, was a combined effect of high ceilings, a freeflowing floor design, floor-to-ceiling views throughout and an additional 1,300 square feet of terrace. That makes it more than roomy and comfortable for
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The Truong's are gradually transforming the condo with new white oiled oak flooring, doors, knobs and lighting fixtures.
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the couple, their children Jonah, 4, and Lola, 11 months, plus two labrador mixes, Sam and Simon, as well as accommodating for entertaining friends watching multiple fireworks displays from their front balcony on holidays like 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. “It’s rare to find 28-story views with this much space, no matter what city you live in,” said Dr. Truong. The fully appointed kitchen, four bedrooms, three full and two half baths, formal dining room, living room, family room and office were originally used as a model to showcase the condominium lifestyle to potential homebuyers. While new and well designed, the residence did not fully reflect the Truong’s aesthetic, so the process of gradually transforming floors, doors and light fixtures began, slowly transforming the color scheme, incorporating personal touches like art collected from around the world, and making interior design decisions that combine comfort with a more contemporary look and feel. “We travel a lot and like to bring pieces back from where we travel,” added April, referring to decorative pieces placed throughout the home. “I also like furniture that has been re-purposed and authentic pieces like recycled door knobs. I may bring in some tall, wooden doors like those commonly found in Europe.” They even had bricks salvaged and shipped from Chicago to cover an entire wall in the family room. An authentic barn door recently replaced French doors, and the original carpeting was discarded for sturdy and stylish white oiled oak floor boards. It was the search for that perfect barn door that prompted a mutual friend to connect April with Katie Gagnon, owner of Blue Moon Trading Company,
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who specializes in helping clients locate hard-to-find pieces or create what they need by having it custom designed. “This is a home with really good bones, so I believe that anything we do should keep the views as the focal point,” said Gagnon. “The views have the star power so we will work with a few pieces that are also stars, and let the rest of the furnishings and decor be the supporting actors.” With Gagnon’s guidance, the interior evolution will likely include the addition of dramatic lighting fixtures, a treatment on the terrace floor that could create a seamless look similar to the appearance of an infinity pool, and an understated but bold overall appearance to complement and co-exist with the widely encompassing exterior views. M
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nter into luxury and elegance when driving through the private wrought iron gates to the magnificent estate, located in South Tampa across from the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. Built in 1997, the nearly 12,000 square foot home has six bedrooms, each with its own custom designed bathroom. Impeccably landscaped with grand oak trees, the estate sits on one and a third acre lot. The brick exterior combines nicely with the traditional design details of millwork, rich textures, exquisite flooring and custom design finishes crafted throughout the home. Upon entering the foyer, the quality
craftsmanship is evident in the amazing double wedding staircase handcrafted of wormy chestnut. An addition in 2008 created a two-story office, game room with bar and private media room. The Master Suite was also added to include a sitting room with fireplace, morning room, dressing room, massage retreat and magnificent His & Hers closets. A highlight of the home is the stateof-the-art 1,000 bottle wine cellar where bottles can be collected, stored and enjoyed for any occasion. Deciding whether to entertain inside or out wonâ€™t be an issue, as the home provides a full outdoor kitchen. Invite friends and family
for a day poolside and easy entertaining. Guests can stay in the adjacent, charming one bedroom/one bath guest house with its own porch and fireplace. There is space to park the vehicles in the three-car garage. Located nearby is the largest continuous sidewalk - Bayshore Blvd., a waterfront park with fishing pier and equestrian center. M Located in South Tampa in Hillsborough County, this property is currently offered at $6,499,999 through Smith & Associates. Contact Tricia Smedley for more information at 813-839-3800 or visit www.2477countryclub.smithandassociates.com.
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All About Wine Besides the vino in the glass, there are lots of wine accessories to compliment the grapes and METRO’s found a few must-haves.
Party On Wheels A slim bar cart holds the perfect set-up to bring the party to any area of the home. The two shelves are ideal for barware and stemware, while the bottom will hold the bottles and the decanters. $599. Available at Crate & Barrel.
Smooth Sailing Just Chill A rapid beverage chiller is a must have to chill wine, sodas, juice or beer. In as quick as 3.5 minutes, the bottle contents will reach 50 degrees. $90. Available at Crate & Barrel.
Chill the beverages in a fun boat-inspired table-top cooler with a removable galvanized-iron insert. $150. Available at Pottery Barn.
All Aboard Crafted from solid maple and cherry woods, this April Morse’s bottle-shaped cutting board, offers a platform for everyday chopping and slicing or a nice presentation for cheese and crackers. $180. Available at Williams-Sonoma.com.
Sea Stopper From a scallop to an octopus, these whimsical, sea-inspired bottle stoppers add coastal chic to any bottle. From $14.50. Available at Pottery Barn.
Easy Open It’s never been easier to open a bottle of wine than with the Le Creuset Leverpull Trigger Wine Opener set. $100. Available at Williams-Sonoma.com.
Bountiful Bouquet Bring out the full flavor and smooth finish with a Vinturi Deluxe Red Wine Aerator. Allows pressure as you pour to help wines open to their full potential. $70. Available at Crate & Barrel.
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DINING Al Fresco IN TAMPA BAY By Ronda M. Parag
All things considered, the residents of Tampa Bay are lucky when it comes to weather. Generally, one can say that we live in paradise. Warm, balmy temperatures, sunny skies and a gentle breeze are the perfect blend for al fresco dining. The term al fresco is Italian, and generally means to dine outside or in the fresh air. Many Bay area restaurants offer an outdoor patio with misters to cool the patio in the heat of summer, or for that rare cool snap, heaters. Seating outside offers a casual experience and usually scenic view. Many offer views of colorful flowers and potted plants as well as the sound of a soothing fountain. Choosing a restaurant along Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg offers great people watching. Many times choosing to dine al fresco involves a quieter and less chaotic environment of the main dining room. It is well suited for restless children and many patios are pet-friendly. Now is the ideal time of year to dine al fresco and METROâ€™s found that the Bay area offers many options from kickback casual to elegantly formal.
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Al Fresco The Moon Under Water
The pub food grub is comfortable and casual, offering selections of British and Indian cuisine. Specialties include a selection of curries and the traditional fish and chips. Order a beer and watch the people stroll along Beach Drive.
The outdoor patio offers views of St. Pete Pier, Museum of Fine Arts and bustling Beach Drive. From burgers to flatbreads, pizzas and calzones cooked in the Woodstone oven, BellaBrava will satisfy those seeking the flavors of Italy.
Tucked behind the wine bar is an outdoor patio offering fresh air, small plates, glasses of wine and the ideal setting for Sunday Brunch. In Bloom Catering has created the menu, including a plate perfect for sharing called the Farmer’s Platter — a mix of cheeses, cured meats served with jam, nuts and crostini.
332 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg www.themoonunderwater.com 727.896.6160
204 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg www.BellaBrava.com 727.895.5515
Cassis American Brasserie Parkshore Grill Voted best sidewalk dining on Beach Drive. Parkshore Grill offers contemporary cuisine of beef, chicken and sustainably fished seafood. Chef Tyson Grant sources organic and local produce whenever possible.
A great, relaxed location to watch and be watched, makes Cassis a reason to dine outside under the over-sized lime umbrellas. A wide selection of fresh mixed cocktails are available from the bar, along with a menu serving lunch, brunch, dinner or bakery items.
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Ceviche Tampa Enjoy the flavors of Spain at the Tampa location of Ceviche on the wood deck patio, with soothing fountain sounds and shade provided by over-sized umbrellas. The menu offers hot and cold tapas and the small plates offer tantalizing options of seafood, beef and chicken. A specialty of the house is
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The Moon Under Water
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Ceviche Tampaâ€™s Wood Deck Patio
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Al Fresco the sangria — either white or red. 2500 West Azeele St., Tampa www.ceviche.com 813.250.0203
Armani’s Restaurant There is no better scenic view of Tampa than from the newly renovated terrace at Armani’s Restaurant. Located inside the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, the 14th floor terrace is ideal for romantic cocktails and dinner. The outside fireplace provides warmth for a special occasion dinner. 2900 Bayport Dr., Tampa www.opentable.com/armanis 813.207.6800
The Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar In the heart of Hyde Park Village, The Wine Exchange offers a comfortable and casual outdoor patio area that is
ideal for relaxing and savoring a glass of wine. The menu offers more than 40 wines by the glass and a menu filled with salads, pizzas, pastas and more. 1609 Snow Ave., Tampa www.wineexchange.com 813.254.9463
Bay Bistro Restaurant Try lunch at the newly opened Tampa Convention Center’s Bay Bistro. Choose outside Riverwalk dining for a spectacular view of the Hillsborough River. Try a tasty angus burger or fresh Bistro Salad. Hours are 11 a.m. 2 p.m., Monday - Friday. 333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa www.tampaconventioncenter.com 813.274.8511
Columbia Café Riverwalk Tampa Dock the boat at one of eight slips and enjoy a picture perfect lunch or dinner
at the Columbia Café inside the Tampa Bay History Center in downtown Tampa. The outdoor seating offers spectacular views of the Garrison Channel and Harbour Island. The menu offers the best from the historic Columbia Restaurant, including the famous 1905 salad and chicken and yellow rice. Enjoy live music on the weekends. 801 Old Water Street, Tampa www.columbiarestaurant.com 813.229.5511
Jackson’s Bistro Relax and enjoy a spectacular sunset on Harbour Island at Jackson’s outdoor patio. Feel free to bring Fido as the restaurant’s patio is dog-friendly. The menu offers a selection of sushi, sandwiches and entrees serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch every day. 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa www.jacksonsbistro.com 813.277.0112
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SummerCampsGuide of our 8 one-week sessions. Extended care is also available. For more information call 813-948-7600 or visit www.academyatthelakes.org/ campus-life/summer-camp.
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Camp IDS at Corbett Preparatory School Corbett Prep’s Camp IDS, hosts one of Tampa’s most popular summer camp programs offering
Summer at the Lakes Academy at the Lakes Summer Day Camp is a great way to have fun and meet new friends. Campers age 3 – 14 can choose from a variety of activities including sports, arts, recreation, and academic review. Camp offerings include acting, archery, basketball, Camp Invention, dance, model rockets and much more. Full and 1/2 day camps are available each
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We offer a wide variety of summer camps with fun learning experiences and cool activities for kids from 3 to 15 years old. For complete details, visit our website at flaquarium.org or call 813-273-4015.
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SummerCampsGuide over 60 different full and half-day camps. All welcome. PreK3-12th grade. June 17-August 2. Before & after care. Bus service. Fine Arts. Science. Academics. Technology. Languages. Cooking. More. Call 813-961-3087.
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Tampa Day School Summer Camp At Tampa Day School, learning doesn’t end when summer begins. In addition to our outrageously fun EPIC! summer camp and creative Musical Theatre Program that promotes teamwork and positive social skills, we also offer opportunities for academic remediation, intense reading intervention and tutoring. Come
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SummerCampsGuide in exciting hands-on art experiences including clay, sculpture, painting, drawing and more. Art Camp projects are based on learning the method and media of making art in the creative environment of the Tampa Museum of Art. Your child will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of art, as well as be able to develop his or her own talent for self-expression. For more information or to register please call 813-421-8373 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tampa Bay Rays Summer Baseball Camps Mom and Dad, send your kids to play where the Rays play at Rays Summer Baseball Camps at
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Tampa Preparatory School Summer Programs
Tampa Prep Summer Programs include Academic Courses for credit, Enrichment and Robotics Courses and Camp Terrapin, a sports and fine arts camp for students entering first through eighth grades. Learn more at www.tampaprep.org/summer or visit our Open House event April 13 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 727 West Cass Street, Tampa 813-251-8481.
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EPIC Summer Camp
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SummerCampsGuide Don’t Miss Metro’s
The Florida Aquarium This summer, discover a sea of exciting Kids Camps at The Florida Aquarium. Their wide variety of camps feature fun learning experiences and cool activities for kids from 3 to 15 years old. So don’t wait. For complete details, just visit our website at www.flaquarium.org or call 813-273-4015.
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True beauty and wellness comes from a balanced Mind, Body and Spirit. Every treatment at Spa Sundara reflects this philosophy. Our environment, filled with the scent of lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint, lulls you in to a state of the balanced Mind. Our spa treatments such as Energy Work/Reiki, Thai Massage, Thai Reflexology, Holistic Facials, All Natural Manicures and Pedicures and Massage, fully balance the Body. The entire Spa Sundara journey balances and aligns the Spirit. We are inundated with toxins and chemicals everyday — the average person up to 200 before they leave their home. Spa Sundara offers a reprieve from this by using all natural products in all of our treatments, and by providing Detoxifying Spa services like our Kopi Coffee Detox body wrap, and our Feet First detoxifying foot bath and pedicure. We also offer an Infrared Sauna, which can help accelerate the Detoxification process and is amazing for fatigue, muscle aches and mood disorders. We were recently voted “Best Facial” in Tampa, we think this is in part due to our fusion of Reiki, an ancient healing
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Dr. Meenakshi Jain is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist, and is a member of the American College of OB/GYN and World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons. She has been practicing OB-GYN in this area since 1984. She is one of 25 gynecologists in the country who is a mentor and proctor for Robotic surgery and trains physicians from all over USA, at St. Petersburg General Hospital, one of two Gyn Epicenters in the state of Florida, and one of 25 in the country. She has led Robotic training workshops in India and has lectured on the superiority of Robotic surgery all over the world.
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Experience exceptional service and amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes
Family-Friendly Without Compromise The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes | By Ronda M. Parag
here are things you expect from a family resort near Disney World, and there are things you expect from a Ritz-Carlton Resort. Making these two worlds seamlessly coexist is The RitzCarlton, Grande Lakes. It is comfortable and very family friendly without ever losing what you have come to expect from Ritz-Carlton. Architecturally inspired by the grand palazzos of Italy, the property has 582 guest rooms with garden, lake or golf course views. For ease and convenience,
be sure to book one of the 56 Club Level rooms providing access to breakfast, light snakes, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and sweets included in the room rate. A dedicated concierge and computer station on the Club Level, provide a level of service and convenience that make it easy to take care of any last minute business, or to plan activities during the stay. The guest rooms offer a private balcony and are nicely appointed with marble baths, contemporary decor, terry cloth robes and twice-daily maid service.
While the resort is convenient to all of Orlando’s attractions, there are plenty of activities on-site and there is no need to leave the property. From the Greg Norman-designed golf course, planned children’s activities, to a world-class spa, there is plenty to fill the day. An unique feature of the Golf Club includes the Caddie Concierge Program that pairs each golf group with a professional attendant to help with course navigation, hole descriptions, yardage stats, etc. To keep the kids occupied, reserve a spot at The Ritz Kids Club providing supervised activities for kids 5 -12, with a variety of fun activities including fish feeding, lady bug release, butterfly gardens, bocce ball court, playgrounds, etc. For the nature lovers, explore the eco-tour on Shingle Creek, or sign-up for guided kayaking on Grand Lake. Bird watchers must experience the guided bird watching tour on the over 300 acres of natural surroundings. No stay would be complete without a pampering spa treatment at The RitzCarlton Spa. With citrus inspired renewal treatments, the spa offers 40 treatment rooms, a beautiful, private 40,000 squarefoot outdoor Spa pool to tame the senses and to truly unwind. Arrive for the treatment early to relax in the co-ed lounge, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. Be sure to have lunch or a snack in the café. A variety of body treatments, massages, nail services and facials are designed to create a sense of peace and tranquility. Special treatments are on the menu for moms-to-be, children and men. Feel worlds away in less than a twohour drive and treat yourself to a mother’s day escape, girlfriend’s spa retreat or family vacation. M For package specials and to make reservations visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
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ave you ever been intimidated by trying to choose a wine from a restaurant wine list? Has perusing bottles at your local wine shop ever made you think you were reading ancient hieroglyphics? Chambolle-Musigny, Brunello di Montalcino, Cabernet Franc, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett … what do all those words on a bottle of wine mean, anyway? Part of the confusion is the lack of consistency throughout the world of wine. For instance, here in America we bottle our wines with varietal labeling. France, for the most part, bottles their wines by appellation labeling. Italy and Spain do a combination of varietal and appellation labeling. While German wine labels read like an encyclopedia of information, it is no wonder so many consumers are confused and bewildered by all those unpronounceable words on a
wine label. Well, this beginner’s guide to deciphering wine labels should help ease anxiety at your next business dinner when you are handed the wine list, or when you try to pick a bottle during your next visit to a wine shop. For most Americans, domestic wines are the easiest to understand. American wine labels are identified by the grape varietal, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay or Merlot. Secondly, the appellation is listed, such as Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley or Paso Robles. Other important information such as producer (winery), vintage (year the grapes were grown) and alcohol content are usually in plain sight, making domestic wines the easiest to understand. Other New World countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and others use this same approach to labeling their wines. French wine labels can be intimidating
because they label their wines, for the most part, with appellation labeling by listing the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC). The reason is because the French believe terroir is the most important aspect of the wine. The term terroir is a French word with no direct translation, but most closely means “a sense of place.” Since terroir or place is so important to the French, their wine labels list the name of the appellation, village or commune in which the wine was grown, instead of listing the grape variety. So that means you need to be well versed in French geography and have some knowledge which grapes are grown in which regions. Like domestic wine labels, French wine labels also list the producer. A way to determine the producer is to look for the words Château, Domaine or Maison followed by continued on page 78
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the producer’s name, for example: Château Haut-Brion, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Maison Louis Jadot. The wine’s vintage and alcohol content are clearly marked, like their domestic counterparts. I won’t lie; deciphering an Italian or Spanish wine label is a challenge. The reason is the variable ways the labels are identified. Some labels list the grape varietal such as Pinot Grigio, Albariño or Dolcetto as the main method of labeling. Other labels list the village or district such as Chianti, Rioja or Valpolicella as their primary way of differentiating. And finally, there is a third and most confusing and confounding method to their labeling madness, known as the proprietary names. That’s right, if it weren’t already confusing enough, some producers choose to make up proprietary names such as Tignanello, Ornellaia or Termanthia. Without a vast amount of prior knowledge, how are consumers supposed to know what is in the bottle? And then there is the German wine
label, a virtual encyclopedia of information, presented in an orderly and systemic approach, but with perhaps too much information. A German wine label contains the vintage, the producer or bottler, the Pradikat or level of ripeness which there are six degrees with daunting names such as Spätlese and Trockenbeerenauslese, the degree of dryness, the village or vineyard in which the wine was grown, the grape varietal, the percentage of alcohol and more! I’m surprised the winemaker’s mother’s maiden name isn’t listed. But all kidding aside, the German wine label gives the consumer the most amount of information about the wine inside the bottle, and clues to how it will taste more so than any other wine label in the world. But still, having a PHD in enology shouldn’t be required for wanting an enjoyable glass of wine. Luckily for consumers, the tide is turning and producers from around the world are trying to provide more information to consumers to help eliminate confusion, and the snobbery sometimes associated
with wine. Many bottles are starting to use QR Codes on labels so that a quick scan with a smart phone provides a plethora of information that is perhaps missing from the label. Back labels are starting to provide additional valuable information about the wine and including websites, tasting notes, varietal compositions, and even phone numbers. One importer of Spanish wine, Ole Imports, has gone to putting a toll free telephone number on the back of every bottle they produce that provides information on the grape, the region of origin, its terroir and everything you’ll want to know including what foods you pair with the wine. Hopefully, changes like these will result in consumers being happier with their purchases and eager to try new wines. On your next trip to your favorite retailer, ask to see some of these new bottlings that provide extra information and help decipher the riddle that is the wine label. M —Kevin Pelley, Certified Sommelier Wine Merchant: Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits www.bernsfinewines.com
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Escape The Ordinary
The beautiful Armani’s Restaurant located on the 14th floor of the luxurious Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, features award-winning Northern Italian cuisine and offers breathtaking views of Tampa and the Bay from the newly renovated terrace.
Award winning contemporary cuisine from Chef Tyson Grant. Natural, hormone free, farm raised, all organic. Lunch, dinner, weekend brunch. Full liquor bar. Wine Spectator award. Voted best sidewalk dining on Beach Drive. Fine food, wind spirits. Valet parking. Reservations suggested.
2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 813.207.6800 | www.opentable.com/armanis
300 Beach Dr. N. E., St Petersburg, FL 33701 727.896.9463 | www.parkshoregrill.com
Tampa’s Pelagia Trattoria
Pelagia specializes in adding a modern twist to traditional Italian cuisine while also featuring seasonal flavors and locally sourced foods. Named to numerous national and local best restaurant lists and awarded multiple Golden Spoons, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Ocean Prime...the Modern American Supper Club. Ocean Prime showcases a large selection of prime seafood and steak, with handcrafted cocktails and world-class wines. Open for lunch and dinner daily; live piano music featured nightly.
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa 813.313.3235 | www.pelagiatrattoria.com
2205 N. West Shore Blvd., International Plaza, Tampa 813.490.5288 | www.ocean-prime.com
400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
Mise en Place LUNCH~DINNER~LOUNGE~EVENTS
Florida Trend Top 20 Restaurant. Relaxed Coastal cuisine. Lunch and Dinner daily. Weekend Sunday brunch buffet. Banquet rooms and Private dining available. Great sidewalk dining on Straub Park overlooking Vinoy Yacht Basin. Best seafood, best raw bar, best happy hour.
Modern American Dining. Cutting edge after 25 years as a Tampa Bay favorite. Chef-driven & independent with a weekly changing menu, craft cocktails & boutique wine list. Join us also at Sono Cafe at the Tampa Museum of Art or First Flight –A Wine Bar at Tampa International Airport. Serve you soon!
400 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727.896.2400 | www.400beachseafood.com
442 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606 813.254.5373 | www.miseonline.com
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Passion for the Taste of Italy Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria | By Ronda M. Parag
an Bavaro is passionate about family, pizza, pasta, sauce and all things Italian. “I love my heritage,” says Bavaro. Moving to Tampa from New Jersey, Bavaro was seeking a change of pace. He had sold a successful business and was looking to open an Italian restaurant. He looked at several cities including Miami, but decided that Tampa was a ‘city on the up-rise.’ “I wanted to be a part of something from the ground-up,” says Bavaro. He packed up his family, now five children strong, ages 2 -10, to follow his dream. He and
his wife, Anna Maria, invested in the building at the corner of Franklin Street and Twiggs Ave. in downtown Tampa, and spent the next year designing and creating a quaint restaurant with just under 50 seats. The floors are from Italy and the bricks were salvaged and shipped from Chicago. It’s reminiscent of a small, neighborhood cafe in Italy. The restaurant opened under the original name Pizzaiolo Bavaro in March 2009, however, last September, Bavaro re-branded the restaurant with just his last name, Bavaro’s, to be consistent with
his new business venture — a line of pasta sauces. Bavaro says that patrons had been asking for the sauce, so they could re-create the delicious pasta meals at home. Bavaro had his hands full with the restaurant, but after a large catering event fell through and he had tons of sauce — he decided to bottle the sauce. That was over two years ago and now Bavaro’s is a line of 3 Italian specialty sauces — Pomodoro, Marinara, Arrabbiata — with distribution in more than 500 stores throughout the United States, including Whole Foods and Fresh Market. Locally, Datz also carries the sauce. Last year, Bavaro was invited to cook and provide the Bavaro’s line of sauces at the Emmy Awards in the Celebrity Lounge. There are now over 40 Hollywood celebrities that regularly order the sauce. The heart of the restaurant is the wood-fired Ferrara brick oven imported from Italy. With temperatures reaching almost 900 degrees, the more than 13 pizzas on the dinner menu come out with crispy edges in under 2 minutes. With a focus on quality, Bavaro and his team of brothers, Steven Franco and Rene Franco, source locally whenever possible and import only the finest ingredients from Italy. Everything from the pizza dough to the pasta, and the tempting tiramisu and cannolis, are made from scratch. Originally from Sardinia, Italy, Steven Franco handles the kitchen, pastas and desserts, while Rene Franco oversees the pizza and the sauces. It has only been in the last six months that Bavaro hasn’t been in the restaurant from opening until close. “Now I’m usually at the oven Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, and my other time is spent at the facility working on the sauce line. It takes a lot of passion and I 100 percent love it,” Bavaro says emphatically. M Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria 514 N. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 813.868.4440 | www.bavarostampa.com
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Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Tampa Convention Center’s newest waterfront dining option, Bay Bistro offers guests a relaxed lunch setting, with indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features items such as Southern-Fried Green Tomatoes, Brie-L-T, Grilled Mahi Mahi, and more. Mention this ad for a 10 percent discount on lunch.
Ceviche is a unique restaurant where the flare and flavors of Spain are carefully fused together to create a unique dining and entertainment experience. Live entertainment, table side preparation of sangria and over one hundred tapas for sharing makes Ceviche one of a kind.
333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602 813.274.8511 | www.tampaconventioncenter.com
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It’s Icing on the Cake
Introducing the Dessert Room at It’s Icing on the Cake. Serving delicious confectionary creations, coffees and teas. Come and enjoy new tastes and a new experience. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 5pm. Located in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg.
Authentic Italian entrée’s and Pacific Rim dishes. Chic atmosphere with a comfortable feel. Enjoy “Award Winning” fresh Seafood, Steaks & Pastas. Expansive Wine List and Martini’s from around the world. Lunch & Dinner 7 Days/Week. Private dining rooms. Free Parking. Reservations Accepted.
2435 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 727.827.2913 | www.itsicingonthecake.com
717 S. Howard Ave. (SoHo), Tampa 813.250.1661 | www.717south.com
The Capital Grille
Hula Bay Club Waterfront Bar & Grill
You are cordially invited to join The Capital Grille for an evening of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Enjoy their signature dry aged steaks, fresh seafood, and an award-winning list of more than 350 wines, served to you by a gracious, knowledgeable staff who anticipate your every need.
Aloha! Cold Libations, Signature Seafood Dishes and Heavenly Waterfront views. The colorful bar and grill and eclectic menu offers good food and company in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy live music and Sunday pool parties. Open for lunch and dinner.
2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 813.830.9433 | www.thecapitalgrille.com
5210 W. Tyson Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611 813.837.4852 | www.hulabayclub.com
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