Saturday, November 17, 2018


Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. In 2017 she was a Pulitzer and James Beard finalist and won the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.

Times (2011)
The annual Plant City Pig Jam brings together competitive barbecue teams from around the region.

Food Events: Plant City Pig Jam, Beaujolais nouveau is here and more

What's going on in food this week.
Published: 11/14/18
Reading Room executive chef Lauren Macellaro cuts onions and preps food recently at the St. Petersburg restaurant. Macellaro was a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef South this year.

A wave of women in the kitchen is behind some of Tampa Bay’s most exciting new restaurants

There’s a handful of women-owned, women-staffed and women-managed restaurants that have recently launched or are debuting soon. We spoke with some of the players.
Published: 11/14/18
EVE EDELHEIT   |   TimesChorizo Frito Pie, Fritos covered in our house-made chorizo blend, tequila habanero aged cheddar queso and jalape?os served at Dr. BBQ in St. Petersburg on November 1, 2018. The new restaurant is a collaboration between Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe and Roger and Suzanne Perry, of Datz, Dough  and Roux.

Restaurant review: New St. Petersburg hot spot Dr. BBQ delivers on flair and solid, elevated barbecue

The folks behind Datz teamed up with Dr. BBQ himself, Ray Lampe.
Published: 11/12/18
Times (2011)
Seafood of all types are on offer at the Sponge Docks Seafood Festival in Tarpon Springs, this year celebrating its 31st anniversary.

What’s happening in food: Ribfest, The Chowder Challenge, Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Seafood Festival

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of St. Petersburg's Ribfest, but Tarpon Springs goes one better with the 31st edition of the Sponge Docks Seafood Festival
Published: 11/07/18
Braised Spanish Octopus is among the offerings at Osteria Bar + Kitchen in Tampa. (JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times)

Restaurant review: Fabio Viviani’s sophisticated Italian newcomer Osteria brings a bit of drama to downtown Tampa

Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani has teamed up with a local restaurant group to debut Osteria, a sophisticated Italian newcomer downtown.
Updated one month ago
Times (2014)
This year’s Tampa Bay Veg Fest gets a new location, with dozens of vendors setting up shop in Perry Harvey Sr. Park in Tampa on Saturday. [Times 2014]

Food Events: Clearwater Beach Uncorked or Tampa Bay Veg Fest and a charcuterie class

It's a delicious week for foodies in Tampa Bay, from Clearwater Beach Uncorked to the annual Tampa Bay Veg Fest, or you could hone your chops and dive into a two-day charcuterie workshop.
Updated one month ago
Mole Verde from the Valles Centrales region of Oaxaca is presented with pork tenderloin and white beans for the Seven Moles of Oaxaca, a seven-course culinary presentation from chef Chris Fernandez. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times)

Chef brings new dishes and new ideas from Oaxaca to St. Petersburg

Chris Fernandez, the executive chef of the Red Mesa group, hosts occasional Oaxacan dinners to showcase the cuisine of his home state in Mexico.
Updated one month ago
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesThe Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, from Cigar City Brewing pairs well with Skittles, photographed at The Brass Tap on October 23, 2018 in Tampa, Fla.

How to pair Halloween candy and craft beer like the pros

Matt Stock of Brass Tap walks us through the intricacies of pairing Halloween candies and craft beer. For when the kids have fallen asleep and it’s time to raid.
Updated one month ago
EVE EDELHEIT   |   TimesA Pao Pao Spicy Cream chicken bento box with wok-fried in our signature spicy cream glaze; green + red bell pepper, white rice, lo mein, ginger salad and string beans served at Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi is a quick-casual pan-Asian restaurant with 9 locations throughout Florida.

Restaurant review: Will Bento stand out in downtown St. Petersburg’s crowded pan-Asian scene?

Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi brings quick-serve, mostly take-out pan-Asian to downtown St. Petersburg, just steps from where hungry university students congregate.
Updated one month ago
Owners of Gulf Coast Sourdough Christina Cann & Brett Wiewiora pose for a photo with a freshly baked tray of their signature Sand Dollar Sourdough bread at their Tampa facility. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

What’s new in food: Natural Wine Festival, new coffee roasters and bread bakers coming.

This weekend Tampa Bay food fans can sip craft beers and learn about natural wines, and on the horizon is a new coffee roaster and sandwich shop.
Updated one month ago