St. Petersburg & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (July 26, 2013) – ENJOY ARTS & TASTES: St. Petersburg & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts has unveiled its inaugural festival lineup and announced that tickets for the festival events will go on sale Monday afternoon, July 29th at EnjoyArtsandTastes.com. The festival will take place November 15th to November 17th, 2013 in and around St. Petersburg.
Renowned regional chefs, restaurants and artists, nationally celebrated chefs Donatella Arpaia, Duff Goldman, Ingrid Hoffmann, Masaharu Morimoto, Ming Tsai, Scott Conant, Todd English and Lorena Garcia, as well as artist Duncan McClellan and food journalist and author Allen Salkin, will come together to celebrate the culinary and arts community of the beautiful St. Petersburg and Bay area.
Proceeds from the ticket sales for Enjoy Arts & Tastes will benefit Florida ProStart, a program of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program for students interested in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
The festival, which will likely produce the largest group of celebrity chefs ever assembled on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is an unprecedented collaboration of the St. Pete/Clearwater area’s business, hospitality and arts community leaders. Underwriters for the festival are Founding Sponsor, Bill Edwards Presents, Inc.; Presenting Sponsor, HSN; and Host Sponsor, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater.
“We’re excited about the Festival’s partners and participants all joining forces to showcase the best that St. Petersburg and the Bay area have to offer.” said Bill Edwards, Chairman of Bill Edwards Presents.
“The St. Pete/Clearwater area already enjoys an international reputation as a world-class beach destination, so one of the primary objectives of the Festival is to highlight our amazing array of arts and culinary offerings – most notably, the abundance of high-quality, Gulf-fresh seafood,” added DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.
“HSN is thrilled to be a part of Enjoy Arts & Tastes and to collaborate with the city of St. Pete, our arts organizations, and community leaders to create a premier food and arts festival. Culinary is an important part of our HSN business, we are fortunate to host some of the world’s most renowned chefs here in our network studios and are excited to bring them to St Pete.” said Bill Brand, Chief Marketing and Brand Development Officer of HSN, Inc.
Additional Enjoy Arts & Tastes sponsors include Platinum Sponsor: Bright House Networks; Gold Sponsors: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club; Silver Sponsors: C1 Bank, Rearden Killion, Tampa Bay Times; Supporting Sponsors: Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown, Davidoff of Geneva, Florida Blue, Kahwa Coffee, Loews Don CeSar Hotel, Monin, Inc., Savory Spice Shop St. Petersburg; Festival Friends: Clear Channel Outdoor, The Club at Treasure Island, The Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mazzaro’s Italian Market, Museum of Fine Arts, and Trenam Kemker.
The star-studded event schedule and list of all participants to date is included below.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th
SENSE IMMERSION DINNER HOSTED BY TODD ENGLISH & DUNCAN MCCLELLAN
A kick-off to the festival weekend, this dinner will combine culinary arts with fine arts through teams of celebrated chefs and artists. Teams will present a one-of-a-kind menu inspired by the sensibility and style of each artist, accompanied by fine wines and spirits. Seated dinner. Location: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket Price: $200 (includes all food & beverage)
NOCTURNAL CRAVINGS HOSTED BY DUFF GOLDMAN
A late-night dessert tasting party that celebrates Salvador Dali’s art, and plays on his delicious lithograph, Les Pios Nonoches. The evening will feature notable regional pastry chefs and chocolatiers offering an array of desserts inspired by the artist’s work. A selection of fine wines and spirits will be served. Walk-around tasting.
Location: The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, FL
Time: 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
Ticket Price: $85 (includes all food & beverage)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th
The centerpiece of the festival, the Grand Tasting will feature top regional culinary talent who will present tasty portions of their signature dishes, both savory and sweet. To top off this gourmet experience, fine wine and spirits will be poured.
VIP tickets grant access to HSN’s VIP tent, where guests get a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs who will stop by throughout the day.
Location: Tented area at The Mahaffey Theater Plaza and Albert Whitted Park, Bay Shore Drive SE, St. Petersburg, FL
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ticket Price: $95 General Admission/$125 VIP Access (includes all food & beverage)
CULINARY DEMONSTRATIONS BY GUEST CELEBRITY CHEFS & PERSONALITIES
An exciting array of interactive culinary demonstrations led by guest celebrity chefs and personalities who will reveal their tricks of the trade. Demonstration-only, no tasting.
Location: Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S,
St. Petersburg, FL
Time: 11:00 am – 6:15 pm
Demonstration schedule will be available on the festival website
Ticket Price: $50 per demo
SIP, SAVOR & SWING HOSTED BY INGRID HOFFMANN
A Latin-inspired celebration featuring tastings from regional and guest celebrity chefs. Fine wines and spirits are not the only accompaniment – lively music will set the mood at the Vinoy Renaissance’s grand Palm Court Ballroom. Featured chefs will be on hand to present their dishes and interact with guests. Walk-around tasting.
Location: The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket Price: $225 (includes all food & beverage)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th
BATTLE OF THE ‘BURG HOSTED BY DONATELLA ARPAIA
Enjoy burgers at this afternoon poolside party, featuring St. Pete and the Bay Area’s most popular chefs and restaurants. Celebrity judges, including HSN, Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman and host Donatella Arpaia, will crown the Best ‘Burger, and attendees can cast their vote for a People’s Choice award winner. Music will make this a lively finale to a great weekend. Walk-around tasting.
Location: The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Treasure Island, FL
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ticket Price: $75 (includes all food & beverage)
FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS TO DATE
400 Beach Seafood & Taphouse, Ana Granucci
theAVENUE eat/drink, Stephen Schrutt
Bavaro’s, Dan Bavaro
BellaBrava, Ty Weaver
Birch & Vine at The Birchwood, Jason Cline
Black Palm Restaurant, Lui Arango
Café Gala, Chuck Bandel
Cafe Ponte, Chris Ponte
Central Avenue Oyster Bar
Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, Antonio
CinéBistro, Jason Cates
The Club at Treasure Island, Paul Liptak Scott Conant
Datz, Andy King
Kobé Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Ichiban Huynh
Marchand’s Bar and Grill at The Vinoy®
Renaissance, Mark Heimann
Maritana Grille at the Loews Don CeSar,
MFA Café, Stewart O’Flaherty
Mise en Place, Marty Blitz
Ocean Prime, Nick Grosenbach
Oxford Exchange Restaurant, Erin Guggino
Parkshore Grill, Tyson Grant
PCI Bar & Grill, Bill Phillips
Promenade/Veranda Bar at The Vinoy®
Sally O’Neal’s Pizza
Shells Seafood, David Canady
Three Birds Tavern
William Dean Chocolates, William Brown
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About Bill Edwards Presents
A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class attractions for more than a decade. The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues – including festivals, theaters, casinos, performing arts centers and arenas. Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.
HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 95 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website – hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 36 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). For more information, please visit HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.
About Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater
With 35 miles of white-sand beaches and welcoming more than 14 million visitors a year, the St. Pete/Clearwater area is the most popular American vacation destination on the Gulf of Mexico. With offices in the UK, Germany, South America and Clearwater, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the area’s official tourism marketing and management organization, working domestically and internationally to develop and enhance sustainable tourism year-round. The organization markets the area to consumers, travel media, the travel industry, meeting and conference planners, sports promoters and film producers with research driven programs touting beaches, sports, arts and culture and nature-based opportunities. Visit StPeteClearwater.com
About Florida ProStart
Florida ProStart® is a program of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support sound educational experiences in preparation for dynamic and rewarding hospitality careers. The organization implements industry developed school-to-career programs through interaction with students, instructors and industry leaders. It is the only organization in Florida that offers ProStart® among other training programs. ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. The ProStart program represents the first rung on a student’s ladder to a successful foodservice career; it is a student’s “professional start.” Currently, (as of the 2012-2013 school year) 238 high schools in Florida are teaching the ProStart curriculum with nearly 20,000 students enrolled. For more information please visit: http://www.frla.org/educational-foundation/item/198-prostart-school-to-career-program
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