Author: Ellen Madden

Epicurean’s Epic Chef Showdown brings Awareness to Our Community’s Fight Against Hunger

Today marks week 2 of the Epic Chef Showdown to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s largest food rescue and distribution organization. The seven-week competition kicked off with The Mill versus Locale Market/FarmTable Kitchen in a Chopped style showdown. Each week, two competing chefs receive a mystery box of ingredients and are challenged to create two unique dishes in only 30 minutes. When time is up, each dish is judged and one restaurant is eliminated. The winner moves on to the next round. We love the friendly competition between 8 top restaurants from the Tampa Bay area including The Mill, Locale Market, Parkshore Grill, Mis en...

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Restaurant Review: Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

When we heard that Council Oak Steaks and Seafood is now offering a new “Chef’s Trio” menu, we knew we had to try it out for ourselves. We were excited that the menu is designed for those looking to spend a little less $ yet still enjoy the upscale atmosphere and high quality ingredients offered by the steak house. If you aren’t familiar, Council Oak is nestled beautifully inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. I found it a rush to see the hustle and bustle of the casino while making our way to the restaurant. And...

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Restaurant Review: Stillwaters Tavern

Not-So-Ordinary Classic American A friend and I ventured to Stillwaters Tavern. I was a little nervous about the eclectic menu. You’ll find your classic American dishes like wings, shrimp & grits, ribs, burgers, and mac n cheese featured but they’re anything but ordinary. Stillwaters adds amazing flare, flavor and creativity to every dish. These aren’t your standard wings; they’re Korean-style with house-made gochujang, crushed peanuts, lemongrass yogurt, and kimchi. The shrimp & grits are made with Key West pink shrimp, Bradley’s country store cheddar grits, creole wine butter, okra, andouille, and scallions. And it doesn’t stop there! The tavern ribs are...

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