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St. Petersburg


The city formerly known as “God’s Waiting Room” is transforming into the city now known for its craft beer scene, local coffee roasters, and independently-owned restaurants. It also happens to average 361 days of sunshine every year.

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St. Petersburg


The city formerly known as “God’s Waiting Room” is transforming into the city now known for its craft beer scene, local coffee roasters, and independently-owned restaurants. It also happens to average 361 days of sunshine every year.


Downtown St. Pete Mural | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Downtown St. Pete Mural | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Pros Favorite Local Secrets

Downtown St. Pete Murals | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Downtown St. Pete Murals | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

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We have a lot of murals throughout downtown. It’s a very art-driven town and our muralists are extremely talented.
— Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co.
Avid Brewing | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Avid Brewing | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

We have the smallest brewery in town called Avid that is located in the back of a grow shop. They make killer beers and you can get growlers to go.
— Restaurateurs & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega
Downtown St. Petersburg | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Downtown St. Petersburg | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

With over 300 days of sunshine, a St. Pete morning is the most beautiful way to start your day. With that sunshine, St. Pete offers some of the best local produce I’ve ever had.
— Chef/cheesemonger Matt Bonano of Brooklyn South
Downtown St. Petersburg | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Downtown St. Petersburg | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

The biggest misconception about St. Pete is that it’s heaven’s waiting room. In reality, St. Pete is a growing city full of young, thriving artists and entrepreneurs. It seems like a new business opens every day. This city is amazing.
— Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

MORNING | Coffee

Bandit Coffee Co.

Multi-roaster coffee shop serving single origin coffees and locally-made, small batch, gourmet donuts.

Bandit Coffee Co | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Bandit Coffee Co | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Bandit Coffee Co | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Bandit Coffee Co | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

"If you're looking for coffee, come here."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

2662 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
www.banditcoffee.co

Kahwa Coffee

This cafe serves speciality drinks, latte art, coffee by the pound, French pastries, muffins and organic cookies.

"I enjoy Kahwa coffee because it is local, and it is roasted right down the street from us every 2-3 days – so it’s always fresh. We actually serve it at my restaurant."
FED Pro > Chef David David Benstock of Il Ritorno

475 2nd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
204 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.kahwacoffee.com

MORNING | Breakfast

Central Coffee Shoppe | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Central Coffee Shoppe | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Central Coffee Shoppe | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Central Coffee Shoppe | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Central Coffee Shoppe

This is a classic diner serving eggs and pancakes in the morning and burgers and tuna melts in the afternoon.

"If you like an old school, really fast egg sandwich, you can't go wrong here. We really like the sausage, egg, and cheese on an English muffin."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

530 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.821.1125 | www.centralcoffeeshoppe.com

Breakfast sandwich at Banyan Cafe | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Breakfast sandwich at Banyan Cafe | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Banyan Cafe

A neighborhood cafe serving breakfast and lunch with outdoor tables and coffee from local roaster Kahwa.

"They have an amazing breakfast sandwich. With their handmade furniture and trinkets, the atmosphere is great as well. You feel very at home and welcomed at Banyan."
FED Pro > Chef David David Benstock of Il Ritorno

"The egg sandwich here is a must try."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef  George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

"Banyan is one of my favorite spots. They make a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, spinach, and bacon on Cuban bread."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co 

701 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | T: 727.896.6600
689 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 |T: 727.896.6100
www.banyancoffee.com


MORNING | Farmers Market

Saturday Morning Market

Local farmers market where you can buy local produce, cheeses, and prepared foods. They also have food trucks.

"This is a great stop for fresh produce and grass-fed beef."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

"It's a great way to start your weekend. Local farmers and artisans come out to showcase their product on the waterfront. Featuring live music and local foods."
FED Pro > Chef Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill

"For chefs who enjoy creating a wide variety of menu items it doesn’t get much better than West Central Florida for places like this farmers market. You can almost always find the perfect ingredient for whatever dish you have in mind."
FED Pro > Chef Paul Liptak of the Club on Treasure Island

Progress Energy Park, 100 1st Street South East, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.455.4921 | 
www.saturdaymorningmarket.com

Tuesday Fresh Market

Weekly Tuesday farmers market featuring fresh produce, breads, cheeses, seafood, crafts and live music.

"This is my favorite market. They have a smaller crowd and I love that they feature local artists."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Bonano of Brooklyn South

3000 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport, FL 33707
T: 727.278.4285

 


LATE MORNING | Food Shops

Locale Market | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Locale Market | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Locale Market

This market is a collaboration between chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona and features gourmet foods, fresh produce, steaks, seafood, prepared foods and lots of locally-sourced products, including coffee and beer.

"Walk around the market and get a snack."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef  George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

179 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.523.6300 | 
www.localegourmetmarket.com

Mazzaro’s Italian Market

Speciality foods emporium with a deli, a bakery, a cheese room, an espresso bar and a market selling imported Italian goods, beer, wine, and house-made pastas.

"This is one of my favorite stores in St. Pete. I could spend the whole day wandering around the shop perusing the specialty cheeses, gourmet coffee, handmade pastas and, of course, end the visit with lunch."
FED Pro > Chef Chris Ponte of Cafe Ponte

"I like shopping here for Italian specialty foods and aged steaks."
FED Pro > Chef Greg Baker of The Refiner, Fodder & Shine

"This is an Italian market worth checking out."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef  George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

"I enjoy Mazzaro's because it has very good quality deli meat, and delicious cheese options."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

2909 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
T: 727.321.2400 | 
www.mazzarosmarket.com

Savory Spice Shop

"I get spices from here to use in my restaurant. If you don't want to buy a tremendous amount of spice, they have small batches so you don't have to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a spice you're only going to use three times in a year. He also has cool blends and spices you've never heard of. He has 10 different salts, and to me, salt is one of the most important things to have. If you're a home cook, you can get cool things for your spice rack."
FED Pro > Chef Zach Gross of Z Grille

400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.290.9893 | 
www.savoryspiceshop.com


LUNCH

Ted Peters | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Ted Peters | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

SMOKED FISH & BURGERS | Ted Peters

Right over the causeway on the way to St. Pete beach you’ll find Ted Peters. It's a smokehouse that's been around for 50 years. Red oak smoked fish, icy cold root beer, German potato salad, and a side of smoked fish spread equals delicious. It's a little incongruous to order a burger from a smoked fish joint, but it's one of their specialties.

Smoked fish and cole slaw at Ted Peters | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Smoked fish and cole slaw at Ted Peters | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

"It is quintessential Florida and they serve up some of the best smoked mullet known to humankind."
FED Pro > Chef Greg Baker of The Refinery, Fodder & Shine

"Smoked fish dip sandwich and coleslaw -- simple and perfect."
FED Pro > Chef Chad Johnson of Haven

1350 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
T: 727.381.7931

Cuban Sandwich at Bodega | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Cuban Sandwich at Bodega | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

CUBAN SANDWICH | Bodega on Central

You'll find made-to-order Latin American food at this small restaurant from former New Yorkers George and Debbie Sayegh. The menu features Cuban sandwiches, salads, platos with rice and beans, and fresh-squeezed juices. They also have a lot of vegetarian options.

"They have the best Cuban Sandwich I've ever had. I always suggest the Cuban if it's your first time to Bodega. I always order their Lechon Platos. It's a plate of white rice, black beans, mojo pulled pork, and plantains."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewery

1120 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
T: 727.623.0942 | 
bodegaoncentral.com

Photograph courtesy of Brooklyn South

Photograph courtesy of Brooklyn South

SANDWICHES | Brooklyn South

Owned by Brooklyn transplant chef Matt Bonano who worked at Murray's Cheese in NYC.

"They have amazing grilled cheese sandwiches."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

"They have incredible cheese and meat selection, but they also make the best sandwiches in St. Petersburg, hands down."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewery

1437 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
T: 727.914.4967 | 
brooklynsouthcheese.com

Casita Taqueria | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Casita Taqueria | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

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MEXICAN | Casita Taqueria

Tacos, tortas, pressed-sandwiches and bowls with beans, rice and guacamole.

"Come here for a taco at lunch."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

"Their bowls are legit. I always order the Chorizio bowl. It comes with ground chorizo, white rice, black beans, guac, pico and sour cream."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewery

2663 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713 | T: 727.223.1031
2701 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 | T: 727.498.6473

www.casitatacos.com


AFTERNOON | Sweets

Pear & Gin and Pink Grapefruit Ice Pops at The Hyppo | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Pear & Gin and Pink Grapefruit Ice Pops at The Hyppo | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

GOURMET ICE POPS | The Hyppo

Popsicles made with all natural, seasonal ingredients. They have over 450 flavors that range from simple ones like strawberry or chocolate sea salt to more unusual like eggnog or cucumber lemon mint.

"Their popsicles are off the chain. They have so many unique flavors. My favorite one is the Blackberry Goat. It's a popsicle with blackberries and creamy goat cheese."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Bonano of Brooklyn South

627 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.498.6536 | 
www.thehyppo.com


AFTERNOON | Tea

Infused Tea Company

This tea house offers over 100 different blends of tea.

"They have a drink called 'Cheeky Peach' that has their Peach Rooibos tea and graham crackers mixed in like a milkshake, and it's really good. We actually use their tea for our Lavender, Vanilla and Peppermint Gelato and our Blueberry Rooibos Tea Gelato."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

300 Beach Drive North East, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.894.4832 | 
www.infusedteaco.com


AFTERNOON | Breweries

Green Bench Crewing Co | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Green Bench Crewing Co | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Green Bench Brewing Co.

Stop by their 6,000 square foot beer garden adjacent to their brewery to sample their craft brews.

Green Bench | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Green Bench | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

"Green Bench is a great St. Pete brewery, both familiar and adventuresome. Their Surrealist sour IPA is quite tasty."
FED Pro > Chef Greg Baker of The Refinery, Fodder & Shine

1133 Baum Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
T: 727.800.9836 | 
greenbenchbrewing.com

St Pete Brewing Co

"Just a block from Cycle, they make solid, clean beers. Milo's IPA and Orange Wheat are their cores."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

544 1st Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.692.8809 | stpetebrewingcompany.com

Pinellas Ale Works & Cage Brewing

"We have two new breweries in town, Pinellas Ale Works and Cage Brewing. They're directly across the street from each other."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

PAW | 1962 1st Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 | T: 727.235.0970 | www.pawbeer.com
CAGE | 2001 1st Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712 | T: 727.201.4278 | Website

Cycle Brewing

Get free tastes from the tap at this local micro-brewery and tasting room.

"Their session IPAs are my favorite: hoppy and low alcohol. If you like big stouts they've likely got you covered, too."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

"I'm a big fan of their Fixie IPA and of their El Camino delivery truck."
FED Pro > Chef Greg Baker of The Refinery, Fodder & Shine

534 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.320.7954


St. Pete Brewer's Guide


PRE-DINNER | Cocktails

Photograph courtesy of Mandarin Hide

Photograph courtesy of Mandarin Hide

Mandarin Hide

Craft cocktails ranging from classics to their own signature drinks. You'll find antler-shaped chandeliers, exposed bricks, and a chalkbaord menu. Live music on Wednesdays and Sundays.

"It's a craft cocktail place with a little more high-end price point, but they serve awesome drinks."
FED Pro > Chef Zack Gross of Z Grille

31 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.231.4007 | 
www.mandarinhide.com
 

Photograph courtesy of The Mill

Photograph courtesy of The Mill

The Mill

4,000 square food restaurant from chef Ted Dorsey who made a name for himself at Castille before opening this restaurant that features a mixture of cuisines and a creative cocktail menu.

"The Mill uses some of the best ingredients available and also makes some very nice cocktails."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

"This St. Pete newcomer has awesome cocktails and a very good bourbon list."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

200 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.317.3930 | 
themilldtsp.com


DINNER

Photograph courtesy of Il Ritorno

Photograph courtesy of Il Ritorno

ITALIAN | Il Ritorno

"When you eat at my restaurant, I'd recommend you try the octopus because we're taking a classic Italian dish such as the Putanesca and presenting it with an entirely new approach. It's unlike anything else on the menu."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

"Short Rib Mezzaluna with truffle fonduta, tomatoes and pecorino is my very favorite."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Bonano of Brooklyn South

449 Central Avenue #101, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.897.5900 | 
www.ilritornodowntown.com

FRENCH-VIETNAMESE | Alesia Restaurant

"It's French-Vietnamese. It's a mom and pop type of restaurant and you can't get anything wrong on their menu, which to me is hard to do. I eat the banh mi all the time and the pho, which usually I get both together. I just dip the sandwich right in there. They make everything daily. The freshness of the cilantro and radishes and the spice are what turns me on and why I like to come here. They also have awesome Vietnamese coffee."
FED Pro > Chef Zack Gross of Z Grille

"Come here for a bowl of pho."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

7204 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
T: 727.345.9701 | 
www.alesiarestaurant.com

Photograph courtesy of Z Grille

Photograph courtesy of Z Grille

NEW AMERICAN | Z Grille

Chef Zack Gross gives a nod to tattoos and skateboarding with a wall shaped like a half-pipe and artwork created by local tattoo artist Evil Don. His signature dish on what he calls his 'menuz' is ribs marinated in Dr. Pepper. Nostalgic comfort food shows up in the Cornflake Sage Fried Chicken and the tray of Dirty D's Deviled Eggs, which he changes daily.

Photograph courtesy  of Z Gille

Photograph courtesy  of Z Gille

104 2nd Street South, St Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.822.9600 | www.zgrille.net

"I truly love the Cali-Mex style they offer and I have never had a bad experience here."
FED Pro > Chef David Benstock of Il Ritorno

"Z Grille's bar is so comfortable and anything Zack makes is yummy."
FED Pros > & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

"Order the deviled eggs."
FED Pro > Chef Greg Baker of The Refinery, Fodder & Shine

"I enjoy Z Grille for the pork short ribs."
FED Pro > Chef Chris Ponte of Cafe Ponte

"Eat their Z-Style Foie Gras Steak Burger. It's a half pound 70/30 brisket/ribeye patty with bacon, foie gras, pork belly, and an egg. Among other toppings. Do it."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing

Photograph courtesy of Sea Salt

Photograph courtesy of Sea Salt

SEAFOOD | Sea Salt

The focus of this large restaurant is seafood and salt. They have an extensive raw bar, fresh fish that you pick from the display case to be cooked and creative seafood entrees.

"The wine list at sea salt is amazing. Order any whole fish or the raw oysters."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

183 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.873.7964 | 
seasaltstpete.com


BARS

The Emerald | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

The Emerald | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

DIVE | The Emerald

In the land of sunshine, it's nice to know that dark dive bars exist. Come here for cheap drinks, a jukebox and dim lighting.

"This is an awesome dive bar."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

550 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.898.6054

BEER | The Ale And The Witch

They offer 32 American craft brews on tap and one cask ale. They have live music nightly with no cover charge.

"They've only been around about 5 years, but that's ancient when considering our local craft beer scene. The owner, Brett, has paved the way for great beer in our town. He serves a rotation of American craft beer."
FED Pro > Brewer Khris Johnson of Green Bench Brewing Co

111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.821.2533 | 
thealeandthewitch.com

LATE NIGHT

Photographs courtesy of The Amsterdam Station House

Photographs courtesy of The Amsterdam Station House

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Station House

European-inspired craft beer and wine bar. They served boutique wines, meads, ciders, sours, and specialty brews. Make sure to visit their hidden speakeasy called God's Waiting Room.

"I like coming here for late night. I like their beer selection and the people that hang out here are always cool. Good people makes for a good atmosphere."
FED Pro > Chef Matt Bonano of Brooklyn South

"If you want a real cocktail with a speakeasy vibe, you need to come to station house. They are so good."
FED Pros > Restaurateurs & Chef George and Debbie Sayegh of Bodega

Open until 3am
260 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: 727.895.8260 | 
www.stationhousestpete.com

Taco Bus

Satisfy your late night munchies with tacos sold out of an old school bus.

"For a late night snack of beef tongue tacos."
FED Pro > Chef Chad Johnson of Haven

Open until 4am on weekends
2324 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
T: 727.322.5000 | www.taco-bus.com

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Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Old St. Pete Distillery 

Chef David Benstock recommends this small-batch local distillery that makes craft spirits that include gin, whiskey, vodka, and rum & spice.

Website | Where To Buy

Green Bench Brewing Co

Chef Greg Baker is a fan of Green Bench Brewing Co., "It's a great St. Pete brewery, both familiar and adventuresome. Their Surrealist sour IPA is quite tasty."

Website 

Kahwa Coffee

Recommended by chef David Benstock, this coffee company has been roasting in St. Petersburg since 2006.

WebsiteWhere To Buy

Planning Links


Planning Links


INSPIRATION

READ | Trip Reads for St. Petersburg -- Inspirational reading lists for today's traveler.

MUSEUMS

SURREALISM ART | Dali Museum
CLASSIC & MODERN ART | Museum of Fine Arts
HISTORY & HERITAGE | Florida Holocaust Museum
ARTISTS AT WORK | Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop

MUSIC AND THEATER

LIVE MUSIC Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater
LIVE MUSIC OUTDOORS | Jannus Live
THEATER | St. Petersburg City Theater
THEATER | American Stage

Stay

HOTELS | Room77
APARTMENTS | Airbnb -- book an apartment.

Getting Around

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION | Looper Trolly
UBER | Download the app, get a car.

 

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The Pros


The Pros


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David Benstock

Executive chef and owner of Il Ritorno in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Zach Gross

Executive chef and co-owner of Z Grille in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Matt Bonano

Chef, cheesemonger, owner of Brooklyn South in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Debbie and george Sayegh 

Chef and restaurateurs of Bodega on Central in downtown St. Petersburg.


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Chris Ponte

Executive chef and owner of Cafe Ponte in Clearwater.

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Paul Liptak

Executive chef of The Club at Treasure Island in St. Petersburg.

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Tyson Grant

Executive chef of Parkshore Grill in downtown St. Petersburg

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Greg Baker

Executive chef and owner of The Refinery, Fodder & Shine in Tampa.


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Chad Johnson

Executive chef of Haven and Elevage in Tampa.

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Khris Johnson

Head brewer and partner of Green Bench Brewing Company in St. Petersburg.

 
 

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