In search of somewhere new and exciting to join my friend Kim for lunch, we remembered that the club formerly known as Venue had been transformed into Yard of Ale Gastro Pub. I'm not a fan of beer and hence I didn't care for their Tampa location very much, but after looking over the menu of the new Gastro Pub in Clearwater I had to give the place a shot...Continue reading the Tampa Bay Expert Review of Yard of Ale Gastro Pub.
Karamu XXVI, the signature gala at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, returns this Saturday, April 12 with a bright and festive atmosphere inspired by the theme "Jungle Boogie." Karamu (pronounced Keh-rah-moo), from the Swahili word for "party," is presented by Regions for the 15th consecutive year.
Event chair Toni Everett, co-chair Henderson Everett Lee, and the Karamu steering committee will host the 26th anniversary event in the Zoo's spectacular Safari Lodge events facility and adjoining outdoor plaza.
Guests can groove to the rhythms of the jungle with two live bands presented by Raymond James: City Groove (R&B, jazz and soul) and Impulse World Beat (Caribbean). Non-stop action including dancing, live and silent auctions will add to the festivities.
The annual gala welcomes guests at 6:30 p.m. with up-close animal encounters in the Safari Africa Plaza and cocktails. At 8 p.m., Ovations Food Services will cater a three-course plated dinner featuring snow crab claws, a duet of roasted lamb and salmon, and cheese fondue with seasonal fresh fruits and accompaniments.
Karamu began with friends of the Zoo working together. Some 26 years ago, Sally Lowry Baldwin and Mason M. Lykes brought together the Tampa Bay community in support of the "new" Zoo. This year's event is dedicated to Sally Lowry Baldwin who was affectionately thought of as the "first lady" of the Zoo. Event proceeds benefit animal care and education programs at the Zoo, a charitable organization.
For more information about Karamu XXVI, visit the event's website. To inquire about tickets or tables at the event please call (813) 935-8552 x 202.
LocalShops1 will host its fourth annual Top Local Chef competition on Sunday, April, 27, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino & Ballroom. The competitions is a battle that features chefs from independent restaurants and catering companies from all across Tampa Bay...Read more.
Spring will bring a kids film series, new blockbuster movies, special screenings and live events to Tampa Theatre giving families plenty of reasons to visit. Click here for a listing of some of the events coming to Tampa Theatre in April 2014.