june 2017

thu15jun6:00 pm9:00 pmCreative Loafing's Meet The Chefs 20176:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Vault, 611 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602


Event Details

Rub elbows with the minds behind your favorite Tampa Bay area restaurants, menu items, & more!

Tampa Bay Restaurant Week 2017 is June 15th through 25th and, to kick it off, we’re bringing back everyone’s favorite foodie event, Meet The Chefs, for the third year in a row—featuring more chefs and courses than ever before!

Creative Loafing’s Meet The Chefs 2017
Thurs., June 15th | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Vault | 611 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa

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Foodies, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to rub elbows with the chefs behind some of your favorite restaurants and menu items during an intimate meet and greet with more than ten of the area’s amazing, local chefs!

Ava | Chef Joshua Hernandez
Octopus & potatoes with fingerlings, pickled fennel, dill, romesco, & balsamic
Castile | Chef Nicolas Lebas
Mediterranean her-cured Atlantic salmon with espelette pepper vinaigrette, dehydrated nicoise olives, & basil crystals
Cru Cellars | Chef Brad Sobo
Braised octopus salad with pickled fennel, arugula, & pine nut
CW’s Gin Joint | Chef Gui Alinat & Chef Cody Tiner
“Angeled” eggs pickled in beet juice, loaded with fresh dill & house smoked salmon plus Ile Flottante (Floating Island) with soft meringue floating on a French vanilla-infused custard with toasted almonds & crackling caramel for texture
Dr. BBQ | Chef Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe
Pork rind nachos with beer cheese, chopped beef brisket, cilantro lime crema, & guava barbecue sauce
Élevage | Chef Jonathan Atanacio
Maryland Crab Roll with Old Bay, spicy slaw, & a sweet roll
Haven | Chef Courtney Orwig
Steak tartare with harissa, cucumber, lemon creme fraiche, & crispy potatoes
Holy Hog BBQ | Chef Danny Hernandez
Brisket with a homestyle buttermilk biscuit & pimento cheese
Mise en Place | Chef Marty Blitz
Venison picadillo boniato puree & black garlic mofongo crumble
Proper Kitchen & Cocktails | Chef A.J. Lambden
Shiner Bock braised short rib with roasted root vegetable & farro hash, charred cauliflower, & and Shiner Bock demi-glace
Rowe Bar & Sea Porch at Don CeSar | Chef Patrick Gossett
Lobster mac & cheese with heirloom tomatoes, local spinach, & aged white cheddar bechamel
The Black Pearl | Chef Christopher Artrip
Duck confit tacos with three-week oaxacan mole negro, heirloom tomatoe pico de gallo, fresh corn tortilla, & chicharron de pato
The Living Room | Chef Tony Bruno
Olive wood smoked lamb belly with a pistachio chimichurri and roasted garlic yuca cake, pickled red onions, and a smoked paprika olive oil drizzle
The Refinery + Fodder & Shine | Chef Greg Baker
XO summer sausage, pimento cheese, lavender & black pepper chicken cracklings

plus VIP-only passed hors d’oeurves by 

SaltBlock Hospitality + Catering | Chef Viet Vo

Each of the chefs will be sampling a soup, appetizer, main course, or dessert to make up a small plates meal featuring wine pairings handpicked by the chefs.

 This is an intimate, cocktail-style event with a limited number of tickets available!


General Admission
$50 Adv. | $60 Door
GA includes small plates by each chef & wine pairings. 

VIP Admission

This event sold out in 2015 & 2016!


Don’t miss this unique foodie opportunity to sample exclusive bites, chat up your favorite local chefs, celebrate the best time of the year (aka Tampa Bay Restaurant Week 2017), and get your hands on a copy of CL’s annual Food Issue, where CL unwraps some of Tampa Bay’s tastiest sandwiches—in print and online on June 15th!

 Oh, and did we mention: each restaurant participating in Meet The Chefs will be offering an exclusive multiple-course prix fixe meal for only $30 or $45 during Tampa Bay Restaurant Week?!


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Vault

611 N. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602