03/26/17

12th Annual Taste of South Tampa is THIS WEEKEND!

A scrumptious event is about to hit Tampa this weekend! On Sunday, April 2, the 12th annual Taste of South Tampa is coming to the beautiful Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore Blvd! The Taste of South Tampa is the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s signature annual event, presented by Older, Lundy & Alvarez Law.  This has become one of my favorite local events of the year and I’m SO happy it is happening in early April this year as the weather has been SO beautiful!

This food-filled event will run from 1-4pm. Local restaurants will be offering samples of their best dishes for guests to taste! Beer, wine, spirits and sodas will be offered as well to wash it all down.  The tickets are all inclusive and include: Unlimited food and beverage samples, live entertainment presented by Breezin’ Entertainment, give-aways from exhibitors, opportunities to win prizes by participating in the canned food drive and voting for the “Best of South Tampa” awards. This is going to be such a fun event that you won’t want to miss out! General admission tickets are currently $50 online, and will go up to $60 on the day of the event (Tickets for Military= $35 and kids 10 & under are FREE!). Want to become a VIP? Purchase VIP Tickets for $75 and get: access special indoor & air conditioned space, a swag bag, additional food options, upgraded beverage selection, and entertainment! Click here to purchase your tickets!

WANT TO WIN A PAIR OF GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS? Follow me on Instagram (@orangespoken) for details! 
The best news? A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Metropolitan Ministries, an organization that I had experience working with a few times over the years, and know how amazing they truly are. Interested in helping even more? Pack a few non-perishable items to bring with you to the Taste of South Tampa to help stock their pantry, and be eligible to prizes from the featured restaurants!

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Here is a list of some of the restaurants guests will be able to sample at Taste of South Tampa! 
Assorted beer varieties provided by 81Bay Brewing Company!
Acropolis Greek Taverna
​Bayshore Biscuit Company
Blue Chair Bay Rum
Boca Kitchen Bar & Market
Brookdale Bayshore
Cakes by Nikki Mobile Sweets Cart
Carabba’s Italian Grill
Cask Social Kitchen
Centre Club
Chef Inspired Popcorn Company
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Crispers
Florida Cane Distillery
Food Hustlers
Hooters
Inside the Box Cafe
Kahwa Coffee
Kona Grill
MacDintons Irish Pub & Restaurant
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Remedies Coffee Bar
Roy’s Tampa
Square 1
Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club
The Blind Goat Food & Drink
Yard of AleAdditional Restaurants Available in VIP!
VIP – Bonefish Grill
VIP – Cheese Please
VIP – Chocolate Pi
VIP – Cru Cellars
VIP – Del Frisco’s Grille
VIP – Elite Events Catering
VIP – On Swann
VIP – Seasons 52
VIP – Silly Monkey Cookie Company
VIP – Toffee To Go
 
For more information and updates, visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthTampaTaste 

Hope to see you there! 

Disclosure: I have partnered with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce to promote and participate in Taste of South Tampa. I was provided with tickets. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.
03/25/17

So much to say!

Hey Friends! 

Boy have I missed blogging on the regular. Life has been jam-packed with awesomeness and once the glitter settles at the end of April, I will reconnect by sharing stories, recipes and more! 

And, of course the 4-1-1 on all things WEDDING! 

As you know, last summer my main guy popped “THE” question and since then we have been in planning mode! We have had so much fun wedding planning and cannot wait to celebrate with our closest family and friends. We are keeping things very small and intimate, but the celebration will be fun and beautiful nonetheless! I will definitely be sharing pictures and stories from the big day with all of you here so stay tuned! (Including details about my dress, which I am head over heels about! Spoiler alert- it’s NOT white!) 🙂

One thing I can divulge are the details of my bridal shower last week! 

My godmother Nina, my future mother-in-law, and my nearest and dearest chicas came together to shower me with wedding LOVE! The theme was orange (naturally) and all things chicken (double naturally!). I mean, do they know me or what? There were also TONS of gifts and surprises! I feel so lucky and thankful to have all of these ladies in my life! 

I’m usually on the giving side of a party, so it was a little awkward for me to let loose of the reigns and focus on being the guest of honor. But I truly had a WONDERFUL time enjoying delicious food and spending time with those whom I care about the most- all here to celebrate the love between two people. I could not have asked for a better day! (PS- see those candles on the table? At one point during the shower there was a small incident involving tissue paper from one of those gifts towards the back of the above picture and the flames. After some deft maneuvers towards the door, and some vigorous stomping, the flaming crisis was adverted! Luckily the place didn’t burn down and no one got seriously hurt, but it was an adventure non-the-less! **No pictures, sorry. We really thought 911 was about to be called! LOL)

I also had my hair and makeup trial courtesy of the very talented Ciah from Salon Ciah in Ybor City! I’m SO happy with how it all turned out and cannot wait to see everything put together! 

Next up, THE BIG DAY! Check back soon for more! <3