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Creative Loafing’s “Meet the Chefs” set to be a foodie’s dream come true

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St. Pete residents can get a sampling of what some of the city’s most unique restaurants have to offer. Creative Loafing is hosting “Meet the Chefs” at Green Bench Brewery in the Edge District near downtown St. Pete next Wednesday.

The event is set to kickoff the city’s first St. Pete Restaurant Weekend featuring more than 25 restaurants offering three course meals offering the best chefs have to offer.

At the kickoff event December 9 chefs from a variety of restaurants will offer small samplings of various dishes that make each destination one of a kind. Each sample includes an appetizer, soup, salad or entree and will be paired with one of Green Bench Brewing Co’s craft brews.

Foodie heaven begins at 6 p.m. for a limited number of guests. Pre-sale tickets can be ordered here for $40. If seating is available admission the day of the event is $45.

Participants and their succulent offerings are as follows:

Chef Ted Dorsey | The Mill Restaurant

Rum Braised Lamb Belly with Port Salut Boniato Mash and Smoked Jerk Puttanesca paired with Green Bench Saison de Banc Noir

Chef Jeremy Duclut | Cassis American Brasserie

Lobster Bisque with Maine Lobster Salad paired with Green Bench Spring Bloom IPA

Chef Rob Reinsmith | Noble Crust

Fried Green Tomatoes, Tabasco-Honey Glazed Pork Belly, and Pimento Cheese paired with Green Bench Happy Hermit Pale Ale

Chef Michael Crippin | The Moon Under Water

Moon Chicken Curry with Basmati Rice paired with Green Bench IPA

Chefs Johan Everstijn & Patrice Murphy | The Cider Press Cafe

Wild Mushroom Creole Cioppino Soup Kale Romaine Salad with Asian Pear, Red Onion, Candied Pecans, and a Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette paired with Green Bench Rye Saison

Chef Jason Esposito | Engine No. 9

Braised Pork Wing with Fried Pig Ears and Whiskey Apples paired with Green Bench Stay Dry Stout

Chef Ryan Kelly | the AVENUE eat/drink & KINGS Street Food

B.L.G.T Sliders with Bacon Blue Cheese Macaroni Salad paired with Green Bench Sunshine City IPA

Guests can receive one small plate from each vendor as well as a 4 ounce beer sample.

The Food beginning next Friday includes a set $30 charge for a three course meal at any of more than 25 participating locations.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email [email protected]

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