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Houck, Jeff

Tribune Staff
Houck, Jeff

Ulele's debut adds glitz to Florida flavors

- The restaurant opens for dinner tonight at 5 p.m. A formal ribbon-cutting for the renovated 112-year-old former municipal water works building along the Hillsborough River north of downtown will take place at 4 p.m.

Tampa’s prohibition Repeal Day Party will be four-day celebration


— The city’s biggest craft cocktail celebration is about to get bigger.

Tampa Theatre seeks help to purchase new popcorn popper


Everybody loves popcorn. Nobody loves burned popcorn.

Tailgate Taste Fest means food and football in Curtis Hixon park


Football games without tailgating are like ... football games without footballs. Half the fun comes from the eating and drinking before kickoff and after the final whistle.

Oysters, frog legs find place on Ulele's menu

- The highly anticipated Ulele restaurant in the former Tampa Water Works in Tampa Heights released its first menu online on Tuesday, showcasing its lineup of “native-inspired” dishes.

The Sip: Cool down dog days with some tasty libations


It’s hot outside. You’re an adult. You’re thirsty. You might as well drink something delicious.

Summer of Rum Festival making Ybor City debut


In 1862, a man named Facundo Masso moved to Cuba from Spain to open a rum distillery in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

Ulele, a restaurant for the next century


— This is more than a restaurant.

Oddball comedians were hilarious. This review? Kinda funny


TAMPA — The danger in reviewing The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival Friday night at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Trying to be funny while writing about comedians Louis C .K., Aziz Ansari, Chris...

Local brownie chef takes retail world by storm


— It takes a small platoon to make brownies.

Coming soon to Tampa, Creole, Cajun dining a la Roux


It’s a tricky prospect for a restaurant to create dishes with flavors reminiscent of New Orleans’ new-guard masters John Besh and Donald Link while honoring the ...

What’s old is brew again at local pubs


— Tim Schoen and Joey Redner pop a couple of cans of Cigar City Beer and pour them into tall glasses as they sit at a tall, sturdy wood table in the new tasting room at

Eatery will channel true Old Florida

- The owners of The Refinery became culinary historians when they decided their new restaurant, Fodder & Shine, would draw on the cooking style of Florida's pioneers.

Supper clubs add oomph to dining out


— When the table of eight begged to eat roasted eyeballs, chef Chad Johnson knew he had a lively bunch of diners at the Epicurean hotel’s new monthly supper club.

Coming to MacDill: Buddy Brew’s joe

- A Buddy Brew truck, which will serve personnel working at MacDill Air Force Base, adds to the growing fleet of local mobile food vendors invited to MacDill in recent years.

Cigar City beers to be part of traveling fest


This summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, Calif., is putting on Beer Camp Across America, a traveling beer festival taking place in seven U.S. cities. More than 700 brew...

Terra Ceia yields Hollywood talent


For Dori Sperko, becoming an independent film producer in Hollywood wasn’t that big of a jump from running her family’s Bradenton-based employee management company.

Blogger serves up money hints at conference

- FamilyFoodie blogger Isabel Laessig, of Dunedin, will hold a three-day conference in Orlando to teach other food bloggers how to monetize their content by building relationships with one another and brands.

Miller named corporate chef at The Melting Pot


— The Melting Pot fondue restaurant chain on Monday named chef Jason Miller as its corporate chef and culinary development leader for North America.

Brew Hub to boost local beer output

- Cigar City Brewing's beer is in such high demand it's a struggle to fill new orders from the Tampa brewery. Brew Hub will let those beers, and others, keep flowing.

Savor Sarasota dining deals extended


— Dining deals offered during Savor Sarasota restaurant weeks in June will extend through July and August at several restaurants, Visit Sarasota County announced.

PDQ’s corporate test kitchen helps shape menu updates

- Once a year, the Tampa-based fast-casual restaurant chain shuffles the lineup of its milkshakes to include seasonal flavors. This year, the chain asked each franchise restaurant to submit a flavor for consideration using in...

Bonefish partners reunite for new St. Pete eatery


— John Mays and T.J. Thielbar get the same jolt of excitement from building their new Noble Crust restaurant on Fourth Street as they felt while they were helping build...

Italian flavors, ambiance inspire SoHo restaurant Ava

- When the 5,600-square-foot restaurant Ava opens in October after two years in development, chef Joshua Hernandez will bring his Los Angeles culinary pedigree to its “inspired Italian” menu. The restaurant is o...