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Dr. BBQ has a restaurant of the same name in St. Petersburg.
Datz Restaurant Group

With Labor Day weekend just ahead, The Zest podcast got a last-minute barbeque lesson from Dr. BBQ himself, Barbecue Hall-of-Famer Ray Lampe, at his St. Petersburg restaurant.

Helen Freund
Monica Herndon

This week on WUSF's food podcast, The Zest, we’re talking to some of Tampa Bay’s favorite food personalities.

 Food writer Laura Reiley, right, with Robin Sussingham.
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By Robin Sussingham

Customized burgers based on facial recognition and robots behind the counter at your favorite doughnut shop? It sounds like the premise of a sci-fi movie, but the future of food is stranger than fiction.

Wild Boars At Shogun Farms
Courtesy Shogun Farms

Ed Chiles is the son of the late Governor Lawton Chiles. He’s also the owner of several seafood restaurants: the Sandbar on Anna Maria Island, the Beach House in Bradenton Beach and Mar Vista Dockside on Longboat Key.

Chiles's interest in local and sustainable food sourcing has led him to experiment with cooking one of the state's invasive species -- wild hogs. On The Zest Podcast, host Robin Sussingham spoke to him about some of the ways his restaurants' chefs have been utilizing wild boars from Shogun Farms.

We’re entering Florida’s sweltering season, and if you can’t stand the heat, you’d better be ready with some hot-weather recipes. WUSF's new food podcast, The Zest, is up to the challenge.

Robin Sussingham and Laura Reiley
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Food writer Laura Reiley spent years closely observing Tampa Bay’s food and dining scene. 

She says there’s a reason that the area is exploding onto the national consciousness—affordable real estate.

Several bars and breweries have found themselves at odds with the Florida Department of Health over a recent crackdown on a rule that prohibits pets inside businesses that serve food.

Former Cook Gets 7 Years For Putting Lye In Yum Yum Sauce

Feb 8, 2018
Polk County Sheriff's Office

A disgruntled Lakeland restaurant worker has been sentenced to seven years in prison for putting deadly plumber's lye into the Yum Yum sauce.

The owner of the Hibachi Express franchise checked surveillance video after tasting the sauce during a routine inspection and immediately feeling his mouth burn.

Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has been dining out a lot in the past couple of weeks. So now she's living on coffee after consuming "thousands of extra calories" in pursuit of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

The result is her list of the Top 50

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Tampa Bay Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has been dining out a lot in the past couple of weeks. So now she's living on coffee after consuming "thousands of extra calories" in pursuit of the best restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

The result is her list of the Top 50

When you sit down at Chef José Andrés' tapas restaurant, Jaleo, in Washington, D.C., and ask to see the beverage options, as I did recently, you're in for a surprise. Instead of a traditional leather-bound menu, I was handed an iPad.

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Construction is under way on the Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa. The so-called foodie hotel is the latest offshoot of Bern's Steak House and will be located just across the street from the famed restaurant.

On Monday night, nearby SideBern's restaurant held a preview of the food and drinks the new hotel will feature. Several hundred people stopped by the invitation-only event.

traderjoes.com

Full disclosure: I am very excited about this.

As a transplant from the Midwest, I'm always giddy when a business I enjoyed up North comes to Tampa Bay:

  • Kohl's in 2006
  • Ikea in 2009

And now Trader Joe's, the affordable hipster grocery chain that manages to sell items like gluten-free bagels and organic pomegranate juice at unpretentious prices. 

Tampa Bay & Company

It's that time of year when Florida goes on sale. In addition to the back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday that runs Friday through Sunday, this weekend also kicks off Dine Tampa Bay.

For the next two weeks, restaurants in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater will offer three-course, pre-fixed meals. Patrons can get an appetizer, entree and dessert for $25, $35 or $45, depending on the restaurant.