Hi all...Travis back with an update from a community partner that we just had to share...so here it is. 

Due to the overwhelming appeal of famous television shows today, outstanding chefs have been praised for their culinary genius.  This event will have Tampa Bay’s prominent chefs put in the limelight and will raise much needed funds for the Child Abuse Council. 

This is a one-of-a-kind event created in Tampa Bay, and is sure to be world wide news!  Twenty five of Tampa Bay’s premier chefs will be invited to participate in this culinary adventure. 

They will bring their own ambience and excellence to the area’s elite.  Each chef designs their own menu and prepares – tableside – their five course meal with accompanying wine for a table of ten people. 

Chefs will receive points in attempt to claim the title of “Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay”.  It takes place on Monday, March 15, 2010, from 6pm to 9pm at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa. 

And here's some great news...one of Tampa's favorite people will be the master of ceremonies...it's Jack Harris!!!!

Reservations/tickets for attendees will be available for $250 per person on Monday, January 4, 2010, and trust me, this benefits a GREAT cause.  These paid reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. 

Guest will not know who their chef will be until the evening of the event. (I guess to eliminate any favoritism).  Guests with food allergies, restrictions, or vegetarian needs will be given consideration.

And, in case you're interested, corporate sponsorship packages are available prior to January...if interested, just call 813-673-4646 x224 for more information.

Some of the already confirmed restaurants involved are:

Armani’s - Chef Mike Vonburg
Avanzare - Chef Dori Smith
Café Eden - Chef Anthony Kelly
Center Club - Chef Frederic Reiser
Coretta on the Gulf, Sandpearl Resort - Chef Steve Jordan
Fleming’s – Chef Ryan Mitchell
Kona Grill- Chef Sean Biggs
Mangroves Seafood Grille & Bar - Chef Al Goldun
Oystercatchers - Chef Kenny Hunsberger
Tampa Club – Chef Joseph Vanbemmel

I don't know about you, but that sounds like an amazing time to me.  I hope to see you all out there.  Until then, keep checking back for other great things to do in Tampa Bay and cool Tampa Bay entertainment options.