About Enjoy Arts & Tastes - St. Pete
St. Petersburg and the Bay area have long been known for their world-class arts scene, cuisine and beaches—and now, from November 15-17, 2013, a new three-day festival will celebrate these offerings in a big way. The first of what is planned to be an annual event will attract both a regional and national audience when the region’s dynamic winter season kicks into high gear.
Have you heard? Already the buzz is building about Enjoy Arts & Tastes-St. Pete & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts.
Thanks to robust support from community leaders, nationally known celebrity chefs, renowned regional and local chefs and artists, and the promotional muscle of HSN and other media sponsors, more than 5,000 lovers of fine food, wine and the arts are expected to descend on St. Petersburg and the area to celebrate food, wine and the arts.
Feast for the senses. It’s been said that “food is the new art.” But it’s equally true that art is art—and St. Petersburg welcomes lovers of the fine arts as well as culinary arts.
These worlds come together to create unique experiences in a setting where beautiful, pristine beaches are always at hand. There’s time to taste, learn about food and wine, visit local galleries and art museums, even dash off a watercolor while watching the sunset.
Festival highlights. At legendary venues through St. Pete & the Bay area, you’re invited to
- Watch live Cooking Demonstrations and attend events hosted by nationally known celebrity chefs and TV personalities.
- Stroll through the Grand Tasting, where the region’s top chefs will offer samples of their signature dishes.
- Indulge in a Sense Immersion Dinner orchestrated by six pairs of chefs and artists.
- Succumb to Nocturnal Cravings at a late-night dessert party.
- Sip, Savor and Swing at a Latin-inspired celebration complete with music and dancing.
- Enjoy the sizzle of the poolside Battle of the ‘Burg, where celebrity judges will crown the region’s best burger.
What’s the story? The idea for Enjoy Arts & Tastes started with brainstorming sessions among community movers and shakers.
These included representatives of Bill Edwards Presents, HSN (headquartered in the region), Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. Together, they provided the core support for organizing this major festival. As support grew, the steering committee roster began to read like a “who’s who” listing from the St. Petersburg & the Bay Area civic, artistic and business communities. Members are dedicated above all to promoting the economic health and cultural resources of the region.
Festival beneficiary named. Net proceeds of the festival will help support Florida ProStart®, a program of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation, which provides high-school students with career opportunities in the culinary and hospitality fields.
Gulf seafood and other local ingredients. Located on the Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg & the Bay have boasting rights to superb fish and seafood—and many Festival guest chefs will be quick to pair them with other delectable local ingredients, from fresh strawberries and citrus to heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn.
With the panoramic beauty of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area as the backdrop, Enjoy Arts & Tastes is sure to excite the senses!
HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 95 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website - hsn.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 36 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI).
About Bill Edwards Presents, Inc.
A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing worldclass attractions for more than a decade. The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues - including festivals, theaters, casinos, performing arts centers and arenas. Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.
About Visit St. Pete / Clearwater
With 35 miles of white-sand beaches and welcoming more than 14 million visitors a year, the St. Pete/Clearwater area is the most popular American vacation destination on the Gulf of Mexico. With offices in the UK, Germany, South America and Clearwater, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the area’s official tourism marketing and management organization, working domestically and internationally to develop and enhance sustainable tourism year round. The organization markets the area to consumers, travel media, the travel industry, meeting and conference planners, sports promoters and film producers with research driven programs touting beaches, sports, arts and culture and nature-based opportunities.
About Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation and Florida ProStart®
Florida ProStart® is a program of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support sound educational experiences in preparation for dynamic and rewarding hospitality careers. The organization implements industry developed school-to-career programs through interaction with students, instructors and industry leaders. It is the only organization in Florida that offers ProStart® among other training programs. ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. The ProStart program represents the first rung on a student's ladder to a successful foodservice career; it is a student's "professional start." Currently, (as of the 2012-2013 school year) 238 high schools in Florida are teaching the ProStart curriculum with nearly 20,000 students enrolled. For more information, please visit: click here.
About Karlitz & Company
Founded in 1990 by event marketing veteran Herb Karlitz, the New York-based agency is a leader in producing food and wine events across the country, including the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Flavor! Napa Valley, Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and The Chocolate Show. The agency is known for creating unique events in niche areas of food, wine, luxury and entertainment for a discerning roster of clients including American Express, Breeders’ Cup, Food Network, GODIVA Chocolatier, Harrah’s, Merrill Lynch, Relais & Chateaux and Dolce Hotels and Resorts.