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Don't Eat Your Ticket

Friday, March 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: mo venouziou
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Tasting tickets now available for the third annual Top Local Chef competition.  Priced at $5 members / $15 nonmembers (in advance), these tasting passes grant samples from all seven contestants.  They can be purchased online at

LocalShops1 and Intensity Academy’s Top Local Chef will be held on April 28, from 4 to 8 pm at the Ale and the Witch in downtown St. Petersburg. The competition will feature chefs from:            

     •Island Flavors And Tings Chef Helena Josephs, Gulfport     
     •Meze 119 Chef Katherine J. Gorr, St. Petersburg        
     •Pipo’s  Chef Ramon Hernandez, St. Petersburg      
     •Rain Japanese Sushi Bar and Thai Chef Bobby Inthavong, St. Petersburg
     •Sab Cafe, St. Petersburg
     •The Taste Junction Chef Antwan Coleman, St. Petersburg
     •Special Guest: Chef Vicki Apple, Winner of Top Local Chef 2011's amateur division

Time to get saucy.

Contestants will integrate Intensity Academy’s Garlic Goodness hot sauce as a key component of their dishes.  Submissions will be judged on taste, creativity, appearance and use of the not-so secret ingredient by a panel of four celebrity judges and 150 guests. The contest is open to the public, and a limited number of food tickets may be purchased in advance at  

A portion of event proceeds goes to the Community Food Pantry of Carrollwood/ Northdale.  The Ale and the Witch will also be donating 10% of all drink sales to the nonprofit organization.  There will also be a can drive, so come bring out some non-perishable items to contribute!  The food pantry, started in 2008, now serves 300 families monthly.

The Giant Fork, and music, too.

The winning chef will receive fame, glory, a video appearance with Saucy Queen Michele Northrup, and the coveted Giant Fork trophy. The NPG Jazz Trio will perform while people sample the food and vote on the People’s Choice. The judges will critique each of the chef’s dishes and also vote on their favorite dish. The evening will culminate with announcement of winners for both the Popular Choice and Judge’s Vote.

More information about the Top Local Chef competition can be found at  LocalShops1's Top Local Chef 2013 is presented by Intensity Academy; and is sponsored by the Ale and the Witch, Community Food Pantry, Prints Charming Photo Booth, Savory Spice Shop St. Petersburg, Sunset Appliance Service, and The Shoppes at 400 Beach.

For media and sponsorship inquiries, contact Ester Venouziou at or 727.637.5586.


About Us:

LocalShops1 is a grassroots coalition of hundreds of businesses, artists and community organizations, and thousands of energized shoppers dedicated to supporting locally-owned businesses. As the region’s most active voice for small business, it has made a name for itself through exciting events; advocacy of the buy-local movement; and uniting businesses, merchant associations, and community organizations from all across Tampa Bay.  Contact Ester Venouziou, President of LocalShops1, at for more information.

Intensity Academy creates flavors to make the world a saucier place to live… one bottle at a time.  It’s sauces are all natural, award winning gourmet & hot sauces.  In less than four years of being in business they have won 50 national awards, including their Chai Chipotle Chup’ being named the #1 ketchup in the nation thru the 2010 Scovie Awards.  Contact Michele Northrup, Founder, at for additional information.

Community Food Pantry of Carrollwood/ Northdale provides groceries to 300 local families every month. The food pantry welcomes non-perishable food donations which can be delivered to the Village Presyterian Church office Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. People in need of assistance can visit the pantry on Sundays from noon until 2pm or Wednesdays between 9 am and noon. Contact Monica Wilson, Director, at 813.963.2772.