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Cooking With Friends

Friday, July 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mo Venouziou
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LocalShops1 partners and sponsors gathered together for a VIP party and cooking demonstration on July 10, 2013.


Top Local Chef finalist Katherine Gorr of Meze 119 shared tips, tricks and her quinoa recipe with the crowd.  The evening also featured wine and a great venue provided by Grand Kitchen and Bath and floral decorations by Absolutely Beautiful Flowers.  


For media and other inquiries, please contact Ester Venouziou at

About the event sponsors:


Grand Kitchen and Bath provides the finest kitchen, bath and home remodeling services. E-mail or call to schedule an appointment. 


     2600 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL  33704



Meze 119 is a vegetarian bistro in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. Meze  199 is inspired by the traditional cuisine of the Middle East and infused with a modern culinary flair.

     119 2nd St. N., St. Petersburg FL 33701


Absolutely Beautiful Flowers is a premier full-service florist that is family-owned and operated.  

     574 1st Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

About Top Local Chef:


Top Local Chef is an annual culinary competition produced by LocalShops1 and the fiery hot sauce company, Intensity Academy.


Intensity Academy creates flavors to make the world a saucier place to live, one bottle at a time.  It's sauces are all natural and have won 50 national awards.  Their Chai Chipotle Chup' was named the #1 ketchup in the nation at the 2010 Scovie Awards.  Contact Michele Northrup, founder, at for more information.



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.