I’m on Team Ripert

Me and partner in crime Tracy Guida from My Other City by the Bay will be debating the virtues of bad boy Anthony Bourdain and sexy Eric Ripert after hearing both speak on the same stage at the Straz Center Sunday nite.   Two chefs. Two unlikely friends. Two very different careers and philosophies sharing […]






Date Night with Tampa Bloggers at Pane Rustica displays diversity of the ancient fruit

Wednesday night, Tampa Bloggers and local media gathered at Pane Rustica in South Tampa to eat, drink and be merry at a holiday party sponsored by Bard Valley Natural Delights and hosted by ZEST. Natural Delight’s Medjool dates were front and center for the evening.             Pane Rustica created a […]






Tampa Food Swap promises good foodie fun

*Slight* bit of self promotion with this post, but we are really excited about this event and want as many people who want to participate to be included. Tampa’s first ever Food Swap is slated for next Saturday, October 1st. There are still slots available, but hurry! A food swap is part silent auction/part village […]






Amelia Island’s Salt opens kitchen for intimate cooking series at Ritz Carlton

Want to pull off coq-au-vin like the chicest Parisian or to master the art of smoking brisket on the Weber? Chef Rick Laughin, Chef de Cuisine at Salt, one of ZEST’s favorite Amelia Island restaurants, is letting people into his kitchen to unveil the secrets of cooking like a professional chef. To Laughin, the secret […]






Art Basel Miami Beach Restaurant Guide

Miami Beach, it’s time to get artsy-fartsy. Avant-guarde artists and collectors will flock from all over the world in the next few days to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, the contemporary art world’s extravaganza slated each year for the first week of December. Some say that art feeds the soul—we’ll leave that up to […]






Shop for a good cause: Support The Spring of Tampa Bay

Zest is proud to be a sponsor of Peace Couture, a fashion event benefitting The Spring of Tampa Bay. It’s not too late to support Hillsborough County’s only certified domestic violence shelter! Come to Neiman Marcus Monday night from 6-8pm and partake in what is shaping up to be a great event. Tickets can be […]






Starting tomorrow, participating Coral Gables restaurants like Zest’s Best Restaurant Ortanique on the Mile, Fritz and Franz Bierhaus and Sushi Maki will offer three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant but the promoters promise savings off regular menu prices. Coral Gables Restaurant “Week” is a bit of a […]






Props to Paula from one of our favorite blogs, Mango & Lime for first posting the details of Sunset Corners Wine Academy’s Friday Nite-Burger Night wine tasting. On Friday, April 30th, Miami’s Sunset Corners is hosting a wine tasting, pairing wines from Piedmonte with burgers. Think kobe sliders with an Italian twist and regional cheeses […]






Last weekend’s sold-out Bern’s Winefest No. 13 proved to be the top-notch tasting event it promised.  As expected, there were oodles of fabulous wines (the 2006 Quitnessa ($123) and 2005 Jamet Cote-Rotie 2005 ($115) come to mind), but our mission was to seek out the best value wines to pass along to our readers.  There […]






The Tampa steakhouse long regarded as having the largest wine selection in the country is set to host four days of dinners, parties and a grand tasting at both their Bern’s Steakhouse and Sidebern’s properties in Tampa this weekend. Winemaker dinners anchor Bern’s Winefest No. 13, with parties and a tented grand tasting in between. […]