Desserts made with Old Forester inside the Epicurean Theatre.

Walkin' in a Whiskey Wonderland: What I discovered at the Whiskey Tampa Foxtrot Fest

Bern’s Steak House held its third annual Whiskey Tampa Foxtrot Fest from November 6-9 with unique dinners, tastings, and classes for whiskey lovers. These were hosted throughout the week at The Epicurean Hotel, Haven Restaurant and Bern’s Steak House. This year they also celebrated Women in Whiskey, who help propel the industry forward. Proceeds from the event […]

The Sprouting Project at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Ahhhh, Amelia! Family fun and farm-to-table fare at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is the place to go. Pack up the car and take a leisurely drive across the state, as I did, or go the jet-set route: Hop in your plane and land at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, […]

Serving up chilled smoked shrimp citrus cocktail at the Paul's Landing table.

Savor St. Pete: An Afternoon Of Sipping & Savoring

Savor St. Pete, a two-day food and wine extravaganza, made its debut along the waterfront at North Straub Park on November 2 and 3 to the delight of thousands of foodies and oenophiles (including myself). The Best Chef Competition at Savor St. Pete kicked off the festivities in a special VIP event at noon, an […]

Zack Serebin with Jacksonville Jaguars kicker (and animal enthusiast) Josh Lambo.

Giving Back with Zack: The kid reporter meets the Jacksonville Jaguars

On one recent Friday morning, my son Zack and I set off on an adventure to Jacksonville, an adventure that arose out of my love of football — and a program called Giving Back with Zack. I have long wanted to bring attention to players who were using their platform for good, especially in light of the controversies […]

A sampling of the surprises that might appear in your Bern's Black Box.

Bern's Black Box: A new VIP experience from a venerable brand

Bern’s Black Box is to wine as Tiffany’s blue box is to jewelry. Combine it with an evening at Harry Waugh Dessert Room — with the Black Box delivered tableside — and you’ve got the makings of the ultimate VIP experience. Or perhaps the perfect holiday surprise. Let me backtrack a bit to the history […]

A "grand" display of purses at Àpropos.

Saying Goodbye to Àpropos, a Tampa fashion landmark

In the July/August issue of duPont REGISTRY Tampa Bay, we showcased the “A to Z Ultimate Luxury Lifestyle List,” and under “S for Style” we included (on my recommendation) Àpropos Women’s Clothing Boutique in Tampa. Àpropos has been one of my favorite stores for over 20 years, so I was heartbroken to receive a postcard […]

L to R: Lee Grossbard, chief operating officer of Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC, with RenTampa General Manager Jim Bartholomay, Karen Bartholomay and Chris Bartholomay, sales consultant for Signature Luxury Wine & Spirits.

Renaissance International Plaza Hotel: Happy 15th Birthday!

On Wednesday August 14, the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel celebrated its 15th anniversary by showcasing its newly renovated meeting spaces and updated food and cocktail selections. Over the last several months the Renaissance has been going through a makeover — not just meeting spaces, but ballroom, banquet hall, conference rooms and common areas, too. It was […]

Women of Red: How the Bucs are reaching out to female fans

 I am a big football fan. Most Sundays I can be found watching NFL games, and on Saturdays I check out the college teams. I first started seriously watching football in college in the mid-’80s, when I saw Walter Payton flying down the field dogging players for the Chicago Bears, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  […]

The Wine Shoppe: An unexpected find in Carrollwood

It looks like a regular wine shop. But The Wine Shoppe, located just off N. Dale Mabry in the CineBistro shopping center in Carrollwood, is so much more. Wine girl that I am, I wandered into the shop recently to see what was on the shelves. I was amazed to find, not just bottles for […]

On the lot at Audi Wesley Chapel.

Cars & Coffee at Audi Wesley Chapel: Arrive early!

If you’re familiar with the various duPont REGISTRY luxury publications, you know that high-end cars make frequent appearances in their pages.  So when I found out from Michael Cronk, general manager of Audi Wesley Chapel (a Dimmitt dealership), that they’d started a Cars & Coffee event a few months ago, I had to check it […]