Chef with a Museum Plan
Marty Martindale

The days are shorter, the intense summer behind and tidy blue and white yachts bobble in the basin, as the once “elderly capital of west Florida,” readies  itself for a bustling, high-energy, winter season. With it, the grand pink lady, St. Petersburg’s lofty and glorious Mediterranean Revival hotel, the Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club excitedly kicks off a brand new season.

The Vinoy’s Executive Chef Mark Heimann , has also put together a little plan, a museum party plan, if you will, for hotel guests and residents lately too busy to check out St. Pete’s latest. As bad as the year has been for the arts and many cities, St. Petersburg’s museum scene is spectacular this year! Don’t start your museum day too late and divide your time between these gems:

Salvador Dali Museum  (all new)
Museum of Fine Arts   (new wing)
Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center  (new home)

Between stops, refresh in many of St. Pete’s many new, colorful sidewalk cafes.

However, save room for Chef Mark Heimann’s museum special, his 1925 ($19.25) Classic, early-bird dining menu in Marchand’s Bar and Grill:  A three-course dinner commencing with a Parsnip Soup or a Roasted Beet Salad and an entrée of Duck Confit Cassoulet, Monkfish Seafood Stew or Veal Pot Roast. For dessert choose from a Cinnamon Pot de Crème or a Chocolate Mousse Tart. Accompany this with special Concannon wines, $19.25 a bottle. These are selected from the James Concannon Vineyard in California, four generation winemakers, established in 1883.

Best to make a reservation:  727-894-1000, and ask for the 1925 Classic Early Bird.

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club was recently named as one of the ‘500 Greatest Hotels and Resorts in the World’ by Travel & Leisure magazine and named to the “Gold List” as one of the “World’s Best Places To Stay” in the January 2004 issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, located on Tampa Bay’s sparkling waterfront, is one of Florida’s premier luxury resorts. All 360 guest rooms and suites have been beautifully restored with a warm and classic design. Of Mediterranean Revival, the resort is also on the National Register of Historic Places, and a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The Vinoy offers the finest recreational facilities and amenities including a recently restored 18-hole golf course, a 74-slip marina, two swimming pools, day spa, award-winning restaurants and lounges and a 12-court Har Tru tennis complex.

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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