April 16, 2012

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For Immediate Release
Tom Favata
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Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

Aficionados Cruise Ybor Cuisine Scene

"Tapas Trail Winner" Sunday's Fine Dining for the Second Year in a Row!


(Tampa, Florida)Well-over 300 guests attended the 6th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days celebrating the manufacture of the first cigar in Tampa. Foodies from the region partook of Tapas at a baker's dozen of Ybor restaurants from one end of La Setima to the other.


The "people's choice," again this year, was Sunday's Fine Dining in the 1900 block of 7th Avenue. Chef David Sunday pulled-out all the stops serving a tri-fecta of Norwegian Grilled Cheese, Singapore Street Vendor and Muffaletta.


Photo by Scott Rodenbeck
Crystal Guy prepares her Tapas Cooking Challenge entry.
Photo by Scott Rodenbeck

On Sunday the ultimate Spanish Brunch was again held at the Columbia, punctuated by our amateur Tapas Cooking Challenge. "We are very proud to announce that the winner of our third annual Tapas Challenge is Crystal Guy, a senior in the Sickles' Culinary Program under the instruction of Chef Richard Ceglio," said Andrea Gonzmart, Aficionado Committee Chair. "Her Crawfish and Goat Cheese Beggar's Purses won the judges votes and the $500 first prize."


This year's edition, Presented by Bright House Networks and "Powered by Chevy," was filmed in its entirety to be shared with GM's leadership in Detroit. "The Chamber's Tapas Trail is one of the only events of its type in the country," said Tom Keating, President & CEO of the Ybor Chamber. "Most 'taste of' events occur in venues such as a convention center or a hotel ballroom; we take it to the streets Ybor style."