Land-and-sea Skyway Soiree unites six St. Pete, Sarasota chefs next week

A six-course wine-pairing collaboration on the Skyway will bridge the gap between Sarasota and St. Pete.

Ever wanted to dine on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge? A new event coming to the region will allow culinarians to do just that.

Starting at 6 p.m. June 12, the inaugural Skyway Soiree will showcase a six-course wine-pairing collaboration from six local chefs on the North Skyway Bridge. The dinner has a surf-and-turf focus, so expect offerings like charred Blue Point oyster, smoked bone marrow raw tuna, High Plains bison raviolo and Jack's Catch jumbo lump crab, and olive oil-poached lamb and sous vide lobster tail brochette.

Paul Mattison (Mattison's Restaurants & Catering owner and executive chef), Isaac Johnson (Lila, Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar chef de cuisine) and Ray Lajoie (Mattison's pastry chef) will cook on behalf of Sarasota, while Jason Cline (Birch & Vine executive chef), David Benstock (Il Ritorno owner and executive chef) and Tyson Grant (Parkshore Grill executive chef) rep St. Pete.

On June 7, St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw also confirmed their attendance.

A cocktail reception will lead up to the 150-seat sunset dinner, and the "Parade of Chefs," set to highlight the top culinary experts in the area, will follow at 8:30.

Available online, tickets are $125. The rain-or-shine event's proceeds will be donated to St. Pete's Edible Peace Patch Project and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota. Guests may park at the north pier parking lot, as a shuttle will transport them to the dining area.

Editor's note: This post has been updated since Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw and St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin confirmed their attendance to the dinner.

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