Maritana Grille, Savory Spice Shop craft new menu

Four courses to take diners on a journey through Maritana and Savory flavors.

click to enlarge The menu's diver scallop with ox tail "ravioli" and black truffle seat salt. - Maritana Grille
Maritana Grille
The menu's diver scallop with ox tail "ravioli" and black truffle seat salt.

On Tuesday, St. Pete Beach's Maritana Grille at the Don CeSar Hotel announced its new tasting menu partnership with Savory Spice Shop in downtown St. Pete.

The restaurant's lineup, which costs $85 per person, features seasonal and staple flavors like star anise, pumpkin spice, saffron and sea salt alongside state-raised proteins, including pork from Avon Park's Palmetto Creek Farms.

"Our new relationship with Savory Spice Shop St. Pete is a natural fit to reinforce our commitment to keep things local," said the hotel's general manager Stephen Cummings in a news release.

Led by chef de cuisine Gavin Pera, the four-course tasting menu also boasts Ibérico Jamón, Spain's toothsome cured ham, with organic olive oil by Clearwater's Melina International Trading Company and lemon grass. A specialty wine pairing menu is available, too.

Paul Bailey, who runs Savory Spice with his wife Joan, opened the spacious spice store in 2010 after stopping into a similar shop in Denver. 

Savory Spice and Maritana plan to organize a dinner series, cooking demonstrations and culinary tours at the restaurant next year.

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