Tampa chefs, breweries to reach Culinary Heights

Culinary Heights' five-course beer feast in Seminole Heights will unite area chefs, breweries and art.

click to enlarge Ferrell Alvarez is one of Culinary Heights' participating chefs. - Chip Weiner
Chip Weiner
Ferrell Alvarez is one of Culinary Heights' participating chefs.

The Heights Collective's Culinary Heights beer-pairing dinner is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights, and it's a creative collaboration between locals: five chefs and five breweries.

According to Heights Collective President Leslie Paredes, Culinary Heights evolved from last year's Rinascita multicourse feast, which benefited those affected by the fire at Domani Bistro & Lounge and A Modern Line.

Alongside area-made craft brews from spots like Hidden Springs Ale Works and Bastet Brewing, each chef — including Mary Paff of Anise Global Gastrobar, Clementine Café's Brian Sommers and Ferrell Alvarez from Rooser & the Till — will contribute a dish to the five-course gathering.

Suzanne Crouch of Ella's has a Southern, soul food-style item planned for her Southern Brewing & Winemaking pairing, while Cena's Evan Schmidt is crafting a dessert to finish off the evening with Angry Chair Brewing's The Awakening coffee stout.

Art and live music will also be featured throughout the meal, which was limited to 100 seats. Last year, there were just 50 available.

Tickets sold out in less than two hours, Paredes said, and this time around, the proceeds will be donated to Urban Art Attack, a new Seminole Heights street art project.

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