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Jeff Houck

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Food writer Jeff Houck was the Tampa Tribune's food editor from 2002 to 2014, before becoming marketing and public relations director at Locale Market. He contributes to WUSF radio and He previously edited and wrote for, the Palm Beach Post, the Anchorage Times and the Pensacola News-Journal. Houck can be reached at [email protected]

Jeff Houck: Growler ban was full of gas

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In the beer world, a growler is a vessel used for transporting freshly brewed beer. The legend goes that the name came from the sound of carbon dioxide escaping from beneath the lid of the metal pails used in the 1930s to transport beer. These days, growlers have evolved into glass jugs. The escaping gas? It’s more political in nature. For three years, Florida’s craft beer proponents fought to get the Legislature to change state law to allow craft breweries…

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Jeff Houck’s Power Lunch: Marc Murphy’s new restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock

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Food News: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino announced Tuesday that celebrity chef Marc Murphy will open an as-yet unnamed Mediterranean-themed restaurant at the Tampa gaming facility in November. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: If you’ve seen Murphy on Food Network shows like “Chopped” or “Iron Chef America,” you know him as an affable, likable chef. In food TV terms, he’s the cool, funny, 8 percent body fat uncle who plays weekend pickup basketball down at the Y. It’s always cool…

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Jeff Houck’s Power Lunch: Food on the presidential campaign trail

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Now that the silly season of presidential election politics has descended upon us, it’s time to prepare for the inevitable photographic onslaught of candidates shoving food into their pie holes. With close to 20 candidates in the race at this point – Rick Perry may be driving to Amscot for a payday loan as we speak – the potential pot pie of political food porn promises to be extra chunky with fresh ingredients. The Gob Shot is the photo moment…

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