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Healthy St. Pete, Kanika Tomalin highlight the Burg’s foodie culture with Virtual Dinner Tour

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As part of her Healthy St. Pete initiative, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin is launching a series of artfully curated Virtual Progressive Dinners with the city of St. Petersburg. The dinners are tours that focus on the lighter side of the expanding social food and drink offerings available throughout the city’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods.

The campaign aims to highlight the mission of Healthy St. Pete, while supporting local establishments and featuring more health-conscious options within the Burg’s bustling foodie culture. This collaboration brings new names to the table, which is in line with Healthy St. Pete’s practice of advancing the health and well-being of the community through partnership-based planning and innovative projects.

On Monday, the Deputy Mayor will launch this new extension of her overall health efforts for the city by unveiling four different routes for downtown. Additional routes will be added following the launch, starting with the Deputy Mayor’s neighborhood, West St. Pete.

Based on the old-fashioned neighborhood tradition of dinner parties where each course is served at a different home, Virtual Progressive Dinners are a collection of healthier food choices for those looking to enjoy the social benefits of eating out. Whether they’re hosting visitors from out of town, going on a special date night, or looking to explore more of the city with friends, they’ll enjoy multiple stops at restaurants within walking distance of each other, discovering the lighter fares available.

One of Healthy St. Pete’s pillars of action is understanding and affecting the community’s lifestyle choices. The city, recognizing the growth of its culinary scene, wants to highlight that being healthy isn’t always a restrictive endeavor. It can be enjoyable, social, and a great way to experience the city’s culture; that’s what the Virtual Progressive Dinners showcase.

“As we were putting the virtual progressives together, we found that many of the culinary influencers the city is attracting today realize the impact of organic, gluten-free, and locally sourced ingredients on the dining experience,” said Tomalin. “St. Pete’s talented chefs prove that sustainability and health consciousness don’t limit creativity – if anything, it keeps them on their toes.”

The first set of routes features 20 establishments including Florida Trend Magazine Golden Spoon award winners such as The Mill, Forbes Travel Guide highlights such as The Birchwood’s rooftop bar, and multiple contenders in the Tampa Bay Time’s Top 50 Restaurants of 2016 list, along with EAT Healthy Ambassador chef-led restaurants, Stillwaters Tavern and Parkshore Grill.

“With so many options, it was impossible to include everyone, so we want this to serve as inspiration to find what works for individuals at their favorite establishments,” Tomalin said. “This approach fits with Healthy St. Pete’s goal to promote a more livable city that is attractive to residents, employers and visitors alike.”

View the entire Virtual Progressive Dinner Tour outline at HealthyStPeteFL.com/vpd.

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