Locale Market scheduled to open at Sundial December 17

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Locale Market, the one-of-a-kind culinary marketplace located in St. Petersburg’s Sundial, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 17. Doors will open to the public at 3 p.m., giving area residents and visitors a first glimpse at this unique chef-inspired culinary shopping and dining destination.

“What a thrill to introduce Locale Market to St. Petersburg,” notes James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina.

“Together with the Edwards Group, we couldn’t be more excited to share our culinary marketplace with an area that understands fresh ingredients, unique experiences and community gatherings,” adds chef partner and cookbook author, Don Pintabona.

“Everyone has anticipated this opening,” says Edwards Group CEO Bill Edwards. “St. Petersburg is ready to embrace Locale Market. We’re proud to offer a world-class culinary marketplace to our world-class city and those who discover it.”

Guests can meander through the market and enjoy fresh pasta and gourmet cheese samplings from the handmade pasta station, cold-pressed juices featuring locally sourced produce, hot-pressed Panini sandwiches fresh off the grill, delectable hand-made chocolates and more. Wherever possible, seasonal and organic ingredients are fresh from the farm and straight from the boat to ensure the highest quality regional offerings. The resurgence in responsible farming and organic production allows Locale Market to feature monthly seasonal items from the local / regional area as well as throughout the U.S.  With limited family meal-time combined with the availability of fresh high-quality ingredients, Locale Market also allows guests the convenience and accessibility of gourmet made-to-order prepared foods or grill/oven-ready semi-prepared foods.

Locale Market is a one-of-a-kind culinary marketplace offering the freshest, finest artisanal foods, hand-selected ingredients and thoughtfully sourced produce, meat and seafood with an emphasis on the local region. A shopping and dining immersion experience revealed within a taste-tempting gourmet destination, Locale Market is a tribute to the friendship of Michael Mina and Don Pintabona.  Locale Market unveils a haven of chef-prepared cuisine, unique shopping and dining memories and enriching community gatherings.

“Don and I are thrilled to partner on all elements of this spectacular market,” says Mina.  “Our market will allow the community to enjoy serving, sharing and savoring the tastes found at Locale with friends and family this season and beyond.”

Parking for Locale Market on opening day and every day will include: valet parking adjacent to the main 2nd Street North entrance; garage parking (located at 117 2nd St. N.) and metered street parking. Both garage and valet parking are free with validation.

Once open, hours of operation for Locale Market are: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and from noon – 8 p.m on Sunday. On opening day, the market will remain open until 9 p.m.

Nestled in the northwest corner of the Sundial plaza in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.