Why I lost my appetite for Taste of Pinellas

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As first reported on this blog, Taste of Pinellas, the St. Petersburg food and music festival which benefited All Children’s Hospital, will be on hiatus for 2013 while organizers retool the event for future success.

While no one should be happy to see the plug pulled on a fundraiser aimed at helping those in need, I had long since lost my appetite for Taste of Pinellas.

This because the restaurants featured at the event were either chain establishments which could be part of Taste-of-fill-in-the-blank or they were restos located RIGHT NEXT to where ‘Taste of Pinellas’ is hosted.

400 BeachBella BravaCentral Avenue Oyster Bar and Fresco’s. These are all restaurants located next door to Taste of Pinellas. (Actually, Oyster Bar is a stone’s throw, but you get my point).

Who that would go to ‘Taste of Pinellas’ has not already been to Parkshore Grill or Cassis or Moon Under Water?

What you won’t see at ‘Taste of Pinellas’ are many of the culinarily-interesting restaurants not big enough to afford setting up shop at ToP.

That’s why they would have been better off calling the event Taste of Beach Drive.

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