ExTravelganza

Be part of the 28th Annual ExTravelganza.

For those patrons attending in person, experience the “Tours of Taste” by sampling delectable delights and libations from some of the top Bay Area Chef’s, Restaurants and renowned wine/spirits from top area producers. Enjoy!

Thank you to our 2020 Participating Chefs

Congratulations to the Sheraton Sand Key for being voted this year’s winner of the “2020 Tours of Taste.”


 

Chef Andrew BaschChef Andrew Basch
Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Chef Andrew, a Clearwater native, has spent his entire life around food. With an Italian mother and a German father, Andrew grew up canning, farming, gardening, hunting, and doing everything related to food with his grandparents. With a vegetarian mother, if Andrew wanted to eat meat, he was going to have to learn to prepare it himself. Chef Andrew’s most treasured family memories involve food, which led him to his first job in a kitchen. What started out as a job washing dishes grew into a culinary career built from a hands on education that has spanned 19 years. Andrew has always sought to better his knowledge and experience by learning all areas of the food and beverage industry be it in the kitchen or front of the house operations, making him a well-rounded culinary professional that is very in tune with customer needs and expectations. Most recently, Chef Andrew has joined the team at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort as Executive Chef overseeing the resort’s culinary operations.

In his spare time, Andrew can be found out on the gulf waters. He continues his family memories as well as he lives in a home with four generations – all of whom love to cook. Andrew also finds time to give back to the community through his involvement with Hands On Education. Hands On Education is a non-profit organization that works with learning disabled students to train them in hotel services including the culinary arts. Andrew — who was himself a student there at one time — has trained legally blind students on knife skills and received an award for outstanding achievements.


 

Chef Claude RodierExecutive Chef, Claude Rodier
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

A graduate of L’Etincelle Culinary School in Nimes France, Executive Chef Claude Rodier brings years of invaluable experience to Wyndham Grand. Chef Claude has hosted high profile clientele, including a Whitehouse Dinner benefiting the Gettysburg Festival Foundation, NBA, All-Star Baseball, Walt Disney, The First Induction of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a National Mayors Convention honoring President Bill Clinton and President Bush. Now dedicated to making an impact on the dining scene in Clearwater Beach, Chef Claude will continue to develop outstanding signature and seasonal menus for Ocean Hai, Dock’s, and eSKPades, alongside his top-notch culinary team.


 

Chef Lahna LaFonChef Lahma LaFon
Sandpearl's Caretta on the Gulf

Chef Lahma LaFon was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. Lahma attended Le Cordon Bleu Orlando and graduated with top honors. After spending two years working with the Tampa Marriott Waterside he then spent a year in California honing his culinary skills. Returning to Florida he started working at the Sandpearl Resort. Starting as a cook with the four diamond Caretta on the Gulf he worked his way to be the lead cook, Sous Chef, Banquet Chef, Chef de Cuisine, and is currently the Executive Chef running the Sandpearl's Caretta on the Gulf.


 

Luke DeckerSous Chef Luke Decker
Renaissance Vinoy

We are delighted to announce Luke Decker’s promotion to Sous Chef, overseeing Culinary operations at our resort.

Luke was on his way to build a career in Supermarket/Retail, and Assistant Manager for Winn Dixie when his brother convinced him to give culinary a try. In 2005, Luke took a job as a prep cook at Bella Brava. He loved it right from the start! He worked his way up through the kitchen and within a year became responsible for Purchasing.

Luke then worked for locally owned restaurants, Valentino’s Little Italy and Jonny Reno’s. He then joined the Birchwood as a Sous Chef when they first opened; later promoted to Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef. Luke joined The Vinoy team in 2018 to open Paul’s Landing. Under his leadership, Paul’s have become a favorite spot for members, locals and guests and earned many accolades for it’s culinary offerings.

Luke enjoys his spare time with family, especially his two sons, Sean and Michael. He also likes to travel and attend sporting events.

We are proud to see Luke take a new role with The Vinoy!


 

Chef MannyExecutive Chef Manny
Clear Sky Cafe

A Mexican American chef who attended Johnson & Wales, and trained under talented chefs in the Tampa Bay Area and who has been creating dishes at Clear Sky for 10 years . His passion for food has taken him traveling and experimenting all different types of cuisines. Chef Manny continues to open the envelope with every bite stating “the cuisine I create is playful and multicultural."


 

Coco'sCoco’s Crush Bar and Grill

Come join the tiki vibes in the heart of Clearwater Beach, FL. Coco’s is the Home of the Original Orange Crush which is made with fresh squeezed Oranges, Smirnoff Vodka, Trip Sec and a splash of lemon-lime soda. We have live music every weekend starting on Thursday nights and daily specials Monday- Friday! Join us today and try out delicious bang-bang shrimp and grouper tacos! Cheers to a good time at Coco’s Crush Bar and Grill!


 

JamminzPanini WorksJammin’z Beach Bar & Panini Workz

Jammin’z is known for our famous beach Jell-O shots! Our day time bar turns into the hottest bar on Clearwater beach overnight with DJ’s on Friday and Saturday night! Jammin’z has a secret kitchen located in the back of the bar where the heart of Panini Workz lives. Panini Workz creates multiple specialty paninis which includes the customer favorite, Stiffler’s Mom which is stuffed with ​Shredded Chicken, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Sauted Mushrooms, Pickles and Honey BBQ Sauce. ​We cater to our beach hospitality employees and honor $6 paninis to them everyday!


 

LocalzLocalz Sports Bar and Grill

Localz is located right off Indian Rocks Beach and is the sister bar of Coco’s and Jammin’z Beach bar. We are known for our Saturday and Sunday football games with over 30 flat screen TV’s. We have daily specials that include: $5 Burger Monday, Taco Tuesday specials and $5 Wing Wednesday. Our localz enjoy the weekly trivia night every Wednesday at 7:30pm. Localz might be a sports bar, but we are also a scratch kitchen. Our wings are marinated a day in advance, baked and then fried to create the juicy and unforgettable flavor. From our homemade batter to our in-house dressings, we take pride in everything we do. Come hang with the localz of Largo, FL today.

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