Who doesn’t love pumpkin this time of year? Everywhere you look there are pumpkin flavored coffees, cookies, pies, breads and pastries. I even saw pumpkin ice cream featured at my local supermarket.
Although it’s easy to find pumpkin flavored treats everywhere, it can be difficult to find healthy versions of your favorites. This wheat- and dairy-free Pumpkin Bread is not only healthy but it will also satisfy your holiday pumpkin cravings. The walnuts and raisins provide some great texture while the glaze drizzle makes this bread a showstopper for holiday parties and family gatherings.
You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on the blog these past couple of months. My passion for food and the culinary arts combined with my love for producing large-scale events, inspired me to create the first annual St. Pete Wine & Food Festival. My goal was to highlight the emerging culinary scene in the Tampa Bay area, while creating a premier wine and food event like the city has never seen before.
The event was a huge success! We partnered with over 35 restaurants, 30 breweries, and 40 wineries to create a memorable four-day festival including a Charity Wine Pairing Dinner, a craft beer festival (BEER Night St. Pete), and two-day Grand Tasting.
The Grand Tastings featured some of the best food from local Tampa Bay area restaurants. The chef demos added a nice touch for the foodie, like me, who loves to cook. And the variety of wines from all over the world provided something for everyone. The culinary emergence is happening everywhere and it’s worth celebrating!
I am honored to work with the talented group of chefs, brewers, and vintners who helped bring this event to life. I hope you’ll consider joining me for the 2nd annual St. Pete Wine & Food Festival in 2016 (date to be announced soon). In the meantime, enjoy the photo highlights below.