🌱 Local Chef Wins Contest + PAVAs Art Exhibition + New Ferry Deal – Patch | Candle Made Easy

Hello everyone! Kristen here with her Thursday’s edition of the Dunedin Daily, filled with everything you need to know about what’s going on locally.

First today’s weather:

Wet; a morning shower. High: 91 Low: 78.

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Here are the top three stories in Dunedin today:

  1. Chef Steven Capone of HEW Parlor & Chophouse at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin won the first contest of the seventh annual Epic Chef Challenge benefiting Feeding Tampa Bay. Capone competed against Cena’s Chef Steven Franco on July 18 at the Grand Central at Kennedy in Tampa. The mystery ingredient used in the second round of the competition was chosen by 10-year-old Danyla, a member of the Boys & Girls Club. Danyla went for cheesy Doritos! Check out photos from the event on Facebook or watch the entire competition on YouTube. The second contest will be held on July 25 between Chef Suzanne Crouch of Rooster & the Till in Seminole Heights and Chef Caleb Edwards of The Mill in South Tampa. (Feeding Tampa Bay via Facebook | YouTube)
  2. PAVA’s “Cool Art Show” is scheduled to return to the Coliseum in St. Petersburg on July 23-24 and will feature 60 Florida artists working in paint, wood, ceramics, metal and photography. More than just an exhibition, the show includes live demonstrations by artists and faculty from Dunedin Fine Art Centre, Lorraine Potocki and Debra Thomas Weible. PAVA will also provide children’s activities such as a doodle wall and paper cutting art station. Find out more about the event on the PAVA website. (The Gabber | PAVA Artists)
  3. Pinellas County reached an agreement with St. Pete on the Cross Bay Ferry. Pinellas County commissioners felt they were paying too much for the service after spending $190,000 last year. Under the new agreement, the county and city of St. Petersburg will pay a lump sum of $129,500 for three years of the new contract. The Cross Bay Ferry is a seasonal transportation service with stops in St. Petersburg and Tampa. (Myq105 | Tampa Bay Business Journal – subscription required)

Dunedin Daily Picture of the Day:

Palm tree at sunset | Submitted by Todd Backus

Thank you Todd Backus for submitting your beautiful photo of this palm tree at sunset!

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Today in Dunedin:

  • Dunedin coffee links at the Orange Blossom Café (9 a.m.)
  • Pub Crawlers Happy Hour at Sea Sea Riders (5 p.m.)
  • Meet the artists in the Hub (5 p.m.)
  • Bad words brush lettering at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center (6:30 p.m.)
  • Bonsai and Brew at 3 Daughters Clearwater Beach (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • To meet LeAnne, an adorable pup, is waiting for her forever home at Pinellas County Animal Services! In this video, she packs her comforter and is ready to go home with her forever family! Contact Pinellas County Animal Services in Largo to meet LeAnne and all of the other dogs put up for adoption. (Pinellas County Animal Services via Facebook | Pinellas County Animal Services)
  • That The Pinellas County Department of Solid Waste is hosting a mobile collection event for unwanted household electronics and chemicals on Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m Place all items in the trunk of your vehicle and stay in your car when you arrive at the Pinellas County Government Center in Clearwater. More information can be found on the district’s website. (Pinellas County Government via Facebook | Pinellas County)
  • Causeway Cleaners in Dunedin have put a heartwarming sign in their window! It says, “If you’re unemployed and need a cleaned outfit for an interview, we’ll do it for free.” (Direct from Dunedin via Facebook)
  • Reminder: The Dunedin Public Library is hosting a bird identification seminar on 25 July at 18:00 Paul Trunk of the Clearwater Audubon Society will guide you through questions to make you better birders and more aware of Florida’s wildlife and wildlife. No registration is required. (Dunedin Friends of the Library via Facebook)

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