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The Classic Dining Menu @ Vinoy

The Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and Golf Resort has done it again. The Classic Dining Menu continues, seven days a week from 5-6:30 p.m, with three delectable courses all for $19.25. Food Nation Radio Network recently tasted the menu and took a gallery of pictures (see above).

Each season, Chef Mark Heimann selects dishes highlighting local produce, organic ingredients when possible and brings a fresh perspective to the restaurant landscape in the Tampa Bay area. The summer menu is no exception.

King’s Farm Caprese Salad features heirloom tomatoes from King’s and creamy, fresh mozzarella teased lightly with green-tasting olive oil. I love cold appetizers during the warm months and there’s a reason this is a classic.

If you are looking for a rich, satisfying experience try the Portobello Mushroom Soup. Full of mushroom flavor accented with the tang of goat cheese and finished with a splash of creamy goodness; it’s one of those experiences you wish would not end. Part of the taste sensation came from the magical wine pairing suggested by Chef with this dish. All of the wine pairings are shown on the Classic Menu.

Honestly, a main dish of Chicken Cacciatore did not sound very exciting, but it was so tender and perfectly cooked, I ended up eating more of it than I intended. The pappardelle pasta was lightly kissed with buttery pecorino cheese.

Just when I thought I couldn’t  be any more satisfied, the short rib melted in my mouth while the gorgonzola polenta added a tangy, fulfilling counterpart to the dish.

By this time, I was so happy and full, I was ready for a nap. Dessert was on its way. Chocolate desserts are a favorite among diners and I’m no exception. However, most chocolate desserts are tired versions of 70s standouts, like chocolate mousse. This walnut chocolate brownie was kicked up with a pinot noir chocolate glaze and a sea salt caramel sauce. I really don’t need to tell you more than that. The decadence speaks for itself.

The crostata was lovely and tangy with strawberry filling and a flaky crust. The mascarpone cheese gave that cool, creamy counterpart that makes this dish a modern upstart to Mom’s apple pie. You’ll love it.

The Renaissance Vinoy is located at 501 5th Avenue, Northeast in St. Petersburg, Florida. (727) 894-1000

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and stations around the country.