Members of the public will have the chance to wine and dine at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s culinary innovation lab on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch as USFSM rolls out “Bulls Bistro” this fall.
The first tapas dining experience is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 Additional bistros are plans for Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17, according to officials.
Opening the culinary innovation lab to the public was a goal of Pat Moreo, the new dean at the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership.
“We need catering there. The students get experience when we do catering. The community gets, hopefully, fabulous food,” Moreo told the Herald in July.
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The events will include two glasses of red or white wine, or two glasses of beer, along with a tasting of three hors d’oeuvres prepared by USFSM chefs and students. Prices are fixed at $20. Tickets are available to the first 30 guests online.
A state-of-the-art teaching facility, the lab serves as the culinary home for USFSM’s hospitality students and faculty. The lab offers a fully equipped teaching center as well as an inviting venue for signature USFSM events, both public and private.