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.
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.