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Taste of Pride, the annual springtime fundraiser which raises money for the St. Pete Pride organization, will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Salvador Dali Museum (1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg). The event will showcase the best of St. Petersburg’s food scene amid the backdrop of the innovative and picturesque Dali Museum near downtown. Last year’s event broke attendance and fundraising records, and the Pride organizers didn’t think twice about keeping things the same this year, hoping that replicating the details would keep the event a success.

As the story goes, the Taste of Pride was started by a group of friends who were interested in enjoying and sharing the diverse culinary tastes of St. Petersburg. Now, with the Bay close by and the museum and its courtyard taking their places as noteworthy scenery, guests can sample from many different restaurants and enjoy an open beer and wine bar. Who knew supporting the community, in more ways than one, could taste so good?

Attendees will be able to view all of the permanent Dali exhibits and they will also have access to the traveling Andy Warhol exhibit, “Warhol: Art, Fame, Mortality”, that originally opened to the public last month (it remains in St. Petersburg until April 27). In addition to food, drink, and beautiful art, the harmonious music composed and performed by many budding Tampa Bay musicians can also be heard in the courtyard and inside the museum.

This year, the Pride organizers expect more than 500 people to attend Taste of Pride (just over 550 made it last year). Over $15,000 was raised last year and this year the group is on track to outpace those numbers, hoping to raise $20,000. If you’d like to make a donation to St. Pete Pride in addition to buying your Taste of Pride ticket, go to stpetepride.org/support-pride.

Fourteen different restaurants from all over Pinellas County will be catering this event. Those restaurants include Bistro Atlantis, Cafe Gala, Charlie Tulum’s Dos Tacos, Chouinard’s Catering, Georgie’s Alibi, Hemingway’s Key West Grille, Pipo’s Original Cuban Cafe, Queens Head Restaurant and Eurobar, Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food, The Living Room Restaurant and Lounge, The Sweet Spot, and Urban Brew and BBQ.

The dress code requested of attendees at Taste of Pride is dressy casual or cocktail attire. Tickets cost $40 in advance, or $50 at the door. To buy tickets online, go to showclix.com/event/TasteofPride2014.

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