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Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Tampa’s exploding culinary and coffee scene

Tampa, Florida offers locals and visitors alike a rich and diverse culinary and coffee cultural scene.

In our quest to discovery just why the foodie scene is raging in Tampa, associate producer Jennifer Simonson and producer Tom Wilmer visit with chef Ferrell Alvarez at the Rooster & the Till restaurant in the up-and-coming Seminole Heights neighborhood. Roberto Torrez the visionary behind the virally successful Blind Tiger Coffee speakeasy cafe in downtown Ybor City shares the numerous reasons why Tampa’s population is exploding and why people savor living here.Alvarez was a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist--Best Chef South, and the Tampa Bay Times ranked the Rooster & the Till Tampa Bay’s #1 restaurant (2018 & 2019).

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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