Imagine being surrounded by all your favorite chefs in one room, all of them eager to please you with samples of their best goodies. Imagination becomes reality tonight at The Vault in Downtown Tampa when Creative Loafing hosts its fifth annual Meet the Chefs event. The area’s best — like Rooster & the Till’s Ferrell Alvarez, Jonathan Wilson of Armani’s and the team from CW’s Gin Joint, Gui Alinat and Cody Tiner — are joined for the first time by chefs like Rachel Bennett (The Library) and Anne Kearney (Oak & Ola) whose restaurants are new but whose credentials are impeccable (Anne’s a past James Beard winner and Bennett was a semi-finalist in the most recent awards round). The chefs’ event kicks off Tampa Bay Restaurant Week (6/13-23), during which participating restaurants offer specially discounted prix fixe menus. (Meet the Chefs: 7-10 p.m., The Vault, 611 N. Franklin St., Tampa; VIP hour 6-7 p.m., meetthechefstampabay.com, tampabayrestaurantweek.com)
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