Celebrity Chefs, Restaurateurs Headed To St. Pete For November Festival

But his honesty can serve as a warning to other Christian parents whose children dream of being celebrities. You may think you’re the exception and that somehow being a celebrity will “glorify” God. Don’t fool yourself. It could hardly be otherwise. What Jesus said about the dangers of wealth is just as true about celebrity in our postmodern age, and for most of the same reasons: It distorts our sense of self, both in relationship to others and to God. And that’s before we take into account the hyper-sexualized nature of most of pop culture. So the best advice I can give Christian parents is, to paraphrase Willie Nelson, “mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be pop stars.” Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t encourage their interest in creative endeavors such as music, theater, and the visual arts. Quite the contrary. As Eric Metaxas and I have said many times on BreakPoint, we need more Christians in all these fields, pointing people to Truth and beauty through their work. But there’s a world of difference between being a celebrity and being an artist. The celebrity draws attention to himself, the artist to his work. The celebrity thinks success is being famous.

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Definitely a mouthful. The prices are good-sized, too, from $50 for each 45-minute celebrity chef demonstration at the Mahaffey Theater Ballroom to $225 for an event at the Palm Court Ballroom in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort. Related News/Archive Hillsborough 2013-14 Social Calendar 1 Month Ago But also big is the list of celebrity chefs who will be downtown from the Vinoy to the Dali Museum on Nov. 15-17. For those who don’t want to pony up entry fees for the events, there will probably be a chance for celebrity sightings at downtown restaurants and bars. Our bet is on the Canopy Bar at the Birchwood on Beach Drive NE. “I think the lineup is almost unprecedented for a first-year festival,” said Herb Karlitz of Karlitz & Company, a New York event planning firm that has engineered food and wine festivals in Napa, Calif., Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New York. “You’ve got an A-list group from Curtis Stone to Todd English to Scott Conant.” Indeed. The chefs, all who sell wares on HSN, one of the festival sponsors, are Top Chef and Chopped judges, Food Network hosts and successful restaurateurs on land and sea, and one is even an Iron Chef. “We’ve got in excess of a seven-figure media budget to promote the event,” Karlitz said. About $250,000 is grant money from BP Oil that’s intended to promote Gulf of Mexico seafood. There’s still some concern about the quality of the seafood since the 2011 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage) | Getty Get Celebrity Newsletters: Subscribe Follow: All eyes were on the Kardashian-Jenner clan this week as Kris and Bruce announced their separation . The pair, who have been married for 22 years, released a statement on Oct. 8, admitting that they have been living apart for some time now. “But we will always have much love and respect for each other,” they said. “Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.” Both have admitted that they have no plans to file for divorce. In happier news, Hayden Panettiere confirmed those engagement rumors and finally revealed that she is set to marry her beau, Wladimir Klitschko. Panettiere flashed her diamond while in NYC on Oct. 9 — and it’s allegedly worth close to $500,000. Also this week, Tom Hanks announced that he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” joking, “My doctor said, Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy and not have type 2 diabetes … And I said to her, ‘Well, Im gonna have type 2 diabetes. All jokes aside for this next one. Lea Michele gave her first interview since boyfriend and “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith’s death, telling TV Week Australia that she felt like she was in a daze after hearing the news. I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life,” Michele, 27, said.