Cool tricks, illusions that look real and all sorts of surprises will be the highlight of next week’s 2-3-4 happy hour ($2 wines, $3 beers and $4 house mixers).

Have you every wondered how magicians make illusions look real? Or how they get LIVE BUNNIES out of their hat? (I know I have!). During this month’s Cocktails & Connections, the Centre Connect Committee invites you to be amazed and enjoy the comedy antics of Magician, Elliott Smith… and maybe, just maybe, he will reveal his secrets! 

Elliott has entertained Corporations, television audiences and travelers across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico for over 40 years. PLUS, he is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the distinguished Order of Merlin Shield, Elliott has performed his special brand of magic and comedy for International Ambassadors, the late Liberace as well as for Jay Leno. 

Click here to learn more about Elliott or check out his clip here!

RSVP if you plan to magically appear!  813.286.4040 | contactus@centretampa.com

Phones RINGING!  Emails pinging----   Text messages popping up! These are only just a couple of the sounds that are heard in the War Room over at One Buc Place during the draft.   Mark Dominik, General Manager  of our Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is going to give us an inside look at what happens, what is said, and how intense the moments are before and during the NFL Draft.   We're all interested to hear about the Darrelle Revis trade and the lengthy process it took to make the deal -  were the Buc's stalling? Was Revis unsure about coming to Tampa? What are the motivators around a trade like this?  It can't be all about the money?  How does Mark and his team rate the job they doing in evaluating talent?    How do you keep talent??  How does this translate to business?  Why was Raheem Morris not successful as Head Coach? Get these questions and more answered as we welcome Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager, Mark Dominik, on Thursday, May 2nd at 6pm - complimentary cocktails and passed hor d'oeuvres.  This event is open to Centre Club and Tampa Bay Society Members only and invited guests. Reservations are required given the demand and space is limited.  Contact the Club Concierge at 813.286.4040 to RSVP!
Let's Go Bucs!!!!http://www.buccaneers.com/  

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul” - Dorothy Day

With the arrival of Chef Anthony a couple of months ago, the Centre Club’s dining options have only gotten better. Members who have had the chance to try our new dining menu have fallen in love and those who haven’t… well, what are you waiting for! 
NOW through May 24th the Centre Club gives Members the exclusive opportunity to Spring into Skyline and enjoy a three-course dinner for two for only $59*!

This is your perfect chance to check out our new dining menu! And for those who already have,
this is a great opportunity to try other items – we all know how hard it can be to stray away from that one meal that just calls your name every time you look at a menu. 

This offer includes your choice of one soup, salad or appetizer, one entrée and one dessert per person, PLUS a lovely view of South Tampa and the Bay! 

Click here to view the full dinner menu.

Too many choices? Can't make a decision? Chef Anthony Cilmi recommends our Grouper Picatta! 
Which he describes as "a extremely delicious, fresh gulf grouper" and a "can't miss classic italian dish"

Make your dining reservations now by contacting our Member Concierge 813.286.4040 | contactus@centretampa.com
(*Beverages, tax and service charge not included)

Well, the Masters just wrapped up this past Sunday which means that golf season is officially in 'full swing' up north, but for us lucky Floridians we have golf 365 days a year.  Now, the Centre Club is a private business club, which we all know does not have it's own golf course, but we have approximately 200 club members that are interested and play the game - which is why the club has officially created their own Golf club-within-the-club known as the Mad Mulligans - and YOU are invited to meet them at the first tee!  Heck - people do all kinds of business while playing golf, so why in the world shouldn't we have our own faction of golfers???  Getting this group of golf-lovers together really was a labor of love over the last two years or so and we owe a great deal of gratitude to club member, Amory Sanders, for getting the golf "ball" rolling.  We are certain this Maddest of the Mulligans (or committee chair) will lead them to low scores - over the hills, out of the bunkers and straight into the holes!

So, I don't think I need to tell you that the whole point of the Mad Mulligans getting together is to go golfing - don't worry, joining the group doesn't mean you have another monthly meeting to attend. Instead, the Mad Mulligans have an OPTIONAL outing every second Saturday of each month playing the best courses in the area (usually with tee times between 11am and 1pm), and by utilizing our Tampa Bay Society affiliation, receive discounted greens and cart fees.  Most recently, on April 13, the Mulligans played Southern Hills Plantation up in Brooksville.  For the month of May, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11th as the Mulligans take on Eastlake Woodlands in Oldsmar beginning at 1:00 pm.  Guys and gals of ALL skill levels are welcome.

To get in the game, please contact Thanecha Butz Anderson, Member Relations Coordinator at the Club, 813.286.4040 or thanecha.butz@ourclub.com so she can add you to the Mad Mulligans email list.  Details about each outing will be circulated to those who have expressed interest in golf.

Best of Balls to you All!  Hit'em Long and Straight!

Hoppin' down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way!

Get ready for an extra-special Easter celebration! Sunday, March 31st join us for Easter Brunch. Delicious food plus bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas, fun activities like the Jelly Bean Guess and a special visit from the Easter Bunny… What more could you ask for? Click here for more info. 

Take a sneak peak at some of Chef Anthony's menu highlights, rated eggscellent by the Easter Bunny! Belgian style waffles, made to order omelettes, chicken spanakopita and carved prime rib are only a small portion of this incredible Easter menu. 

Reservations available every half hour. Don’t forget to bring all your loved ones and RSVP today by contacting our Club Concierge at 813.286.4040 or email us at contactus@centretampa.com.

Breakfast of Champions® is ready for another year of success stories from local honorees who bring true meaning to the term “good sport.” 

Perseverance for victory and passion for giving back are only two of the qualities that identify the first speaker of the series. The Executive Women’s Council welcomes Tianna (née Madison) Bartoletta to kick-off Breakfast of Champions®’s 2013 series on Friday, March 1st.
Resident of Lutz, Tianna Bartoletta, won gold in the 2012 Olympics as part of the 4x100 meter relay team which set a world record. She also completed the individual 100 meter event, finishing fourth with a personal best time of 10.85. But, that’s not all! Tianna Bartoletta founded Club 360, a personal development program for girls and young women that teaches integrity, honor and self-respect through an array of creative, interactive and inspirational content and events. For more information about Tianna, click here!
Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Join us to learn more about her as chair of the Executive Women’s Council, Sherida Ferguson, interviews Tianna about her journey. Club Members can click here to login and register online, or contact our Member Concierge at 813.286.4040 to RSVP!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Hello to all of those Members who love literature! Wednesday, February 13 the Executive Women’s Committee invites you be apart of this exciting, first-time event for all who Read and Write. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to increase your book collection or even talk about your own publications while enjoying the Club’s happy hour drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Authors: If you would like to showcase and sell your published books, please visit our online calendar for an Exhibitor Registration Form at http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Centre-Club.

Readers: All YOU have to do to ensure your admission to this fantastic event is to bring a donation of one or more used books for the EWC Book Exchange (or a nominal monetary donation).

And even better, the books remaining at the end of the event will be donated to non-profit literacy organizations such as Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc.

Call us at 813.286.4040 to RSVP today!

Greetings Friends of the Centre Club! 
I wanted to personally invite you to join me at the 3rd Annual TBS Chili/Salsa Bowl coming up at East Lake Woodlands Country Club on January 19th from 1-5pm. Our Club team will be competing for the coveted "Best Chili and Salsa-Pro" award. Contestants (that's us) have an opportunity to win a  Judges Choice  and/or People's Choice award - every vote counts! 
This event is a ton of fun and supports a great cause. Just a $5 donation will allow you to enjoy chili and salsa samples, live music, a bounce house and games for kids. The Humane Society's Mobile Adoption Center will also be on site with furry friends needing a forever home and accepting donations of unopened dog and cat food, soft toys, towels, dog collars with buckles and cat scratchers. For the complete wish list, click here.  
I encourage you to help support this unique, fun, charitable, family event benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and sponsored by Petco and Tito's Handmade Vodka. Last year's Bowl raised over $3,000 and had 7 pet adoptions! You can help by entering a chili or salsa recipe, participating as a sponsor, being an official taster and/or sharing this information with your friends and neighbors. EVERYONE is invited! Click here for event registration form and sponsor details. 
See you at the Chili/Salsa Bowl - AND DON'T FORGET TO VOTE TEAM CENTRE CLUB! 
Spicy Regards, Chef Anthony Cilmi 

Be sure not to miss out on these great member benefits throughout the week!
TUESDAY: Tini Tuesday from 5-7pm - $3 Svedka Martinis (all flavors) and enjoy complimentary Hors d’oeuvres from 5-7pm in Bentley’s Lounge.
WEDNESDAY: Wino Wednesday from 5-7pm - $10 gets you your choice of a glass of wine and an appetizer from the bar menu and enjoy complimentary Hors d’oeuvres from 5-7pm in Bentley’s Lounge. 
THURSDAY: 2-3-4 Happy Hour from 5:30 - 8pm - $2 Wines, $3 Beers, $4 House Mixers and Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres
FRIDAY: Look for our new Blue Plate Special in the Skyline Dining Room at both Lunch and Dinner and enjoy complimentary Hors d’oeuvres from 5-7pm in Bentley’s Lounge.
Monthly Birthday Bash Come out and celebrate another wonderful year with the whole family! The first Thursday of every month, starting in February, a dinner buffet will be set up for the entire family, and the birthday guy or gal gets to enjoy dinner on us!
Lobster Night will continue quarterly on the Second Thursday of Each month, as well as Prime Rib Night, which has been transformed into Steakhouse Night! While Prime Rib is still on the menu, you can also enjoy picking your cut/style of meat, plus steakhouse sides served family style.
Business Networking Luncheon People do business with those they know, like and trust. Learn more about each other as individuals, and examine common issues many of us face in daily business. Now on the 2nd Tuesday of every month!
The Tasting Table If you like wine, you’ll love this! On the 4th Wednesday of each month during Wino Wednesday beginning at 5:30 pm, have a seat at the Tasting Table with Director of Member Experience, Melissa Davidson. At the Tasting Table, we’ll explore a variety of wines each month and for $10++ you’ll get to sample (taste as much as you like while supplies last), expand your wine knowledge and have the opportunity to place special orders for wine at discounted pricing. Save the date for our first Tasting Table occasion on Wednesday, January 23rd!
All new traditions (including nominal price changes) take effect Wednesday, January 2, 2013!
Don’t forget! The club will be CLOSED for the Holidays, Sunday, December 23rd through Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. Regular Operating Hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd. 

Hello and Happy Holidays.  My name is Chef Anthony Cilmi.  I’m the new Executive Chef here at the Centre Club.  I’m excited to be writing this blog and to finally introduce myself.  I look forward to serving you and to feed all you folks well.Furthermore, I’d also like to take this opportunity to mention some of the great new culinary happenings going on around your club. Take a look at your club calendar.  We have a fantastic Sunday brunch coming up on December 9th.  A great opportunity for the kids to see Santa, and have a great meal with your friends and family.  Sunday's Brunch will feature:

 Salad Bar with assorted dressings
 Assorted Antipasta
 Fresh Baked Rolls
 Bacon/Sausage
 Waffles with brown sugar whipped butter and maple syrup
 Made to Order Omelettes
 Broccolini and Creamed Corn Casserole
 Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese and Roasted Garlic Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
 Stuffed Chicken Florentine with Truffle Sauce Supreme
 Blue Crab-Stuffed Salmon with Valencia Orange Beurre Blanc, Shaved Scallions and Crispy Parsnips
 Chef Carved Roast Beef Strip Loin and Fresh Holiday Ham with Condiments
 Holiday Vienese Table with Assorted Desserts and Mini Crème Brulee 

We also have the Candy Cane Ball coming up on December 22nd.  Click here for a sneak peak of the menu for this event.  For many of you we may see you at one of the many holiday and social events we have going on around here in the next few weeks.
Now that your mouth is watering, be sure to reserve now for these events by emailing us at contactus@centretampa.com or call our Member Concierge at 813.286.4040. Lastly,  I am diligently working on a new and exciting a la carte menu to roll out in the New Year.  Stop by the club and don’t forget to ask for me.  I would love to come out and meet you all!Ciao,Chef Anthony

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