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!

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!

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

Wow - what an event!   The Centre Club hosted the 6th Annual Dueling Chefs Competition last friday night with Chef Gary Moran of Wimauma facing off again Chef Lance Kraebel of Jackson's Bistro all to support the Children's Cancer Center.  Both chefs prepared a three-course dinner featuring the secret ingredient - the Poblano Pepper - which falls on the pepper scale somewhere in between a bell pepper and a jalepeno.  Prepared by the chefs we saw Poblanos roasted and stuffed, paired with all kinds of ingredients from pork to seabass and in forms such as spoonbread and cheesecake.  However, what I think may have taken the "cake" so-to-speak, was the Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt and Roasted Poblano Pie created by Chef Moran, who SWEPT the competition by winning both the Judge's votes and the People's Choice!  

In addition to great food, the event featured our wandering Magician, Crash My Event Photo Booth, there was a live auction that included original paintings created by the Cancer Center's kids, as well as wine glass sales, which were also hand-painted by the kids at the Children's Cancer Center and sold at the event to raise additional dollars for the organization.  While the numbers are still being finalized, the event certainly raised more than $13,000 for the Children's Cancer Center.   Be sure to check out pictures from the event at relivetheevent.com!

We must extend thanks to both restaurants for participating, to Charley Belcher of Fox 13 for serving as Emcee for the event, to our Judges - Nick Peterson, winner of ABC's Bachelor Pad, Bridgette Mill, President and Publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and John Gilem, General Manager of Toyota of Tampa Bay.  We had a number of very supportive sponsors, especially the Tampa Tribune and Morgan Auto Group, and we must all take our hats off to the event's chair, Patrick Moraites of Firm Consulting Group.  Patrick serves on both the Board of Directors for the Children's Cancer Center and the Board of Governors for the Centre Club, this is his 6th AWESOME Dueling Chefs event.   Thank you Patrick and well done by all!

With July slowly coming to a close, and August right around the corner, the Centre Club has taken initiative to be "In with the New." The introduction of the Lunch Bunch table last week quickly became a favorite among Members, allowing single diners the opportunity to connect and build new relationships. If you also plan on dining at the Club during lunch time, we have begun a "Pick Your Price" daily feature. This dining option has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, and renewed energy for members to order Chef V's daily feature. If you didn't think we could possibly add another new addition to lunch, you'd be wrong! The Club is rolling out a new and improved lunch menu starting next Wednesday, July 25th. Although we have not changed the entire menu, leaving of course, the member favorites, there are a number of great new dishes including; a Chopped Shrimp Cobb Salad, Buccaneer Burger, Floribbean Grouper Taco, and Misoyaki Salmon. 

Wondering what else is new? A number of exciting Member Events starting this Tuesday. We will begin a Texas Hold'em Poker Night hosted by Rick's Poker every fourth Tuesday of the month. If you're thinking of playing a hand with your fellow Members, reserve your seat early at one of the four tables of 8 and make sure to bring your poker face. The Supper Club Dinner & Show is another new event brought to you by the Centre Club and the Spanish Lyric Theater. The sound of music will fill the Skyline Dining Room for one special evening as we set the stage for some amazingly talented performers to provide enjoyable ambiance as you wine and dine your Friday away. 

To kick off the month of August we cordially invite all Members, and their guests, to celebrate our Membership Director, Michelle Dyer's new arrival! Our Pretty in Pink Membership Social is a one time opportunity for your friends & colleagues to join the Club at no cost.* Michelle asks you to bring only yourself, a guest, and to wear your pink best. For all our brew drinkers out there, The Rising Leaders Committee has teamed up with Tampa Bay Brew Bus to put together a one-of-a-kind Pub Crawl. On the first Friday in August we will depart on the Brew Bus at 6pm to begin Crawling to Cigar City Brewery, Bar Louie, Ceviche then back to the Centre Club.

As always, we ask you to please contact our Member Concierge at 813.268.4040 to RSVP to any of the Member Events listed above.

Fond Fairwells, 

The Centre Club

Building Relationships and Enriching Lives is a well-known ClubCorp motif spread throughout a network of more than 150 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs and alumni clubs. Centered in the heart of the Westshore Business District, the Centre Club strives to do just that. We pride ourselves in encompassing an array of networking seminars, lunch & learns, business workshops, and Club traditions tailored to the interests of our Members. With enthusiastic Members who spearhead committees such as the Rising Leaders Committee, Business Committee, Centre Connect Committee, Tech Committee, Ambassadors Council, and the Women's Executive Council, the Centre Club is able to foster invaluable connections between Members. 

The Club has just kicked-off a brand new tradition called "The Lunch Bunch." This open table style of dining is designed to promote new relationships within the club and allow single diners the opportunity to connect while eating lunch together. Whether you are running short on time, or in between meetings, join The Lunch Bunch table any afternoon from 11:30am - 1:00pm. A Staff Member and Committee Member, who rotate daily, will be hosting a table in Skyline Monday through Friday.This is another great way to get to know your fellow club members, build business relationships and enrich lives. Reservations are not required.

Fond Farewells,

The Centre Club

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