Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine - Our Book
TAMPA, Fla., - - Florida''s oldest restaurant, The legendary Columbia Restaurant, shares over a century of stories and recipes in a book to tantalize the taste buds and imagination called The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine.
Over 100 years of The Columbia’s history comes to life in 300+ colorful pages, illustrated with many new color and black and white photos along with stories from the Hernandez Gonzmart family members, employees, business partners and long-time customers.
This book will delight home cooks, offering 77 new, authentic recipes and theme menus for the holidays, Sunday brunch, wine tastings, and cocktail parties. Learn simple and elaborate dishes made famous by the Columbia.
History buffs will enjoy the newly-researched origins of The Columbia and stories of its early struggles through Prohibition and Depression.
Watch The Columbia’s glamorous rise during the 1950s, when it throbbed with romantic music supplied by Third Generation Family Member Cesar Gonzmart and his magic violin. Federal bulldozers lurked in the 1960s, as urban renewal demolished much of the old Latin Quarter. In the 80s, new locations meant new opportunities and risks. Somehow, the Gonzmart family made the struggle look easy.
A death in the family prompted a business crisis in the 1990s that threatened the Columbia as it neared its centennial. Quick thinking and hard work salvaged the sinking ship and charted her into the 21st Century. The voices of employees, family members, and friends help tell the Columbia’s colorful and fascinating story.
Published in October 2009, The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine is available for 29.95 at any Columbia Restaurant, or at our website: www.columbiarestaurant.com.
The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. Additional locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, The Pier in Downtown St. Petersburg, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida''s town of Celebration, the Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family; except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.columbiarestaurant.com for more information.
Cakes de Cangrejo (Crab Cakes)
Croquetas de Langosta “Madrileno” - (Lobster Croquettes)
Croquetas de Pollo (Chicken Croquettes)
Devil Crab Croquettes
Empanadas de Cangrejo (Crab Turnovers)
Garbanzo y Gambas “Ajillo” (Garbanzos and Shrimp)
Langostinos “1905” (Shrimp)
Mejillones y Chorizo “Andres”(Mussels and Chorizo)
Queso Fundido (Spanish Fondue)
Shrimp “a la Plancha”
Shrimp and Crabmeat “Alcachofas”
Shrimp and Scallops “Santiago”
Black Bean Soup
Caldo Gallego (Turnip Greens Soup)
Gazpacho Andaluz (Chilled Gazpacho)
Spanish Bean Soup
Beefsteak Tomato Salad
Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad
Ensalada de Carmorones y Uva - (Shrimp Salad with Grapes)
Lula Mae Chopped Salad
Mojo Chicken Sandwich
The Original Cuban Sandwich
Arroz con Maiz (Rice with Corn)
Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)
Arroz con Puerco (Rice with Pork)
Boliche “Criollo” (Eye of Round Roast Beef)
Carne con Pappas (Beef Stew)
Filet Mignon “Chacho”
Filet Mignon “Columbia”
Roast Pork “a la Cubana” (Cuban Style)
Pollo Cacerola (Chicken Casserole)
Pollo “Champinion” (Chicken Parmesan Spanish Style)
Pollo “Riojana” (Chicken with Mushrooms)
Pollo Salteado (Chicken Cuban-Chinese Style)
Camarones Rellenos con Cangrejo (Crab-Stuffed Shrimp)
Cannelloni de Langosta (Lobster)
Lobster and Crab Enchilado
Mahimahi “Cayo Hueso” (Key West)
Pompano en Papillot (1939)
Pompano en Papillot (2001)
Salmon “Nuevo Latino”
Sea Bass “Bilboa”
Snapper “Russian Style”
Brazo Gitano “Cien Anos”
Guava and Cream Cheese Empanadas (Turnovers)
Torrejas (Cuban French Toast)
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Cafe con Leche Martini
Sangre de Toro Sangria
Sangria de Cava
Tango Mango Daiquiri