About Personal Chef Services in South Tampa, Florida
Tampa Bay Personal Chef Service provides gourmet food services for busy professionals, couples, and families throughout the Tampa Bay area including South Tampa, FL.
South Tampa. The word “Tampa” may mean “sticks of fire” in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived south of today’s Tampa Bay. This might be a reference to the many lightning strikes that the area receives during the summer months. Other historians claim the name means “the place to gather sticks”.
Toponymist George R. Stewart writes that the name was the result of a miscommunication between the Spanish and the Indians, the Indian word being “itimpi”, meaning simply “near it”. The name first appears in the “Memoir” of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda (1575), who had spent 17 years as a Calusa captive. He calls it “Tanpa” and describes it as an important Calusa town. While “Tanpa” may be the basis for the modern name “Tampa”, archaeologist Jerald Milanich places the Calusa village of Tanpa at the mouth of Charlotte Harbor, the original “Bay of Tanpa”. A later Spanish expedition did not notice Charlotte Harbor while sailing north along the west coast of Florida and assumed that the current Tampa Bay was the bay they sought. The name was accidentally transferred north.
Map makers were using the term Bay or Bahia Tampa as early as 1695.
At Tampa Bay Chef we are always working to provide you with innovative services that make your life easier and more delicious, so come back often! If you are looking for a specific service that you don’t see listed, please let us know and we’ll be happy to work with you! Below are our services at a glance:
- Weekly Personal Chef Meal Packages
- Gourmet Dinner Parties and Catering in your Home
- Sushi Parties and Classes
- Interactive Cooking Classes for Adults
- Organic and Weight Loss Meal Plans
- Couples Cooking Classes
We invite you to browse our website to learn more about all the gourmet services that we offer. We have many satisfied clients and would be happy to provide our gourmet services to you!