About Personal and Private Chef Services in St. Petersburg Florida
Tampa Bay Personal Chef Service provides gourmet food services for busy professionals, couples, and families throughout the Tampa Bay area including St. Petersburg, FL.
The city was co-founded by John C. Williams, formerly of Detroit, Michigan, who purchased the land in 1876, and by Peter Demens, who was instrumental in bringing the terminus of a railroad there in 1888. St. Petersburg was incorporated on February 29, 1892, when it had a population of only some 300 people.
It was named after Saint Petersburg, Russia, where Peter Demens had spent half of his youth. A local legend says that John C. Williams and Peter Demens flipped a coin to see who would have the honor of naming the city. Peter Demens won and named the city after his home, while John C. Williams named the first hotel after his birthplace, Detroit (a hotel built by Demens). The Detroit Hotel still exists downtown but has been turned into a condominium. The oldest running hotels are the historic Pier Hotel, built in 1921, formally Hotel Cordova, and The Heritage Hotel, built in 1926.
Philadelphia publisher F. A. Davis turned on St. Petersburg’s first electrical service in 1897 and its first trolley service in 1904. The city’s first major industry was born in 1899 when Henry W. Hibbs, 1862–1942, a native of Newport, North Carolina, established his wholesale fish business at the end of the railroad pier, which extended out to the shipping channel. Within a year, Hibbs Fish Company was shipping more than a thousand pounds (454 kg) of fish each day.
Central Avenue in c. 1910
Dredging of a deeper shipping channel from 1906 to 1908 opened St. Petersburg to larger shipping. Further dredging improved the port facilities through the 1910s. By then the city’s population had quadrupled to 4,127.
In 1914, airplane service across Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa and back was initiated, generally considered the first commercial airline. The company name was the St. Petersburg–Tampa Airboat Line and the pilot was Tony Jannus, flying a Benoist XIV flying boat. The Tony Jannus Award is presented annually for outstanding achievement in the airline industry. Jannus Landing, a local music/entertainment venue on Central Avenue downtown, is also named after him.
The city population continued to multiply during the 20th century. Booming in the 1940s and 50s with the advent of air-conditioning and through the 1970s as the town became a popular retirement destination for Americans from Midwestern cities, reaching 238,647 in the 1980 census. By that time, however, the population had leveled off, and has grown by only 10,000 since then; this is primarily a result of the city being largely “built out”.
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 in your home
- Sushi Parties and Classes
- Interactive Cooking Classes for Adults
- Organic and Weight Loss Meal Plans
- Couples Cooking Lessons
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!