(Photo by Rob Harris)

When theatergoers visit the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Fla., the show starts before they enter the theater. Executive Chef Benito D’Azzo creates specially-themed menus for the productions that run at the center, and considers the food to be the first act. “We’re setting the tone for the show,” he explained. “We really go out to go above [expectations] and impress the customer.”

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