Posted: July 14, 2016
TAMPA, Fla. (July 14, 2016) – The Epicurean Hotel is hosting the second Epic Chef Showdown to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s largest food rescue and distribution organization. The Epic Chef Showdown is a seven-week competition pitting eight of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants against each other in a friendly cooking competition judged by a panel of local celebrities. Each week, beginning Monday, July 18, two competing chefs will receive a mystery box of ingredients not commonly prepared together, and will be challenged to create two unique dishes under the pressure of the clock. When time is up, each dish will be judged and one restaurant will be eliminated, with the winner moving on to the next round. Other competition dates are July 25 and August 1 and 8 (first round), August 15 and 22 (semi-finals) and August 29 (finale). All Epic Chef Showdown events will be held in the Epicurean Theatre from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Participating local restaurants include Ava, Birch & Vine, Cena, Mise en Place, Parkshore Grill, Pearl in the Grove, Restaurant BT and Rooster & The Till. Each week, the event will be hosted by Emily Ellyn, the “Retro Rad Chef” from Food Network. Judges will rotate each week and include local personalities ranging from Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett to media personalities such as Stacie Schiable and Ian Beckles.
“We are thrilled to bring this innovative event back to the Epicurean for the second year,” said Tom Haines, general manager of the Epicurean Hotel. “We are proud to continue our support of Feeding Tampa Bay and to bring awareness to the hunger issues in our community.”
“We’re looking forward to another successful year of Epic Chef Showdown. The Epicurean Hotel has been a great partner to Feeding Tampa Bay and has opened the door for us to discuss the issue of hunger in a new and unique way,” said Thomas Mantz, executive director of Feeding Tampa Bay. “This partnership, in conjunction with the culinary gifts of our talented chefs, allows us to feed knowledge, feed the health of our neighbors and feed the future of our community.”
Epic Chef Showdown events will take place at the Epicurean Hotel’s Epicurean Theatre from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets to the public are available for $90 (finale is $120), which includes a coursed meal with wine pairings, inspired by the participating restaurants and Élevage. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.EpicChefTampaBay.com.
Epic Chef Showdown sponsors include Florida Blue, Harvard Jolly Architecture, Coca Cola, Kobrand Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing Company and Gray Robinson.
Founded in 1982, Feeding Tampa Bay is the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community, serving a food-insecure population of more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area. Feeding Tampa Bay recovers surplus food donations from local growers, manufacturers, supermarkets, and organized community food drives and distributes it to those in need through a partnership network of more than 500 faith-based and other incorporated nonprofit hunger relief organizations. Over the past five years, Feeding Tampa Bay supplied more than 100 million pounds of food, enough to provide more than 3 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry.
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) in Tampa, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Mainsail is developing their fourth hotel, Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida, which is slated to open early 2017. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay – the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse to annual events including Pumpkin Fight and Epic Chef Showdown.