Posted: December 7, 2016
TAMPA, Fla. (December 7, 2016) – This holiday season, the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida is offering a sleigh full of seasonal fun for all appetites. Guests will be surrounded by culinary-themed décor, including the signature wine bottle tree, and will be treated to a holiday feast for the senses. Those in need of an extra room for visiting relatives, the Epicurean is offering rates as low as $165 throughout the holiday season for Florida residents.
The Epicurean Theatre will be decking the halls with festive programming including a class on “Cookies & Cocktails.” In addition Élevage, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is preparing a unique three-course menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day that includes lump crab stuffed acorn squash, Okinawan sweet potato gnocchi, venison strip loin and roasted king salmon. Finishing touches include warm spice cake and a chestnut blondie.
The Epicurean’s spa, Evangeline, is offering a spiked mistletoe manicure and pedicure and a s’mores indulgence body treatment to highlight the fun flavors of the season. Shoppers can also work on their lists by purchasing a variety of Epicurean-themed items including exclusive locally made Tipsy Candle Co. candles made locally from wine bottles, etched wine glasses and accessories, cork wreaths and ornaments, wine box trays and more. The Bern’s book, Bern’s Rare & Well Done, can also be purchased at the hotel. Gift cards to the Epicurean for room nights, Spa Evangeline, Élevage and EDGE are available, as well as gift cards for classes and events at the Epicurean Theatre. For every $100 spent on an Epicurean or Bern’s gift card, a $25 bonus Spa Evangeline gift card awaits.
Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Fla., the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage, a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined; EDGE rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi pâtisserie; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).
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.
Internationally known for its vast wine collection, perfectly aged steaks and famous dessert room, Bern’s Steak House offers a world-class, incomparable dining experience. When Bern Laxer opened in 1956, he envisioned Bern’s as Art in Steaks. Today, son David Laxer and Chef de Cuisine Habteab Hamde continue Bern’s tradition of excellence with a gastronomic adventure that includes prime dry-aged steaks cut-to-order, 21 choices of caviar, fresh seafood and vegetables in a setting like none other. Housing the World’s largest wine collection of over 500,000 bottles, Bern’s offers 7,000 selections to its guests. In 2014, Bern’s was named an Outstanding Restaurant Semi-finalist, one of twenty in the country by the James Beard Foundation. Additionally, SideBern’s, Bern’s sister restaurant and its Executive Chef Chad Johnson, also of the Epicurean Hotel, were named a 2012 and 2014 Semifinalist for Best Chef: South. For more information on Bern’s Steak House and its subsidiaries, visit BernsSteakHouse.com.
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.