Mainsail Lodging & Development Hosting Four-Stop “Bourbon Land” Book Tour & Culinary Experience with Chef Edward Lee

Posted: May 16, 2024

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WHO: Mainsail Lodging & Development’s four Award-winning properties – Epicurean Hotel (Tampa, FL), Luminary Hotel & Co. (Fort Myers, FL), Epicurean Atlanta (Atlanta, GA), and Trilith Guesthouse (Fayetteville, GA) – and James Beard Award-winning chef, author, restaurateur, and Emmy nominated TV personality Edward Lee.


WHAT: This June, Mainsail Lodging & Development is welcoming guests to an evening of culinary exploration celebrating Chef Edward Lee’s new book, “Bourbon Land,” at four award-winning hotels in Florida and Georgia. Designed for whiskey lovers or anyone curious about how to drink or cook with bourbon, each two-hour event includes a welcome cocktail; live cooking demonstrations of four recipes from Chef Lee’s new book, served with Four Roses Bourbon pairings; a deliciously boozy dessert; a signed copy of “Bourbon Land;” and a Four Roses Bourbon gift set featuring a signed copy of “Return of a Whiskey Legend” by Master Distiller Brent Elliot. Guests will also have the opportunity for Chef Lee to sign books and take pictures following the event.


Edward Lee is a James Beard Award-winning chef and author who is knowledgeable, entertaining, and more than a little infatuated with his subject, bourbon. “Bourbon Land” provides highlights on all things involving the whiskey – how it is made, its history, how to read a label, the famous distilleries, and how to taste bourbon like a professional. The book also includes 50 recipes on how to cook with bourbon, as well as cocktail recipes. Four of the menu items in the book will be demonstrated during the event, held inside each hotel’s culinary show kitchens.


WHEN: Monday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. – Epicurean Tampa

Tuesday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. – Luminary Hotel & Co.

Wednesday, June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. – Epicurean Atlanta

Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. – Trilith Guesthouse


WHERE: Epicurean Tampa (Epicurean Theatre) – 1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL

Luminary Hotel & Co. (The Workshop Culinary Theater) – 2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL

Epicurean Atlanta (Epicurean Theatre) – 1117 W Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA

Trilith Guesthouse (The Kitchen) – 350 Trilith Parkway, Fayetteville, GA


HOW: Tickets to Bourbon Land: A Culinary Journey with Chef Edward Lee are $175 per person. To purchase tickets and view the menu and the venues, visit Bourbon Land Book Tour.




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About Epicurean Tampa

Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Fla., the food-focused AAA Four Diamond Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; the signature Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar restaurant; EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; the full-service Spa Evangeline; Chill Bros. Scoop Shop; and 7,475 square feet of flexible event space. 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). For information please go to EpicureanHotel.com or follow on Instagram, X and Facebook.


About Luminary Hotel & Co.

The waterfront Luminary Hotel & Co. soars 12 stories above downtown Fort Myers, Florida as the area’s first hotel in the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International. More than a hotel, the AAA Four Diamond Luminary is a hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers tap into the collective energy of a city, and a story, begun by a brilliant cast of audacious local luminaries. The 243-room boutique hotel is home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie and Lobby Bar; Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge; Ella Mae’s Diner; Oxbow Bar & Grill; Dean Street Coffee Roastery & Retail; Chips Sports Pub & Topgolf Swing Suite; The Workshop culinary theater; an indoor and outdoor fitness facility; and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor featuring an event deck overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Luminary offers 10,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space ideal for a variety of events and meetings and is adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center. The hotel also offers convenient access to Caloosa Sound Amphitheater located on the Caloosahatchee. For more information, visit LuminaryHotel.com, or follow on Instagram, X and Facebook.


About Epicurean Atlanta

An immersive, culinary-driven hotel in the heart of Midtown, Epicurean Atlanta celebrates all the wonderful flavors that life has to offer. Guests will find inspiration behind elevated experiences that span culinary enrichment to impeccable hospitality. Epicurean Atlanta is the second location of the Epicurean Hotel brand, the first of which was a collaboration between Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, FL. Founded in 1956 by husband-and-wife restaurateurs Bern and Gert Laxer, Bern’s Steak House is world-renowned for their exceptional cuisine, use of fresh, quality ingredients, and their extensive wine cellar featuring more than half a million bottles. Epicurean Atlanta is a natural extension of this commitment to excellence, creating a fully immersive experience that celebrates the teaching of its namesake, Epicurus. Inspired by urban chic design elements and modern styles, Epicurean Atlanta boasts 178-guest rooms, including 22 spacious suites that give way to its sleek allure. Offering three on-site restaurants – Reverence, Aerial Kitchen & Bar and The Office Bar – each concept summons the curious and captivates the senses in distinctly different ways. Travelers will be whisked away by the hotel’s amenities, including the Sky Terrace and its sweeping views, the gorgeous events lawn, and the innovative Epicurean Theatre where guests will watch, listen, and learn from a curated lineup of incredible chefs, winemakers, mixologists, and artists. Epicurean Atlanta is a member of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. For more information, go to EpicureanHotelAtlanta.com, or follow on Instagram, X and Facebook.


About Trilith Guesthouse

In January 2024, Trilith Guesthouse opened its doors onto the idyllic Town at Trilith in Fayetteville, Georgia, just minutes south of Atlanta. The five-story, 193-room boutique hotel is designed to awaken and inspire the storyteller in all who visit, providing a curated space for spirited socializing and creative collaboration. Trilith Guesthouse is home to the signature, chef-driven Prologue Dining & Drinks; the rooftop Oliver’s Twist Bar & View; The Kitchen culinary studio; outdoor heated pool; fitness center; and more than 17,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The first of its kind in the Town at Trilith, the hotel will act as a gateway to the award-winning community, home to a variety of retail, dining, natural landscapes, and Trilith Studios, the second-largest television and film studio in North America. A page-turning partnership between Mainsail Lodging & Development, Trilith Development, and Development Ventures Group, Inc. (DEVEN), Trilith Guesthouse is a proud member of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, a growing family of independent boutique hotels with a shared heart and spirit for connecting people and places. For more information, visit TrilithGuesthouse.com, or follow Instagram, X and Facebook.


About Mainsail Lodging & Development

Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Founded by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of top-branded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon. Stay Sojo, Mainsail’s newest brand, provides short-term furnished living options across the country, while Mainsail Vacation Rentals manages a collection of private vacation homes in Florida and the Caribbean. To ensure long-term success and profitability, Mainsail relies on the dedication of its high-performing associates, a growing group of enterprising investors, and a commitment to giving back, every step of the way. MainsailHotels.com

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