The Epicurean Hotel will debut on December 18 in the trendy SoHo district in Tampa, Florida. True to its name, the 137-room boutique property will offer a one-stop culinary adventure for groups thanks to its partnership with the Tampa institution, Bern’s Steak House, known for its wine collection of over 500,000 bottles. Bern’s creative culinary talent will work with Christine Hunter, CMP, the property’s new event designer to craft a true Tampa foodie experience for groups.
For starters, the hotel will house an onsite Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits. The restaurant’s liquor-store offshoot has a collection of wines not sold anywhere else in Tampa earning it quite a local following, says Hunter. The shop offers private wine tastings for groups, or guests can simply stop by for Crush Hour. Guests will learn from the shop’s master sommeliers who can cater to both the beginner and experienced oenophile.
The Epicurean Theatre is what will really set this property apart from others, says Hunter. The culinary classroom can host 36 people for a variety of culinary-related classes. Mastering Wine Aromas, Tea Blending and Super Bowl Party Preparation are just a few examples on the docket for January.
Meeting planners will appreciate that the property will do away with the ordinary banquet menu concept. Hunter says that the 5,200 sf of banquet space will be treated as a restaurant where the chef will customizes all dishes based on seasons, trends and, of course, planner input.
Apart from the culinary experiences, the hotel houses a restaurant, pastry shop and lounge that will appease any attendee’s taste buds. Executive Chef Chad Johnson at the onsite Elevage restaurant takes Bern’s Steak House classic recipes and makes them his own. A recent menu he created for a pop-up restaurant hosted at SideBern’s (a Bern’s Steak House sister restaurant) included quail cordon bleu, a pressed steak sandwich and a pork porterhouse.
For desserts, Chocolate Pi serves authentic French pastries, while the Edge Social Drinkery features unique cocktails offered at the rooftop bar.
As if that wasn’t enough epicurean excitement for groups, the spa treatments are culinary themed as well. The 2,800-sf spa features two product lines: FarmHouse Fresh and Caudalie. The FarmHouse Fresh line consists of natural and organic bath and body products made from regional ingredients. Liquor-based body polishes such as Butter Rum, Bourbon Bubbler and Whoopie! Cream are just a few examples for guests to use.
The Caudalie line takes from the vinotherapie trend, featuring wine-themed services such as a cabernet massage and vinoperfect radiance facial—a perfect treat at the end of a long, food-filled event.