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Spotlight Dominique Martinez, the mastermind behind Rustic Steel Creations

Posted On January 31st, 2017

Dominique Martinez is a visionary metal sculptor and the founder of Rustic Steel Creations since 2002.

Dominique’s artwork is unlike any other; no two designs are ever the same. Dominique studied art in school but is self-taught within the metal fab industry. He has created pieces for clients all over Florida, New York, and the British Virgin Islands. Dominique’s metal sculptures have been featured in over 50 media publications. Some well-known pieces include the p-51 Mustang replica and three 9/11 memorials. Dominique spends his free time speaking at local schools educating kids about how to use recycled metal and found objects to create art. Mainsail was even lucky enough to host their 2016 holiday party at Martinez’s personal residence, a restored Firehouse.

Let’s find out more about Dominique Martinez and how his pieces are used for our beloved Mainsail properties! (more…)

Spotlight Julianne Corlew, the Vice President of Mainsail Lodging & Development

Posted On January 25th, 2017

Julianne Corlew is the Vice President and business partner of Mainsail Lodging & Development. She has known Joe Collier, the company’s President, for over 25 years and has been his business partner for 18 years.

What do you do for the company?
That is an ever changing answer!


BASK Art Opening Reception – TONIGHT!

Posted On January 23rd, 2017

BASK Epicurean HotelTonight from  6-8 pm the Epicurean Hotel and CASS Contemporary welcome BASK, the fifth featured artist to our rotating satellite gallery.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our gallery in the Epicurean’s library lounge, it’s a must-see, must-experience in a unique venue. While this is the fifth featured artist, the origins of our gallery started when CASS Contemporary and Epicurean Hotel both recognized the need to find an additional venue for guests and members of the community to view and appreciate art.


Meet Mainsail’s Newest Corporate Director of Training: Evelyn Avazier!

Posted On January 23rd, 2017

Mainsail Lodging & Development has promoted Evelyn Avazier, formally the director of human resources for the Epicurean Hotel,  to fulfill the first ever position of corporate director of training.

Evelyn is a passionate employee whose attention to her co-workers and passion for staff development has not gone unnoticed. Evelyn has 28 years of experience in hospitality and worked as director of human resources and training at Epicurean Hotel for over 3 years. (more…)

Feed Your Weekend Appetite (And More) at the Epicurean January 20 through 23

Posted On January 20th, 2017

Are you ready to Awaken Appetites Unknown this weekend? We have plenty to whet your appetite with everything we have going on at the Epicurean Hotel and Tampa this weekend and beyond.

Yoga with a Twist, Epicurean Hotel’s Garden Terrace
Sunday, January 22, 10
Start the New Year by clearing your mind, body and soul at our monthly Yoga with a Twist. This feel-good, Florida-sun flow is welcome to all yoga levels. The class is hosted by the wonderful Megan Blizard, aka Yogi Bliz, of Kodawari Studios. Cost is $15 for a class, or $20 for a class & glass (1 drink ticket). To guarantee your mat space, reserve your spot by registering here.


A Recipe for Relaxation: Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted On January 18th, 2017

New year, new you? You bet! I’d say out of all the New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, one that’s most important is taking care of you. How often do we take time out of our busy schedule to just stop — relax and awaken the soul?

Spa Evangeline offers two New Year’s specials that create the perfect escape targeted towards pampering your body, mind and soul.


 Cupcakes & Cocktails: A Resolution Worth Keeping!

Posted On January 17th, 2017

Chef Beth from Cloud 9 Confections is back, for a “cupcake take” on three classic deserts and we couldn’t be more excited.

Attendees will learn how to bake, fill and frost these tasty treats, all while sipping on delicious spirits whipped up by the EDGE bartenders.

This month’s class will focus on three classics: Coconut Cream Pie, Peach Cobbler and Boston Cream Pie.


Tipsy Candle Company: Handmade Wine Bottle Candles

Posted On January 16th, 2017

Upon entering the Epicurean Hotel lobby and Spa Evangeline, one of the first things that will catch your eye is the collection of hand-poured candles inside wine bottles. Based out of Tampa, FL, Tipsy Candle Company takes recycled wine bottles from Élevage Restaurant and donated wine bottles from our big daddy, Bern’s Steak House and up cycles them into magnificently scented soy candles.

There’s no doubt that Steve Neher, the CEO and Owner of Tipsy Candle Company and his team “burn the candle at both ends,” creating 100% soy candles from farms across the United States. Tipsy Candles also believes in saving the earth … one bottle at a time. All candles are environmentally sensitive, non-toxic, burn clean and are made with all-natural soy made in the USA.


Feed Your Weekend Appetite (And More) at the Epicurean January 13 through 15

Posted On January 13th, 2017

Looking for something to do this weekend in Tampa? We have plenty to Awaken Appetites Unknown this weekend at the Epicurean Hotel.

VooDoo Chef Experience IIIX
Friday, January 13 (7-9 pm)
Kick off the Gasparilla season VooDoo Style! The VooDoo Chef returns and works his magic to create some of his favorite party food in preparation of the biggest and best party in the nation … Gasparilla! From Southwestern (not-so-cinnamon) BBQ Breakfast Rolls to Espresso Rubbed Belly – you don’t want to miss a chance to take part in this fantastic feast. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased at


Did you have an Epic Engagement at Bern’s Steak House? Tell us your story and win big!

Posted On January 11th, 2017

What’s more magical than that moment he or she went down on one knee trembling something about spending the rest of your lives together? Proposal stories are special to everyone. It’s a life-changing moment you’ll cherish for years and years.
And your magical story could help you win an epic romance package from Epicurean Hotel.
If your love story included an engagement at big daddy Bern’s Steak House, we want to hear about it! Tell us your story and you will be entered to win a fabulous Valentine’s Day Package for two!


Meet Your In-House Reservations Team

Posted On January 10th, 2017

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Mainsail Lodging & Development’s In-House Reservations Team is a unique resource that most guests may not be aware of. These associates are travel experts and consultants that spearhead the reservations for our family of hotels — and while they are primarily responsible for overnight accommodations, they always go the extra mile to assist guests in answering any additional questions. Consider them your pre-arrival knowledge hub — readily available to give guests the “inside scoop” on all things to do, excursions and offer helpful travel tips.

Let’s meet your Mainsail In-House Reservations Team!


The Art of Turning Retired Wine Barrels into Unique Handcrafted Masterpieces

Posted On January 10th, 2017

There’s a lot that goes into many of the treasures you’ll find while exploring the Epicurean Hotel. Unique, hand-crafted wine pieces that you’ll never find anywhere else — it’s something we’re proud to share with connoisseurs of life.

Inside the Epicurean Hotel, you may have noticed the industrial-style tables inside the Élevage Bar area with beautifully distressed wood tops, or the uniqueness of the check presenters. From custom-crafted Lazy Susans to wine crate room-key return receptacles, there’s an artist behind all of it.

His name is Richard Gilberg and his long-time career in Chicago led him to Tampa to retire and create incredible wine-design décor. To understand these hand-crafted pieces, we’re giving you an exclusive in-depth look at what makes his pieces unique and the passion behind them.


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