Are you ready to Awaken Appetites Unknown this weekend for the 20th anniversary of Bern’s Winefest? Unfortunately all the Bern’s Winefest events are sold out, but we’re giving you the insider’s scoop for upcoming events at Epicurean Hotel and things to do in Tampa to whet your appetite.
Champagne and Caviar Seminar
Thursday, April 24, Epicurean Theatre
What could be better than champagne and caviar? A seminar hosted by Bern’s Steak House Executive Chef Hab Hamde and Sommelier Brad Dizon, with special guests from Champagne Krug and The Sasanian Caviar Company. Guests will indulge in champagne friendly small bites composed with four luxury caviars for a unique and educational tasting.
Haven Gala Winemaker Dinner
Friday, April 28, Haven Restaurant
Chateau Ste. Michelle and Pepper Bridge Winery winemakers Raymon McKee and Jean-Francois Fellet join guests for a sensational six-course dinner and wine pairing at Haven.
Friday, April 28, Epicurean Theatre
Bourbon lovers will enjoy this unique opportunity to explore the very rare and limited edition bourbons of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.
Tablas Creek Wine Blending Seminar
Saturday, April 29, Epicurean Theatre & Garden Terrace
This picnic chic event will feature Tablas Creek Vineyard wine and delicious picnic staples on top of the Epicurean’s luxurious garden terrace.
Bern’s Legacy Dinner
Saturday, April 29, Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits
Guests will enjoy the ultimate five-course dinner featuring selections from the Bern’s cellar. Our top chefs, Habteab Hamde, Chad Johnson, Courtney Orwig, Johnathan Atanacio and Kim Yelvington will be preparing this once-in-a-lifetime dinner.
Saturday, April 29, Epicurean Poolside
There’s no bull about it … B6 is going Southern fabulous with Bern’s, Bourbon, BBQ, Bubbles, Beer, and a bull (actually two mechanical bulls). Relax poolside while listening to music by Stormbringer and indulge in BBQ by local favorites: the Smoke Shack, Holy Hog and 4 Rivers—even our restaurants Bern’s Steak house, Élevage, and Haven will be featuring their best BBQ creations.
Winefest VIP Party
Sunday, April 30, Haven
Taste your way through the Grand Tasting tents before general admission begins. Find your favorite wines from around the globe and savor regional fare created by our culinary teams without having to wait in line. Don’t forget about premier sponsor Moet Hennessy who will offer Dom Perignon paired with indulgent bites.
The Grand Tasting
Sunday, April 30, Haven
The whole week works up to this grand event. No other wine tasting in the state of Florida can match the quality of food and wine offered, with tastings of more than 200 top-rated wines, arranged by country of origin and paired with culinary delights from Bern’s Steak House, Haven, and the Epicurean Hotel outlets, Élevage and EDGE. Don’t miss out on dessert with Lounge du Fromage and Chocolate Pi Patisserie. Proceeds from the unique Winefest Silent Auction will benefit the Bern Laxer Scholarship Fund, which awards a $10,000 scholarship each year, through the James Beard Foundation. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out for this event — in fact they sold out in less than 10 minutes flat.
BASK: CASS Contemporary Art Space & Studio
Ongoing daily in the Epicurean Library Lounge
This is the last week to catch our fifth featured artist, BASK, who brings his richly textural works that imbue his “ant-iconic” and sometimes satirical worldview, with an undercurrent of dark emotion. You may have seen his art displayed along the streets of Hyde Park Village. Now, you also have the chance stop by our lobby and inside Élevage for a limited time to see his masterpieces. Looking for the perfect gift for the art lover in your life? BASK’s work is also available for purchase. For a sneak peek at the collection, view it here.
Get a sneak peek of our next artist Chris Valle in our rotating satellite gallery here.
New Cocktails, Same Great Sunset at EDGE Social Drinkery
Enjoy the cooler evening air all weekend long at Epicurean Hotel’s rooftop bar and social drinkery that’s unlike any other in Tampa. Kick back, relax and sip on the newest nine, must-try, hand-crafted cocktails and artisanal spirits on the EDGE of your expectations. With new handcrafted cocktails like the “slurring soccer mom” and the “side chick,” you’ll awaken appetites unknown and possibly develop a new alter ego. Warm up for Cinco de Mayo all month long, where you can cozy up to a seat at South Tampa’s only rooftop bar and enjoy a short rib quesadilla and Dos Equis for only $11 (5 to 10 p.m. daily).
Happy Hour: Everyday from 3–7 p.m. in Élevage Bar
Stop in at the Élevage Bar, and enjoy four of the happiest hours in South Tampa any day of the week! Featuring $3 beers, $5 cocktails, $5 wines by the glass and $5 appetizers. We keep the experience fresh and exciting by weekly curating the menu and selections at Chef Chad Johnson’s culinary discretion. Just remember: the menu may change, but the prices will stay the same. Isn’t it time you elevated your Tampa Happy Hour expectations?
More upcoming events you won’t want to miss …
Cinco de Mayo at EDGE Social Drinkery
Friday, May 5, (9-11 p.m.)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us at EDGE Social Drinkery for a special Friday fiesta. Indulge in a complimentary south of the border inspired appetizer buffet and icy cold Dos Equis. This is a fiesta you don’t want to miss, Amigos!
CASS: Chris Valle Art Opening Reception
Friday, May 5, Epicurean Hotel
This special Cinco de Mayo art reception features Chateau Ste. Michelle wine, Coppertail Brewing Co beer and south of the border-inspired hors d’oeuvres, while viewing Chris Valle’s eye-opening art. He’s the sixth featured artist to our rotating satellite gallery and his explorations of the influence of media and pop culture is known for leaving doubts in the viewer’s reality. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased on our website here.