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Epicurean Hotel Presented Three Top-Tier Awards from Marriott International for Full-Service Franchise Hotels

Posted by Kelly Stafford, April 10, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (April 10, 2018) – The Epicurean Hotel was recently awarded three high-level awards from Marriott International’s Hotel & GM Awards - Franchise: Hotel of the Year - Distinctive Premium, General Manager Hero Award and General Manager of the Year recognizing two of the hotel’s managers. These winners will now move on as nominees in Marriott International’s Full Service Hotel & GM Awards – The Americas being presented on Read More

Epicurean Hotel Presents Sleigh Full of Holiday Offerings

Posted by Epicurean, December 2017

“Extra Bedroom” Rates starting at $180 for Visiting Family & Friends TAMPA, Fla. (December 7, 2017) – 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 Read More

Epicurean Hotel Announces Staff Promotions

Posted by Epicurean, November 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (October 30, 2017) – The 137-room Epicurean Hotel located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa recently announced promotions of four employees: Shawn Routten to director of operations, Genevieve Wojick to front office manager, Teresa Riccardi to front desk supervisor and Ellen Macleish to Sous Chef. Shawn Routten, the new director of operations, has been with Epicurean Hotel’s parent company Mainsail Lodging & Development for Read More

Epicurean Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as Top Hotel in Florida

Posted by Epicurean, October 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (October 24, 2017) – The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida recently secured the #4 spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards for “Top Hotels in Florida,” making it the only hotel in the Tampa Bay area to be listed in the top 10.  Selections were determined via questionnaire from a variety of categories, including rooms, service, location, food/dining, design, activities/facilities and value. “Thanks to a tremendous Read More

Mainsail Lodging & Development Earns Marriott International’s Prestigious “Partnership Circle Award,” Hall of Fame Induction

Posted by Epicurean, October 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (October 19, 2017) – Mainsail Lodging & Development, a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, was recognized with Marriott International’s Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor awarded by Marriott to its owners and franchise partners for hospitality excellence. Mainsail was also inducted into the award program’s Hall of Fame. Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development, Read More

Cooking Competition Pairs Local Chefs and Residents to Benefit Hillsborough County Center of Excellence

Posted by Epicurean, October 2017

The Hillsborough County Center of Excellence and the Epicurean Hotel are partnering with celebrity chef Max Hardy and FOX 13 anchor Russell Rhodes to host “Chefs for Excellence” cooking competition. Participants can choose to be part of the action and compete or sit on the sidelines and enjoy the show. Four teams of four, each coached by a renowned local chef, will compete in two rounds that both feature challenging Read More

Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel Names New General Manager

Posted by Epicurean, June 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (June 28, 2017) – The Epicurean Hotel announced today the appointment of Kevin Scott as general manager of the 137-room boutique hotel. Scott will oversee the hiring of new staff and day-to-day operations of the Epicurean, located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. Tom Haines, previous general manager of the Epicurean, has been promoted to vice president of operations of Mainsail Lodging & Development, Epicurean’s parent Read More

Mainsail Lodging & Development Announces Spring Property Enhancements Scrub Island, Epicurean Hotel and Mainsail Beach Inn Add Upgrades

Posted by Epicurean, March 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – Mainsail Lodging & Development is announcing a new round of upgrades and enhancements to three of its properties: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands, Epicurean Hotel in Tampa and Mainsail Beach Inn on Anna Maria Island. Ranging from new artwork, furnishings and lighting to outdoor amenities and landscaping, the spring improvements include a mix of the aesthetic and the Read More

EDGE at the Epicurean Hotel Takes Rooftop Experience to New Heights with Enhancements

Posted by Epicurean, March 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (March 20, 2017) – EDGE Social Drinkery at the Epicurean Hotel has announced a variety of upgrades to the popular rooftop lounge in Tampa’s Hyde Park district. Upgrades include the addition of a 60-inch television, colored lighting, new artwork and refreshed seating areas. Food and beverage options are being expanded as well, with new wine, beer and cocktail lists, and updated menus. “As the only rooftop lounge in Read More

Mainsail’s Epicurean Hotel, Scrub Island Resort Named “Best Hotels for 2017” by U.S. News & World Report

Posted by Epicurean, February 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (February 13, 2017) – Mainsail Lodging & Development is honored to announce the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa and Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands have been ranked among the “Best Hotels for 2017” by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice. The Epicurean Hotel is ranked No. 1 among the Best Hotels in Tampa, while Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is ranked Read More

Mainsail Lodging & Development Promotes Tom Haines to Vice President of Operations

Posted by Epicurean, January 2017

Mainsail Lodging & Development announced today the promotion of Tom Haines to vice president of operations. For the past four years, Haines has served as general manager of the boutique 137-room Epicurean Hotel in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. In his new role, Haines will oversee operations at all hotels in Mainsail Lodging’s portfolio, as well as pre-openings for new hospitality projects. During his time as general manager Read More

Epicurean Hotel Presents Sleigh Full of Holiday Offerings

Posted by Epicurean, December 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 Read More

Epicurean Hotel Serves Up Tasty Florida Resident Rates

Posted by Epicurean, July 2016

From now through Sept. 3, 2016, Floridians hungry to travel the Sunshine State can visit the food-focused Epicurean Hotel at a savings of 25 percent. With rates starting as low as $139, residents have the opportunity to experience the culinary-themed, boutique hotel, located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. The Epicurean Hotel, opened in Dec. 2013, was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and Read More

Epicurean Hotel Hosts Second Annual “Epic Chef Showdown” to Benefit Feeding Tampa Bay

Posted by Epicurean, July 2016

The Epicurean Hotel is hosting the second Epic Chef Showdown to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s largest food rescue and distribution organization. The Epic Chef Showdown is a seven-week competition pitting eight of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants against each other in a friendly cooking competition judged by a panel of local celebrities. Each week, beginning Monday, July 18, two competing chefs will receive a mystery box of ingredients not commonly prepared together, Read More

SPLASH Sundays at the Epicurean Hotel

Posted by Epicurean, June 2016

The Epicurean Hotel is once again hosting their epic SPLASH Sundays pool parties 10 weekends in a row beginning July 3. Each week SPLASH sponsors – Appleton Rum and Coca Cola – will present a variety of rotating entertainment and activities including music from DJ Fresh and The Certified Fresh DJs, craft cocktail specials and whimsical food-themed pool floats. Additional food and drinks will also be available. Special overnight Florida Read More

Marriott Names Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel as Hotel of the Year 2015 – Autograph Collection – East

Posted by Epicurean, April 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (April 21, 2016) – As part of Marriott’s Full Service Franchise Awards, the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa was recently named 2015 Hotel of the Year – Autograph Collection – East. The accolade is based on a set of specific criteria and guiding principles, including revenue and room nights, as well as the hotel’s execution of brand strategy, staff teamwork and cultivating the Marriott culture. One of 99 properties Read More

Epicurean Hotel Presents Sleigh Full of Holiday Offerings

Posted by Epicurean, December 2015

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 $169 throughout the holiday season. The Epicurean Theatre will Read More

Mainsail Lodging & Development Appoints New Regional Director of Operations and Corporate Director of Sales

Posted by Epicurean, December 2015

Mainsail Lodging & Development has promoted Tom Haines and Brandon Marshall to regional director of operations and corporate director of sales, respectively. Both Haines and Marshall are managers of Mainsail’s successful Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida. A Tampa-based hospitality company, Mainsail Lodging & Development develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. As regional director of operations, Tom Haines will expand on his role as Read More

Tampa’s Top Chef Pumpkin Fight to Take Place at Epicurean Hotel Oct. 28-30

Posted by Epicurean, October 2015

Mainsail Lodging, Epicurean Hotel and Feeding Tampa Bay are pleased to sponsor the second-annual Top Chef Pumpkin Fight, a pumpkin carving contest between the area’s top chefs, with all the proceeds benefitting Feeding Tampa Bay. The pumpkin carvings will be on display in the lobby of the Epicurean Hotel Oct. 28-30. During this time, the community is invited to come in and vote for their favorite pumpkin. A $5 donation with Read More

Orangetheory Fitness Presents Monster Splash – Oct. 30

Posted by Epicurean, October 2015

Presented by Orangetheory Fitness, the Epicurean Hotel is once again hosting Monster Splash on Friday, Oct. 30. There will prizes for the best costume (couple and most original) and ghoulish surprises. Devilish cocktails will be flowing at the cash bar, while party-goers dance the night away to the tunes of DJ Fresh. Where: Epicurean Hotel – Pool Deck 1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606 When: Friday, Oct. 30  • 8 p.m.-Midnight Read More

Celebrity Chefs to Create Healthy Meal Ideas at Feeding Tampa Bay Warehouse

Posted by Epicurean, September 2015

Simon Majumdar, a Food Network personality; Emily Ellyn, the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network; and Whitney Miller, season 1 winner of FOX’s Masterchef, will stop by the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse to celebrate Hunger Action Month and raise awareness for the cause. The chefs will be challenged to go on a timed shopping spree in Feeding Tampa Bay’s Winn-Dixie Charity Market to combine different foods found at the food bank to Read More

Epicurean Hotel Teams up With Tesla Motors

Posted by Epicurean, September 2015

Tesla Destination Charging now offered as new amenity for guests The Epicurean Hotel has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable amenity; Tesla Destination Charging.  Tesla High Power Wall Connectors add 58 miles of range per hour to Model S, charging the vehicle overnight and replicating the convenience Tesla owners are accustomed to at home. Epicurean Hotel joins a rapidly growing network of resorts in Tesla’s Destination Charging Program. Read More

Epicurean Hotel Hosts Cooking Class Series for Tampa Area Boys & Girls Club Members

Posted by Epicurean, July 2015

For the second year, the Epicurean Hotel is hosting the “Where Love Grows” five-class cooking series for participants from Tampa area Boys & Girls Clubs. The program is a partnership between the Where Love Grows foundation, founded by Vicki Anzalone, the Boys & Girls Clubs and the hotel. The series began on July 7 with a hotel orientation and tour given by Tom Haines, general manager of the Epicurean, as Read More

Epicurean Hotel Hosts “Epic Chef Showdown” to Benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay

Posted by Epicurean, July 2015

The Epicurean Hotel is hosting the first-ever Epic Chef Showdown to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay, the area’s largest food rescue and distribution organization. Sponsored by Florida Blue, the Epic Chef Showdown is a seven-week competition pitting eight of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants against each other in a friendly cooking competition judged by a panel of local and national celebrities. Each week, beginning Monday, July 27, two competing Read More

Epicurean Hotel General Manager Wins Mustang Award from Marriott International

Posted by Epicurean, July 2015

Tom Haines, general manager of Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel, was recently awarded the Mustang Award from Marriott International. The annual award recognizes general managers or hotels that have overcome substantial obstacles and/or introduced new innovation to the market. Haines received the Mustang Award for his work in opening the Epicurean Hotel in December 2013, the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Read More

Spa Evangeline at Epicurean Hotel Names Spa Director

Posted by Epicurean, March 2015

The Epicurean Hotel has announced the appointment of Melissa Ratkovits as the Spa Director of Evangeline, the spa located inside the 137-room boutique Epicurean Hotel. As Spa Director, Ratkovits oversees day-to-day operations, including staff management, client appointments, promotions and spa product lines. Prior to joining Evangeline, Ratkovits served as the spa manager of PierVana Hair-Spa-Jewels in South Burlington, Vermont. For five years prior to that, she was the owner and Read More

Epicurean Hotel to Host Group Wedding Marking Marriage Equality in Florida

Posted by Epicurean, December 2014

The Epicurean Hotel is celebrating marriage equality in Florida by hosting a group wedding at the hotel in January. The exact date will be selected as soon as possible after the first same-sex marriage licenses are issued in the state. Couples interested in tying the knot at the Epicurean can enter to win one of 10 spots to participate in a group wedding held in the lovely Grand Cru ballroom. Read More

Marriott Names Epicurean Hotel as Opening of the Year

Posted by Epicurean, November 2014

The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida was recently named Marriott International’s “Opening of the Year” of 2013. The accolade is based on a set of criteria and guiding principles, including adherence to the opening team plan, opening on time, communication with the Marriott team and incorporating Marriott culture into the hotel’s concept. The Epicurean was also recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as top hotel in Florida.  TAMPA, Fla. (November 3, 2014) Read More

Mainsail Lodging & Development Selects Feeding America Tampa Bay as Corporate Charity Partner

Posted by Epicurean, September 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (September 25, 2014) – Mainsail Lodging & Development has selected Feeding America Tampa Bay as their official corporate charity. Mainsail Lodging, which has 400 employees, will partner with Feeding America Tampa Bay in a variety of initiatives, including a holiday food drive, participation in the Annual Fork Fight Gala and participation in programs such as “Where Love Grows” that encourage and educate youth on healthy eating habits. Mainsail Lodging Read More

Epicurean Hotel Announces Two Summer Promotions Crafted for the Senses

Posted by Epicurean, July 2014

Epicurean Hotel Celebrates Summer with Two Marquee Promotions.  Splash Sundays and Bern’s Epicurean STEAK-Cation Offer Two Ways to Indulge Your Senses Tampa, FL— The Epicurean hotel announces two summer promotions crafted for the senses. Splash Sundays, an upscale pool party presented by Moët Ice, offers handcrafted cocktails and grilled goodness every Sunday from 12-5pm. Featuring DJs Coro and Jask, Splash Sundays takes place every weekend through August 31, rain or Read More

Epicurean Hotel Announces Opening of Evangeline

Posted by Epicurean, March 2014

Epicurean Hotel Announces Opening of Evangeline – A Delectable Spa TAMPA, Fla. (Mar.4, 2014) – Located inside Tampa’s newly opened 137-room boutique Epicurean Hotel, Evangeline, a delectable spa is scheduled to open on March 5. Named for the iconic statue located in the neighboring Bern’s Steak House, the 2,800-square-foot Evangeline features five treatment rooms, a relaxation room and manicure and pedicure stations. Two of the treatment rooms will be for Read More

Epicurean Hotel Receives AAA Four Diamond Award

Posted by Epicurean, March 2014

The newly-opened Epicurean Hotel, has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating. TAMPA, Fla. (March 3, 2014) – The newly-opened Epicurean Hotel, located in Tampa’s trendy and historic Hyde Park neighborhood, has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Rating. Developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House, the Epicurean Hotel is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the Read More

Epicurean Hotel Announces Grand Awakening Weekend Jan. 17-19

Posted by Epicurean, December 2013

Hotel celebrates Grand Opening weekend with two fabulous packages TAMPA, Fla. (December 11, 2013) – Opening December 18, Tampa’s eagerly awaited Epicurean Hotel has announced plans for its grand opening weekend celebration, January 17-19, 2014. Highlighted by the hotel’s star chef Chad Johnson and celebrity chefs such as Norman Van Aken, the Grand Awakening weekend will showcase the new 137-room boutique hotel and offer guests a flavorful lineup of wine Read More

Epicurean Hotel Scheduled to Open December 18, 2013

Posted by Epicurean, November 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (November 6, 2013) – Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel has officially announced an opening date of Wednesday, December 18. The web site – EpicureanHotel.com – is now accepting reservations for stays from December 27 and beyond. To make reservations, guests may visit the hotel’s site directly or book through Marriott.com. Those wanting to book a stay earlier than December 27 are asked to call the hotel directly. “We’re thrilled to Read More

Spa Evangeline at Epicurean Hotel Names Spa Director & Product Lines

Posted by Epicurean, October 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2013) – The Epicurean Hotel has announced the appointment of Ashley Spurlock as the Spa Director of Spa Evangeline, located inside the 137-room boutique Epicurean Hotel scheduled to open in December.  As Spa Director, Spurlock will oversee day-to-day operations, including staff management, client appointments, promotions and spa product lines.  Named for Evangeline, the iconic statue located in the neighboring Bern’s Steak House, the 2,800-square-foot spa features five treatment Read More

Élevage to host POP Up at Sidebern’s Restaurant in Tampa

Posted by Epicurean, October 2013

Tampa, FL—   A Pop-up restaurant with Bern’s behind it in Tampa? Finally, the wait is over.  Continuing their quest for the innovative, the Epicurean Hotel, a partnership between Bern’s Steak House and Mainsail Lodging and Development, announces the Élevage Pop-up restaurant at SideBern’s, running October 15-19th, 2013. The brainchild of Executive Chef Chad Johnson, eager gourmands can preview the newest cuisine to be featured at Tampa’s most buzzed about spot. Reservations are quickly Read More

Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel Names Event Designer

Posted by Epicurean, October 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct.7, 2013) – The Epicurean Hotel recently announced the appointment of Christine Hunter, CMP, as the Event Designer of the 137-room boutique hotel scheduled to open in December.  In this position, Hunter will be responsible for handling local social catering opportunities, including weddings, charity and social events, special occasion parties and more, from contract to close. She will be responsible for maximizing revenue and managing profitability in her department and Read More

Epicurean Hotel Launches Web Site, Accepts Reservations

Posted by Epicurean, September 2013

Guests may now explore the hotel and book online for stays as early as March 1, 2014 TAMPA, Fla. (August 12, 2013) – Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel has officially launched its web site – EpicureanHotel.com – and is now accepting reservations for stays from March 1, 2014 and beyond. To make reservations, guests may visit the hotel’s site directly or book through Marriott.com, as the Epicurean is the first newly constructed property in the Read More

Epicurean Hotel Announces Opening

Posted by Epicurean, September 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept.13, 2012) – Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development recently announced a target opening date of March 2014 for the Epicurean, a 137-room boutique hotel devoted to extraordinary culinary experiences. Scheduled to break ground in October of 2012 in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Fla., the food-focused hotel will feature a large, state-of-the-art culinary classroom, high-end bistro, wine shop, rooftop lounge, full-service spa, and a retail Read More