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 tastings, culinary classes and soirees that will encompass every area from the lobby to the rooftop. The food-focused Epicurean Hotel will feature a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; its signature Élevage restaurant; Edge Social Drinkery rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi pâtisserie; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; and the full-service Spa Evangeline (opening Feb. 2014). The hotel has created two special grand opening weekend packages:

Connoisseurs of Life Package $2,000 (for two people)

Classic Accommodations for Friday and Saturday Nights
Private Welcome Reception with Chef/Author Norman Van Aken
Friday Evening Grand Awakening Reception Showcasing the Entire Hotel
Saturday Evening Six-Course Winemakers Dinner Featuring Executive Chef Chad Johnson
A Choice of Élevage Brunches Inspired by Champagne and Bloody Mary’s
Selection of up to Three Activities, including Wine and Culinary Classes Presented by Industry Experts and Celebrities

Grand Awakening Package $1,000 (for two people)

Classic Accommodations for Friday and Saturday Nights
Friday Evening Grand Awakening Reception Showcasing the Entire Hotel
Saturday Evening Four-Course Dinner with Wine at Élevage
Priority Reservations for Any Remaining Culinary and Wine Classes
While the weekend will be carefully crafted by Chef Chad Johnson, it will also features wines from renowned houses such as Moët & Hennessy USA, Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Adelsheim Vineyard, Bedrock Wine Company, Lail Vineyards, Talley Vineyards and more. Selections for classes throughout the weekend include a wide variety of topics ranging from “No Experience Necessary” with chef/author Norman Van Aken and Donald Patz, the founder of Patz & Hall winery, to “What’s Old is New Again” focusing on the resurgence of old vine varieties of California wines. For a complete list of Grand Awakening weekend activities, class descriptions and more, visit www.epicureanhotel/grandawakening.

The Epicurean is being developed by Mainsail Lodging & Development in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House, and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).

For reservations for the Grand Awakening Weekend at the Epicurean Hotel, please visit EpicureanHotel.com or call (855) 829-2536.

Grand Awakening Weekend Sponsors

Augustan Wine Imports Bacardi USA Brown-Forman

Champagne Billecart-Salmon J.J. Taylor Distributing Moët & Hennessy USA

Republic National Distributing Company Southern Wine & Spirits Visit Tampa Bay

William Grant & Sons

About Mainsail Lodging & Development

Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opening December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.

-About Bern’s Steak House-
Internationally known for its vast wine collection, perfectly aged steaks and famous dessert room, Bern’s Steak House offers a world-class, incomparable dining experience. When Bern Laxer opened in 1956, he envisioned Bern’s as Art in Steaks. Today, son David Laxer and Chef de Cuisine Habteab Hamde continue Bern’s tradition of excellence with a gastronomic adventure that includes prime dry-aged steaks cut-to-order, 21 choices of caviar, fresh seafood and vegetables in a setting like none other. Housing the World’s largest wine collection of over 500,000 bottles, Bern’s offers 7,000 selections to its guests. Additionally, SideBern’s, Bern’s sister restaurant and its Executive Chef Chad Johnson were named a 2012 Semifinalist for Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation. For more information on Bern’s Steak House and its subsidiaries, visit BernsSteakHouse.com.

-About Autograph Collection-

The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit AutographHotels.com