Located in Tampa's SoHo neighborhood, the Epicurean Hotel will be close to shopping, dining, and entertainment options — Photo courtesy of The Epicurean HotelTampa is buzzing with the tasty news that the Epicurean Hotel is set to open in December of 2013 with reservations now being taken for January 2014. With advance advertising promising the hotel will “awaken senses unknown,” the Epicurean offers guests a unique experience designed to appeal to all senses, but especially the sense of taste.
The new boutique hotel is the brainchild of David Laxer, son of restaurant icon Bern Laxer and owner of Tampa’s famed Bern’s Steakhouse, who wanted to create a hotel that would reflect his passion for fine food and wine. Together with Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging and Development, they are creating a foodie mecca, where guests can indulge their culinary appetites to the fullest before heading upstairs to the comfort of a Marriott Autograph Collection room to sleep off their excesses.
Decadent desserts are served up daily at Chocolate Pi, the onsite patisserie — Photo courtesy of The Epicurean HotelOnsite eateries will include the Élevage Restaurant which will serve modern takes on comfort food classics with a menu developed by 2012 James Beard Best Chef South Semi-Finalist, Chad Johnson. Less formal than Bern’s Steakhouse (conveniently located across the road), the restaurant will be upscale, but comfortable with a casual vibe intended to attract locals as well as hotel guests. Also onsite is the patisserie, Chocolate Pi, where guests can sample the heavenly dessert creations of chef Kim Yelvington.
The culinary theme continues with the “Epicurean Theatre” where guests become students to learn everything from wine aromas to Super Bowl party cooking techniques. Well-known and celebrated experts are being brought to Tampa from all over to lead fascinating explorations into the world of good food and drink. Speaking of drinks, the Epicurean does not stop at creating an amazing food experience; there are also many opportunities to try signature cocktails made by expert mixologists at the rooftop bar, or sample the wine suggestions of master sommeliers while shopping onsite at Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits.
The Epicurean has developed a recipe for creating a hotel that connoisseurs of fine food, wine and spirits will love. Combining luxurious accommodations, gourmet restaurants, unique spaces to socialize and learn, and a world-class spa, they have brought together all the ingredients needed to “awaken senses unknown.”