I’m back at the new Epicurean Hotel for another phenomenal foodie experience to share with you and with the help of CTTV (City of Tampa Television) we have collaborated and put together a helpful video giving you a VIP behind-the-scenes all-access tour. 

Sit back, relax (go ahead grab a glass of wine) and enjoy our quick video on the five things you need to know about one of Tampa’s hippest foodie-focused hotels, the Epicurean.  Whether you are a Tampa local looking to shake up your normal scene or a culinary world-traveler looking for a unique vacation to awaken appetites unknown, I guarantee you will leave the Epicurean feeling FULLy satisfied y'all!

One: The Unique Arrival Experience at the Epicurean Hotel. 
The Epicurean is known for being the “non-hotel hotel.”  Okay, let me explain… when you are greeted at the front door, guests can get excited to know that there are no wait lines. That’s right… no lines, no front desk check-in.  Travelers know that once you get to the hotel from traveling all day the last thing you want to do is stand in line for what feels like forever.  Instead, guests are greeted with a smile and a friendly Epicurean host with an iPad to start your check in process.  They take you directly to your room and if the room isn’t to your satisfaction, you can change it (Yeah, I am serious- how amazing is that?!)

Two: Cooking Classes in the Epicurean Theatre
This unique setting seats 40 people and was created to foster education for experts and novices alike, the Epicurean Theatre offers a wide variety of culinary presentations, cooking demonstrations, hand-crafted cocktail creations, bourbon tastings and various food and wine pairing classes. For some of the newer readers be sure to check out my blog I wrote back in June, “Getting Schooled in Cooking at the Epicurean Theatre” for the full scoop.  Outfitted with three Viking convection ovens, six gas burners and All-Clad cookware (think Food Network studio-like) and two 70-inch televisions to insure that any seat in the house has optimal viewing (with live-streaming for hotel guests in their room) the Theatre is unlike anything you have ever seen (especially in your hotel) before. Get schooled and learn more here: http://epicureanhotel.com/learn/

Three: Spa Evangeline
SpaAhhhh… Prepare for your skin and palate to be pampered with the finest flavors of pure relaxation.  Spa Evangeline pulls herbs right from the living herb wall for guest treatments offering some of the most relaxing and invigorating concoctions guaranteed to satisfy the depths of your soul.  Just last weekend I had the chance to check out Spa Evangeline and I must admit, I have never experienced anything so relaxing and so Spaaahmazing.  I went with the Farmhouse Fresh Seasonal Body Treatment (changes seasonally) that included an exfoliation and a 50-minute full body massage.  I indulged in this season’s treatment with was the Butter Rum Scrub (pumpkin fans- stay tuned some serious pumpkin treatments are coming in October).  The sugar based body scrub left my body feeling more nourished and moisturized more than ever and felt completely different from other spa treatments that use salt scrubs. After the sugar scrub, my body was covered with caramel shea butter lotion combined with agave nectar oil which helped lock in moisture and left my skin delectability silky smooth during a 50-minute full-body massage.  The other spa treatments I recommend are the Dulce Delight, which includes an Arabica Coffee Bean scrub, Caramel extract, Butter Brulee wrap, Dark Chocolate Mask and a Sweet Cream Milk Massage (Um, yes please! – That was my sweet tooth speaking) and the Hot Whiskey Scour Massage or the Bern’s Bourbon on the Rocks for the guys. Check out the Spa Evangeline Menu here: http://epicureanhotel.com/relax/

Four: Nostalgia meets Nouveau at Élevage
Executive Chef Chad Johnson is no stranger to the foodie scene and comes decorated with many awards including one of his most prestigious awards, the 2012 James Beard Best Chef South Semi-Finalist.  Chef Chad has developed a menu with classic cuisine from all around the world and tops each dish off with a modern twist.  Some of my favorite small plates include the Deviled Eggs with blackened blue crab, Fish & Chips featuring seared tuna, fried pickle chips and a creamy malt rich tartar sauce. For dinner guests can feast on the Epicurean Salad, created from the hotel’s fresh herb wall and for entrees the Homage to Bern’s, a pressed steak sandwich, alpine cheeses, French onion au jus and giant crispy onion rings. Yum, yum, yum! Everything is great on the menu, good luck deciding!  Dig in to the Élevage menu here: http://epicureanhotel.com/eat/restaurant/elevage-menu/

Five: Edge, the social drinkery- South Tampa’s Swanky Rooftop Bar
This rooftop bar is known for its famous hand-crafted cocktails and swanky nighttime ambiance. The perfect setting to wind down after a long day, grab a glass of wine or try a new hand-crafted cocktail. A few of my top picks include the Greenhouse 31 which features Botanist Gin paired with home-made cherry shrub and fresh lemon or the Endless Summer, which features Double Cross Vodka, Cocchi Americano, Watermelon & Cucumber – perfect for the cocktail connoisseur that just can’t except that summer has to end. Check out the full Edge menu here: http://epicureanhotel.com/edge-menu/