The Epicurean Theatre in Tampa announces three new classes and a new programming partner

Looking for some new cooking classes to attend in Tampa? The Epicurean Theatre, located inside the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, has announced three new classes and a new programming partner for the foodie-themed hotel. 

Atlanta-based experiential agency Southern Culinary & Creative will become a partner to assist in securing a dynamic and innovative programming schedule. Outfitted with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as two 70-inch screens for viewing, the state-of-the-art, 40-seat culinary classroom has become quite popular with locals and guests alike. 

Epicurean Theatre

In addition to the Epicurean Theatre in Tampa, Southern Culinary & Creative will spearhead programming for the new Epicurean Atlanta, scheduled to open in August 2021 with a similar 100-seat Theatre as a key property highlight.

“We will still be very hands-on and involved in sourcing the best programs and events for the Epicurean Theatre, but we’re very excited to add the expertise Southern Culinary & Creative is bringing to the table,” said Shawn Routten, General Manager of the Epicurean Hotel.

“We look forward to teaming up with our sister-property in Atlanta to continue delivering an incredible menu of local, regional and national talent for our guest’s and local communities to enjoy.”

Here are three upcoming events at the theatre:

Friday, May 14th, 2021: Balancing Act: Featuring James Beard nominated chefs Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Brittanny Anderson of “Top Chef” and Richmond, Virginia’s Metzger Bar & Butchery, this class highlights the art of balancing flavors, using acid to balance fat, salt to balance sweet, and sour to balance spice. The event includes a four-course tasting menu, which features Beef Tartare, Charred Caulilini, Seared Scallops, and Vanilla Panna Cotta. Event will run from 6PM to 8PM. The cost to attend the event is $100.

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021: Roman Renaissance: Street Food: Rome is known for its casual, affordable dining in trattorias and osterias, as well as right off the streets or in local mercados,  however, Roman street food is much more than pizza. Chef Greg Baker, who previously led The Refinery and Fodder and Shine in Tampa’s Seminole Heights, will lead guests through the essentials of Roman street food, with a modern spin. Tasting plates include Pizza al Taglio, the Art of a Proper Panino, Supli (Fried Risotto Fritters), and Carcioffi alla Giuda (Fried Baby Artichokes). Event will run from 4PM to 6PM. The cost to attend the event is $100. 

Saturday, June 5: Kuba Queen: A Taste of Tampa: Tampa’s culinary scene is one blended of many cultures and cuisines due to a rich history of immigrants and cigars. Cuban cuisine, however, reins in this city and has shaped the identity of Tampa’s own culinary personality. This seminar takes a look at the history of traditional Cuban cuisine and how it helped influence the City of Tampa. This class will be led by Cuban Queen Felicia LaCalle, chef and owner of Kuba Cocina (previously Hemingway’s at Armature Works), whose influences are strongly rooted in her abuela’s kitchen. The menu includes Deviled Crab Empanada with a Cuban-style Romesco, Plantain & Shrimp Ceviche, Braised Oxtail Tamal en Cazuela, and Cuban-style Bread Pudding (using La Segunda Cuban bread of course). The event runs from 4 PM to 6 PM. The cost to attend is $100.

Tickets can be purchased on the Epicurean Hotel’s website.

Epicurean Hotel lobby

In addition to their Epicurean Theatre, the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar signature restaurant; EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space.

The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc.


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