January 24, 2019



Quintessa General Manager, Rodrigo Soto, Hosts Four-Course Pairing Dinner with Dishes by Creative Culinary Director Frank Anderson and Chef de Cuisine Francisco Pomalaza

WHAT:    Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, will welcome Quintessa general manager Rodrigo Soto to host the February wine-pairing dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 20.  Dishes will be paired with Quintessa wines, with additional wine selections by the Huneeus family portfolio including Flowers and Benton-Lane from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

The dinner will consist of four courses, plus an intermezzo, accompanied by wine pairings. Executive Chef Frank Anderson and Chef de Cuisine Francisco Pomalaza will tempt palates with New American preparations featuring prime beef and top-quality seafood. At the reception, which begins at 6:30 p.m., the hors d’oeuvres are Serrano Ham & Compressed Watermelon served with Honeycomb and Sambal Powder, paired with Benton-Lane’s 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir. Once seated, guests will enjoy a first course of Rose-Poached Hosui Pear with Humboldt Fog cheese and Prickly Pear Vinaigrette, paired with Flowers’ 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir. The second course will feature Duck Rillettes served with House-Made Toast and Raspberry Marmalade, paired with Illumination’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. For the Intermezzo, guests will cleanse their palates on a Botanical Green Tea Elixir in preparation for the rest of the meal. The third course, paired with Flowers’ 2016 Chardonnay, is a Fingerling-Crusted Halibut served with Piquillo Pepper Vinaigrette and Potato Tuile. Dinner ends with Prime Short Rib Wellington prepared with Prosciutto, Wild Mushrooms and Bone Marrow Jus de Viande, paired with Quintessa’s 2015 Red Blend.

The ticketed dinner is priced at $150 per person (tax and gratuity included). Guests must be at least 21 years old to consume alcohol at the event. 

For reservations, please call 813.627.6630. Limited seating available. For more information, please visit Seminolehardrocktampa.com.

WHEN:    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 

Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

5223 Orient Rd.

Tampa, FL 33610

About Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

After its 2007 opening inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood quickly became Tampa’s number one destination for prime steaks, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list served in a contemporary upscale atmosphere. It’s considered fine dining at its best. All steaks are dry aged 21-28 days and cut right in the restaurant’s very own on-site butcher shop. The fresh fish is line-caught in Florida and the Alaskan king crab legs are right from the Bering Sea. Custom salt water tanks also keep the live Maine lobsters fresh.

The namesake for Council Oak Steaks & Seafood comes from an actual tree located on the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STOF) reservation in Hollywood (Fla.) where ceremonial and official STOF business is conducted.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise and Hard Rock Live performance venues. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Rosario and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casinoprojects include Berlin, Budapest, Desaru Coast, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

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