December 19, 2019



Upcoming January 15th event pairs a four-course dinner with Dom Pérignon at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and a four-course Super Tuscan wine dinner at Cipresso on January 30th

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has officially rolled out their 2020 wine and spirits dinner series line-up with expanded offerings throughout their fine dining establishments.  The series will kick-off on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, specializing in prime steaks, fresh seafood, and featuring a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list.  Synonymous for their annually celebrated wine dinners, Council Oak will collaborate with Dom Pérignon, the vintage prestige champagne produced by Moët and Chandon.  The 36-seat limited engagement will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $250 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Creative Culinary Director Frank Anderson, chef de cuisine Luis Rosales, and executive butcher Walter M. Apfelbaum have developed a menu that both highlights the restaurant’s focus on fine meats and seafood, and pairs beautifully with Dom Pérignon. 

The first course is American Caviar served with traditional accoutrements and Gaufrette potato.  For the second course, guests will dive into Skuna Bay Salmon Tataki, imbued with bright flavors of yuzu vinaigrette, orange, almond, mint, and chili oil. As a palate cleanser, the Meyer Lemon Granita with shiso leaf livens and refreshes in preparation for a hearty third course, Turf and Surf of Wagyu strip loin and Maine lobster tail with twice baked potato, shaved asparagus and Beurre Blanc.  To end the meal on a sweeter note, a Sticky Toffee Pudding with whipped crème fraiche and Heath Bar crumble will be served.

On Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m., Cipresso, a contemporary Italian-American trattoria, will welcome patrons to experience their four-course Super Tuscan wine dinner.  Tickets for the event are $125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Creative Culinary Director Frank Anderson and chef de cuisine Joseph Caratozzolo have curated a menu that complements the concept’s traditional Italian-American favorites along with thoughtfully paired fine wines from Tuscany. 

The intimate 16-seat dinner will begin with Sicilian Tuna Tartare garnished with avocado, balsamic, pistachio and chili.  The second course will feature Ravioli al’ Uovo filled with house made ricotta and served with Jidori yolk, sage brown butter, and delicata squash.  For the Intermezzo guests will enjoy Chinoto Granita with orange zest.  The main course of Colorado Lamb Chops with braised escarole, butter beans, and mint salsa verde will not disappoint.  The dine will end with La Famiglia, a flight of three house made gelatos accompanied by a tasting of Galliano. 

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is proud to announce additional wine and spirits dinner series dates (priced from $125 – $250 per person) within their fine dining concepts, which runs through the spring. Future dates include Feb. 19 (Plump Jack wine dinner at Council Oak), Feb. 27 (Gaja wine dinner at Cipresso), March 19 (100 PT wine dinner at Council Oak), March 26 (Fernet Branca dinner at Cipresso), April 23 (Louis XII dinner at Council Oak), May 12 (Cincora Tequila dinner at The Rez Grill), May 12 (Jack Daniels Sinatra Select at Cipresso), and May 28 (France vs. USA wine dinner at Council Oak).

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (866) 388-4263. Learn more about the 2020 wine and spirits dinner series at SeminoleHardRockTampa.com.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the world offering award-winning gaming, hospitality and entertainment. The casino features nearly 5,000 of the hottest slot machines, 179 table games and a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables. Additionally, the property offers a smoke-free Mezzanine Level Casino. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers ten restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill, as well as the new elegant Italian restaurant, Cipresso. Recent openings include a new hotel tower, an elevated arrival experience, the Hard Rock Event Center and Rock Spa® & Salon. The resort is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.​

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