Creative Loafing’s annual Food Issue hits stands on June 15th, and to celebrate, they’re hosting its 17th annual Tampa Bay Restaurant Week. Prescription Vineyards kicks off the extended week on the 15th with its 3rd Annual ‘Friday-Eve Live’ showcase featuring two-time Grammy Winner Marlow Rosado at the Epicurean Hotel. NOTE: for 2023, we’re moving inside to the Epicurean’s beautiful Ball Room – apologies for uninviting Tampa’s June heat and rain. 😉
The evening’s bites are hosted by Executive Chef Jonathan Atanacio of Élevage. Of note, it’s become a tradition with ‘Friday-Eve Live’ to book a post-event dinner reservation. Last year the restaurant was fully booked the evening of the event, so we recommend being proactive and book your table now!
For the 10-day Restaurant Week, participating Tampa Bay area restaurants will offer multiple-course prix fixe menus and exclusive pricing drink specials, and more. Many restaurants, including Élevage, will feature Prescription Vineyards by the glass!
To take advantage of Restaurant Week, all you have to do is ask for the Tampa Bay Restaurant Week menu. A portion of proceeds benefits Feeding Tampa Bay.
A preview of this most delicious week of the year at Meet The Chefs on Thursday, June 8th, 2023. Prescription Vineyards is joining the pre-party and will be sharing tastes!
More details coming on other special events for 2023 in the weeks to come!
As the exclusive wine sponsor of Tampa Bay Restaurant Week, Prescription Vineyards is hosting our ‘Friday-Eve Live’ to kick off the week with musical artist Carl Wockner at Epicurean, located in Tampa’s SoHo District, to kick off the culinary event. Carl was named the first and ONLY Australian artist to ever win Top Honors at the International Acoustic Music Awards. Read the blog details…
When: Thursday, June 16th, 2022 Location: Epicurean • Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar, The Garden Terrace – 2nd Floor, 1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa Tickets: $25 Advance • $30 At Door (if available) Event Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Artist Showcase: 6:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Valet Parking: Complimentary before 7:00 p.m., $5 after
Playing off the pop-culture phenomenon of people jump-starting their weekend and calling Thursday ‘Friday Eve,’ the happy hour mixer is part wine tasting, part musical showcase. The evening’s wine and music will pair with delicious bites by Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar created by Chef Adam Hyatt!
Lloyd Cellars Partners with Former Food Network Executive Rob Bleifer for Instagram Influencer Awareness Campaign, Recipe Blog Series
Prescription Vineyards Sponsors Tampa Bay Restaurant Week June 17 – 27, Launching New Wine & Music Showcase Event ‘Friday-Eve Live’ on Opening Night at Epicurean
(June 2nd, 2021, Napa Valley, CA) –Lloyd Cellars and Prescription Vineyards are returning to in-market work after fourteen months of sheltering in place. Lloyd Cellars, founded in 2008 by Rob and Bonnie Lloyd, felt that an important mission when getting back to market work is to bring awareness and support to restaurants as the nation begins to reopen.
“In our small way, we want to inspire people to get back to fine dining,” said winemaker Rob Lloyd. “If all the small, medium, and large wineries made this a priority, the wine industry could have a positive impact on a segment of our business that was the hardest hit.”
Lloyd Cellars has partnered with former Food Network Executive Chef Robert Bleifer to create delicious content for its June’ Back to Fine Dining’ Instagram Influencer campaign with Social Media agency, ApexDrop. In his 24-years at Food Network, Chef Bleifer was responsible for everything from managing the kitchen of 18 food stylists and recipe developers to coordinating with production teams, chefs and hosts, guest chefs, and much more. He was also an on-air presence, judging numerous Food Network Challenges, catering the three Food Network Wedding specials, and many other ‘cameo’ appearances. He’s now in the development stage of several new projects, including a book. Chef Bleifer can be followed on Instagram: @chef_robear.
In 2015, Rob and Bonnie founded their second label, Prescription Vineyards. Primarily focused on retail, Prescription Vineyards is presenting the opportunity for restaurants to feature its Clarksburg Chardonnay and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on wine-by-the-glass menus. “We saw Tampa Bay Restaurant Week as a way present our wine-by-the-glass program in a high-profile way,” said Director of Sales, Greg Moore, “while also supporting and bringing awareness to restaurants and getting people back to the table. We’re excited to be the first exclusive wine sponsor in the 15-years that Creative Loafing Tampa has produced the event.”
As part of the in-market efforts, Prescription Vineyards is also launching a new consumer event, ‘Friday-Eve Live.’ Playing off the pop-culture phenomenon of people jump-starting their weekend by calling Thursday nights’ Friday Eve’, the event is part wine tasting, part musical showcase. ‘Friday-Eve Live’ will launch on the opening night of Tampa Bay Restaurant Week on Thursday, June 17th, in partnership with Creative Loafing Tampa and iHeartRadio/Central Florida, and hosted by Epicurean and Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar in Tampa, Florida. Tickets are $25 advance, $35 at door if available.
“iHeartMedia is excited to be a part of and attend ‘Friday-Eve Live’ on June 17 at Epicurean,” said April Easterly, Promotions Director at Rumba 106.5 and US 103.5. “As the kick-off to Tampa Bay
Restaurant Week, our very own Tampa Talents can’t wait to experience the great food and sips from the Bay. Katie Sommers on middays with 93.3 FLZ, and Ian Beckles, who is on evenings as Co-Host of Beckles and Recher on 95.3 WDAE, will be attending.”
Musical guest Carl Wockner was named the first and only Australian artist to win Top Honors at the International Acoustic Music Award’s 2015 (USA). He also scored in the top of the AAA category for the release of his album Crayon Days with producer Michael Flanders in Nashville, Tennessee. He was recently awarded “Musician of the Year 20/21” by Western Australia Prestige Awards. “Bonnie and I love music,” said Rob Lloyd, “and helping artists get back to work just feels right.”