TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2013) – The Epicurean Hotel recently announced the appointment of Evelyn Avazier as the Director of Human Resources and Training of the 137-room boutique hotel scheduled to open in December 2013. In this position, Avazier will develop and manage all human resources and training aspects of the pre-opening and opening of the hotel, which is currently being constructed in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa. Avazier will manage recruiting, associate services and benefits and manage training and labor relations on an ongoing basis. The Epicurean Hotel is being developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House, and will be the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc.
“The combination of Evelyn’s extensive background in training, food and beverage and recruiting make her a perfect fit for the food-focused Epicurean Hotel,” said Tom Haines, general manager of the Epicurean.
With nearly 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Avazier comes to the Epicurean from Loews Hotels in Orlando where she worked as the training manager for more than seven years at the upscale Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Prior to that, she worked as a department head for the Bula Bar & Grille, located within the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando.
Avazier is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and was an active member of The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) in Orlando. She is a board member of the Haines City Community Theater and has participated in many community organizations including Second Harvest, Boy Scouts of America, DonorsChoose.org and the American Cancer Society.
The Epicurean Hotel will feature a large, state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre, Élevage couture comfort food restaurant, Edge Social Drinkery rooftop bar, Chocolate Pi pâtisserie, Bern’s Fine Wine & Spirits wine shop and Evangeline full-service spa. A few of the special experiences planned for the Epicurean include bicycles to explore Hyde Park and Bayshore Boulevard, evening wine samplings, signature organic bath products, and luxury linens and pillows. The Epicurean will also be part of the popular annual Bern’s Winefest, and will host a variety of cooking demonstrations and classes, wine exhibitions and more from renowned chefs and sommeliers from around the world, catering to both the beginner and experienced foodie.
For reservations and more information on the Epicurean, please visit www.epicureanhotel.com.
-About Mainsail Lodging & Development-
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) under the Oakwood brand, a leading corporate housing provider throughout Florida, Georgia and The Carolinas. Opening December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.
-About Bern’s Steak House-
Internationally known for its vast wine collection, perfectly aged steaks and famous dessert room, Bern’s Steak House offers a world-class, incomparable dining experience. When Bern Laxer opened in 1956, he envisioned Bern’s as Art in Steaks. Today, son David Laxer and Chef de Cuisine Habteab Hamde continue Bern’s tradition of excellence with a gastronomic adventure that includes prime dry-aged steaks cut-to-order, 21 choices of caviar, fresh seafood and vegetables in a setting like none other. Housing the World’s largest wine collection of over 500,000 bottles, Bern’s offers 7,000 selections to its guests. Additionally, SideBern’s, Bern’s sister restaurant and its Executive Chef Chad Johnson were named a 2012 Semifinalist for Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation. For more information on Bern’s Steak House and its subsidiaries, visit BernsSteakHouse.com.
-About Autograph Collection-
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit AutographHotels.com