Food and Wine Pairings with Council Oak Steak & Seafood General Manager

Candace Quinones, newly appointed general manager at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa’s (SHRT) Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is ready to take the culinary hot spot to another level. Candace is no rookie to the food and beverage industry. Her hospitality career started her senior year in high school, where she participated in a co-op program at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. During her experience there she

Uncorked with Council Oak’s Wine Sommelier

Did you know that there is a proper way to taste wine? There are five steps to be exact. Assistant manager and wine sommelier, Elise Cordell shares her secrets to pairing a glass of wine with your dinner at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s award-winning restaurant Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. There are five steps to tasting a glass of wine, she says: see it, swirl it, sniff it, sip

Celebrity Chef Scott Conant Curates Elegant Dinner

You may recognize this culinary genius from his appearances on Food Network’s hit TV series, Chopped, but Scott Conant came to Tampa to put his cooking skills to work for charity at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. The event was a benefit for the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Community Fund, which was established to benefit the Tampa Bay community in times of need. Guests were served a four-course dinner

Choosing your Flavor with Executive Chef Bill Gideon

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa brought award-winning Chef Bill to Tampa in 2011. Not only does he possess more than 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, but he was also nominated for prestigious awards such as the James Beard Foundation Top Hotel Award in 1996 and the Best of Boston in 2000. One of the driving motivators for moving to Tampa- he said