Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7 to 9pm

Sarasota, FL – (Oct. 5, 2015) – Guests travelling to South Tampa on Friday, October 16th to enjoy the special wine-pairing dinner offered by Chef Paul Mattison at the Epicurean Hotel may also choose to stay the night.  Tampa Bay’s ultimate culinary hotel has offered a discounted group hotel rate of $199 per person. The cooking demonstration and wine-pairing dinner ticket is an additional charge of $65.00 per person featuring Morgan Winery from Monterey/Santa Lucia Highlands in California. Tickets are available from www.epicureanhotel.com. The dinner takes place from 7- 9 p.m.

Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel is part of Marriott’s  Autograph Collection and located at 1207 South Howard Avenue in Tampa. Guests should reference “Mattison’s Cooking Class” to receive the group rate of $199 per night for check in on October 16th.  For reservations call the hotel direct at 813-999-8700.

The cooking demonstration with Chef Paul features recipes from his book:  CHEF: The Story and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison.  The menu includes: Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet Pea Pancetta Risotto and Tomato Coulis, Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Ribs, Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta and Brown Buttered Figs With Vanilla Ice Cream Details.

Mattison’s is a chef-owned restaurant and catering company based in Sarasota presenting fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine, and exceptional service while supporting local farmers, culinary suppliers, and the community on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Chef Paul has been the owner of Mattison’s restaurants and catering for over 25 years. He has just returned from the prestigious American Harvest Workshop hosted by Cakebread Cellars and chosen as one of five Chefs in the nation to attend this annual event in Napa.

Chef Paul Mattison grew up in New York, gardening and cooking along-side his Italian grandmother, Esther. His culinary career began at age 15, in a local Greek restaurant. He later attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and after graduating with honors, Chef Paul Mattison went on to refine his skills at Piñons Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado which was awarded top kudos from Zagat.

Mattison’s has received numerous awards over the years, including Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Brand Award; one of Florida’s most prestigious culinary accolades. Other awards include the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Sarasota Magazine’s Best of the Best, SRQ Magazine’s Hot List, Creative Loafing’s Editor’s Choice Award, Bradenton Herald’s Readers’ Choice Awards and many others.