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Unique place for a catered event in Tampa?

ginac Nov 13, 2007 09:08 AM

Hi-I posted a few days ago about taking my group of 20 somewhere unique in Tampa-got great recommendations on restaurants, but not quite what I am looking for. Maybe I am coming at this from the wrong direction.

How about this: is there any unique setting in Tampa for a catered event? In Philadelphia you can hire out museums, etc. In fact, we are using the Florida Aquarium for our big party.
What else is there in Tampa? Tried a boat, not successful.



  1. rhnault Dec 20, 2007 10:13 AM

    Did anyone say Kapok Tree Pavilion? I saw some beautiful wedding pics the other day from a wedding there.

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    1. re: rhnault
      DonnaFL Dec 20, 2007 01:37 PM

      I've been to wedding receptions at Hunter's Green Country Club, there is also Tampa Palms CC., the lobby of TECO Plaza, Lowry Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry.

      Here is a web site with a list

    2. Sparkmonkey Dec 20, 2007 08:41 AM

      Tampa Theatre is available for events- and it is absolutely amazing-


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        TIGirl Nov 15, 2007 09:59 AM

        Don't know how you feel about crossing the Howard Franklin - but perhaps something could be arranged at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. You can't get anymore "unique" than Dali

        1. dmfnole Nov 13, 2007 10:35 AM

          Like rhnault stated A la carte pavillion is the closest thing I can think of.
          I do know that the Tampa Museum of Art on the Hillsborough River holds events/dinners http://www.tampagov.net/dept_tampa_museum_of_art/programs_and_services/Rental_Information/
          The Tampa Club, which my husband has been to several times, says that it's nice since you get a good view of Tampa http://www.thetampaclub.com/private_events.htm
          I don't know which of the boat/yacht tours you contacted but this one has come with good comments regarding the food http://www.yachtstarship.com/Holidays...
          Aside from that I don't have any other ideas

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          1. re: dmfnole
            Miss E Nov 14, 2007 09:14 PM

            The Museum of Art is closing any day now, preparatory to being demolished.

            1. re: dmfnole
              andy huse Dec 21, 2007 10:50 AM

              i thought a la carte was a typical overblown place for people to feel important and waste money. Had a catered dinner there that i thought was bad bad. I couldn't eat the steak and the fish was just as bad. even the dessert bar was a bust--- lots of puddings masquerading as mousse with lame toppings like sprinkles(!). My girlfriend and I arrived very hungry and left just as hungry. We literally found most of the food to be inedible.

              find a great caterer and go someplace else. Tampa threater would be amazing. Even the bathrooms are posh in that great 1920s way.

            2. rhnault Nov 13, 2007 09:27 AM

              This is about a 5 minute ride from the Hyatt. http://www.alacarteeventpavilion.com/
              You might not get a lot of responses since you don't have the city name in your thread.

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