DiRōNA Week 2019
Tampa, FL

October 14 – 16 2019

The Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRōNA) is excited to welcome you to join fellow restaurateurs, chefs, and our partners for three days showcasing the best Tampa has to offer. DiRōNA Week includes exciting excursions and networking along with culinary experiences at some of Tampa’s finest DiRōNA Awarded restaurants including Armani’s.

Tampa’s rich history will be highlighted with a cigar factory and brewery tours in Ybor City, while the city’s transformed downtown waterfront will be enjoyed by riverboat and at the all-new Armature Works where attendees will compete as teams in a culinary contest.

Three exciting days will conclude with a gala dinner at the World Famous Columbia Restaurant which will feature DiRōNA’s annual presentations followed by a captivating performance by the Columbia Restaurant Dance Troupe!

We are offering an early bird price before July 31, 2019, so make sure you register now to take advantage of the savings!

Monday October 14th

Westin Tampa Waterside

Welcome Reception
Tour of Jackson’s Bistro with Flamenco guitarist

Tuesday October 15th

Westin Tampa Waterside

Tour of Tabanero Cigars with Cafe con Leche to start your day

Enjoy lunch at Élevage Restaurant

Visit Zydeco Brew Werks and Coppertail Brewery for exclusive behind the scenes visit with the Brew Masters. Includes tastings of some of Tampa’s best craft beers.

DiRōNA Awarded restaurant Armani’s

Wednesday October 16th

Westin Tampa Waterside

Private Charter aboard Pirate Water Taxi

Enjoy lunch at ū-lë-lē including beer pairings

Visit Armature Works for an interactive contest featuring pizza and pasta

DiRōNA Awarded Columbia Restaurant featuring a Flamenco Dance Show


The following is a list of some of the experiences you will enjoy during DiRōNA Week 2019!

Edging the shimmering waterfront near celebrated downtown attractions, The Westin Tampa Waterside is a haven of wellness and renewal. Embrace effortless relaxation in newly renovated hotel accommodations with residential-inspired floorplans, modern essentials, plush furnishings, and signature amenities.

Room Rate: $189/night Deluxe Waterview, Wifi included
*price subject to change without notice

Dates: Monday October 14 – Wednesday October 16

Jackson’s has been a treasure in Tampa since 1997. With breathtaking water views and award-winning cuisine, Jackson’s will provide you with an upscale modern dining experience with tremendous value that you deserve.

Date: Monday October 14

Élevage restaurant examines classic cuisine from around the world and elevates it with a modern twist. Developed out of Bern’s Steak House traditions, our restaurant continues to do things differently with great pride and passion.

Date: Tuesday October 15

Zydeco Brew Werks is more than just another bar. It’s a craft brewery, social eatery, NOLA-inspired experience in the heart of historical Ybor City. Modern yet nostalgic, it was founded by a collective of those passionate about the craft beer scene, and exceptional food and service.

Date: Tuesday October 15

Coppertail is the strange and fantastic that lurks beneath Tampa Bay. Coppertail is dreaming of the impossible. Kind of like the craft brewing industry going up against the giant mega-brewers. Or like a home-brewer putting everything on the line to start a brewery.

Date: Tuesday October 15

Proclaimed “extraordinary” by Zagat’s, Armani’s is located high atop our 14th floor offering stunning views of Old Tampa Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Recognized as a Distinguished Restaurant of North America, this fine dining establishment boasts accolades from the most discriminating palates.

Date: Tuesday October 15

We will travel on the Pirate Water Taxi for a narrated tour of downtown Tampa along the Hillsborough River. Pick up near the hotel and drop off at our first excursion and lunch.

Date: Wednesday October 16

Ulele (pronounced You-lay-lee) celebrates the vibrant fusion of ingredients from Florida waters and land once home to many Native Americans, including the young princess Ulele. Expect intricately flavored, visually appealing dishes prepared on the 10′ diameter barbacoa grill. On Tampa’s Riverwalk.

Date: Wednesday October 16

Cooking competition in small groups using mystery ingredients! Using judging cards, scores will be added up and a group will be crowned the winner!

Date: Wednesday October 16

The Columbia in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s Oldest Restaurant. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family; except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost.

Date: Wednesday October 16


We have arranged for a block of rooms to be held at the Westin Tampa Waterside. Our room rate is $189/night for a deluxe water view room including wi-fi. Rooms are first come, first served. Please call 813-229-5000  to reserve your room and mention you are part of the DiRōNA booking.


Frequently Asked Questions

What's Included
  • Meet & Greet at Jackson’s Bistro to get to know your fellow participants with light snacks, beverages, and live entertainment
  • Full breakfast at the hotel on both Tuesday & Wednesday mornings
  • Factory tour of  Tabanero Cigars in Ybor City with history on Ybor City
  • 4-course lunch including wine pairings at the Epicurean Hotel
  • Visit Zydeco Brew Werks for a craft brew experience including a tour and tastings
  • Experience Coppertail Brewery for a guided tour including tastings during the tour
  • 5-course dinner including wine pairings at DiRōNA Awarded restaurant Armani’s (recognized since 1992)
  • Thrilling river tour with the Captain providing a whimsical narration
  • Brewery tour and lunch including beer pairings at ū-lë-lē in Ybor City
  • Participate in a fun culinary contest at Armature Works to prepare dishes using mystery ingredients where a winner will be crowned
  • 5-course dinner including wine pairings at DiRōNA Awarded Columbia Restaurant (recognized since 2005) including a live Flamenco dance show
What's Not Included
  • Transportation to Tampa, FL
  • Airport trasfers
What To Bring

We recommend business casual clothing. There is some walking involved, so a comfortable pair of walking shoes is a good idea. Our gala dinner at Columbia Restaurant requires a  jacket.



  • Includes all excursions and transportation during the event
  • Includes all meals and beverages

*Please note we require a minimum of 20 participants and a maximum of 40 participants for this event to occur

*Itinerary subject to change