By Carla M. Dubis Tedeschi
Overlooking the lush landscape and tranquil lagoons of the 18th hole at TPC Tampa Bay, ¡Cuatro Restaurant & Bar, currently operating at 100% capacity, offers members, regulars, and visitors a culinary experience like no other.
There’s no doubt the Coronavirus outbreak has made us somewhat hesitant to go out. But General Manager Jeff Hartman, Executive Chef Greg Gonzalez, Membership Sales Associate Kortney Huntzinger and every staff member at TPC Tampa Bay have made it their mission to ensure that you and your loved ones have a wonderful and safe experience when you stop by to practice your golf swing, or to enjoy a meal and refreshing beverage with a view!
“We’ve taken every precaution to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit,” says Chef Greg. “Our wait and kitchen staff is required to wear masks. We’ve also distanced our inside tables and added extra seating in the patio to abide by proper social distancing guidelines. We’ve placed hand sanitizer bottles at every table, as well as automatic ‘hands-free’ sanitizing stations in several places outside the restaurant and the golf course. We’re slowly but surely moving to make everything automatic, from soap to towels.”
Consistency is as important as quality. And at ¡CUATRO you’ll enjoy both, as well as affordable prices. They have not raised their prices this year, even though food costs have soared by 38% amid the pandemic, according to recent research studies.
“Even though food costs have doubled, even tripled for certain items, meat, in particular, we will not be raising our prices,” says Chef Greg. “The pandemic has been financially straining for so many local families. We want to continue to provide a tasty and affordable meal option in a safe environment for everyone.” Come February 2021; it will be his second anniversary as Cuatro Executive Chef, congratulations in advance!
“These two years have been as rewarding as they’ve been challenging, but we’ve rolled with the punches,” says Chef Greg. “The pandemic definitely impacted us, and we’ve had to make some creative changes and adapt to the new ‘normal,’ but our team has worked efficiently throughout these hard times, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
With a spectacular and affordable selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts crafted by Chef Greg Gonzalez, the Cuatro menu is carefully designed with you in mind. “We like to change the menu every month other month or so,” says Chef Greg. “We keep the guests’ favorites, of course, but we like to come up with new menu items that showcase fresh seasonal ingredients. The month of November, we’re offering two new entrees, a new dessert, and a few new drinks that we hope everyone will enjoy.”
I was lucky to get to try several of these special monthly menu items, as well as some of the traditional staples, and all I can say is wow!
If you’re like me and love anything fried, make sure you start with their fried pickle appetizer. Freshly battered and served with a horseradish dipping sauce made from scratch. I ate the whole thing by myself! “We can also make them gluten-free,” says Chef Greg. “We can accommodate any dietary restriction our guests may have; just ask our wait staff, and we will make sure to serve you something you’ll enjoy.”
Their “Chicken Milanese” November special was finger-licking good; a lightly panko-crusted tender chicken filet drizzled with a lemon and caper sauce, topped with a refreshing and light arugula salad seasoned with a homemade citrus vinaigrette and feta cheese, served with a side of rice.
Chef Greg is passionate about Cajun food and bold flavors, which is a blessing for those who enjoy flavorful meals. You don’t have to fly to NOLA to enjoy a delicious fried crawfish appetizer, a mouth-watering cajun gumbo, a seafood po’boy (made with crawfish or shrimp), or a creamy crawfish fettuccine made with crawfish tails, sautéed garlic, and cajun spices tossed in a rich and creamy alfredo sauce served with crostini bread. Hungry yet?
With so many delicious menu items and monthly specials starting at just $12.99, you can have “have your cake and eat it too,” literally! Speaking about sweets, make sure you leave room for dessert. I highly recommend their featured monthly dessert, Apple Cobbler. It was truly an explosion of flavors, with caramelized apples soaked in apple spiced whiskey, a buttery crust, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with caramel, served hot in a skillet. Yum!
GOLF MEETS TECHNOLOGY WITH DIGITAL YARDAGES APP
If you’re golfing, come swing with confidence! Kortney Huntzinger mentioned that the golf carts and all golfing equipment are constantly sprayed and sanitized after each use to ensure every member or visitor’s safety. “We’ve also switched from golf ball bags to golf pyramids to minimize touching the equipment. Every golfer will have their practice golf balls ready and set up before their scheduled tee time.”
You can find the yardages in the palm of your hand. With the help of new technology, each flag’s distance on the driving range is found on the TPC Tampa Bay App, which is very user-friendly and FREE to download from your smartphone. The app is available in the Apple app store or Google Play store, and it offers other amazing features you wouldn’t want to miss. Book your tee time, check the menu specials, check your membership points, and more by downloading the app today!
TPC GIVES BACK!
“2020 has been a rough year for everyone,” says Kortney. “We wanted to do something nice for the community and give back somehow. So we’re offering several options to donate to local schools through our booster club cards.”
By presenting either your Martinez Middle School Physical Education Supporter Card or your Steinbrenner Athletic Booster Club Supporter card, you’d be donating 10% of your total bill back to these schools.
“I went to both of these schools,” says Kortney. “So this cause means a lot to me, especially these days when schools are struggling for funds, and public fundraising events have been postponed due to COVID. I am proud to work with an organization so committed to giving back to our community.”
HOSTING AN EVENT AMIDST THE PANDEMIC? DON’T WORRY, TPC HAS YOU COVERED!
Kortney, Chef Greg, and the entire team at TPC want to make hosting a private event or Holiday function as easy as possible for you, despite these unprecedented times we’re living.
“We’re still holding private banquets, fundraising events, birthdays, weddings, and Holiday parties,” says Kortney. “We’re happy to accommodate you and your guests on our banquet room and patio, all while social distancing and keeping all of our safety measures in place.”
When you call about an event, the staff at ¡CUATRO will work with you every step of the way, until they achieve a menu that you’ll love at a price you’ll be comfortable with.
Kortney, Chef Greg, and the entire TPC Tampa Bay team would like to thank every club member and visitor for their heartwarming support, “We’ve kept our doors open thanks to the continuous support we’ve received from the Tampa Bay community. We feel truly grateful for every one of you, and we look forward to seeing you at TPC Tampa Bay and ¡CUATRO soon.”
¡CUATRO is located at TPC Tampa Bay at 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road. They are conveniently open seven days a week! Current hours are Mon. – Sat., 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m, but check the website for updated hours this fall/winter (daylight savings). For more information, call 813-949-1486 or visit http://tpctampa.totalegolf.com/