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Rehearsal Dinners Demystified

Why do we have rehearsal dinners?

With all of the planning involved in a wedding, a rehearsal dinner may seem like an extra task. The rehearsal will provide you with a seamless wedding day, and the rehearsal dinner will provide you with an opportunity to connect to your wedding party in a more intimate environment. This is a great opportunity to thank those involved in making your day special, which is why attendant gifts are typically handed out at the dinner.

What happens at the rehearsal?

The rehearsal allows your wedding party to know what is expected of them and what to expect. You don’t want to skip the rehearsal if you have a wedding party to avoid any rushing and confusion. Your party will see where they stand, who they walk with, know the day-of schedule for hair, make-up, photographs, transportations, etc. Plan for the rehearsal to last 30 – 90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the service.

Who attends the rehearsal dinner?

Everyone in your wedding party and their significant other should be included in the rehearsal dinner. The wedding officiant is often invited to the dinner as well as the parents of the flower girl and ring bearer. It’s always nice to invite your out of town guests, but if you want to keep the dinner intimate – then consider hosting a cocktail or dessert reception.

When and where do I host the dinner?

Once you determine where the ceremony will be held, start looking at venues close to the site. You and your wedding party have a full day ahead of them, so make the rehearsal dinner easy on you and them. While you may not have access to the ceremony site the night before, you may not want to book the rehearsal more than two nights before the wedding – people will forget what to do!

Any advice for me?

While most brides do not want the rehearsal dinner to overshadow the wedding, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful evening. Try choosing a venue that doesn’t require a lot of work for you. Rococo Steak has a beautiful wine room that provides a private and elegant atmosphere. Have fun with your dinner – ask the Chef to customize a menu tailored to your needs. Chefs love to utilize their creativity. Most importantly, enjoy the moment!

The Perfect Cocktail Deserves the Perfect Ice

The craft cocktail scene has never been as hot as it is now. But there’s more to craft cocktails than just the ingredients. The type of ice used for cocktails can change the way a drink tastes. There is a science to using the perfect cube and Dave Madera, Director of Operations at Caledon Concepts (Rococo Steak, Che Lounge and all three Ceviche locations) has the latest on how ice can play a big role in your drink.


Large cubes are best served with an Old Fashioned or other rocks drink. Home connoisseurs can use special silicone molds in cube or sphere shapes to get that high-end bar feel. The larger spheres melt slower and are less likely to interfere with the composition of ingredients in cocktails.


Some creative cocktails are taking ice to the next level. Rococo Steak has a maple infused ice cube that is designed to melt slowly and add to the flavor of the drink as it melts. Other specialty ice, such as dry ice, can add drama and fun to a cocktail.


Many people saw pellet ice at the Kentucky Derby. Mint juleps and tiki style cocktails are typically fashioned with pellet ice. The pellet ice melts quickly, but since the cocktails that call for the tiny ice cubes usually have a high concentration of spirits, they are not harmed by more dilution.
Rococo Steak is serving cocktails with dry ice, flavored ice cubes and more. Next time you visit Rococo Steak, be sure to test out some of our newest cocktails and their accompanying ice.

New Year’s Eve 2016 Prix Fixe

Ring in the New Year at Rococo with a delicious four course prix fixe dinner on New Years Eve. Our Executive Chef Matthew Rainey has crafted an astonishing assortment of dishes to choose for each course.

Menu: View here.
Reservations: Here.
Time/Date: December 31st from 5-11pm.
Cost: 105 / Person excluding tax and gratuity.

Menu is subject to change based on availability.

Winter Inspired Vegetables



Roasted Baby Beet Salad
Local Goat Cheese Mousse, Buttery Walnuts, Banyuls Vinaigrette

Ahi Tuna
Hearts of Palm, Tomato Confit, Baby Beets, Horseradish, Arugula

Steak Tartare
Crispy Parsnip, Horseradish, Cured Egg Yolk, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Milk Brioche Toast

Foie Gras & Ham Hock Terrine
Speck, Pistachio, Chicory, Truffle Vinaigrette



Lobster Bisque
Cognac Creme

Grilled Bacon Octopus
Black Garlic Tahini Yogurt, Fingerling Potato, Pickled Onions, Purslane

Short Rib, Pecorino Romano, Shiitake Mushrooms, Buttery Veal Jus

Brûlée Pork Belly & Sea Scallop
Kohlrabi, Apples, Petite Radish, Black Truffle Sherry Gastrique



Escargot, Leeks, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Gnocchi, Caviar Fumet Blanc

Long Island Duck
Baby Artichokes & Carrots, Celery Root, Medjool Date

7 oz Grass Fed Filet Mignon
Potato Confit, Portobello, Burgundy Port Wine Shallot, Peppercorn Brandy Cream
      10 oz Available +9

14 oz Dry Aged Delmonico
Truffle Pomme Mousseline, Asparagus

16 oz Colorado Lamb Porterhouses
Boulangére Potatoes, Baby Turnips Tarragon Jus



Dark Chocolate Torte
Buttery Bourbon Caramel, Persimmon, Sea Salt

Ginger Crème Brûlée
Red Wine Berry Jam

Roasted Pineapple
Candied Cashews, Coconut Pavlova

Receive A $20 Bonus Card With Purchase

Share the gift of Rococo Steak with friends and family. Throughout the holiday season receive a $20 bonus card when you purchase $100 or more in gift cards. With a delectable dining menu and a 650-label wine list there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Our passion for creative cuisine drives us to share a unique fine dining experience in downtown St. Petersburg. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season. Bonus card offer is valid with in-store gift card purchases only.

Stay tuned for when we release an incredible New Years Eve menu crafted by Executive Chef Matthew Rainey!

Meet The Chef

Executive Chef Matthew Rainey has traveled a bit in his career and has been gaining accolades across the country. In 2002, as the Executive Sous Chef of Washington DC’s Poste Modern Brasserie, they were awarded Best New Restaurant. 2004 brought Matthew to the Willard Room of the Intercontinental Hotel where they were awarded the Mobil Five-Star Award. Back home in Atlanta in 2005, while at the AAA Five Diamond Pano’s & Paul’s, they received the Silver Spoon Award for sterling performance. He has worked closely with friend and mentor Panos Karatassos, being instrumental in the opening of restaurants like Chops Lobster Bar in 2007 which is now the cornerstone of the Boca Raton dining scene. Also, opening Bistro Niko, a French bistro in Atlanta’s Historic Buckhead neighborhood. Matthew acted as a consulting chef in the 2013 opening of Ft. Lauderdale’s Lobster Bar and Sea Grille, voted “One of South Florida’s Best Restaurants” by Zagat. Most recently, while leading the charge at STK in Atlanta, he was voted Best New Chef of 2014 by
Jezebel Magazine.

While Matthew shines in the Tampa Bay area, he is a genuine hometown guy who made his name cooking and sharing home cook-friendly recipes that draw on the flavors of his heritage of classic French cooking.

Aloft & Ancien Wine Dinner

Rococo Steak welcomes Janice Mondavi from Aloft and Jimmy Kawalek from Ancien to discuss their acclaimed wines from the Howell Mountain Region and Carneros Region respectively. Join us Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. for this superb varietal experience. Inspired by our guests’ wines, our very own Executive Chef Matthew Rainey creates an exceptional pairing through a sensational five course dinner.

There is limited seating available so be sure to purchase your ticket today for an incredible wine and culinary experience.

Date: Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase here.
Menu: View here.

Rococo: Redefining Receptions

Recently The Knot published an article on key components to look for when choosing a wedding venue. Here our Private Events Director Audrey Grounds highlights some key amenities that make our event space a prime location.

A Roomy Fit
With over six different Private Event Spaces, Rococo offers a variety of rooms ranging from parties of 14 – 170 guests.
We have Private Event Spaces in which your guests will not have to worry about any obstructions to their evening.
Rococo Steak offers adjustable lighting to fit the desired atmosphere of any type of event. We have rooms with lots of windows as well as curtains to create the necessary ambiance.
A Great View
While our Wine Room provides a beautiful backdrop of Rococo’s extensive wine list that has won Wine Spectator awards, our rooms also provide luscious decor from modern and elegant chandeliers to beautiful art pieces.
The Right Color
You will not find any outdated or brash colors in our rooms; instead, you will be pleased with our charming and elegant color palate of gray and black trim – colors to suit any occasion.
There are plenty of outlets and power – so feel free to bring in your DJ’s and Photo Booths!
Plenty of Parking
This is a rare gem to find in Downtown St. Pete, but Rococo Steak not only offers plenty of parking, we offer plenty of complimentary parking and complimentary valet on Friday and Saturdays. Parking will never be an issue with us.
Good Acoustics
There are no wood floors in our dining areas; instead, we opted for sound absorbing carpet. Your guests can talk freely and not strain to listen.

Above all, here at Rococo Steak, we strive to give our guests premium service and exquisite food in an elegant atmosphere. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience – we will do it! For more information or to book your event contact Audery Grounds at (727) 501-6602

Laura James Art Show

Join us for an art show and live painting demonstration by local artist Laura James Tuesday April 26th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary light hors d’oeuvres prepared by Executive Chef Matt Rainey and indulge in drink specials at our cash bar. Call 727.822.0999 to RSVP.

Laura James’ Artist Statement: 
My current work primarily focuses on change and diversity.

I work in acrylic and acrylic mediums to create work that is both fluid and solid simultaneously. Through the use of various combinations of color and techniques the work represents a constant state of change. The entire piece creates a feeling of motion while actually being motionless. Through the use of certain mediums the colors can be integrated together and layered without becoming muted. Though the colors in my work overlap and blend they do not lose their individual character.  The condition changes but the essence stays constant.

My diverse color and intense palettes represent life experience. I believe it takes variety to achieve intense power and beauty.

Silver Oak Wine Dinner with Jeff Flood

Silver Oak Jeff Flood
Jeff Flood, Silver Oak Cellars

Rococo Steak welcomes Silver Oaks Cellars ambassador, Jeff Flood, for an exclusive wine dinner event on Sunday, March 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Oak Cellars is a benchmark for California cabernet sauvignon. The label has achieved such a high level of consistent quality in its 43-year history, that if you find Silver Oak on the wine list, you can be sure that you’re in for a great wine experience. Mr. Flood is on hand to share insights into their iconic history, their continued success and why #LifeIsACabernet.

Taking inspiration from the vintner’s American barreled wines, Rococo Steak Executive Chef Matthew Rainey pairs five inventive courses with Wine Director Will Howard’s selections of Silver Oak and Twomey wines.

Seating is limited. Don’t miss this sure-to-sell-out St. Petersburg fine wine, dining and social celebration.

Date: Sunday, March 13th, 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $165 per person. Click here to purchase.