2024 Haven Art Brunch with Cass Contemporary

Haven Art Brunch with Cass Contemporary


  • April 14, 2024
  • April 14, 2024
  • 11:00 AM
  • 02:00 PM


  • Haven, W. Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL, 33606
  • United States


  • $300 per person

Haven Art Brunch
featuring Código 1530 Tequila and Perrier-Jouët Champagne

$300 per person (seats will be sold in groups of two)
Attire: Festive Casual
*Complimentary valet parking at Haven

Join us for the 27th annual Bern’s Winefest at the Art Brunch at Haven. This year’s food and wine event includes a seated four-course brunch prepared by Executive Chef, Chad Johnson and his team of culinary experts, and features Código 1530 Tequila and Perrier-Jouët Champagne

In partnership with local art gallery, CASS Contemporary, Bern’s Family Restaurant Group has commissioned artwork by Drew Merritt to be unveiled during the festivities. Drew is based out of Los Angeles and is known for using a vivid palate that evokes broad spectrums of emotions ranging from pleasure to isolation.  After the unveiling, join us for brunch paired with selections from our sponsors at Pernod Ricard and Perrier Jouët. The toasting is sure to be indulgent!

Last year’s festival artwork was created by Fintan Magee, and resides in our new corporate office building on South Howard Avenue.  Additionally, our Bern’s Winefest art collection consists of pieces by artists; Tristan Eaton, Dalek, FAITH XLVII, PichiAvo,  Joram Roukes and Paola Delfin – all of which can be enjoyed at our three local South Tampa sister properties.

*Please note that due to the format of this event; allergies and dietary substitutions cannot be accommodated. Menu items are subject to availability and may change without notice.

All guests must be 21+ and tickets are non-transferrable.

The Laxer Family Foundation is a charitable foundation that provides the opportunity to raise money through events that foster a more inclusive and cooperative youth culture while cultivating the advancement of the next generation of culinary leaders through scholarships. Since 1997, Bern’s Winefest has been the main fundraising event for the Bern Laxer Memorial Scholarship. Through the James Beard Foundation selection process, funds are awarded to individuals from the state of Florida in one of three disciplines: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, or Viticulture. A portion of the proceeds raised through this event will go  directly to the Bern Laxer Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information about our organization, please visit our website; laxerfamilyfoundation.org.


Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
Strait Smolderin' Código 1520 Cocktail
Quail Egg Tostada - steak tartare, fava bean
Zucchini Blossom Quesadilla - queso oaxaca, hibiscus

First Course
Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs
Prawn Aguachile - osetra caviar, spring vegetables, cashew crema

Second Course
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé
Roasted Octopus - chatino bean tetela, achiote pork jowl, egg, salsa verde, red masa

Third Course
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2015
Beef Tenderloin - black truffle migas, sweet corn, avocado, cotija, mole chichilo

Fourth Course
Buzzworthy'Código 1530 Cocktail
Chocolate Tres Leches - morita anglaise, cinnamon diplomat cream, sesame, dulce de papaya

~menu subject to change~


Born on the outskirts of Clovis, New Mexico, Drew Merritt grew up working on a farm, which is also the starting point of his career as an artist. Drew often plays with the idea of contrast and conflict by placing classical subjects in contemporary settings. His vivid palette evokes a broad spectrum of emotions ranging from pleasure to isolation.

Merritt aspires to guide his audience through a world of emotions by evoking empathy. His works' themes convey a clear visual biography: audiences are able to imagine the

stories behind them, and therefore can come to comprehend the way they are created.

Growing up surrounded by graffiti-covered cargo trains, this budding artist was inspired to pursue an underground career.

Now based in Los Angeles, he found himself in a hybrid position between rural and urban cultures. While it can be said that conventional graffiti culture is clandestine by nature, Merritt's artworks, however, are characterized by their hope and determination. This mesmerizing juxtaposition yields a tangible visual tension.


Evan Meeker has been an advocate for responsible and integral consumption of
sustainable agave distillates for well over a decade. He has had the honor and
pleasure of representing Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal as their Sales Operation
Lead and Southeast Juez. He now has the pleasure to represent the entirety of
Pernod-Ricard’s agave portfolio as their regional Brand Ambassador. Since the age
of 15 he has worked in hospitality. He has a deep passion for this industry and the
people that work within it. Over years within the industry, he has accumulated
accolades that include; Level 3 Agave Spirits Institute- Sommelier, level 2 Certified
Wine Sommelier, Certified Spirit Specialist, Most Inspired Bartender Texas and is a
graduate of the BAR 5 Day program, one of the most highly regarded spirit education
programs in the world. To Evan, agave spirits reign supreme and he is
humbled by the purity and integrity of Mezcal and the families who produce these
spirits in Mexico. He is very happy to be here with you to share this “art in
bottle.” Stigibeu!