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Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Unveils New Kosher Kitchen
David Sher, Director of Food and Beverage at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, announces that the hotel has opened a fully-dedicated on-site kosher kitchen. The kosher kitchen will offer high quality service to guests planning Jewish weddings, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and other special events. Under the direct supervision of The Chicago Rabbinical Council, the culinary team at Fairmont Chicago is committed to upholding the Orthodox standards of tradition. All food is prepared in-house in the CRC certified kitchen.
“We recognized that adding an on-site kosher kitchen would be a very welcome resource to the Chicagoland Jewish community. The entire team at Fairmont Chicago is excited and honored to provide our guests with exceptional, artfully prepared kosher cuisine,” says Sher.
The special kosher menu at Fairmont Chicago offers an extensive variety of canapés, hors d’oeuvres, and fresh seasonal salads like cinnamon spiced pumpkin and carrot with shaved jicama, candied cranberries, granny smith apples, and date vinaigrette; red and yellow beets with roasted walnuts, sweet pimento, saffron oranges, and anise vinaigrette; and marinated asparagus with tomato confit, roasted mushrooms, and honey mustard vinaigrette. Soups selections include Roma tomato and carrot with juniper essence; Midwest corn, leek and sweet potato puree; and English pea and spearmint with wasabi pea and potato confit. An array of enticing entrée selections such as herb-crusted sirloin of beef with horseradish creamed potato, caramelized shallots with red wine glaze; sun-dried tomato and olive marinated Atlantic salmon with fingerling sweet pimento potato salad and spinach thyme vinaigrette; and lemon pepper spiced grain fed chicken breast with soft olive polenta and apricot herb vinaigrette are available. Guests may also opt for a Sushi station with assorted gourmet specialty rolls; a lavish Risotto Bar; a Mu Shu or Carving station; Deli specialties; or Middle Eastern, Asian or “South of the Border” stations. End the meal on a sweet note with desserts like dark chocolate and sundried berry bread pudding with toasted almond crisp and whisky sauce, or a mandarin chocolate mousse with pistachio macaroon, passion fruit Gelée, and raspberry essence. A custom dessert buffet is also available, as well as kosher champagne and wine selections.
A 15-year hospitality industry veteran and native of Israel, Sher joined the team at Fairmont Chicago in 2013 after holding a variety of positions at luxury hotels and restaurants, including General Manager of Olive Leaf Restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Tel Aviv, Israel; Director of Banquets at RIHGA Royal Hotel in New York; and General Manager of Rosewater and Sassfraz dining complexes in Toronto. In 2010, Sher joined Fairmont as Director of Food and Beverage at Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Sher is a graduate of Institut Hotelier “Cesar Ritz” Colleges in Switzerland and has an Associate Degree in International Hotel Management.
For more information about the kosher menu at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or to host a special event that adheres to Orthodox standards, please call Alice Fay at 312-565-6633.
New Hyatt Hotel in Chicago's Financial District to be Among First to Open Under the Hyatt Centric Brand
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the anticipated April 2015 opening of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago. It will be one of the first two hotels in the world to open under Hyatt’s new full-service lifestyle brand Hyatt Centric, designed to put business and leisure travelers at the center of the action in key destinations. The hotel is owned by Integrated Clark Monroe, LLC and will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
“Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago will acutely embody what the new brand is all about, which is putting guests at the center of the action in the best destinations,” said John T. Murphy, managing principal of Integrated Clark Monroe. “Our location in the famous Loop neighborhood will afford our guests the opportunity to explore all the unique experiences our city has to offer.”
“Interstate is thrilled to manage this dynamic new Hyatt Centric hotel. With its exciting new brand, cosmopolitan design and outstanding location, we are confident of a resounding success,” said Interstate Hotels & Resorts CEO Jim Abrahamson.
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, a 22-story property first constructed in 1927 by Frank Chase, has undergone a transformative renovation from an office building to an iconic new hotel, all while maintaining the integrity of the building’s roots. The hotel features 257 guest rooms, 2,513 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop bar and a new signature French bistro, Cochon Volant, run by James Beard award winning Master Chef Roland Liccioni. The hotel will showcase elements of the area’s rich cultural and architectural past while offering guests a full range of modern amenities.
The hotel will also feature in-room technologies designed to connect guests seamlessly with their devices and media and knowledgeable hotel staff whowill help guests navigate their stay and create their own personalized Chicago experience.
“We are looking forward to offering our guests a memorable stay at our hotel due to our prime location and our team of hospitality professionals who are ready to deliver best-in-class service,” said Karen McGuigan, general manager, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago.
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Oxford Capital Group, LLC Announces "LondonHouse" Its New Luxury Lifestyle Hotel on Chicago's North Michigan Avenue
Oxford Capital Group, LLC today announced plans to open “LondonHouse” at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive in the spring of 2016. This latest lifestyle hotel development from Oxford Capital Group, LLC will feature a 452-room hotel within the historic Alfred S. Alschuler-designed London Guarantee & Accident Building, blended with a new 22-story architecturally synchronized Modernist glass tower designed by Chicago’s Goettsch Partners.
Built on the site of Fort Dearborn in 1923, the historic London Guarantee Building is both a local and national landmark. LondonHouse and its 1920’s contemporaries, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and 333 North Michigan Avenue, sit at the southern end of the Mag-Mile and are the iconic and oft photographed flanks of the North Michigan Avenue Bridge.
LondonHouse’s main entrance will be along East Wacker Drive within the new modernist glass tower, which will feature a gateway arrival lobby leading to the grand second floor check-in lobby and bar. LondonHouse will feature approximately 25,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space comprised of a junior and grand ballroom, multiple board and meeting rooms, a destination spa and robust fitness center. At the top of the hotel, the refurbished historic cupola and roof-top dining and outdoor event spaces will offer what Oxford believes will be Chicago’s only tri-level hotel rooftop, with dramatic panoramic views of the city.
The hotel’s namesake pays nod to both the name of the building, the London Guarantee Building, and the renowned jazz club, London House, long located within. As one of the foremost jazz clubs in the country, London House was home to such notable artists as Ramsey Lewis, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, and many others.
Work began in the summer of 2013 on the preservation, refurbishment, and comprehensive redevelopment of 360 North Michigan Avenue. Work commenced on the new glass tower addition on Wacker Drive in December of 2014.
“As we said when we bought the building, Oxford and its entire development team feel a profound sense of responsibility to do right by this extraordinary building and site. At the same time, we are excited about the creative possibilities that this project represents,” said John W. Rutledge, founder, president and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, the Chicago-based owner, developer, and manager. “We feel that carrying on the name LondonHouse is the perfect choice for this most unique hotel.”
The design scheme of LondonHouse, led by Simeone Deary Design Group, speaks to the building’s roots with the use of historic detail, while adopting the progressive thinking of the 1920’s to create modern and chic accents. The color palette will feature warm greys and crisp whites, punctuated by jewel tones and rich fumed eucalyptus woods. The guestroom design is inspired by the luxurious automobiles of that era – clean, sleek, and elegant. The hotel will be outfitted with modern furniture upholstered in lavish materials, paying homage to the opulence of the 1920’s. The lines of the furniture will be contemporary, but embellished with classic touches, providing an overall feeling of serenity and elegance.
Rutledge additionally noted, “Our goal as both developers and hoteliers is to distill the alchemy of the building’s unique history, prominent location, distinctive architecture and interior design, and its host of desirable amenities into what matters the most in any hotel - creating a warm, inviting, and special environment for guests. Ultimately, it’s about giving the hotel a true soul that makes it feel like a home away from home.”
The Saint Paul Hotel Named Top Hotel in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Minnesota by U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report has named The Saint Paul Hotel the top hotel in Minneapolis/St. Paul., as well as Minnesota. This is the fifth year The Saint Paul Hotel has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report on its “Best Hotels” list. The publication describes the hotel as “excelling at sophisticated elegance.”
According to U.S. News and World Reports, “the new rankings identify the best hotels based on three factors that are combined to determine how each property ranks. First, we gathered the hotel's recommendations and accolades from reputable travel publications. Second, we collected the hotels' expert ratings, which are assigned by other travel media. Lastly, we pooled hotel guests' opinions from their comments in online user reviews.” The highest-ranked properties have been identified as the Best Hotels in their respective destinations.
“It is an honor to be recognized as the top hotel in Minnesota by U.S. News and World Report,” said Ken Boyles, General Manager, The Saint Paul Hotel. “This honor belongs to our employees, as they are our best asset, providing unmatched customer service to our guests.”
Built in 1910, The Saint Paul Hotel is the Twin Cities’ most established and elegant hotel. The Saint Paul Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Preferred Hotel Group, is located at 350 Market Street on Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. For additional information, please call 651-292-9292 or 1-800-292-9292, or visit www.saintpaulhotel.com. The Saint Paul Hotel is managed by Morrissey Hospitality Companies.
Preferred Hotel Group Debuts Meeting Planner Incentive Program
Designed to reward meeting and event planners, Preferred Hotel Group™ today launched its first-ever meeting planner incentive program. Effective immediately, US-based meeting planners who book group business at any of the more than 550 participating iPrefer™ hotels and resorts around the globe can earn up to $1,000 in cash-value iPrefer Reward Certificates per event, which can be used towards free nights and other on-property expenditures during their next vacation at a property within the iPrefer portfolio.
“We understand that everyone has preferences when it comes to organizing a meeting or event so we designed the new program to reward both longtime partners and first-time clients and present another compelling reason for planners to choose from our impressive global collection,” said Elaine Macy, Senior Vice President of Group Sales for Preferred Hotel Group.
Effective immediately, planners are eligible to earn one point for every US$2 spent on actualized room revenue for group gatherings booked through Preferred Hotel Group channels and one point for every US$4 spent on actualized room revenue for group gatherings booking directly through participating hotels. A maximum of 50,000 points (equivalent to US$100,000 in room revenue and US$1,000 in Reward Certificates) will be awarded for a single event.*
Planners can request points by visiting iPrefer.com/Meetings and submitting invoices for eligible events that were held on or after January 1, 2015. Upon approval, earned points will be added to the planner’s iPrefer account, which they will be prompted to create before completing the submission form, if an account does not already exist. Points can be immediately redeemed for cash-value Reward Certificates, which are accepted at more than 550 participating iPrefer properties worldwide.
Highlights of iPrefer destinations where planners can now earn points and redeem Reward Certificates include new-to-the-scene group destinations such as Hotel Irvine (Irvine, California); The Exhibitionist Hotel (London, England); Belle Mont Farms (Basseterre, Saint Kitts); The Temple House (Chengdu, China); Condado Vanderbilt (Puerto Rico); and revered industry favorites such as The K Club (Kildare, Ireland); The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.; The Grand Del Mar (San Diego, California); The Siam (Bangkok, Thailand); The Fleming (Hong Kong); Fifteen Beacon (Boston, Massachusetts); and Dylan (Dublin, Ireland).
For more information or to review the complete list of iPrefer properties, please visit www.iPrefer.com/Meetings.
*All qualifying events must be a minimum of 10 rooms per night, one-night minimum. Valid only at iPrefer participating hotels and resorts.
Le Méridien Debuts in Ohio with the Opening of Columbus, The Joseph
(L-R) Michael Chivini- Executive Vice President, Pizzuti Companies, Brian Ross- President and CEO of Experience Columbus, Paul Wischermann- President and CEO of Wischermann Partners, Inc., Andrew Ginther- Council President, City of Columbus, Michael B. Coleman- Mayor, City of Columbus, Ron Pizzuti and Joel Pizzuti- Owners of The Joseph development, Jason Mack- General Manager, Ann Pizzuti- wife of Ron Pizzuti, and Pablo Henderson –Le Meridien Brand Manager, North America cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, 620 North High Street, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Photography by Scott Cunningham Photography.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced the opening of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph. The highly anticipated new hotel opens in Downtown Columbus at 620 North High Street, in the vibrant Short North Arts District. Owned and developed by The Pizzuti Companies and managed by Wischermann Partners, the new 10 story hotel has been designed by renowned Miami-based firm Arquitectonica to complement the unique historical aesthetic of Columbus’ Short North neighborhood.
“Le Méridien is off to another great year of accelerated growth, set to open more than 10 hotels around the world in 2015,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “With a burgeoning arts and culinary scene, Columbus is a perfect match for Le Méridien brand’s Ohio debut as we help curious and creative-minded travelers unlock the destination through the hotel’s design, cuisine and access to local culture.”
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph features 135 modern guestrooms – including 10 Executive Suites, two contemporary Spa Suites, and a modern Presidential Suite. The hotel also offers nearly 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space (including the Michael B. Coleman Grand Ballroom, hosting up to 250 guests), Columbus’ chic new lounge, Soul and a 24-hour fully equipped fitness center with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of the Short North and Downtown Columbus. Guests will be provided with all of the signature amenities, well known to the Paris-born Le Méridien brand, including a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, exclusive illy coffee prepared by master baristas, and Sparkling cocktails, inspired by Europe’s aperitif hour.
The hotel’s dramatic two-story lobby follows the design principles of the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub, a place to socialise, share ideas and be inspired – harmoniously blending art, design and architecture while featuring dramatic pieces by international artists KAWS, Rob Wynne, Nari Ward and Fred Wilson throughout the bar and reception areas. Towering columns reach from the ground floor lobby to the second floor gallery and event reception space, offering a revolving selection of artwork curated especially for the hotel and on loan from the private art collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. Hallways come alive with vibrant wallpaper designed exclusively by Brooklyn artist Almond Zigmund, while the three event spaces feature the art of their namesakes, internationally recognized Ohio artists – Aminah Robinson, Denny Griffith and Ann Hamilton.
As part of an ongoing commitment to the Ohio artistic community, the Pizzuti family has commissioned more than 31 new pieces of art from 15 Ohio artists for use in the hotel’s guest rooms, hallways and lounges. As part of Le Méridien brand’s mission to provide guests with access to contemporary cultural centers around the world through the UNLOCK Art Programme, Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph has collaborated exclusively with the globally recognized Pizzuti Collection to offer guests – through the use of their room keycard – access to the Pizzuti Collection’s exhibitions and events just steps away from the hotel.
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph is also home to restaurateur Cameron Mitchell’s The Guild House, allowing guests the opportunity to discover the sustainable flavors of the Midwest during breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features locally-sourced, artisan cuisine combined with wines from around the world. The restaurant seats more than 140 guests, including unique dining spaces, a full-service bar and private dining room. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has also developed a signature catering menu for Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph’s catering events and in-room dining.
“We will focus on bringing a new authentic lifestyle experience to Columbus, offering personalized service excellence within the backdrop of this beautiful, luxury-boutique hotel,” said Paul Wischermann, President and CEO of Wischermann Partners, Inc.
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph offers Starwood’s loyal SPG travelers a new, contemporary destination when visiting the Columbus area. The hotel anchors a highly anticipated mixed-use development complex that includes The Offices at The Joseph, a six-story cubist-inspired building with 60,000 square feet of premium office and retail space, a 318-space parking garage adjacent to the office building and the Pizzuti Collection, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit exhibition space dedicated to the public presentation of contemporary art from the world-recognized collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti.
For more information or to book, please visit www.lemeridiencolumbus.com
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels Celebrate “National Soup Month” in January
January is National Soup Month, celebrating a dish that is as old as cooking itself. Chefs from restaurants at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® provide striking new takes on this iconic comfort food. Their recipes from around the country rely on local ingredients combined in fresh, flavorful and healthy ways. With virtually every culture in history having its own versions of this culinary classic -- from delicate bisques to hearty stews – today craft beers add unique flavors to soups made of local cheeses, and Florida Stone Crabs, trout fresh from mountain streams, Atlantic clams, spiny lobsters, California sunchokes, Tennessee salsify, as well as Southwestern corn compose soups in Benchmark kitchens across America, making National Soup Month a celebration indeed.
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