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02/25/2010

JW Marriott Marquis Miami to Feature Acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud's db Bistro Moderne

Chef Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne will offer an exciting mix of traditional French bistro cooking and contemporary American flavors

Bistro-Monderne_Bar copy The JW Marriott Marquis Miami, which opens in mid-2010, will be home to Florida’s first db Bistro Moderne, a French-American restaurant by Chef Daniel Boulud, three time James Beard Foundation winner. The db Bistro will be a sister restaurant to the New York City version named one of Manhattan’s top five French Bistros by the Zagat Survey.

“I am excited to announce the addition of db Bistro Moderne to our first-class hotel,” says Florencia Tabeni, General Manager of JW Marriott Marquis Miami.  “Daniel Boulud brings a superb level of excellence and culinary prowess to Miami and where better to bring it than a property that parallels the sophistication and acclaim of his restaurant brand.”

db Bistro Moderne is Daniel Boulud’s interpretation of the new generation of Parisian bistros, whose classically trained chefs offer creative cuisine in a casual, comfortable and contemporary setting. Featuring traditional French fare met by flavors of the American market, the new restaurant is designed to capture the energy and style of its Manhattan counterpart, yet uniquely tailored to the rhythm of Miami life.

Located in downtown’s new Metropolitan Miami development, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami provides db Bistro Moderne with a vibrant, urban setting, where guests will enjoy great cooking in a relaxed yet beautifully distinctive environment. The restaurant’s interiors by renowned designers, Yabu Pushelberg, will feature a dining area with striking contemporary accents and soaring 18-foot ceilings, as well as a stylish bar and lounge, street-level terrace overlooking the Miami river and two private dining rooms accommodating up to 60 guests.

There are three distinct main dining areas, each with its own aesthetic appeal. At the center lies a room with sleek white washed oak floors and wall paneling, steel grey canvas and distressed leather upholstery and a geometric patterned ceiling. To the right lies the persimmon room with curved banquettes upholstered in deep mustard colored canvas and leather. To the left is a smaller more intimate room with a single central sandstone topped harvest table and walls lined with tinted mirrored trays. The seductive lounge area’s bar is faced in bronze metal and mirror and features an inviting over-sized tufted chaise long as a focal point and an inviting space to linger with a cocktail. Adjacent to the restaurant’s entrance is its impressive wine tower, itself an intimate dining space lined with a patchwork of glass tiles in shades of gray and bronze.

“db Bistro Moderne has a great urban energy to it that should fit in nicely in Downtown Miami and the city’s already superb dining scene,” says Boulud. “It’s known for being accessible and affordable, and for serving very comforting French cooking prepared with care and quality ingredients. And, yes, I admit we’re also known for serving a superb burger. It’s not the kind of formal French restaurant you save for a special occasion. It’s the kind you return to often for the dishes you love and remember and for the easy going feel of the place.”

The French restaurateur’s new Miami outpost will be led by some of Boulud’s dedicated and highly talented team including General Manager German Alvarado and Executive Chef Jarrod Verbiak. German is a veteran with more than 12 years of experience in three of the chef’s New York City restaurants including DANIEL, Café Boulud and Bar Boulud. He has worked his way up through the front of the house to become a trusted manager with a real affinity for taking care of guests. Jarrod Verbiak is equally strong proof of the restaurant careers Boulud has nurtured amongst the talented young people under his watch. Jarrod joined the renowned chef directly upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2002. While he began as a cook at DANIEL in New York, Jarrod went on to become a sous chef at Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas and later Café Boulud in Palm Beach. Most recently, he was a key member of the opening team of Maison Boulud in Beijing.

In addition to serving up its acclaimed contemporary French-American cuisine, db Bistro Moderne, will offer over 150 affordable wines beginning at $25 per bottle. The emphasis will be on French wines with some American and international vintages and a small number of reserve selections served from the visually striking wine tower in the lounge area. The restaurant also prides itself on serving great value lesser known wines poured by the glass.

db Bistro Moderne will open in the fall of 2010 and will serve lunch Monday - Friday from noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner Sunday & Monday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday & Saturday until Midnight, with a weekend brunch Saturday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Infusing sophistication, design, art, fashion and technology, the 41-floor JW Marriott Marquis sets a tone of prestige with its diverse landscape of business, leisure, dining and entertainment pursuits. In addition to the acclaimed db Bistro Moderne, the hotel will feature two entertainment/lifestyle floors with a world-renowned Jim McLean Golf School, one-of-a-kind 10,000-square-foot NBA approved basket ball court, tennis court, media room, billiard room, virtual bowling alley, fitness center and full service spa. Pairing style and elegance with a sense of informality, its spacious accommodations include luxurious bedding, a pillow menu, plush bath linens, in-room computer with high-speed Internet access, 50” flat-screen high definition television, personal electronics connectivity panel, television embedded in the bathroom mirror and an in-room espresso maker.

Scheduled to open in mid 2010, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 345 Avenue of the Americas. The hotel will be located within the hotel tower of Met2 along with a second hotel, the new luxury boutique Hotel Beaux Arts Miami, and at the center of the business, entertainment and lifestyle complex of Metropolitan Miami. It is located a few blocks from the American Airlines Arena, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and Brickell, Miami’s Financial Center, and just a ten-minute drive from South Beach and the Port of Miami.

For more information on the JW Marriott Marquis Miami visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com. For more information on db Bistro Moderne and Daniel Boulud visit www.danielnyc.com.

JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 45 JW Marriott hotels in 19 countries; by 2013 the portfolio will encompass 73 properties in 28 countries.

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