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Marriott Hotels Serves Up a “Fresh” Approach – Healthy Vending Machine Debuts, a Traveler-Inspired Innovation Submitted to

Farmers Fridge Vending Maching6BETHESDA, MD – September 8, 2014 – Marriott Hotels begins feeding travelers’ hunger for healthy food on the road whenever they want it – 24/7. Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR), today launched its first traveler-inspired innovation – a healthy vending machine, featuring handcrafted salads, sandwiches and snacks made fresh everyday using local ingredients. The working prototype debuts in the lobby of the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, offering travelers healthy food options available all day and night during their journey. The innovation was inspired by Anjana Kallarackal, a 21-year old college student, who answered the call to join Marriott Hotels in co-creating the future of travel as part of its Travel Brilliantly campaign.

In looking to bring Anjana’s idea to life, Marriott Hotels reached out to Chicago start-up Farmer’s Fridge, which has taken an innovative approach to making healthy, delicious food easier to access. The company’s kiosk, one of 12 in Chicago area, will be located in the Chicago Marriott O’Hare for the next five months for testing with guests. Items curated and prepared daily by Farmer’s Fridge will be offered for sale in distinctive packaging, ranging in price from $3 to $12 dollars and include:

  • Farmers Fridge DetailsThe Detox Salad (also known as the Junk Food Eraser) made with organic Kale and Quinoa with fennel, fruits and beans served in white balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Greek Yogurt and Berries (also known as Breakfast of the Gods) made with low-fat Greek Yogurt, berries and locally sourced honey.
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken made with chicken breast from chickens that have been humanely raised without antibiotics, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper.

“Listening and responding to customer needs is a hallmark for Marriott Hotels. We are committed to introducing the most innovative ideas our guests and influencers have been submitting to as part of the brand’s journey to co-create the future of travel,” said Michael Dail, vice president, Marriott Hotels Marketing. “Anjana’s idea inspired us, and thanks to Farmer’s Fridge, guests can now begin enjoying healthy food whenever they want it. Coming soon, Marriott Hotels will launch even more co-created travel ideas submitted to by guests.”

"It is an honor for Farmer's Fridge to partner with a company as innovative as Marriott Hotels that recognizes the need for healthy meal options among travelers,” said Luke Saunders, founder of Farmer's Fridge. “I founded Farmer's Fridge because I used to spend 75 percent of my time on-the-road for work and was personally frustrated by the lack of convenient, healthy food available. Now it has come full circle, with this new partnership giving travelers access to fresh, nutritious food on-the-go through our revolutionary kiosks.”

In little more a year, nearly 2,500 ideas have been submitted to This month, the brand is asking consumers for their best ideas in taking loyalty programs to next level. In October, the brand wants ideas for how it can support guests as they try to stay healthy and balanced on the road and in November, the brand will solicit ideas for its Greatroom lobbies.

Recently, Marriott Hotels evolved by asking guests to help Marriott Hotels shape innovative ideas and concepts that are closer to being rolled out. The brand is working on offering a mix of amenities in a box that guests could purchase at check-in. Visitors to can vote for their favorite amenities from a list under consideration or suggest their own ideas for the perfect amenities.

In addition to guests, Marriott Hotels is also co-creating with unexpected partners like the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. Marriott and MIT students – future travelers – co-created Six Degrees to reinvent the hotel lobby as a social hub, using a mobile app to connect people with similar backgrounds and interests. The idea is now in development in Marriott’s innovation pipeline.

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit

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About Farmer’s Fridge
Farmer’s Fridge, a new healthy vending machine concept, delivers delicious gourmet salads and snacks to customers via automated kiosks around the Chicagoland area. The idea to provide nutritious meals came from Founder Luke Saunders’ realization that health-conscious people were struggling to find nutritious meals and snacks that were easily accessible. Building on that belief, Saunders drew on his background in manufacturing to create an automated kiosk that could dispense healthy food options.  Farmer’s Fridge offers people healthy, nutritious foods that are delicious and satisfying in a state-of-the art, innovative automated kiosk. The salads and snacks are made from fresh ingredients available from local produce vendors. Farmer’s Fridge salads and snacks are handcrafted each morning in a local Chicago kitchen and are stocked daily by 10 a.m. The company also provides catering to businesses in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit

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Marriott & River Cottage Partner to Co-Create the Future of Hotel Dining

Chef Hollins Hall Gary Armitage - Chef Cardiff Marriott Anthony BarnesMarriott commits to increase the use of locally procured food to 80% at key UK hotels to support local farmers

London – 30 September 2013 – Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, today announces an innovative partnership with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage that celebrates and supports local and sustainable food.  New seasonal menus will launch from 14 October 2013 at Hollins Hall, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club in West Yorkshire, and from 21 October at Cardiff Marriott before being rolled out to cover more of Marriott Hotels’ 50 UK hotels.    

Photos: 1) Executive Chef Gary Armitage, Hollins Hall (L) Executive Chef Anthony Barnes, Cardiff Marriott) at River Cottage; 2) Hollins Hall: Beef brisket with anchovy and rosemary potatoes, red wine sauce

Hollins Hall - Beef BrisketResponding to national interest in the provenance of food, the new menus will showcase the very best local and seasonal produce with starters costing from £4.75. Graig Farm in Newton will provide organic Welsh lamb for a signature dish including shoulder of lamb, smashed celeriac, chilli and thyme. Swillington Farm near Leeds will produce beef for a signature dish of slow cooked beef brisket with anchovy, rosemary potatoes and a red wine sauce.

River Cottage has proved to be an invaluable partner for Marriott, facilitating the introduction of key local suppliers and sharing best practice on sustainable sourcing along with daily menu planning.  The collaboration also supports Marriott Hotels’ new Travel Brilliantly campaign that aims to inspire exceptional travel experiences through innovation in culinary, design, technology and more.

“Culinary enjoyment is a crucial element of any travel experience and the partnership with River Cottage will not only enhance the guest experience but hopefully encourage local people to try our restaurants too,” said Osama Hirzalla, Vice President Brand Marketing & eCommerce for Marriott International in Europe.

In addition to Marriott’s Future Fish programme that aims to select and serve fish and shellfish from sustainable sources, the partnership will see changes in the following areas of Marriott’s food offering:

•      Local sourcing – Increase the percentage of food sourced by each Hotel from within a 60 mile radius to 80%
•      Menu change frequency – Increase the number of times the restaurant menu changes, from quarterly to daily
•      Waste management – Further reduce food wastage from a current level of 5%
•      Sustainability rating – Improve the Sustainable Restaurant Association rating of each hotel
•      Organic meat – All meat used in the restaurants will be organic
•      Free range chicken – All chicken used in the restaurants will be free range
The chefs at both hotels have undergone rigorous training at the River Cottage recently launched Chefs’ School and obtained City & Guilds accredited certificates in a range of competencies, from procuring sustainable food through to butchery and nutrition.

Chris Griffin, Head of Education at River Cottage, says:  “This is an exciting project for River Cottage because of the substantial changes we can help Marriott make in procuring and cooking food.  The new menus embrace our SLOW philosophy – Seasonal, Local, Organic and Wild - and we are delighted that local food heritage is being celebrated at each hotel.  This is the first phase of a project that we hope will grab the attention of the hospitality industry.”

About Marriott Hotels

With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit

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Marriott and River Cottage are aligned in their goals to improve the quality and sustainability of food in the hotels and the economies of the local producers. Earlier in the year the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) named Marriott the only hotel group in the UK to achieve a Three Star Sustainability status.

About River Cottage Chefs’ School
River Cottage Chefs’ School launched in spring 2013. Its primary objectives are to develop learner knowledge and competency in craft skill, menu development and business sustainability. Working with a range of learners, from the young and unemployed, though to Executive Chefs and Business Managers, Chefs’ School aims to educate those employed within the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Chefs’ School is already helping to change the lives of many young and vulnerable people and is helping existing cooks and chefs to develop their skills and progress. To find out more visit 

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How Do You Dress Up YOUR Breakfast?

SpringHill Suites Breakfast - YogurtSpringHill Suites’ takes on a new spin to help create distinct experiences

Bethesda, MD – From picking new and exciting destinations to selecting the right hotels, people today are looking for ways to create their own unique travel experience that is tailored to their distinctive interests and tastes. SpringHill Suites by Marriott understands this need and is starting by updating the most important element of the day – breakfast. Infused now with an array of customizable options, the enhanced offering introduces a fresh approach to complimentary hotel breakfasts in the upper moderate tier. 

“We know how important it is for travelers to start off their day right,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott. “Having the ability to select and choose what you want, when you want it, enhances the personalization element that in turn improves your overall experience.”

Starting this month, in addition to the signature, hot items previously offered, menu enhancements include fresh spinach, deli ham, cheddar and Havarti cheeses, sweet breads and croissants, whole strawberries, Kashi® cereal and Dannon Oikos® Greek yogurt*. A selection of salsas, local hot sauces and mustards allow travelers to add some spice to their morning routines.

SpringHill Suites Breakfast - ToppingsThink toppings are only for sundaes? Think again. A robust toppings bar now allows guests to dress up their hot or cold breakfast selections, ranging from dried fruit and nuts to sweet decadences such as chocolate chips and coconut flakes to appeal to everyone’s palate*.

At SpringHill Suites, guests discover hotels infused with stylish spaces, blending smart design and thoughtful functionality. SpringHill Suites’ guest suites engage the senses with vibrant colors; provide inviting space that is flexible and connected and open; and present an ambience empowered by a natural sense of freshness. SpringHill Suites lobbies elevate the rules of engagement – transforming how guests seamlessly work and relax. The open design lobby inspires guests to sit, relax and enjoy their stay.

* Items vary by location and day of week.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite brand that offers design and style at an affordable price, appealing to both business and leisure travelers. Ranked highest in the Guest Satisfaction Study for the Upscale Brand Segment by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study, the brand features spacious suites and smart layouts that allow guests to relax and reenergize. Launched in 1998, the brand currently has more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit, become a fan at or follow the brand at

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Renaissance Hotels Partners with Iron Chef Jose Garces to Create Exclusive Mother’s Day Bloody Mary Menu

Renaissance Hotels - Do Not Disturb Mom PackageDiscover the Local Flavors of Ten Global Cities

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Renaissance Hotels ( is partnering with Chef Jose Garces, Food Network’s Iron Chef and the Chef of Mercat a la Planxa inside the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel, to create a limited-edition Bloody Mary menu including ten cocktails inspired by global cities.  Available at participating Renaissance Hotels over Mother’s Day weekend, the menu inspires guests to discover the unique flavors and indigenous ingredients of some of the world’s most exciting destinations.

Spanning from San Francisco to New York, and stretching halfway across the globe to Paris and Shanghai, Chef Jose Garces’ Mother’s Day menu fuses culinary excellence with a worldly palate.  The ingredients and garnishes were hand selected to reflect the flavor of each location.

Sip on the Chi-Dog Juice, featuring sweet pickle relish and yellow mustard, mimicking Chef Garces’ hometown of Chicago’s renowned style of hot dog; taste the zest of New Orleans with ‘Dat Eye Opener, comprised of strong creole seasoning, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce;  transport yourself to eastern Asia with a Bloody Pearl¸ inspired by the flavors of Hong Kong:  Chinese black vinegar, Chinese hot sauce and ground caraway seeds; or float away to a tropical destination with San Juan’s Puerto Maria, a blend of Spanish onions, green bell peppers, cilantro and aijes dulces.

The exclusive menu includes cocktails inspired by ten cities celebrating Mother’s Day this May 12th:

• Chicago
• Hong Kong
• Miami
• New Orleans
• San Francisco
• San Juan
• Sao Paulo
• Shanghai
• Tuscany

For those looking to celebrate Mom with a weekend away, Renaissance Hotels is also offering a getaway package to coincide with this very special holiday at participating hotels.  The Do Not Disturb Mom mother’s day package includes:
• Deluxe Accommodations
• Late check-out where available
• Breakfast for two
• Bloody Mary’s from the global menu
• Signature floral arrangement
• Renaissance candle crafted by Joya

For those interested in booking the Do Not Disturb Mom mother’s day package, please visit and use reservation code RHO.   Rates are subject to location and availability at participating Renaissance Hotels.

Renaissance Hotels is known worldwide for offering unique guest experiences woven through design, service, the brand’s signature Navigator lifestyle concierge service and their award winning RLife LIVE arts and entertainment platform.

Chef Jose Garces’ global Mother’s Day Bloody Mary menu will be available at participating Renaissance Hotels through the month of May. 

Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit

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JW Marriott Hotels Offer Junior Jetsetters Healthy Menu Options

JW Marriott kids menuNew JW Kids Menu by Keri Glassman Brings Nutrition, Flavor and Imagination to the Table

Washington, D.C. - April 1, 2013 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has partnered with nationally recognized nutritionist and author Keri Glassman to create a new JW Kids Menu, helping junior jetsetters build healthy eating habits while traveling and arming them with the skills they need to continue the practice at home. 

The interactive menu, debuting at JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the U.S. this spring, features comfort food favorites with a healthy twist, giving little ones the chance to pick and pair foods they love while giving parents peace of mind by offering healthy options.

“With kids’ food choices becoming increasingly diverse, we are looking to create dining options that are fresh, healthy and imaginatively tasty,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “These items will not only delight kids from a culinary standpoint, but will also let parents know the JW Marriott brand cares about the well-being of their entire family.”

Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the JW Kids Menu is divided into three sections – “Kids Nosh,” “Big Kids,” and “This, That & the Other” – offering a variety of large and small dishes to satisfy even the pickiest palates.

• Kids Nosh – This section includes items such as fresh-cut cucumber and carrot sticks with a low-fat yogurt ranch dip or cheese cubes and grapes that will quiet grumbling tummies while kids explore their new activity book and parents peruse the dinner menu. 
• Big Kids – Catering to junior jetsetters who may not view themselves as kids, this section features well-balanced, recognizable favorites like turkey meatballs along with “mini” adult offerings for more sophisticated palates such as grilled organic chicken.
• This, That & the Other – To empower kids to make their own healthy choices, this section allows younger guests to mix-and-match with guidance from parents, letting them explore a variety of nutritious offerings while encouraging their imaginations.

“Just as adults should maintain their diet and exercise routines while travelling, kids should as well,” said Keri Glassman.  “Travel presents opportunities to try new things and even lets kids bring new food favorites or habits home with them. The new JW Kids Menu helps kids accomplish just that.”

The menu concept and design was created to enrich the guest experience outside of the hotel room by blending guests' passions for culture, culinary and well-being, with a special focus on sustainable, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Accompanied by an artistic activity book, crayons and a take-home reusable cup, the new kids menu layout focuses on art and features a mini “curator” cartoon who will lead kids through art activities, games and food choices, helping mix-and-match the right meal and teaching important nutrition information along the way.

About JW Marriott
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 60 JW Marriott hotels in 24 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries. Visit us online,, @jwmarriott and

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

About Keri Glassman
Keri Glassman is a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian, published author and of four books including the recently released The New You and Improved Diet, as well as founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life™, a New York City-based nutrition practice. Keri advocates the importance of a whole-person approach to health and wellness and as a member of JW Marriott's panel of experts, provides guests with her expertise to sustain a healthy, balanced life while traveling.  Keri helps millions as a trusted nutrition and health expert in the media. She is dedicated to her field and to the broader goal of educating the public, and her expertise is frequently featured on several national television programs including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, The Talk, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Wendy Williams Show, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and CNN. Keri hosts an original series called “A Little Bit Better” which is featured on Youtube’s Livestrong Woman channel. She is a spokesperson for national brands that align with the Nutritious Life mission, and is a prolific writer and commentator. She has regular columns and blogs with Women's Health magazine, Equinox, US News and Livestrong.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Kumins, JW Marriott Global Brand Public Relations, 301-380-7487,
Chloe Mata Crane, Baltz & Company, 212-982-8300,



Marriott’s Chef Brad Nelson Wins Food Arts Silver Spoon Award

Brad Nelson - Food ArtsFood Arts magazine has named Brad Nelson, Marriott’s corporate chef and vice president of culinary, the winner of its prestigious Silver Spoon Award for sterling performance.  The Silver Spoon Award has been given to some of the culinary world’s brightest stars including as Nancy Silverton, Jose Andres and Tom Colicchio. 

Nelson oversees Marriott’s culinary strategy for its 15 brands and 3,700 hotels in 73 countries.  Over his 14 years with Marriott, he has led many of the company’s most impactful and innovative food and beverage initiatives including eliminating trans fats from the menu in 2006 and its sustainable seafood program, Future Fish, which was introduced in 2010. 

Food Arts—the gold standard in the food industry—is known for keeping its readers on the cutting edge with authoritative coverage of trends, news, and inspiration from across the globe.  With the latest and hottest restaurant openings, business-building tips from colleagues, menu and food innovations, how-to culinary demos, tabletop fashions, state-of-the-art equipment, marketing ideas, and recipes galore, Food Arts serves the informational needs of the entire full-service segment of the restaurant/hotel industry.  The magazine (published 10 times a year) has been an invaluable resource and inspiration for nearly a quarter of a century, and now will supplement the magazine with online exclusives, chef interviews, videos, image galleries, and up-to-the-minute news.

Food Arts is a proud member of M. Shanken Communications, Inc., publisher of Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, The Whisky Advocate, Impact Report, and Market Watch.

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JW Marriott Resorts Portfolio Christens October as Culinary Month With First-Ever Online Cookbook & Dessert Specials

Ten Resorts in U.S. & Mexico Offer Easy to Make Regionally-Inspired Recipes & All Resorts Will Feature Specially-Priced “Throwback” Desserts.

Cibolo Biscuits - JW San AntonioOctober is known as Cook Book Month and National Dessert Month and to celebrate, the JW Marriott Resort Portfolio has launched its own Culinary Month across the collection of ten JW Marriott resorts in the U.S. and Mexico. On October 1, the portfolio debuted its first-ever online cookbook featuring recipes from each resort’s acclaimed chefs at The culinary masters have highlighted cuisine that is unique to their local region as well as recipes that are easy for readers to replicate. In addition, the resorts are allowing guests to indulge in childhood sweet favorites with special pricing on “throwback” desserts at various on-property restaurants.

Sushi Pizza - JW LA LiveCreating unparalleled culinary experiences is a passion for each property in the JW Marriott portfolio. The resorts’ restaurants consistently receive high praise from both guests and locals and by developing this complimentary online cookbook, guests can bring some of the JW Marriott resort experience home to impress family and friends. With recipes from acclaimed chefs such as JW Marriott LA Live’s Nona Sivley (winner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 8), the World Pastry Champions from JW Marriott Desert Ridge and JW Marriott Cancun’s Dominic Esposito; travelers can create gourmet meals straight from the resorts’ kitchens. At-home chefs can easily download and print mouthwatering dishes such as pan roasted snapper with soy olive oil and ginger pesto, sushi pizza with ahi tuna and jumbo lump crab as well as buttermilk biscuits and a prickly pear chocolate cake.

To satisfy guests’ sweet tooth throughout Culinary Month, each property is featuring a special “throwback” dessert reminiscent of favorite treats from the past. Ranging from warm granny smith apple tart and banana pudding to a junk food platter featuring a rotating selection of treats like homemade cotton candy and hostess cupcakes, the decadent confections will be the perfect way to end guests’ dining experience.

For more information on the JW Marriott Resort Portfolio or to view the online cookbook, please visit

About JW Marriott Resort Portfolio
The JW Marriott Resort Portfolio consists of ten resorts located in the US and Mexico. Each property provides guests with unique experiences that enhance the brand’s passion points of culture, culinary arts and well-being. As the most elegant and luxurious Marriott International brand, JW Marriott Resort Portfolio provides business and leisure travelers a deluxe level of comfort and personal service on their terms.

About JW Marriott
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 57 JW Marriott hotels in 23 countries; by 2015 the portfolio is expected to encompass 79 properties in 28 countries.

Media Contact: Allison Finazzo, Quinn & Co. (212) 868-1900 ext. 262;


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Destination Cellars Offer Customized Wine Travel Experiences to Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members

The Ritz-Carlton and Destination CellarsCHEVY CHASE, MD - September 13, 2012 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. in conjunction with Destination Cellars, a private luxury wine club announces unique access to special, customized wine travel experiences around the world for members of Ritz-Carlton Rewards® .

From intimate tastings to one-on-one time with top winemakers in breathtaking destinations, Destination Cellars specializes in personalizing incredible journeys for affluent food, wine and travel enthusiasts. Now, these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are available as part of The Ritz-Carlton Rewards membership.

“Of all the world’s great epicurean travel experiences, few are as bespoke as the ones provided by Destination Cellars” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  “The Ritz-Carlton Rewards now offers members the opportunity to embark on their own private wine tour, complete with regional culinary demonstrations, creative wine-blending sessions and exclusive access to 125 of the world’s most prestigious wineries in nine countries” he added.

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards continues to develop relationships within the luxury arena to further deliver on our promise to members, offering exclusive access to extraordinary experiences” commented Chris Tammaro, Vice President, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. “Working with Destination Cellars, an authority in the global field of winemakers, we are providing access to a world that we know is a passion point for Ritz-Carlton guests worldwide.”

Consider some of the possibilities now available through Destination Cellars: waking up in La Bandita, an exquisite eight-bedroom Tuscan villa, for six days of guided tours of Montalcino in the fall (available from October 20 through December 20), with time in the kitchen sampling Tuscan wines as you learn how to make fresh pastas, sauces and breads. True oenophiles will savor a sumptuous Brunello tasting featuring Casanova di Neri Brunello and, since this is Tuscany, a decadent five-course white truffle dinner. 

In addition to access to customized wine trips, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards program members will also have direct access to some of the world’s most exclusive and rare wines. Led by Estate Sommelier Sean Q. Meyer, who has served as sommelier and wine director for such culinary icons as Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, and made wines for some of Napa’s premier vintners, Destination Cellars is ready to recommend and source the perfect bottle, whether you’re designing your own personal cellar, looking for a present or planning a special trip.

From legendary vineyards to unforgettable meals, the ultimate wine adventure awaits. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards members are invited to discover an exclusive epicurean journey limited only by their wildest dreams.

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About Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

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Bill Marriott Challenges You to a Cook-Off

Bill Marriott's Cook-Off ChallengeContest announced on his blog Marriott on the Move.

So you think you can cook?  Bill Marriott is holding his first cook-off challenge.  Using random ingredients, can you whip up a delicious meal? Send him a photo and recipe and he will declare a winner.

“This began as a contest among Marriott European chefs,” said Bill Marriott, Executive Chairman, Marriott International.  “I want to open it up to all cooks.  Be creative with the ingredients.”

Bill Marriott's Cook-Off Challenge Ingredients
How to enter:
Prepare a meal using the ingredients above; add your own spices.
Send a photo and brief description via email or Facebook
All entries will be posted to Facebook’s Marriott International page
Entry deadline: August 15th

Winning entry:
The winner will receive a congratulatory phone call from Bill Marriott. 

Bill Marriott’s idea for a cook-off was inspired by the region-wide cooking contest in Marriott kitchens across Europe. Teams of chefs were given a box filled with random ingredients that they used to create a three-course meal. The Forest of Arden, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham, England came out on top. Their meal consisted of a trio of salmon as a starter, a taster of game as the entrée, and a lemon meringue tart with raspberry mayonnaise strawberry sorbet and Chantilly cream for dessert.

You can read more about the cook-off on Bill Marriott’s blog.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Takes the Party Outside

Ritz-Carlton - Moonlight & MonumentsFriday evening “Movies by Moonlight,” Saturday Morning Yoga, And Sunday Afternoon Garden Party In The Urban Garden.

The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington, DC is taking the party outside this summer with unique warm weather promotions.

"Movies by Moonlight"
Watching a movie under the stars used to mean piling in the station wagon to head off to the drive-in and clipping a speaker to the car window while the kids threw popcorn around in the back seat. Today, drive-ins may be all but extinct, but the special pleasure of spending a summer's evening outdoors watching a movie is still alive and well at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington, DC.

Beginning Friday July 6th at 8 pm you’ll find the unexpected in the heart of Georgetown - "Movies by Moonlight" - the hotel's informal outdoor theatre showing classic movies every Friday under the stars in their Urban Garden. The season series will open with Ghostbusters, a 1984 supernatural comedy film that stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City, who start a ghost catching business.

The Ritz-Carlton's hallmark service enhances the viewing experience with complimentary popcorn and a variety of specially priced movie-themed cocktails and movie nibbles. Movies by Moonlight will run until September 28th, 2012.

Saturday Morning Yoga
Every Saturday at 9 am until September 8th hotel guests and Georgetown neighbors can enjoy complimentary outdoor yoga classes courtesy of Georgetown's Lululemon. Also available are private one-on-one fitness sessions with well known local trainers which can be arranged through the hotel's boutique spa.

Ritz-Carlton - CocktailSunday Afternoons in the Urban Garden
End the weekend on a high note with specially priced cocktails, bottles of wine at half price, buckets of beer, a special summer inspired tapas menu, and local DJ Marvin Nguyen, all served up in The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown's artistically-inspired outdoor escape, the multi-tiered Urban Garden.

Beginning Sunday July 1st until September 30th from 4 pm - 10 pm, Sunday Afternoons in the Urban Garden offers the perfect outdoor cocktail party where guests can chill and let the good times roll. As the sun sets over the Potomac enjoy summer classic cocktails like Sea Breeze, Cape Codder, Dark and Stormy along with the Fresa Chiller, Urban Sunset, and the Skippy Surprise, The Ritz-Carlton's newest twist on summer libations. Tapas options include Warm Greek Olives, Grilled Virginia Ham and Talbot reserved cheese, Deviled Eggs, Shrimp and Chorizo.

"The idea for the Sunday afternoon garden party is to offer Washington, DC locals and visitors a cooler, classier, outdoor alternative to the riverside bars. Summer's upon us with warmer temperatures and longer days so it's a great late afternoon option to experience "alfresco" fun cocktails, a fresh local, seasonal menu, and "cool" summer music - it's anything but the Queen Mums traditional garden party" says Jeff Brower, general manager.

The Urban Garden
The Urban Garden, with its terraced garden of paver stones, stacked stone wall, lush grass and a canopy of trees, is also the perfect venue for intimate weddings accommodating up to 90 guests, outdoor evening of dining under the stars for 60 guests, and receptions of up to 90 guests.
In homage to the creative neighborhood it calls home, The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown and its outdoor haven the Urban Garden is a welcome respite amid Georgetown's vibrant community.

Complimentary valet parking is available for all three events and for additional information guests should check the hotel's website calendar at or call 202.912.4100 for movie listings and dates, weather conditions and rain dates.

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