Appearances, Book Signings, Cooking Demonstrations
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In conjunction with April’s National Stress Awareness Month, Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts is helping draw attention to the benefits of healthy relaxation with special activities at properties throughout the Collection.
The effort kicks off in Los Angeles with a special “De-Stress Express’ themed promotional event at The Grove Shopping & Entertainment Resort tomorrow, April 4th, 2012. Consumers are invited from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. to take part in stress-reducing activities such as free chair massages and Zen breathing exercises, as well as healthy fitness activities such as body mass index testing and tips on ways to reduce stress and stay healthy while traveling from fitness guru Jennifer Cohen. Cohen, author of the book “No Gym Required”. Cohen, whose expert advice has been featured on such shows as NBC’s Today and Extra, among others, will also lead light workouts at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Additionally, participants can indulge in stress-relieving dark chocolate as well as “virtual” photo opportunities to picture themselves in exotic Caribbean and Mexico scenes that can then be shared with friends through their social media channels.
Resorts within the “Paradise By Marriott” Collection are offering a variety of special stress-reducing and wellness activities throughout the month of April. All properties will be providing a stress-reducing tip sheet from Cohen to help guests gain maximum relaxation during their trip. Other offerings include:
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino:
- Guests will be served signature Aloe fruit punch at check-in
- The property offers yoga, power Pilates, and beach walks, Tae Bo and more.
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino:
- Fifteen percent off the resort’s signature “Why Knot” massage.
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino:
- Ten percent off all spa treatments for the month of April
- Complimentary green tea available through room service.
- The resort also offers stress-reducing sunrise yoga, sunset yoga and water aerobics year-round
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort:
- Sunrise & sunset yoga upon request once per week.
St. Kitt’s Marriott Beach Resort & The Royal Beach Casino:
- Fifteen percent off spa treatments if booked five days in advance
- Café Calypso is offering peppermint iced tea to help guests relax with soothing and energizing properties.
- Zumba and spinning lessons are being offered to re-energize the body and aqua aerobics in the pool and outdoor yoga classes are available
The property is also offering a Tropical Escape Package at the spa where guests can enjoy two, 25 minute treatments for $99 (excluding taxes and service charge.) In addition, the spa is launching a new signature treatment called Honey Ginger Propolis Journey. This unique and relaxing treatment, priced at $229 for 80 minutes designed to sooth the senses while acting as an immune system booster. Five percent of the package’s profit is donated to support local beekeepers efforts to continue to grow the honey business in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort:
- Ten minutes added on a complimentary basis to any 50-minute or more massage. Ten minutes will also be added on neck, arm and hand massages with any facial.
- Zumba is offered daily as well as yoga three times a week.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa:
- Complimentary feet exfoliation during Swedish massage
- Complimentary daily stretching classes
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort:
- Complimentary bananas provided as a source of potassium to help reduce the effects of anxiety and stress
- A foot soak in salt water to help alleviate swollen feet and reduce stress
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa:
- “De- Stress Express” relaxation corner at the front desk area to enjoy a free five-minute shiatsu massage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wellness hour with 10% off spa services from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
- 2×1 yoga classes (upon request)
- 2×1 spinning classes (upon request)
- Open Laughter Yoga Class
- Simply fish & shrimp festival at Las Casitas restaurant where guests have the ability to choose what kind of fish they prefer and how they want it cooked. Complimentary glass of red wine is also included in honor of Stress Awareness Month.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa also offers its Escape Relaxation Spa Package. Rates start at $209 per night and include deluxe rooms with private balcony, daily breakfast buffet, welcome drink, in-room spa bath, two free fitness classes, and two 50-minute spa treatments (like a Swedish massage) with farewell gift. Minimum stay with this package is three nights and blackout dates apply. Guests should use promo code ZJ1 when booking
For more information on Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts, visitwww.paradisebymarriott.com.
Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts:
Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts (MARCAM) represents the region’s most luxurious resort properties, each complete with chic accommodations, state-of-the-art amenities and stunning oceanfront locations. The Collection’s nine Resorts situated throughout seven destinations in the Caribbean & Mexico share elevated standards of service, style and reputation that are further magnified by participation in the MARCAM team. Formed in 1997, MARCAM brings a refined level of awareness to this exclusive Collection of full-service properties. For more information please visitwww.paradisebymarriott.com.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 3,700 lodging properties in 72 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, AC Hotels by Marriott, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; licenses the development and operation of vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands and licenses the development of The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club brand to the newly independent Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 129,000 employees at 2010 year-end. It is ranked by FORTUNE as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for. In fiscal year 2010, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $12 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our website atwww.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visitwww.marriottnewscenter.com.
CNN Heroes Chef Bruno Serato welcomes The Bikini Chef® as top restaurant critic Sophie Gayot and Anaheim White House bringing together leading chefs from around the World for a special dinner evening.
Chef Bruno has a new project in 2012. He would like to move families who qualify out of that environment, and help them start a new path for their future. Working along side The Illumination Foundation Chef Bruno finds families who lost their job and homes due to the economic situation and gives them a chance to come back into a more stable environment, a dream come true.
So far Chef Bruno has families from Anaheim, Placentia, Buena Park, Newport Beach, Los Alamitos, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. “It’s time to stop talking about it, and to start doing something about it! I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart”. – Bruno
This event is in support of Chef Bruno’s new project. A majority of all ticket proceeds will go directly to qualifying a family to move from a dangerous, one bedroom motel room, to an apartment where we can help with move-in costs for the first and last months rent.
This will be an exciting evening! Cocktail hour will feature Top chefs performing cooking demonstrations in the White House garden, while premium Chefs stand in as Maitre D to talk with guests about Caterina’s Club motel kids program, as well as a FABULOUS 5 course meal prepared by some of the TOP chefs in the World! The Bikini Chef® prepares her signature Cucumber Mousse on Wafer of Cucumber with Caviar in support of Chef Bruno’s new project and amazing heart!
25 Celebrity Chefs in Attendance:
The Bikini Chef® – Bikini Lifestyles on PBS and AM 790 KABC
Michel Blanchet- Small Smoked Seafood Company
Laurent Brazier- Executive Chef Instructor for Laguna Culinary.
Maurice Brazier- White House Catering
Antonio Cagnolo- Antonello Ristorante.
Ryan Carson- ‘Pri-v a ‘touring’ restaurant.
Jean Pierre Dubray- Pelican Hill Resort
Sophie Gayot- Gayot.com
Jamie Gwen- KFWB 980 “The Chef Jamie® Radio Show”
Christophe Happillon- Oyster Gourmet
Wendie Huffman- Ten Asian Bistro
Louis Laulhere! – Former Owner of La Vie en Rose in Brea
CJ Luis- 12 year old chef guest celebrity chef
Jeff Mahin- Stella Rossa Pizza Bar
Eddie Meza- Anaheim White House
Octavio Montoya- Laguna Culinary Arts Café
Philip Moreau- Cookie Gallery.com
Anahita Naderi- Hidden Dinner
Pascal Olhats- Pascal Restaurant
Francis Perrot- Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
Edmond Sarfati- Formerly of Lafayette Restaurant
Pierre Sauvaget- Former executive chef of Bel-Air Bay Club
Bruno Serato- Anaheim White House
Yvan Valentin- Sweet Temptations
Barbara Venezia- “At Home the Range”
Date: Thursday April 26, 2012
Time: 7PM Cocktails
Attire: Cocktail Attire is requested
Please RSVP by April 15, 2012. For additional information or to make a reservation please contact:
Anaheim White House Restaurant/ Megan Seltzer 714-772-1381
A four day celebration of food and wine during the Laguna Beach A La Carte event happening March 8 through 11, 2012. This wonderful event is presented by Laguna Beach Vistors and Conference Bureau.
This four-day event starts on March 8th with a Winemaker and Chef’s Table Dinners. Restaurants include Claes Ovation, The Cliff Restaurant, French 75, K’ya Bistro Bar, Nirvana Grille, Sapphire Restaurant & Pantry, Starfish Laguna, Sundried Tomato, Tabu Grill and Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink. Prices range $35 to $125 per person for the prix fixe dinners.
On Friday, March 9th, join us for a Taste of K’ya Bistro at the Rooftop Lounge and Hotel La Casa del Camino.Award-winning Chef Connonle’s Mediterranean cuisine will be showcased with the gorgeous ocean views.
Saturday March 10th, includes live music, selection of savory bites prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Armstrong and speciality cocktails and sweet treats prepared by Mixologist/Pastry Chef, Ryan Velilla at Surf and Sand Resort’s Pool Deck. This event if RSVP only. For tickets contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, March 11th, you can enjoy a cocktail competition at The Pacific Edge Hotel or enjoy your evening with a champagne reception at Studio in Montage. There is also a brunch available at Tivoli!
So mant gorgeous and delicious Laguna Beach Restaurants are teaming up to present the food and wine experience of a lifetime!
For more information visit: www.LagunaBeachFoodies.com
Coachella Valley’s fifth annual Restaurant Week brings together more than 100 top restaurants, hotels, and attractions, June 1-10, 2012
The Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week Association, Inc. announces the fifth installment of Pal, Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week, taking place June 1-10, 2012, throughout the Coachella Valley. Featuring dining deals, exclusive hotel packages, and special rates at area attractions, the Restaurant Week’s signature “Eat. See. Stay.” experience provides guests with a unique opportunity to explore Palm Springs and its neighboring communities.
More than 100 local businesses will be participating this spring, including lauded newcomers Augusta in Palm Desert, THE SPRING Resort & Spa in Desert Hot Springs, and Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, as well as Restaurant Week favorites, such as The Tropicale in Palm Springs, The Nest in Indian Wells, Okura Robata Grill in La Quinta, Jackalope Ranch in Indio,Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs Follies, and Desert Adventures-Red Jeep Tours in Palm Desert. For more information and a full list of participating businesses, visit www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.
Throughout the 10-day event, diners can choose from three-course, prix fixe menus, available for $24 or $36 per person, at over 65 participating restaurants in Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Cathedral City. These value-driven menus enable restaurants to showcase their signature dishes and allow food lovers to explore the diversity of restaurants in the Coachella Valley. Rounding out the “Eat. See. Stay” experience and providing a unique component to the Restaurant Week, select hotels and area attractions-from golf courses to water parks and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway-are offering special rates and perks available exclusively during Restaurant Week.
“The organizing committee embraces the ‘dining-plus’ philosophy so we can give visitors the opportunity to eat, sightsee, and stay throughout the Coachella Valley,” says Treasurer Juliana Manion-Copley, who also operates Copley’s on Palm Canyon in Palm Springs. “The week is not only a great way to thank our regular customers, but also an avenue for introducing ourselves to new ones and showcasing all that the desert community has to offer.”
ABOUT PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK
Founded in 2007, Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week showcases the diverse dining and leisure opportunities in the city of Palm Springs and surrounding communities of the greater Coachella Valley. In just five years this annual event has grown from fewer than 30 participating restaurants, hotels, and attractions to more than 100. Restaurant Week, in its fifth installment in 2012, offers 10 days (June 1-10) of its signature “Eat. See. Stay.” experience, featuring exclusive dining, hotel, spa, and attractions deals. Sponsors include Palm Springs Life / FOOD + WINE Festival Palm Desert, Kaminsky Productions, Savor a Taste of the California Desert, The Desert Sun (A Gannett Company), and Lamar, among others.
ABOUT PALM SPRINGS DESERT RESORTS RESTAURANT WEEK ASSOCIATION, INC.
The Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week Association, Inc. officers and committee members represent a cross section of prominent restaurateurs and hoteliers from throughout the Coachella Valley, as well as operators of local attractions and publications and executives of local tourism boards. Officers include Executive Director Kim Crandal, co-author of the book Savor a Taste of the California Desert featuring recipes from top Coachella Valley chefs; President Tony Marchese (Owner of Trio restaurant in Palm Springs); Vice President Eric Morcus (Director of Sales for the Kaiser Family Restaurant Group, with locations in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Indio); Secretary Marc Lodovico (General Manager of Vicky’s of Sante Fe in Indian Wells); Treasurer Juliana Manion-Copley (Owner of Copley’s on Palm Canyon in Palm Springs); and Director of Communications Bob Schneider (Operator of Desert Adventures-Red Jeep Tours in Palm Desert). Overall, the 19-member committee represents award-winning restaurants, acclaimed resorts, golf clubs, influential local publications, attractions, and area convention and visitor bureaus.