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On Sunday, Oct. 21,  Alize in The Palms, Las Vegas will unite top chefs to create an unforgettable evening to honor the memory of the late Jean-Louis Palladin. The evening of stellar chef collaboration and talent to benefit James Beard Foundation will take place at Alizé. Named after the gentle trade winds that sweep the French Caribbean Islands, Alizé at the Top of The Palms features world-class cuisine, service and wine list, boasting the most dramatic view of the famous Las Vegas Strip. 

Chef Jean-Louis Palladin is considered one of the culinary geniuses of the 20th   century. Also known as the chef who put fine dining on the proverbial map, Palladin inspired world-renowned chefs to emerge from their kitchen and go to the farms in search of the finest products no matter where they were located. Chef Palladin was a master of his craft, known for his creativity, passion, technique, and commitment to the very best. Jean-Louis was as much a teacher as a chef, encouraging and mentoring many while demanding perfection of himself and all around him.

The chef’s lineup will be announced later this spring.

The James Beard Foundation is proud to offer the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant. Created to perpetuate the mission and programs of the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation, the initiative will provide a series of annual grants of up to $10,000 to working chefs.  This grant will allow recipients to spend time learning from and working with master growers, producers, and food artisans; to toil alongside renowned chefs in America and abroad and to study varied specialized skills.  

Alizé has gained notoriety and accolades and is one of the top new restaurants in the world.  Located inside the Palms Casino Resort at 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Alizé is open daily from 5:30 p.m.


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This Mother’s Day, what better time and place to spend “quality time” together than a Girls’ Getaway to Hayman, Australia’s celebrated private island destination in the Great Barrier Reef.

Hayman is Australia’s premier luxury nature-resort destination, located on the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland.  Hayman, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, covers 726 acres offering guests an experience of tranquility and natural beauty in the resort’s 210 stylish accommodations.

Spoil mom or a group of girlfriends with a special getaway, at the Hayman Spa as a celebration of Mother’s Day.  Enjoy a complimentary 30-minute Refresher Facial when booking a 1-hour Massage or Body Treatment and a complementary 15-minute Makeup Touch-Up when booking at 1-hour Facial. In addition to Hayman Spa’s full range of pampering indoor and outdoor therapies and treatments, acclaimed yoga specialist Skye Baird from Skye LifeStyle will be conducting tailored yoga classes over Mother’s Day weekend.

 From May 10-13, the Hayman Yoga Escape offers a line-up of activities, including daily 90-minute yoga and 30-minute meditation sessions, leisure time and healthy dining. The three-night Hayman Yoga Escape is priced from $1425 per person twin share or $2160 single which includes accommodation, return launch transfers from Great Barrier Reef Airport, scheduled yoga and meditation sessions, breakfast and 3-course dinner.  

Situated within separate locations throughout the property, are the stunning new residences—all with access to the turquoise waters and access to the Reef.  With four restaurants, Hayman Spa and fitness facilities, picturesque meeting and special event areas, and 24-hour butler and concierge service, leisure and luxury are offered in many forms throughout the island.

There also will be plenty of time for wandering at a leisurely pace through the Hayman Arcade’s boutiques featuring a range of designer wear and accessories from leading Australian and international fashion houses, as well as a selection of fabulous Hayman branded merchandise. During each weekend in May, a glass of sparkling wine will be available in all of the outlets beginning at 3 p.m. while everyone looks for that special purchase to take home. 

Packages are priced from $980 per person twin share including four nights’ accommodation and daily beachfront breakfast. Please contact for further information. 


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MUSSEL BAR Serving Up Sophisticated Food Raising “Eating at the Bar” To A Whole New Level

 Revel Beachfront Resort award-winning  chef Robert Wiedmaier also famed as master of Belgian cuisine, opens the first extension of Mussel Bar, outside of the Washington Metro Area at the resort this spring.  The inspiration for Mussel Bar draws from an old-world Belgian roadhouse serving Bière, Moules & Frites, and other Flemish favorites.  Mussel Bar blends the comfort of a pub, live rock and roll, the energy of a sports bar, and  culinary excellence to raise “eating at the bar” to a whole new level.  The latest dining venue to be announced for Revel will include a stage for live performances and a window into the kitchen to showcase the creative process in the kitchen. A selection of over 150 Belgian and domestic beers will be perfect accompaniment.  “Casual eateries like Mussel Bar were just the place my friends and I used to go to kick back and relax when living in Belgium and Germany – eating  mussels, drinking beer, and listening to rock and roll into all hours, before we had to head back to the kitchen or home,” Wiedmaier reminisced fondly.  “People enjoy that.  It’s good, reasonable everyday food.  It’s comfortable.”   

Mussel Bar is reminiscent of a roadside tavern that one might discover while traversing the Belgian countryside.  Guests are greeted with knotted oak wainscoting and floors, terracotta tile columns and borders, mussel-shaped ceiling drops as well as beer bottle and rope light fixtures.  The bar features a concrete surface embedded with mussel shells and a 16-foot-by12-foot illuminated glass façade bottle cooler.  Train clocks, beer towers, slate menu boards and muscled graphics punctuate the space. And with a slight nod to his favorite pastime, riding his motorcycle, a custom-made Bourget hangs from the ceiling for all to admire.  

 Culinary stations echo a food market and boast the offerings on Chef Wiedmaier’s menu: the catch of the day is displayed with other fresh fishes on ice, pizza is rounded out on a limestone work surface and cured meats hang over cheeses in the charcuterie.  


Revel, the 6.3-million-square-foot beachfront resort, will be a complete entertainment destination encompassing more than a dozen  other restaurants, two nightclubs, private beach club, more than 1,800 guest rooms, retail shops, a 31,000-square-foot spa, two theaters that seat 5,500 and 700 guests respectively and a 150,000-square-foot casino.  Revel will bring a true resort option to the Northeast, enhanced by entertainment and lifestyle offerings designed by top performers in daylife, nightlife, theatrical, spa, and experiential programming. 

Chef Wiedmaier joins an impressive roster of chefs at Revel including Chefs Jose Garces and Marc Forgione.  Each culinary partner at Revel has a vested interest in the resort and brings signature flair from their regional restaurants in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.   

Named Washington’s Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington in 2009, Wiedmaier is recognized for his passionate respect for top-notch product. When not in the kitchen, he can be found out hunting duck, deer or elk in the fall and winter.  In the summer, he fishes with his two sons, teaching them what it means to bring fish from open waters to the table, an adventure that was captured by the PBS James Beard award-winning program Chefs A’ Field. 

To experience Revel and to see a glimpse of the future, visit

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HOLLAND AMERICA LINE- Signature of Excellence hosts a Culinary Extravaganza in 2012

Holland America Line’s Culinary Arts Center Program hosting an all-star lineup of more than 60 celebrated chefs, cookbook authors and television personalities, including  “The Next Food Network Star” personality Serena Palumba, “Top Chef: Just Desserts” participant Zac Young and Chef Tony Maws, winner of the 2011 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Northeast.” 

The Culinary Arts Center, enables guests to experience culinary demonstrations in a full show kitchen, tastings, question-and-answer sessions and hands-on classes conducted by top chefs, wine experts and leading cookbook authors.  “The Culinary Arts Center is at the core of Holland America Line’s enrichment program and each year we bring on board the most talented and entertaining culinary experts in their field,” said Richard Meadows, Holland America Line’s executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programs. 

Celebrity Chefs featured in Holland America Line’s 2012 Culinary Arts Center Program include:  

Kaushik Chowdhury, executive pastry chef at the JW Marriott  Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. Chowdhury has received numerous awards including first place in the Food Network’s Sugar Showdown competition and a gold medal at the 2009 U.S. National Pastry Championship. He is scheduled to sail aboard ms Amsterdam during the 18-day Grand World Voyage segment departing April 10. Chowdhury also is scheduled to sail Oct. 9 and Oct. 27 during segments of Amsterdam’s Grand Asia and Australia Voyage.  

Linton Hopkins,  owner and executive chef of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta, Ga., and a multiple James Beard award nominee. He was recently nominated for a 2011 James Beard Award in the “Best Chef: Southwest” category. Hopkins is slated to sail aboard ms Eurodam’s 10-day Gems of the Baltic cruise June 14.  

Tony Maws, executive chef and owner of Craigie on Main in Cambridge, Mass. The contemporary French cuisine restaurant was named one of Boston’s “10 Most Influential Restaurants of the Decade” by The Boston Globe, and Maws himself was named one of America’s “10 Best New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine. In 2011, he won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef: Northeast.” Chef Maws is scheduled to sail aboard ms Ryndam’s Norwegian Fjords cruise May 6. 

Serena Palumba, teaching chef, television personality and recent finalist from season six of the Food Network’s hit show “The Next Food Network Star.” Palumba, created an instant-hit series of instructional videos on YouTube called “Cooking in Manhattan” teaching viewers to prepare meals with simple ingredients and limited equipment within the confines of a small urban kitchen. Palumba is scheduled to sail on ms Veendam’s seven-day Bermuda cruise April 29. 

Jonathan Sawyer, executive chef of Greenhouse Tavern, named one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine and best new restaurant by Cleveland Magazine. Sawyer has appeared on the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Iron Chef America,” and recently honored by Food & Wine magazine as one of America’s best new chefs. He is scheduled to sail on ms Zuiderdam’s seven-day Alaska Inside Passage cruise Aug. 18.  

Leslie Sbrocco,  wine expert, award-winning author and television personality. She is the host of the PBS series “Check, Please!” for which she won both the coveted James Beard Award and an Emmy Award. She has written two books, “Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine” and “The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide.” Sbrocco is slated to sail on ms Maasdam‘s 10-day Eastern Caribbean cruise Nov. 30. 

Denise Vivaldo,  culinary consultant, food stylist and celebrated  cookbook author. Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and has cooked for notable guests such as U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles and Bette Midler. Vivaldo has styled food for nationally syndicated television shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Inside Dish with Rachel Ray. Vivaldo is scheduled to sail on ms Westerdam’s seven-day Alaskan Explorer cruise July 21.  

Zac Young, executive pastry chef of Flex Mussels Restaurant in New York City. He trained in France with renowned chefs Philippe Givre at Valrhona and Philippe Parc at Chocolate Michel Cluizel, where he developed his signature style of using French techniques and bold flavors for a creative spin on classic American desserts. Young finished in the final four of Bravo’s first season of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” and can be seen on The Cooking Channel’s new series “Unique Sweets.” Young is scheduled to sail on ms Volendam’s 23-day South Pacific cruise April 10. 

Other notable Culinary Arts Center guest chefs and cuisine experts slated to sail in the 2012 season include: 

  • Hugh Acheson, judge on “Top Chef” season nine, culinary author, executive chef and partner of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Ga., sails on ms Veendam’s May 27 Bermuda cruise.
  • Timon Balloo, executive chef of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in Miami, Fla., sails on ms Noordam’s Riviera Romance cruise Oct. 15.
  • Paul Carter, executive chef of The Phoenician in Phoenix, Ariz., sails on ms Zuiderdam Aug. 18 in Alaska.
  • Jeffrey Elliot, director of culinary relations for Zwilling JA Henckels, Demeyere, and Staub, knife skills expert and executive chef of Zwilling JA Henckels – USA, sails on ms Eurodam Dec. 8 in the eastern Caribbean.
  • Jason Franey, executive chef of Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, Wash., sails aboard ms Oosterdam’s New Zealand Discovery cruise Oct. 24.
  • George Geary, culinary journalist, author and educator, sails on ms Rotterdam Aug. 4 in the Baltic.
  • Matt Gennuso, executive chef and owner of Chez Pascal, a French-American bistro in Providence, R.I., sails on ms Amsterdam June 1 in Alaska.
  • Paulette Mitchell, culinary instructor and author of 11 cookbooks, sails on a segment of Amsterdam’s Grand World Voyage departing March 21.
  • Patricio Sandoval, executive chef at Mercadito Chicago, sails aboard Rotterdam’s 14-day Spring Panama Canal cruise departing April 3.
  • Kevin Sbraga, executive chef and owner of Sbraga restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa., and Bravo’s “Top Chef” season seven winner, sails on Noordam July 17 in the Mediterranean.
  • Angelo Sosa, executive chef and co-owner of Social Eatz, an “American-Asian” restaurant and bar in New York City and Bravo’s “Top Chef” season seven finalist, sails on Prinsendam Aug. 8 in Norway and the British Isles.
  • Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, authors of the “Ultimate” cookbook series, sail on Amsterdam Nov. 17 for a segment of the Grand Asia & Australia Voyage. 


Holland America Line’s Culinary Arts Center

Holland America Line’s industry trend-setting Culinary Arts Centers are featured on each of the line’s 15 ships. A “world class show kitchen at sea,” the Culinary Arts Centers presented by Food & Wine magazine resembles the elaborate show kitchens used by celebrity chefs on television cooking programs.

In partnership with Food & Wine magazine, Holland America Line has schedule approximately 60 celebrated chefs and wine experts to sail in 2012. Holland America Line also offers a youth Culinary Arts Center activity program on select sailings to teach kids and teens how to cook. The program incorporates dishes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in complimentary 45-minute-long classes. 

For more information on Holland America Line’s cruises and cruise tours, consult a professional travel seller; call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (1-877-724-5425)



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Kudos to hotelier Carlos Couturier and partners Grupo Habita, on HOTEL AMERICANO, their first hotel in the US and making a statement of their own

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Hôtel Americano  An innovative boutique hotel that opened in the fall of 2011 in the heart of Manhattan’s West Chelsea, is where it’s at! This Steamy HOT 10-story building is located alongside the world’s best art galleries and New York’s famed High Line Park. The clientele is elite; the music sets a stylish euro vibe. The Americano restaurant is fab! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is New York at its best; friendly staff and fantastic menu with dishes like Salad De Homard (main lobster, quinoa, avocado, cilantro, salsa verde, crème fraiche) Saumon A La Plancha (seared salmon, grilled vegetables, sauce vierge) all simply perfect. And if a burger is what you are in the mood for, well… Burger.MX (avocado, poblano, tomato, lettuce, chipotle mayo, jalapeno pickle, served with pommes frites) is packed with   amazing flavors that explode and melt in your mouth. The cuisine mixes American with Mexican influences and it works beautifully! The wine list includes solid selections both by bottle and glass like Chenin Blanc, Savennieres Domaine de Deux Vallees 2009 which we enjoyed with a lovely cheese selection of Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged, Roquefort and Double Cream Crement. Dinner reservations required.  Hotel Americano truly IS all the rage. Outside, the building is a glass structure encased in a metal mesh façade capturing the industrial feel of the surrounding neighborhood. The rooms suggest an urban ryokan with wooden platform beds, warm lighting and natural materials. Custom Amenities and advanced technology provides a serene space to retreat from the City’s bustle. Indoor and outdoor private event space including outdoor rooftop terrace, pool and cabanas, Manhattan-made Bowery Lane Bicycles for guest use, Free wireless high speed internet service in all rooms and public spaces makes Hotel American a perfect spot for Corporate events. Hotel Americano 518 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.  +1 212 216.0000.  For more information go to:  The group has twelve boutique hotels throughout Mexico.

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Announces Official December 1st Opening of its New Surfcomber Miami, South Beach

Following a top-to-bottom renovation, this popular South Beach classic will reveal its new look and personalized approach to service and design-driven spaces that marry the eclectic style of European Bohemia with American front porch appeal creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. The newly Surfcomber hotel offers guests a retro, breezy atmosphere and a distinctive South Beach experience that is as cool as it is friendly, and as sexy as it is fun.  “The new Surfcomber brings to South Beach all the things South Beach visitors desire most – a sultry and stylish hotel that is dynamic and fun, yet inviting and authentic. Together with the enticing surf that inspired our name, it all makes for the ultimate playground under the sun,” said Sean McKeen, general manager at the Surfcomber. Surfcomber sits on the Atlantic Ocean’s edge along 200 feet of oceanfront property in the heart of the Art Deco District. The hotel’s heated pool and .outdoor deck surrounded by spacious cabanas remain a signature element and provide a sublime setting for sipping cocktails poolside. Surfcomber gives guests a place to relax and re-charge in its 186 inviting guest rooms with luxurious Frette bed linens and bath products by European fashion designer, Etro.  Enjoy the diverse mix of dining options, including a Southeast Asian street fair inspired restaurant concept.  

As with other Kimpton hotels, Surfcomber is pet-friendly, providing them with their own services and amenities at no extra cost, including VIP (Very Important Pet) amenity; pet bowl and pet bed. For guests traveling alone… request a live goldfish – fed and cared for by the hotel staff to stay overnight in their guestroom. Additional Surfcomber amenities include favorite offerings such as personalized guest preferences, Forgot It? We’ve Got It! menu of travel essentials, creative mini bars with healthful and organic options, complimentary Wi-Fi to Kimpton InTouch members, morning coffee and tea service in the living room, hosted evening wine hour daily, and health-minded wellness options, such as complimentary on-demand yoga, Pilates and meditation channels on television, and a yoga bag filled with accessories for use during a guest’s stay. Surfcomber guests can also take advantage of  the hotel’s 24-hour in room dining, 24-hour on-site business center, concierge service, same day laundry and dry cleaning service, and 24-hour valet service. In addition, Surfcomber appeals to those who wish to go green and stay green, having implemented Kimpton’s more than 100 environmentally responsible operational practices under the Kimpton EarthCare program, which has been proven effective in reducing waste, energy and water consumption nationwide. To book a stay at Kimpton’s new Surfcomber, and be among the first to experience the hotel’s new surf-splashed and sun-kissed appeal, a special grand opening rate has been created. Available for booking through January 31, 2012, rates start at $149 and $199 depending on dates of stay, with some blackout dates.

To book, visit, call (800) 994-6101 or email and refer to booking code GRAND. Surfcomber Miami, South Beach is located at 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida.

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“It’s a Suite Life Baby” as Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach Partners with Maclaren

Four SeasonsResort Palm Beach announces Suite Palm Beach Kids, a new program that provides guests with access to select items from Maclaren’s baby furniture and accessories. Upon checking into one of the Resort’s newly redesigned two bed-room suites, families will find it furnished with a stylish crib and changing table from Maclaren’s Cabine collection, complete with the brand’s new line of nursery bedding. In addition, parents have access to other items such as a top-of-the line Maclaren stroller and bounce seat at no additional cost.

The Resort offers a wonderful complimentary program for children ages five to  twelve that includes daily activities from morning fun on the beach to afternoon arts and crafts, music, story time, and at The Ocean Bistro, kids under five years of age eat free!.  Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach recently completed a two-year, multi-million dollar improvement campaign that included a complete room redesign, added a luxurious salon and Spa and upgraded the pool terrace.

Maclaren is a leading consumer lifestyle company for parents. With the creation of the industry’s first umbrella fold buggy more than 40 years ago, Maclaren revolutionized how millions of families with young children explore their world. Maclaren also introduced the first infant travel system and the first umbrella fold twin buggy. The company has continued to establish their strong brand by innovating to provide families with high quality, modern, stylish goods in premium transport products, extensive accessories, personal care and soft goods. In addition to providing world-class engineering and the industry’s first Sovereign lifetime warranty, Maclaren is also on the cutting edge of fashion with its collaborations with Burberry, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Lulu Guinness, Mina Perhonen, Philippe Stark, and others.

For more information visit:  Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is located on:  2800 South Ocean Blvd.  Palm Beach, Florida 33480 (561) 582-2800 Fax.  (561) 547-1557

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