Five-star Chef Charlie Trotter to Create Restaurants for Elysian Hotel and
Private Residences, Chicago; First Collaboration with a Hotel in the U.S.
November 30, 2006 - Five-star chef Charlie Trotter will bring his superlative-culinary experience to the Elysian Hotel and Private Residences, flagship of a new ultra-luxury brand, under construction at 11 East Walton Street and scheduled to open in 2008. The venture marks Trotter's first collaboration in the U.S. and the latest success for the Gold Coast development.
"We talked with some of the nation's foremost chefs about creating a restaurant truly attuned to the quality and character of the Elysian. In Charlie, we found the ideal partner, whose standards of excellence equal our own," said David Pisor, founding partner and chief executive officer of the property's developer, Elysian Worldwide. "Widely regarded as one of America's finest chefs, Charlie is an icon and true innovator in the worlds of food and service. We couldn't be more thrilled about our association with him."
Responsible for all food and beverage operations at the Elysian, Trotter will create an exclusive restaurant open for dinner only -- his first new fine dining restaurant in Chicago since 1987 -- featuring the inspired and consistently flawless cuisine that is his trademark. Additionally, he will operate a second dining room, open all day, and oversee cuisine for in-suite dining, banquets and catering.
"Over the past two decades, I have had countless offers to partner with hoteliers all across America, but this is the first time I have felt a real meeting of minds," Trotter added. "David is a true visionary, and I look forward to working with him and his team to deliver a guest experience unlike any other."
Since opening in 1987, Charlie Trotter's eponymous restaurant in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood has won international recognition including induction into the esteemed Relais & Chateaux and membership in Traditions & Qualite. One of only two Chicago restaurants to receive five stars from the Mobil Travel Guide, Charlie Trotter's has won ten James Beard Foundation awards and accolades as America's Best Restaurant from Wine Spectator magazine. In 2004 Trotter opened "C," a fine-dining seafood restaurant at the newly renovated One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Trotter also oversees all private dining at One&Only Palmilla, and operates their poolside casual restaurant, "Breeze."
Chef Trotter joins an all-star team behind the Elysian's success. International real estate developer Golub & Company is the project manager, and its principals are investors in the project. Lucien Lagrange, synonymous with the city's premier luxury residential towers and another local icon, designed the core and shell of the 60-story tower. Chicago-based Simeone Deary Design Group created the interiors for all public spaces and the 188 hotel suites. Above the hotel, 51 expansive, private residences from 3,400 to 12,000 square feet, provide stunning views of the city and the lake. Two years before the Elysian's scheduled completion, sales have reached 70 percent.
Visits to the Elysian's sales salon, 605 N. Michigan Ave., are by appointment. For more information, phone 312-664-9500 or visit http://www.elysianhotels.com/ .
Elysian Worldwide is a Chicago-based real estate development firm founded in 2003 to develop ultra-luxury landmark hotels and residential properties in gateway cities and destination resorts throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm's leadership includes David Pisor, general partner and CEO, as well as principals Mary Beth Malone, Jeffrey Pavlik and Mario Tricoci.