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 The "King of Cocktails," Dale DeGroff, Appointed Halekulani's Director of Beverage Arts, In Residence


HONOLULU - Sept. 8, 2004 -- Halekulani, Honolulu's premier luxury resort, is redefining the standards of beverage service in luxury hotels with the appointment of master mixologist Dale DeGroff to the newly established role of Director of Beverage Arts, In Residence. In his new position, DeGroff will oversee all aspects of beverage programs and service at Halekulani's three restaurants and lounge, and will introduce a new menu of unique signature cocktails and beverages created exclusively for Halekulani.

Universally acknowledged as the world's premier mixologist, Dale DeGroff developed his extraordinary techniques and talent for over twenty years tending bar at some of the world's great establishments. The most notable of his positions was at New York City's famous Rainbow Room, where he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails and invented over 400 of his own unique libations.

"Our philosophy at Halekulani has always been to ensure an all-encompassing experience for our guests that reflects an incomparable level of personalized service and attention to detail in every aspect of their stay with us," said Peter Shaindlin, chief operating officer of the Halekulani Corporation. "Dale's innovative and extraordinary talent for redefining the beverage experience reflects that philosophy, and we are confident that his appointment as Director of Beverage Arts will ensure that our guests experience an unsurpassed beverage service that is the perfect complement to our award winning culinary offerings."

"I am thrilled to partner with such a prestigious and highly acclaimed resort as Halekulani," said Dale DeGroff. "Hawaii offers a plethora of fresh exotic fruits and ingredients with which to experiment, and I look forward to playing a role in creating unique and lasting memories and experiences that each guest will take away from their stay at Halekulani."

Often referred to as the "King of Cocktails," DeGroff creates award-winning cocktail menus, develops innovative beverage programs, and has established himself as the leading authority and a much sought after expert in the beverage industry. DeGroff was recently named "Beverage Professional of the Year" by Bon Appetit Magazine. His latest book, The Craft of the Cocktail, was honored with the IACP Julia Child Award and hailed by Men's Journal as the "look-here-first, look-here-last primer on drink mixing." DeGroff's television appearances include CNN, NBC's Today Show, The Food Network and Discovery Channel, among others.

Halekulani is managed by the Hotels and Resorts of Halekulani, a brand management division of the Honolulu-based Halekulani Corporation, which also manages Waikiki Parc Hotel. 

Also See: James Pedone Appointed Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Halekulani and the Waikiki Parc Hotels / March 2004
Halekulani Corporation Engages Peter E. Shaindlin as Chief Operating Officer / Aug 2003

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