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 Benchmark Hospitality Chefs Showcase Talents
at Renowned James Beard House in New York 
New York, January 2006 - Executive Chefs from three Benchmark Hospitality International properties cooked a sumptuous holiday dinner at the renowned James Beard House in New York on Thursday, December 29, 2005. 

The chefs included Scott Lahey, executive chef at North Maple Inn of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Anthony Loos, executive chef and director of food & beverage at The Founders Inn of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Konrad Meier, executive chef at Lansdowne Resort of Leesburg, Virginia, near Washington, DC.  Lansdowne's sommelier, Mary Watson, assisted along with Jennifer Chambers, pastry chef at North Maple Inn.

The five course "Benchmark Holiday Dinner" was served to nearly 100 guests of the James Beard House, including James Beard Foundation members, executives from New York-area corporations, members of the press, and Benchmark Hospitality's invited guests. 

Photo L to R:  Anthony Loos, Konrad Meier, Scott Lahey, 
Jennifer Chambers, Mary Watson.

The James Beard Foundation (, based in New York City, is the definitive culinary arts organization in the United States dedicated to showcasing American chefs' talents.  It is named after the great American chef, Dean of American Cooking, and Father of American Gastronomy, James Beard.  The Foundation and The James Beard House, where chefs from around the world showcase their talents, are situated in Manhattan in Beard's original townhouse home, located in Greenwich Village. 

North Maple Inn at Basking Ridge ( offers 171 well-appointed guestrooms with 16 spacious suites, as well as 20,000 square feet of dedicated event space.  Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the Four Diamond hotel features Coasters, a casual lounge; Cuisine, a restaurant serving eclectic American fare in an open-hearth kitchen; and an elegant ballroom. North Maple Inn provides complete fitness and recreation facilities for hotel guests. The property is one of the finest hotels in New Jersey.

Lansdowne Resort ( is the capital region's premier, full-service resort.  Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the resort is situated on 500 + acres of secluded countryside along the Potomac River near Leesburg, Virginia.  Lansdowne features 305 freshly renovated luxury guestrooms and suites, a multi pool aquatic complex, 36 holes of championship golf, including the new Greg Norman Course, a new 45,000 square foot clubhouse, and six dining outlets.  In February 2006, the resort will unveil Spa Minerale, a 12,000 square foot full-service spa, and in the summer, a 9-hole Greg Norman-designed short course, bringing the golf complex to 45 holes.

Boasting charming old-world decor accented by beautiful furnishings and antiques, The Founders Inn ( of Virginia Beach, Virginia, provides the appeal and warmth of a country inn with fine amenities and award-winning cuisine. The Inn's 240 gracious guestrooms and suites offer working space and views of 26 landscaped acres. Select rooms include gas fireplaces, Internet access and views of the lake and formal English Gardens.  The Founders Inn is managed by Benchmark Hospitality International. 

Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers and hotels both domestically and internationally. 


Benchmark Hospitality International
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas

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Contact:  Ken Ellens 
Ken Ellens Communications
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax

Also See: LaSalle Hotel Properties Acquires the 296-room Lansdowne Resort for $115.8 million; Benchmark Hospitality Continues as Manager / June 2003
The Founders Inn Receives Top-to-Bottom $8 Million Overhaul / Sept 1999

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