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Benchmark Hospitality Chefs Showcase Culinary Skills
at New York's Renowned James Beard House
New York, January 2007 - Chefs from four Benchmark Hospitality International properties were invited to prepare a five course holiday dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in Manhattan on Thursday, December 28, 2006.  The James Beard House is the original townhouse residence of the storied Chef and Dean of American Cookery, James Beard.  

The Benchmark culinary team included Dale Hawkins, executive chef at Stonewall Resort of Roanoke, West Virginia; Todd Wolfson, executive chef at Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, New York; Jason Lage, executive chef at Lansdowne Resort, near Leesburg, Virginia; and Jennifer Chambers, executive pastry chef at North Maple Inn of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  Mary Watson, Benchmark's award-winning sommelier, based at Lansdowne Resort, paired each course with superb American wines.

The five course tasting menu, which composed the "Benchmark Holiday Dinner," was served to nearly 90 guests at the Beard House.  Guests included members of the James Beard Foundation, executives from New York-area corporations, members of the press, and Benchmark Hospitality's invited guests.  

L to R:  Front, Chef Dale Hawkins; Sommelier Mary Watson; Chef Todd Wolfson; Ellen Sinclair, Vice President, Benchmark
Middle, Chef Jennifer Chambers; Chef Jason Lage; Jeff Farina, Chief Development Officer, Benchmark
Back, Sam Haigh, President & COO, Benchmark; Bob Zappatelli, Vice President Food & Beverage, Benchmark

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.  
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at  

Benchmark Hospitality International
The Woodlands (Houston), Texas

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Contact: Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 



Also See: Benchmark Appoints Todd Wolfson Executive Chef for Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center / October 2006
Benchmark Hospitality Chefs Showcase Talents at Renowned James Beard House in New York / January 2006


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