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Destination Hotels & Resorts Launches Kids Healthy Recipe Contest
in Support of National Nutrition Month in March

Program Supports Company’s Commitment to Healthy Eating Through Kids Café Menus

Englewood, Colo. – March 4, 2011 – Today, Destination Hotels & Resorts is launching its inaugural Kids Healthy Recipe Contest in support of National Nutrition Month. The contest encourages consumers to submit their favorite healthy recipe that children enjoy eating. The winning recipe will be featured on the company’s Kids Café healthy menu selections for a year, and the chef who submits the top entry also wins a trip for a family of four to any full-service Destination Hotels & Resorts property.

“As a parent and as an executive in a company that serves thousands of meals each day, I realized that Destination Hotels & Resorts has a special opportunity and responsibility to take a leadership role in educating parents and kids about healthy menu selections, which combined with exercise can make a positive contribution to overall wellness” said Mark Hickey, senior vice president of hotel operations for Destination Hotels & Resorts, as well as the creative force behind the company’s Kids Café program.

The father of two young daughters, Hickey was inspired to tackle healthy eating from personal family experience and focused on, one hotel at a time. His vision became a reality when the company launched its Kids Café healthy menu selections last summer at Destination’s annual Food and Beverage Conference, attended by the company’s executive chefs and food and beverage directors. The menu selections were created in an “Iron Chef” event by executive chefs from the company’s more than 30 restaurants. These menu items were judged by six children who rated the selections from 1 (Gross) to 4 (Delicious). Menu favorites that are offered through Kids Café include Melon Fries with Strawberry Ketchup, Build Your Own Fruit Taco, Fruit Shots, Watermelon Fizz and Squidword Breaded Fish Sticks.

Kids also will be a part of the judging process for the Destination Kids Healthy Recipe Contest. To enter, visit and submit a healthy recipe that kids enjoy eating – this can be a recipe for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack or healthy beverage. Consumers are encouraged to “like” various recipes that catch their eye. The top three recipes with the most “likes” will be prepared and tasted by a group of Destination Hotels & Resorts food and beverage professionals along with a children’s panel of judges.

The winning recipe will be featured on the Destination Kids Café menu for a year. And, the person who submits the winning recipe will win a three-night stay for four people at any full services hotel or resort in the Destination collection. The grand prize also includes airfare for a family of four, as well as a specially prepared multi-course dinner at the hotel, featuring their Kids Café winning menu item prepared by the property’s executive chef. A Destination Hotels & Resorts executive chef also will arrange to make an appearance in the classroom of the winner’s children to give a healthy eating and cooking presentation.

Second and third place winners will have their recipe posted on the Destination Hotels & Resorts Web site under the Kids Café section for a year. 

For more information or to view complete contest rules, please visit

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Destination Hotels & Resorts is rated as the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the United States with more than 35 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides personalized travel offers to members. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit or to join Destination Delivers, visit

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Kristin Yantis
Malen Yantis Public Relations
(720) 532-0211

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