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MENLO PARK, CA (May 7, 2019) — Park James Hotel, managed by broughtonHOTELS, announces the appointments of Marigene Mabalot as Director of Food & Beverage and Simona Oliveri as Executive Chef. Both bring extensive hospitality and culinary expertise to Park James Hotel and Oak + Violet restaurant.

As the new Director of Food & Beverage Marigene Mabalot oversees all day-to-day food and beverage operations for Park James Hotel including the management of Oak + Violet, O+V Courtyard, and the cocktail curation at the Park James lobby bar.

As Executive Chef Simona Oliveri handles all culinary operations for the property including menu creation and execution at Oak + Violet, featuring California farm-to-fork cuisine, O + V Courtyard, group meetings and events, and room service.

"We are thrilled to have both of these trend-setting, talented industry female leaders oversee the Park James culinary team. Both Simona and Marigene are integral to Oak + Violet’s continued growth and popularity. Under their direction, Oak + Violet and O+V Courtyard will continue to be the gathering place for locals and travelers to Silicon Valley featuring personalized service and an exceptional food and beverage experience," said Larry Broughton, founder and CEO broughtonHOTELS.

Marigene brings years of restaurant operations and food and beverage management to Park James Hotel. Most recently, Marigene was Senior Food & Beverage Manager at Hotel Spero and Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen in San Francisco. There she oversaw all daily F&B operations for the hotel and restaurant. Prior to that she spent two years as Food & Beverage Manager at OTO Developments, Hilton Garden Inn, Palo Alto. Previous management positions include Guest Service Manager at Paul Martin’s Grill, and Hospitality Manager at PF Chang’s China Bistro.

Simona joined Oak + Violet as a sous chef upon the California craft kitchen’s opening in November of 2018 and was an integral part of the culinary team and direction. Prior to that she was the owner and executive chef of Bonifacio Fine Catering – a premier Silicon Valley catering company with a focus on organic cooking.

The Park James Hotel is situated in the center of Silicon Valley just steps from Menlo Park’s quaint downtown. The Park James Hotel is located at 1400 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

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About Park James Hotel

Menlo Park’s most anticipated new luxury hotel, the Park James Hotel brings California craft style and hands-on service to Silicon Valley. The LEED Silver hotel is suited for every type of traveler with 61 well-appointed guest rooms, a unique outdoor courtyard garden and cocktail bar, and 1,200 square feet of flexible meeting space among other amenities. Oak + Violet, the Park James Hotel’s signature restaurant, pays homage to California’s finest ingredients with a menu featuring high quality, hand-picked, and locally sourced ingredients.

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About Broughton Hospitality Group

broughtonHOTELS has some pretty radical ideas for a hotel management company. Ideas like personally interacting with investors and owners regularly, being authentic in our daily practices and reporting, and finding creative new solutions to old problems. Personal. Authentic. Creative. You won’t find that everywhere, but it’s kind of our thing. For more than 15 years, broughtonHOTELS has achieved success as a full-service hotel management company for a diverse portfolio of boutique California and Chicago properties, and we’re expanding all the time. The foundations of our success are built on a “from the ground up” philosophy of developing engaged, enthusiastic teams and responding to each challenge individually.

Contact: Kris Ferraro / 512.522.2856

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