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Renaissance Dallas Hotel To Bring Farm To Table Dining To Group Functions

With 77 days left before the Renaissance Dallas Hotel opens the doors to its 50,000-sq. ft. of brand-new meeting and event space on July 14th, General Manager Mark Woelffer notes that groups at the hotel will be treated to Farm to Table style dining which is currently employed in Asador and many other high-end restaurants.

According to Chef Partner Dean Max, "Farm to Table represents an all-natural, local, sustainable and seasonal approach to creating our food and beverage program.  The ideas of simplicity meeting freshness and seasonality are the center of our philosophy.  It's not about flashy ideas or presentations, but solid flavors of high quality local product that make us special. "

Chef Max adds that implementing Farm to Table is not typical for groups because of the time investment it takes to source the products and do the production when you are feeding large numbers of guests at one time.  "It takes more advanced leadership, focus, and training than most hotels want to do," he adds. "With the growth of quality food awareness, we recognize it as a huge competitive advantage."

The Renaissance Dallas Hotel is committed to providing guests with healthier products processed in a safer environment.  This focus on localism has multiple benefits.  First, it is important to many local groups who appreciate the hotel keeping the business in the community with people they know and trust.  Secondly, it is important to out-of-town guests who are stuck in meetings during their trip because they will now be able to explore this region in a culinary way.  

"The physical stress of travel is a burden to the mind and body.  Travelers are saturated with boring food and processed junk everywhere they go," adds Chef Max.  "Our goal is to provide them with healthy, tasty food and beverages that leave them energized and excited." Corporate groups and social groups alike will benefit from house-made food that is all-natural, heirloom, healthier, and at the peak of its flavor because it's in season.  By using seasonal items, the result is simply great taste! The new menus are more detailed with choices that deliver diversity for a more complete and interesting experience.

The new meeting facility currently under construction at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel will give the property a total of 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.  The centerpiece of the new space will be a 16,000-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom (able to accommodate up to 1,500 people for a seated dinner) with plentiful natural light throughout.  Directly above the new ballroom will be the City View Room and City View Rooftop Terrace including an additional 10,900 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space for truly unique large-scale events.  The City View Room will offer floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline.  The architect and contractor for this project is HC Beck. While the new space is opening on July 14th, the existing space will be undergoing renovation and will reopen on September 1st.

The Renaissance Dallas Hotel offers luxurious accommodations and remarkable architecture in an excellent location near the American Airlines Center, Dallas Convention Center, and Love Field Airport.  Consistently ranked among the top hotels in the city, the property includes 514 guest rooms and suites, Celebrity Chef Dean Max's celebrated Asador Restaurant, rooftop pool, and fitness center.  Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) currently offers a portfolio of nearly 90 hotels across nine lodging brands in the DFW Metroplex.
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