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Waldorf Astoria New York Names Christopher Eagle Restaurant Chef of Hotel’s Culinary Institutions

NEW YORK, NY – September 6, 2012 – Christopher Eagle has been named restaurant chef of The Waldorf Astoria New York. He now oversees the property’s three restaurants including Peacock Alley and its famed Sunday Brunch, Oscar’s Brasserie and the legendary Bull & Bear Steakhouse along with the hotel’s 24-hour room service offering.

As one of his initial duties, Eagle oversaw the revamping of The Waldorf Astoria’s famed Sunday Brunch, which will begin Sept. 9 after a summer hiatus. Located in Peacock Alley, the gem of the hotel’s lobby, the spectacle of culinary indulgence is known as one of the top brunches in the country and an unrivaled experience for food lovers, New Yorkers, travelers, and experientialists alike. Chef Eagle’s new brunch menu will include a focus on seasonal products and specialties while paying homage to the hotel’s culinary history as the birthplace of American staples such as eggs Benedict, Waldorf salad, and red velvet cake. New dishes will also incorporate honey harvested from the hotel’s newly installed beehives.

“We are excited to have Chef Eagle bring his energy, enthusiasm and esteemed culinary background to the kitchens of The Waldorf Astoria New York,” said General Manager Eric O. Long. “He brings a passion for culinary leadership to the team and has already provided a strong sense of innovation by successfully overseeing the new Sunday Brunch display.”

Eagle joins the distinguished culinary team at The Waldorf Astoria New York with a vast knowledge of cuisines due to the span of influence received at top restaurants and hotels throughout the country. A graduate of the Advanced Standing program at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts, his past positions have included executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton Aspen, executive chef of Raffles L’Ermitage Beverly Hills where he was awarded an unprecedented Four Diamond Award two years in a row at the hotel’s signature restaurant, JAAN, and head chef of Cielo in Boca Raton. Most recently he worked with Chef Grant MacPherson and his company Scotch Myst in Las Vegas.

The epicenter of New York City’s business, social, cultural and political life, The Waldorf Astoria New York is one of the city’s most diverse dining destinations, with three distinctive restaurants. From Bull & Bear steakhouse, a Manhattan institution and the stylish Peacock Alley, the jewel of the hotel’s lobby, to Oscar’s American Brasserie offering casual dining, opportunity awaits. The hotel is credited with the creation of such American staples as veal Oscar, lobster Newburg, eggs Benedict and (of course) Waldorf salad. It also helped popularize culinary traditions like Thousand Island dressing and red velvet cake.

For more information about The Waldorf Astoria New York’s restaurants or to make restaurant reservations visit http://www.waldorfnewyork.com/dine-in-style/ or call (212) 872-1275.

About The Waldorf Astoria:
The Waldorf Astoria, an official New York City landmark since 1993, has been an internationally recognized symbol of elegance and grace for more than 100 years. As such the Art Deco masterpiece, occupying an entire city block of midtown Manhattan is at the epicenter of the city’s cultural, commercial, social and political life. A grand hotel in the grandest of traditions, with cosmopolitan restaurants, bustling lounges and bars, more than 60,000 square feet of high-tech equipped function space, state-of-the-art business center and intriguing boutiques, The Waldorf is a microcosm of the city it has served so well for so long. The Waldorf Astoria is a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide. Call 1-800-WALDORF or visit www.waldorfnewyork.com for more information.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

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Food & Beverage: Going Casual
According to industry tracker PKF Hospitality Research, food and beverage sales represent the second- largest source of revenue for full-service hotels behind rooms. Given its financial importance, hotel operators are constantly adapting and evolving their F&B operations in order to remain current with industry trends and to meet (and exceed) guest expectations. Recent food developments which continue to proliferate include the farm-to-table movement; customized menus for those who are vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free; the appearance of smaller dishes on tasting menus; and creatively- prepared comfort foods served in more casual settings. In fact, there is a growing emphasis in the entire industry on more casual food operations. Customers are eschewing the typical breakfast-lunch- dinner/appetizer-entrée-dessert model in favor of "fast-casual" menus and service (think Panera, Chipotle or Cosi as examples). Even better if these menus are also available throughout the property, especially in social-gathering areas like the lobby, pool or bar. Some hotels are also experimenting with "pop-up" restaurants - a temporary dining option with edgy menus and design served in unexpected locations (like rooftops or lobbies) - as a way to keep things energetic and fresh. Another trend which applies to both food and wine is the option to purchase food and beverages in multiple sizes. Some operations are giving their customers the opportunity to choose - a three ounce pour of wine or a nine-ounce pour; a six-ounce filet or a twelve-ounce - the customers decide their portion size and pay accordingly. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document all these trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.