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10.03.18

Experience the Tradition of Afternoon Tea at The Pfister Hotel

Pfister Blu Bar Afternoon Tea
The hotel’s treasured afternoon tea experience will be offered every Saturday and Sunday through April 28, 2019

One of the AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel’s most treasured traditions returns for another season. The hotel’s popular afternoon tea service, complete with a Pfister Tea Butler and tableside tea blending, kicked off this month and will now be available every Saturday and Sunday through April 28, 2019.

Reminiscent of the 19th century, The Pfister’s afternoon tea offers an elegant experience perfect for friends and families looking to enjoy a traditional English afternoon in Milwaukee’s most luxurious hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, The Pfister provides one of the best views of the city’s skyline as well as lavish surroundings to complete the high tea experience.

“As The Pfister celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, we are once again excited to bring back our popular tea service,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “This unique experience is a highly anticipated tradition for many, especially as we approach the busy holiday season. We hope our many guests will once again enjoy this treasured tradition with family and loved ones at Milwaukee’s most iconic hotel.”

During each afternoon high tea experience, guests are first greeted by a Pfister Tea Butler who educates them on each variety of tea, the unique flavors, blending options and pairing suggestions. Presented in all-silver service, including a replica of an 18th century self-tipping teapot, tea is paired with a special menu complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. For ladies and gentlemen 12 years or younger, an All Grown Up menu is also available which includes Vermont ham and cheddar finger sandwiches, herbed chicken salad tartlets, raspberry milk chocolate tarts and warm sipping chocolate.

As part of its tea service, The Pfister Hotel is proud to offer a fine selection of Rishi Teas in 12 varieties, including its signature blend, Pfister 1893, exclusively crafted in 2013 in conjunction with Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Pfister 1893 features a blend of jasmine and wild rose-scented white teas infused with rejuvenating peppermint and calming lavender. The high tea experience is complete with delightful music by a pianist, a cozy fireplace and fine selections of Veuve Cliquot or Veuve Cliquot Rose.

Individuals of all ages interested in experiencing The Pfister’s afternoon tea are invited and encouraged to reserve early for this popular series. Seatings are available Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 414-935-5950.

Please visit The Pfister Afternoon Tea for more information on menu selections and pricing.

The Pfister Hotel is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://Media.MarcusHotels.com.

About The Pfister Hotel
Celebrating its 125th year, The Pfister Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Midwest and continues to be the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus Corporation renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel remains home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, and is home to an award-winning Artist in Residence program celebrating its 10th year.
Today The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report and was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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09.06.18

Experience the World-Class Art in Downtown Milwaukee with a Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package This Fall

Half Big Suit by Edwin Wurm 2016
“Half Big Suit” 2016 by artist Erwin Wurm, part of Sculpture Milwaukee 2018. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company based in Milwaukee, is offering art collectors an elite opportunity to experience the city’s urban, outdoor art gallery, Sculpture Milwaukee, by booking the Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package running now through October 20, 2018. Now in its second year, Sculpture Milwaukee features works by 22 internationally, nationally and locally renowned artists and features an urban, outdoor art gallery representing a broad range of generations, working practices, materials and styles.

The Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package makes for the perfect fall getaway to admire the world-class sculptures while taking in the breathtaking autumn colors in Milwaukee this September and October. Art lovers and connoisseurs will get a first-hand look into Milwaukee’s incredible growing and diverse arts community, as well. The package includes:

• A personal, private tour of The Sculpture Milwaukee outdoor exhibit with curator Russell Bowman
• An overnight stay in the Presidential Suite at Milwaukee’s premier AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel
• Complimentary dinner for two at Mason Street Grill
• Private tour of the world-renowned Milwaukee Art Museum
• Exclusive sneak peek at the curated artwork for Milwaukee’s first arts-inspired hotel expected to open in 2019

Sculpture Milwaukee, led by Stephen H. Marcus, chairman of the board of The Marcus Corporation, provides a unique opportunity to view some of the finest art in the world. Highlighted works of the 2018 exhibit include: Magdalena Abakanowicz’s The Group of Five, 2014; Liz Glynn’s Untitled (Burgher with extended arm), 2014; Mel Kendrick’s Marker #2, 2009; Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg’s Skew, 2018; Hank Willis Thomas’ Liberty, 2015; Bernar Venet’s 97.5° Arc x 9, 2007; and Erwin Wurm’s Half Big Suit, 2016. Also featured in this year’s exhibit is work from Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE series. Indiana, who passed away in May, will be remembered by many in the city for his painting of the court in the former MECCA arena.

The Sculpture Milwaukee Collector Package runs now through October, 20, 2018 and starts at $1,450. For more information on details, and to book your reservation, please contact Cassy Scrima at cassyscrima@marcushotels.com.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://Media.MarcusHotels.com.

About Sculpture Milwaukee
Debuted in 2017, Sculpture Milwaukee is the vision of Steve Marcus, a local philanthropist and chairman of the board of The Marcus Corporation. Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21, a 501(c)(3) organization, serves as the administrative arm of the project with many Milwaukee organizations and institutions lending their support. This tremendous gift to the community is made possible through grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships. The inaugural exhibition was organized by advisor Russell Bowman, former director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and included 21 regional, national and international artists – Donald Baechler, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Deborah Butterfield, Santiago Calatrava, Saint Clair Cemin, Tony Cragg, Jim Dine, Paul Druecke, Michelle Grabner, John Henry, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, Tom Otterness, Will Ryman, Alison Saar, Joel Shapiro, Jessica Stockholder, Tony Tasset, Manolo Valdes and Jason S. Yi. Sculpture Milwaukee 2018 is curated by Russell Bowman and Marilu Knode, Sculpture Milwaukee’s project director and former director of Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.sculpturemilwaukee.com or call 414.220.4700.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 21 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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08.23.18

Five Marcus Restaurant Properties Awarded Wine Spectator Recognition

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Geneva ChopHouse, Bloomington ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee ChopHouse, and Grey Rock Restaurant Receive Award of Excellence

Marcus® Restaurant Group today announced that five of its premier properties have earned 2018 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence to recognize their superior wine programs. The award-winning restaurants, include:

• Geneva ChopHouse located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Bloomington ChopHouse located in Bloomington, Minnesota, which received the award for their first time;
• Mason Street Grill, located in Milwaukee, which is celebrating its sixth award;
• Milwaukee ChopHouse, also located in Milwaukee, which is receiving the award for its eighth year; and,
• Grey Rock Restaurant, located at the Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake, Wisconsin, which has earned the award for 16 years.

The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognizes fewer than 2,400 restaurants each year, requiring at least 90 wine options and a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the restaurant menu.

“Wine contributes significantly to the exceptional experience that our guests expect from Marcus Restaurants,” said Joe Jackson, corporate director of food and beverage for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “This significant recognition highlights our spirit of excellence and hospitality. I’m thrilled to see our team’s thoughtful work continue to be recognized year after year.”

To be considered for an Award of Excellence, each Marcus Restaurant property submitted a nomination highlighting its particular strengths:

Bloomington ChopHouse – Offers more than 175 different wines by the glass or bottle and has an inventory of almost 2,000 bottles on site. With a strong selection of California and Oregon wines, the restaurant is receiving the Award of Excellence for the first time in 2018.

Geneva ChopHouse – Offers more than 100 different wines by the glass or bottle. A first time Award of Excellence winner, the Geneva ChopHouse has wines from across the world and specializes in California vintages.

Mason Street Grill – Offers more than 330 different wines by the glass or bottle and has an inventory of over 3,000 bottles on-site. Mason Street Grill carries a diverse selection of wines from all major wine producing regions throughout the world and boasts a strong selection from the western U.S. The restaurant regularly brings in upper-tier and limited-release wines from that region and others.

Milwaukee ChopHouse – Offers more than 190 wine selections by the bottle, as well as more than 40 wines available by the glass. The Milwaukee ChopHouse regularly partners with vineyards and wineries across the U.S. to bring unique tasting experiences and wine dinners to guests dining at the restaurant.

Grey Rock – Offers approximately 120 wines by the glass or bottle. In a relaxed, lakefront setting, the restaurant offers fine dining, complemented by a diverse selection of wines with a strong emphasis on California wines. Grey Rock also features two Wisconsin wines on its menu.

For more information about Marcus Restaurant Group’s premier properties, visit http://marcusrestaurants.com/.

To learn about the Wine Spectator Awards program, visit https://restaurants.winespectator.com.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Marcus Restaurant Group
Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, an operating unit of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, develops and operates distinctive nationwide establishments ranging from casual and fine dining to trendy lounges and creative concepts. From cuisine and cocktails to ambiance and vibe, each Marcus Restaurant Group experience is carefully designed to fuse with the local scene, offering the finest quality farm-to-table products, wine and craft beverages and inspired dishes that cater to every taste. Award-winning concepts include Miller Time Pub & Grill, ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group, please visit http://www.marcusrestaurants.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@EatAtMarcus) for the latest news and updates.
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08.23.18

Hilton Milwaukee City Center Welcomes Harley-Davidson Riders with Revved Up Specials

Miller Time Pub and Grill Harley Davidson Anniversary

Milwaukee’s premier downtown hotel welcomes riders with Jack Daniel’s-inspired cocktails and dishes, meet and greet/signing with Shannon Aikau of Counting Cars and prime viewing of the highly anticipated 115th anniversary parade

In celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary taking place August 29 – September 2, the AAA Four-Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is welcoming riders to the city with a host of hog-wild activities.

Shannon Aikau Signing August 31/Exclusive Q&A Breakfast September 1
Reality TV star Shannon Aikau, star of “Counting Cars” – the spin-off of History’s “Pawn Stars” – will sign posters in the Monarch Lounge on Friday, August 31 from 5-7 p.m. “Counting Cars” chronicles the daily activities at the Las Vegas-based automobile restoration and customization company, Count’s Kustoms, owned by Danny “The Count” Koker. Aikau, the motorcycle shop manager and engineer at Count’s Kustoms, is the go-to authority on bikes and has worked on bikes for over a decade. In celebration of Aikau’s Hawaiian roots, the hotel will offer guests poke bowls ($11), and all cocktails will be half off from 4-7 p.m.

On Saturday, September 1, the Hilton Milwaukee will also host an intimate Q&A breakfast with Aikau from 8-9:30 a.m. Fans can enjoy a Hawaiian-themed breakfast buffet while asking some of their most pressing questions to the motorcycle expert. The event is $25 (per person) plus tax and gratuity and space is limited. Featured menu items include:

• Macadamia nut pancakes
• Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice
• Malasadas
• Loco moco
• Spam misubi
• POG juice
• Hawaiian fruit display

To register online, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shannon-aikau-history-channels-counting-cars-qa-breakfast-tickets-49230511786?aff=pressrelease.

Watch the Harley Parade from Miller Time Pub & Grill’s Outdoor Bar
Get a front row seat where the rubber meets the road as part of Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary parade on Sunday, September 2. As a final farewell, watch riders from around the world roar through the streets of downtown Milwaukee, waving their hometown flags proudly, before the parade ends at the lakefront for one final goodbye. Harley-Davidson has invited tens of thousands of riders, including custom bike builders, stunt teams, charitable groups, HOG Chapters and surprise guests, to join in the parade! Enjoy this once in a lifetime spectacle at Miller Time Pub & Grill’s outdoor bar located along the parade route at the corner of W. Wisconsin Avenue and N. 5th Street. Starting at 11:00 a.m. on parade day, guests can enjoy a specialty menu, featuring:

• Chicken wings with Jack Daniels Honey sauce
• Harley Hog burger – a burger with pulled pork, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion ($14)
• Tito’s Bloody Mary’s
• Miller Tall Boy cans ($5-$6)

Don’t miss out on being a part of this final hurrah as Milwaukee sends riders off in style!

Indulge in Jack Daniel’s Inspired Fare and Cocktails All Week Long!
After a long day of sightseeing and outdoor activities, riders are invited to enjoy specially crafted cuisine and libations all weekend long in the hotel’s Monarch Lounge and award-winning Milwaukee ChopHouse.

Cocktails available in Monarch Lounge and Milwaukee ChopHouse include:
Biker’s Poison: Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Amaretto, cola, orange slice, cherry
Screaming Eagle: Chambord liqueur, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, sweet & sour, lemon twist
Rider 115: Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7. lime, Chambord liqueur, ginger beer, raspberry

Riders can fuel up with some of Milwaukee’s best steaks at the Milwaukee ChopHouse, including these specially crafted dishes:
Bourbon-Marinated Prime-Grade Flat Iron Steak (10 oz.), served with celeriac mash and bourbon honey baby carrots
Honey Bacon Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, served with Jack Daniel’s honey ice cream, candied bacon, honey cookie crumble and Jack Daniel’s caramel

For more information about these special activities, visit http://www.hiltonmilwaukee.com. Or, you can check for more details via Facebook or Twitter @HiltonMilwaukee.

About Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Located in the heart of downtown, the AAA Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center is a true Milwaukee landmark. In 2011, it became a member of Historic Hotels of America. As Milwaukee’s convention headquarters hotel of choice, Hilton Milwaukee offers the most meeting and event space of any hotel in the city—more than 34,000 square feet—including three ballrooms and 18 well-appointed meeting rooms of various sizes. The hotel’s ballrooms, with their vaulted ceilings and period fabrics, echo the magnificence evident throughout this showpiece.

With 729 renovated guest rooms, Hilton Milwaukee can accommodate nearly any group. Its central location means guests are just moments away from the city’s theater district, the lakefront and Summerfest grounds, the new Fiserv Forum and Historic Third Ward. Hilton Milwaukee is located at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information on the hotel, visit www.HiltonMilwaukee.com, find the hotel on Facebook (Facebook.com/hiltonmilwaukee), or follow it on Twitter (@HiltonMilwaukee).

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06.29.18

Moose Mountain Falls at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Voted in Top 10 Indoor Waterparks by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018

Get to Lake Geneva this summer and make a splash at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s Moose Mountain Falls, named one of USA Today’s 10Best!

Lake Geneva, WI. (June 29, 2018) – Just in time for the start of summer, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, is excited to announce that its Moose Mountain Falls waterpark has been named one of the best indoor waterparks for a second consecutive year by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018! Nestled within the picturesque grounds of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark offers an array of family activities to entertain travelers of all ages including 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor waterpark fun. New additions to this year’s waterpark include a children’s water table, light up Lima Tubes for rides down Timber Rapids in the dark and three-person rafts for triple the fun. With 35-foot high slides, mini golf, a food court and a lazy river perfect for those tranquil summer days, there’s something for everyone looking for an enjoyable waterpark experience at Moose Mountain Falls.

“We’re thrilled to be included in this national list for a second consecutive year and thank everyone who voted for us. We’re looking forward to kicking off another great season where the water is always 86 degrees and the temperature is as nice as the perfect summer day,” said Joe Sebestyen, general manager of Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.

Guests this summer can enjoy Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark’s all-suite accommodations which include everything families need for a home-away-from-home trip with waterpark fun, all-year round.

To plan your visit, check out Timber Ridge Lodge’s special summer packages and offers, which include day-pass options.

To learn more about Timber Ridge Lodge or to book your summer getaway, visit timberridgelodge.com

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About Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
The family-friendly Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark is located in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva, just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property offers a collection of 225 expansive one and two-bedroom suites that are equipped with whirlpool baths, private balconies and spacious living rooms. Full kitchens, which boast full-sized refrigerators, stove-top burners, dishwashers and double sinks, provide complete comfort for families. The lodge also offers its signature 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls – the area’s only waterpark – as well as a 3,600-square-foot arcade, 3,500-square-foot ballroom and a family barbeque restaurant. For more information, please visit www.timberridgelodge.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

05.23.18

New Sales Leadership Strengthens Marcus® Hotels & Resorts Group Book Efforts

When it comes to hosting successful meetings, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts has more than 55 years of expertise in the Milwaukee area. To continue to strengthen its efforts, the company recently announced the promotion of Dana Johnson from assistant director of sales to director of sales for the Milwaukee market. In this role, Johnson oversees group sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee properties – Hilton Milwaukee City Center, InterContinental Milwaukee and The Pfister Hotel. In addition to Johnson’s promotion, the company named Megan Seppmann as new assistant director of sales for the Milwaukee market.

“The Marcus Hotels & Resorts team is known throughout Milwaukee and the state for its personalized understanding of meeting planners’ needs. Year after year, we connect planners with the experts who create inspiring and memorable events of every size, purpose and budget,” said Linda Price-Topp, vice president of sales for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Dana is a proven leader in our organization, and I am confident that she, along with Megan, will continue to drive forward our unrivaled commitment to exceptional service and unforgettable experiences at every corporate meeting, national and regional association conference and any other event we host.”

Dana Johnson Marcus Hotels and Resorts

With more than 25 years of experience working in hotel group sales, Johnson has spent the majority of her career – 15 years – with Marcus Hotels & Resorts. She began her career with the company in the sales department at The Pfister Hotel and was an original member of the sales team supporting the broader Milwaukee-area Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties. In 2013, Johnson was promoted to assistant director of sales, where she excelled in developing new members of the sales team and maintaining strong relationships with several key corporate accounts.

Megan Seppmann MArcus Hotels & Resorts

Seppmann joins the Marcus Hotels & Resorts sales team with more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As assistant director of sales, she will work alongside a talented group of sales leaders to showcase Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ downtown Milwaukee properties. Prior to working at the company, Seppmann served at several properties owned or managed by CSM Corporation, a Minneapolis-based property management company. While with CSM Corporation, she was director of sales and marketing at the Residence Inn by Marriott located in Milwaukee and senior sales manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington located in Bloomington, Minnesota. She also held senior sales roles at Kahler Hospitality Group properties in Rochester, Minnesota and at three hotels in Mankato, Minnesota. Seppmann received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Every year, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ Milwaukee-based properties host many of the region’s premier events – numerous non-profit fundraisers, regular business speaker series and networking luncheons, and major conventions. To accommodate these functions, the three hotels offer more than 65,000 square feet of event function space, over 1,200 guest rooms and popular restaurants, such as Mason Street Grill and the Milwaukee ChopHouse. These properties also offer the latest audio and visual technologies, food and beverage selections from award winning culinary talent, and partnerships with top vendors in the region.

Meeting and event planners can select from numerous experiences at Marcus Hotels in Milwaukee, including:

• Multi-day conventions at the city’s largest hotel, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, which is also home to local celebrity and canine concierge, Millie;
• Intimate business meetings at the InterContinental Milwaukee, which recently announced that it will be rebranded into an independent arts hotel in 2019; and,
• Elegant fundraisers at the iconic Pfister Hotel, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

To learn more about each property and current meeting promotions, as well as connect with meeting specialists, such as Johnson and Seppmann, meeting and event planners can visit the new Marcus Hotels & Resorts meetings website: www.marcusmeetings.com/.

For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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05.22.18

“Eating Global in the Neighborhood” at Mason Street Grill

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Mason Street Grill’s new Chef’s Counter to Celebrate the Diverse Culinary Traditions of Restaurant’s Staff Members

No matter where you are in the world, food can bring diverse people and interests together around one table. That is the focus behind Mason Street Grill’s new Chef’s Counter experience – Eating Global in the Neighborhood. Rotating every eight weeks, the Chef’s Counter at Mason Street Grill, part of the Marcus® Restaurants Group, will feature unique dishes celebrating the diverse culinary traditions of the restaurant’s staff.

The first Chef’s Counter menu is now available and features:

Appetizer: Tuna kilawin ($19) with coconut, lime, red onion, pickled red chili and cilantro – This dish comes from Brian Pascua, line cook intern, who is from the Philippines.
Entrée: Pan-fried trout ($38) with ginger, lemongrass, tomato, mint and dill – This dish is from line cook Chris Xiong and highlights his Laos/Hmong heritage.
Side: Fasolakia ($8), which includes green beans, tomato, oregano, lemon and extra virgin olive oil – This dish comes from cocktail server Christina Manolatos, who is from Greece.
Dessert: Tres leches cake ($9) with Rumchata whipped cream – This dish is from line cook Christian Garcia-Cortez and celebrates his Mexican heritage.

“We have passionate and diverse associates at Mason Street Grill. Whether working at the bar or in the kitchen, they are dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for our guests. And, to celebrate their work, we wanted to feature dishes that remind them of their past or their home countries,” said Susan Terry, vice president of culinary operations and F&B at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “This new Chef’s Counter serves as a valuable reminder of the power of food. No matter where we come from, food and dining bring us all together. It has been a pleasure to taste and enjoy these four unique dishes from four individuals who help make Mason Street Grill one of Milwaukee’s favorite neighborhood restaurants.”

As part of the Chef’s Counter experience at Mason Street Grill, guests sit alongside the restaurant’s kitchen, giving them a front row seat to the action. In addition to enjoying this new featured menu, diners also can select any of the restaurant’s usual a la carte menu items. While not required, reservations are recommended. You can make a reservation on Open Table or by calling (414) 298-3131.

New Spring and Summer Menu
Mason Street Grill also announced today its new spring and summer menu items, which will feature fresh and inventive seafood options great for a lighter meal during the warm summer months. Along with the restaurant’s classic cuts of beef, guests will now be able to enjoy:
• Grilled swordfish,
• A new lobster salad roll,
• Teriyaki glazed salmon,
• Green curried mussels, and
• A tuna poke bowl.

More information about Mason Street Grill, its Chef’s Counter, upcoming events and menu is available at http://www.masonstreetgrill.com/.

About Mason Street Grill
Located in Downtown Milwaukee adjacent to The Pfister Hotel, the award-winning Mason Street Grill is the place where Milwaukee works and plays. Serving lunch, dinner, after-work cocktails, appetizers and more, Mason Street Grill is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant welcoming Milwaukee residents and visitors alike. Mason Street Grill’s open concept kitchen serves creative, regional American cooking that reflects the bounty and vitality of Wisconsin. The wood-fired oven and grill supply the best Midwestern steaks, chops, seafood and hearth baked breads and flatbreads, which create the centerpieces of the menu. For the sixth year in a row, Mason Street Grill has achieved Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its offering of more than 290 diverse and quality wines. With a vibrant bar scene, bustling dining room, lounge, elegant private dining and exciting menu, Mason Street Grill is the place to experience the best elements of the region: fresh cuisine, expert service and an unmatched atmosphere.

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05.17.18

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel Honored with the Inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award

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Lincoln, Neb., May 16, 2018. . . . . The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, announced today it has received the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award from the Nebraska Hotel and Lodging Association (NHLA). The property was recognized for its dedication to innovation through its various community-directed programs and initiatives, along with its role as a brand ambassador for the city of Lincoln, Neb.

“We are beyond excited to be honored with the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award,” said Susan Madsen, general manager of The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. “This award is a true testament to the unwavering commitment of our associates to our guests and our local community. Our innovative programs not only create distinctive experiences for our guests, but they provide opportunities for our guests to tap into our local culture so they can embrace all our beautiful city has to offer. Congratulations to our entire team on this significant recognition.”

Since Marcus Hotels & Resorts became the majority owner and manager of the hotel in 2012, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker has implemented numerous programs designed to support various community initiatives and has inspired other Lincoln hotels to participate in its efforts. These programs include creating the hotel’s successful Artist-in-Residence program that recognizes local artists, adopting a highway with other local Marriott hotels to beautify the city, raising money for local charities as part of its Battle of the Bartenders celebrity events held in Miller Time Pub & Grill, and hosting Project SEARCH, which provides on-site classroom accommodations and real-life work experiences for youth with developmental disabilities. The hotel also started an innovative program last year in which the hotel became home to over 80,000 honeybees. Influenced by the hotel’s former Artist-in-Residence, Margaret Berry, who created paintings using resin, pigment and beeswax, the hotel began raising honeybees on its roof to generate awareness of the decline in honeybees over the years, while also using the honey for delicious menu items and honey-inspired beer. The honey, called Bee Our Guest, is also available for purchase in the hotel’s gift shop.

Additionally, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel also hosts numerous fundraisers and community events throughout the year such as its Tree Illuminating and Holiday Market event, to raise money for local charities, including United Way, Food Bank of Heartland, Strike Out Hunger and many others.

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel was honored with the inaugural Innovation Stars of the Industry Award at a special ceremony at the property on May 7, 2018. The Innovation Stars of the Industry Award winner is selected by members of NHLA and awarded to the hotel that creates innovative ways to provide the best guest experience by establishing unique and personalized moments.

“The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel fosters visionary thinking and innovation. It’s not only a truly remarkable hotel but a host to local artists, a habitat to thousands of honeybees in which the honey is put to use in a variety of ways and a safe place where youths with developmental disabilities can learn so they can have a successful future. When we looked at the hotels that are making a difference in their community, The Cornhusker shined above the rest,” said Kristina Phalen, president of the Nebraska Hotel and Lodging Association.

For more information on The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, please call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.marriott.com/lnkfs.

About The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln just minutes from the historic Haymarket District, The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel has proudly served Nebraska’s capital city for nearly 90 years. Known as the premier downtown destination for business and leisure travelers, the 300-room property is within easy walking distance of the University of Nebraska campus, Memorial Stadium, the State Capitol, Haymarket district, Railyard and Pinnacle Bank Arena. Take advantage of the hotel’s newly renovated amenities, including 46,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi in all public spaces– or grab a perfectly paired bite and brew at The Miller Time Pub & Grill, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, hit the gym and more. To keep up with the latest Cornhusker happenings, find the hotel on Facebook or follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@thecornhuskerh).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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05.14.18

Local Walking Tour Owner Named Next Pfister Hotel Narrator-in-Residence

Pfister Narrator in Residence Anna Lardinois
Anna Lardinois to Start New Pfister Hotel Walking Tours and Podcast

The historic AAA Four-Diamond Pfister® Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, today announced Anna Lardinois, owner of Walking Milwaukee self-guided walking tours, as its 11th Pfister Narrator-in-Residence. With a deep-seeded appreciation and passion for Milwaukee’s history, Lardinois will share her experiences at the hotel and interactions with guests via The Pfister’s award-winning blog (blog.thepfisterhotel.com) and ongoing literary events. New this year, Lardinois also plans to begin quarterly walking tours and podcasts about The Pfister Hotel.

“The Pfister Narrator program is a natural fit. I have long admired Milwaukee’s history and downtown’s gorgeous architecture. To have the opportunity to share stories from one of our city’s premier, iconic downtown hotels will be an invaluable experience,” said Lardinois. “I have spent years helping to bring the city to life through my work with Milwaukee walking tours. I cannot wait to do the same for The Pfister.”

A Pewaukee native, Lardinois began her literary career as a high school English teacher for the School District of Waukesha. She taught at Waukesha West High School and IQ Academies of Wisconsin for 12 years. In 2012, while still teaching, she created Milwaukee’s popular Gothic Milwaukee walking tour, which showcases premier historic sites around the city. Three years later, Lardinois’ love of Milwaukee’s history and architecture led her to found Walking Milwaukee, a collection of self-guided walking tours of the city. She quickly made walking tours her full-time career and has since created a GPS-based, self-guided walking tour of Wisconsin Avenue to complement her other tours. Since starting Gothic Milwaukee and Walking Milwaukee, Lardinois has helped introduce Milwaukee’s history to thousands of visiting tourists. Her Gothic Milwaukee tour was named “Best Milwaukee Tour” by the Shepherd Express in its 2017 “Best of Milwaukee” list.

“Undoubtedly, Anna will be bringing one of the most unique approaches to The Pfister Narrator program, and we are thrilled to have her. Her depth of knowledge and clear passion for the history of Milwaukee matches incredibly well with The Pfister Hotel and its 125 years of serving locals and visitors alike,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel. “Whether it is through her new walking tours and podcast, regular blog posts, or any other number of literary events at the hotel, Anna will truly bring The Pfister and its many stories to life.”

The Pfister Narrator is selected each year from a pool of applicants by a review panel consisting of local writers, editors and hotel representatives. Lardinois was named the 11th Pfister Narrator based on her extensive storytelling career and her existing popularity in Milwaukee’s hospitality and tourism industries. Lardinois succeeds Nicole Mattke, who served as the 10th Pfister Narrator.

More information about The Pfister Hotel’s Narrator-in-Residence program can be found at www.ThePfisterHotel.com/Pfister-Narrator. For more information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com.

About The Pfister Hotel
Celebrating its 125th year, The Pfister Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in the Midwest and continues to be the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Originally opened in 1893 by businessman Guido Pfister, it was the most lavish hotel of its time. The hotel’s storied elegance had faded following World War II, until 1962, when Ben Marcus, founder of The Marcus Corporation, purchased this grand hotel out of bankruptcy. The Marcus family renovated and restored the hotel to its original glory, adding convention facilities, a parking garage and 23-story guest tower. The Pfister Hotel remains home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, and offers an interactive augmented reality tour of pieces in this impressive collection.

Today The Pfister Hotel continues its tradition of gracious service and impeccable style, and has been recognized by AAA as a Four-Diamond property for 41 consecutive years. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report and was recognized as a Top Hotel in the Midwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, please visit www.thepfisterhotel.com and follow the hotel on Facebook and Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S., with another property opening in El Paso, Texas in June 2018. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time Pub & Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://www.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).
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03.19.18

Milwaukee ChopHouse Announces New Chef de Cuisine and Menu

Milwaukee ChopHouse

The Milwaukee ChopHouse, part of Marcus Restaurant Group, announced today that Calum Hastreiter has been promoted from culinary supervisor to chef de cuisine. In his new role, Hastreiter will oversee daily operations of the Milwaukee ChopHouse, located at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center in downtown Milwaukee. The restaurant also announced today that it has launched a new dinner menu, Hastreiter’s first as chef of the Milwaukee ChopHouse.

Hastreiter takes on his new position as chef de cuisine following six years working in various roles at the Milwaukee ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill, also located at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Prior to joining Marcus Restaurant Group, Hastreiter worked at Stonefly Brewery, a brewpub formerly located in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. He served in several roles during his time with the brewpub, moving his way up the ranks to become kitchen manager in 2010. A Manitowoc, Wisconsin native, Hastreiter received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“During the past six years working at the Milwaukee ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill, I have been able to develop my culinary voice. I have had the great opportunity to build creative menus using seasonal and local ingredients for our regular wine dinners and learn about the restaurant’s classic dishes,” said Hastreiter. “Now, as chef de cuisine at the restaurant, I’m excited to showcase dishes and ingredients that I think represent me best as a chef and that our guests will thoroughly enjoy.”

In early March, Chef Haistreiter introduced his first dinner menu for the Milwaukee ChopHouse. The new menu features prime cuts, classic to the Milwaukee ChopHouse, in addition to an increased focus on seafood offerings. Two dishes of special note, as well as a few thoughts from Chef Hastreiter, include:

Mero sea bass ($42) with lemon beurre blanc, celeriac-apple slaw and micro herbs – “I’m most proud of this dish. We make a point to bring in fish from sustainably caught sources. When you have quality fish, it is best to let it speak for itself, which is my take on this dish. The simple accent flavors add to, but do not overpower, the buttery flavor of this great fish.”
Butternut squash bisque ($9) with pumpkin seed oil, paprika pepitas and fried sage – “One of my favorite things to make is soup. It’s simple, easy to do, and usually healthy. That is why the butternut squash bisque best represents me as a chef. This soup takes a simple ingredient, butternut squash, and elevates the flavors with a few added ingredients. I make soups at home nearly every week and am happy to be able to share something I love with others.”

Over the past year, the Milwaukee ChopHouse has worked to create a dining experience outside the expectations of a traditional chophouse. The restaurant received its first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2017, which recognized its more than 150 wines available to guests. The restaurant also began hosting regular wine dinners featuring several courses of specially-prepared dishes paired with select wines from top vineyards and wineries across the United States, and unveiled seasonal menus featuring trendy cuts of meat, such as the bistro filet and braised pork cheek. The most recent and sold-out wine dinner, held March 9, featured exclusive selections from northern California-based Michael David Winery. While trying five wines from this 150-year-old winery, guests enjoyed five courses, which included:
• King Crab ravioli with charred fennel, Belgioioso ricotta, chive and blood orange beurre blanc, as well as
• A Vadouvan lamb chop with black lentil dal, charred purple cauliflower, pomegranate yogurt and preserved lemon.

To learn more about upcoming wine dinners, menu changes, specialty dishes and the Milwaukee ChopHouse in general, visit http://www.chophouse411.com/chophouse_location_MCH.asp, or find Milwaukee ChopHouse on Facebook and Twitter.

More information and the latest news and updates from Marcus Restaurant Group can be found at http://marcusrestaurants.com/.

About Marcus Restaurant Group
Milwaukee-based Marcus Restaurant Group, an operating unit of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, develops and operates distinctive nationwide establishments ranging from casual and fine dining to trendy lounges and creative concepts. From cuisine and cocktails to ambiance and vibe, each Marcus Restaurant Group experience is carefully designed to fuse with the local scene, offering the finest quality farm-to-table products, wine and craft beverages and inspired dishes that cater to every taste. Award-winning concepts include Miller Time Pub & Grill, ChopHouse, Mason Street Grill and SafeHouse Restaurants. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group, please visit http://www.marcusrestaurants.com, or follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@EatAtMarcus) for the latest news and updates.

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