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10.18.17

The Pfister Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Service Returns October 20


The Traditional Afternoon Tea Experience Returns Just in Time for the Holiday Season

The Pfister Hotel’s popular afternoon tea service is returning Friday, October 20 and will run through April 1, 2018. 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.

Providing an afternoon tea experience unlike any other, guests will enjoy a tableside tea blending, presented in all-silver service by a Pfister Tea Butler, and will learn about each variety of tea, the origins, unique flavors and effects on mood and health. Tea will be paired with a special menu complete with fresh scones, sandwiches and pastries. The Pfister’s tea service is offered in Blu, on the 23rd floor of the hotel, offering panoramic views of Milwaukee’s skyline and Lake Michigan.

“Our afternoon tea service is one of our most popular offerings at The Pfister Hotel. A cherished tradition for many generations of friends and families, our afternoon tea service is unique as we have our very own Tea Butler who makes sure each cup of tea is brewed to the correct temperature and educates our guests on each tea offering and blending options. Our tea service is especially popular during the holiday season when people are looking for a relaxing respite from the bustle of busy holiday activities, to relax and unwind in our elegant tea room overlooking the city. We look forward to once again welcoming guests for this beloved tradition,” said Tim Smith, general manager of The Pfister Hotel.

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. Menus vary from Victorian traditional, sweets, vegetarian and gluten free. 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.

For ladies and gentlemen twelve years and younger, an “All Grown Up” menu is available featuring warm sipping chocolate, lemonade, cider, Vermont ham & cheddar finger sandwiches, herbed chicken salad tartlets, traditional scones and chocolate ganache tartlets.

Afternoon tea originated in England in the 1800s, and was often served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Women would wear long gowns and men their finest suits while they socialized over delicacies and delights.

People 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 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 or emailing CustomerCare@marcushotels.com. Private bookings for groups between 12-30 people are also available by contacting the hotel’s event specialist at 414-390-3802 or at amydaniels@marcushotels.com.

For more information on The Pfister Hotel afternoon tea experience, menu selections and pricing, please visit: http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/milwaukee-restaurants/tea-service-milwaukee.

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About The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel, owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, has been the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee for over 120 years. Originally built 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 for 41 consecutive years by AAA as a Four-Diamond property. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. 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).

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10.13.17

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Appoints Sara Schmitz as New Director of Marketing

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (October 13, 2017) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Schmitz as the property’s director of marketing. In her new role, Schmitz will oversee the marketing, communications and public relations efforts for the 1,300 acre all-season resort, including the spa, two award-winning golf courses, three restaurants and new luxury villas, as well as family favorite Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark.

Schmitz brings more than 17 years of experience providing strategic marketing, public relations and crisis communication counsel to Fortune 500 companies, including Zoetis, Altria Group, Johnson Controls and Marshall & Ilsley Corporation. As an established leader in the hospitality industry, she most recently served as the marketing director of The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa for four years located in Fontana on Geneva Lake. Schmitz is a graduate of Michigan State University.

“Since joining the team last month, Sara has already had a great impact on our resort,” explains Steve Magnuson, managing director. “I am confident that her diverse experience and enthusiasm will lead to great things, as we continue to build our reputation as a premier luxury resort in the Midwest.”

For more information on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, please visit www.grandgeneva.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva; 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 609 guest accommodations; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a three-chair/20-run ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants. For more information, please visit www.grandgeneva.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter(@MarcusHotels).

10.12.17

Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark Launches Seasonal Fall Packages

The All-Suite, Family Friendly Resort is Now Offering Four Festive Packages for Visitors

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (October 12, 2017) – Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, the family-friendly property owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, presents four new fall vacation packages for guests to celebrate the season in Lake Geneva. While guests are still able to enjoy the mainstays of the property, including 225 expansive suites and the signature 50,000 square foot aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls, visiting families and groups can enjoy seasonal offerings, including hayrides and apple picking. During a stay at Timber Ridge, guests can enjoy great events like pumpkin painting each Saturday in October, pony rides at Dan Patch Stables, and the Haunted Hayride.

Fall Packages at Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark
*All packages are available to book in one or two bedroom suites, with 4 waterpark passes and 4 “experience” passes or tickets for a one-bedroom (excluding Horse Rides and Water Slides, which offers 2 trail rides), and 6 with a two-bedroom.

Amaze N Apples It is apple orchard season! Now through October 31, you can splash part of the day away in the waterpark and then venture to Royal Oak Farm Orchard, the only orchard in the country with an apple tree maze.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard allows visitors to explore 1.5 miles of trails with nine varieties of apples. They also feature U-pick apples, pumpkins, fresh apple cider donuts, as well as an entertainment area for the whole family with train rides, carousel rides and hayrides. Royal Oak Farm Orchard is located in Harvard, Ill., just 20 minutes from the resort. Additional fees apply for other activities at the orchard.

Haunted Hayride Climb aboard the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride at Dan Patch Stables on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa’s grounds. Hayrides are on a first come, first serve basis and you must arrive to the stables by 8 p.m. to be guaranteed a ride. The package runs until October 28.

Friday Night Frights – Every Friday in October, bring the family to the lodge to enjoy themed activities, a welcome treat, apple cider tastings, and a costume contest. Experience waterpark fun and be on the lookout for a roaming balloon artist to create your favorite Halloween accessory. This package expires October 27.

Horse Rides and Water Slides – Calling all horse lovers! This vacation package is perfect for animal lovers, which offers horseback riding and waterpark excitement all in one, and is available for ages 7 and above through October 31. The package includes waterpark passes, as well as two 45 minute guided trail rides on horseback around the resort.

For more information on Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark and seasonal happenings, please visit www.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.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

10.04.17

Historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel Names New Artist in Residence

Skirvin Hilton Hotel Oklahoma logo

Marissa Raglin Artist in Residence at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Marissa Raglin

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is pleased to announce Marissa Raglin as its sixth artist-in-residence. Raglin, an accomplished visual artist, will work from the historic hotel’s studio space for one year to showcase her artistic talents.

In its sixth year, the Skirvin Paseo Artist Creativity Exposition, or S.P.A.C.E., is a unique urban artist-in-residency program in which emerging visual artists who are members of the Paseo Arts Association can apply for a yearlong on-site residency in Oklahoma City’s premier downtown landmark hotel.
The Skirvin’s selection committee, consisting of leaders in the local art community from the Paseo Art Association and representatives of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, selected Raglin from a distinguished pool of artists.

Currently working in analog collage and resin, Raglin creates ethereal, whimsical collage works. She can be found knee-deep in vintage illustration books and magazines plucked from thrift stores and half-priced book shops. Raglin earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2012. In 2014, she picked up an X-ACTO knife and began working to create collage works on paper. Raglin is a 2015 Artist Inc. Live OKC Fellow and works as the director of museum experience at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

During her residency program at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Raglin will create a new body of collage work. She also encourages guests of all ages to stop by the studio to make their very own postcard using vintage imagery. Once the work is created, Raglin will photograph all works and upload images to her website. Guests can follow along at www.cutpasteok.com.

“We are thrilled to welcome Marissa as our new artist in residence,” said Gerald Rappaport, general manager of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel. “From abstract mosaics, violin making, poetry and encaustics, to paintings and illustrations, it’s exciting to see our program continue to evolve and bring such creative and ambitious talent to the Skirvin and downtown Oklahoma City. I am confident both our hotel guests and area residents will enjoy this unique and personal artist-in-residence experience.”

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is majority-owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Skirvin Partners in Development.

For more information about The Skirvin Hilton Hotel, call +1-405-272-3040 or visit www.skirvinhilton.com.

About The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
The Skirvin Hilton Hotel originally opened in 1911 and has been synonymous with elegance and innovation for the past five generations, hosting oil barons, dignitaries, movie stars, political leaders and presidents ever since. Guests from around the globe have traveled through the downtown Skirvin Hilton to experience its unique sophistication and timelessness. In 2007, Skirvin Partners in Development, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Hilton partnered on renovating the hotel to its original glory. The reopening event was designated as an official Oklahoma Centennial event and since the renovation, the hotel has earned AAA Four Diamond rating every year and received the Mayor’s Development Award for best downtown development. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Skirvin Partners in Development.

The hotel features 225 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites, one presidential suite and 18,500 square feet of premiere meeting and pre-function space. It is home to the upscale Park Avenue Grill restaurant and Red Piano lounge.

The Skirvin was recognized as one of the Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News & World Report, finishing as the #1 Hotel in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma. The hotel remains on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is located at One Park Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit www.skirvinhilton.com and follow the company on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheSkirvinHilton ) and Twitter (@SkirvinHiltonOK).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 19 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

09.20.17

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa Invites Guests to Get Festive This Fall

GRAND GENEVA RESORT & SPA INVITES GUESTS TO GET FESTIVE THIS FALL

Lake Geneva Resort Launches Five New Seasonal Packages for Families and Couples

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., (September 20, 2017) – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond resort owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, launches five new fall vacation packages for guests to enjoy the changing season in Lake Geneva. Just in time for pumpkins, Halloween and changing foliage, the seasonal offerings allow visitors to enjoy the beauty and nature of the 1,300 acre property. Whether guests are visiting with a friend or family or on a couple’s trip, the resort’s packages are bound to create an unforgettable experience. While visiting the quintessential lake community, guests can also explore other special happenings like the Grand Geneva Golf Classic Tournament and the Hugh Jass Fat Tire Bike Series.

Fall Packages at Grand Geneva
*All packages are available to book in a deluxe guestroom, suite or villa.

Haunts and HayIt is time to celebrate the scariest time of year. Grab a loved one and check out the annual Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride. Hayrides are on a first come, first serve basis and run Fridays and Saturdays from September 29 through October 28. Stay the night and receive two tickets to the Haunted Hayride, and enjoy access to the haunted bonfire with marshmallow roasting and spooky stories.

Amaze N ApplesNow through October 31, enjoy apple orchard season at your fall getaway at Grand Geneva, which includes access to Royal Oak Farm Orchard to enjoy the only apple tree maze in the country. The package includes overnight accommodations and four passes to the Royal Oak Farm apple tree maze.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard is the only orchard in the country with an apple tree maze where you can explore 1.5 miles of trails with nine varieties of apples. They also feature U-pick apples, pumpkins, fresh apple cider donuts, as well as an entertainment area for the whole family with train rides, carousel rides and hay rides. Royal Oak Farm Orchard is located in Harvard, Ill. just 20 minutes from the resort. Additional fees apply for other activities at the orchard.

Lake Geneva Shore PathSoak in Lake Geneva’s dazzling autumn colors with a stroll along the historic Lake Geneva Shore Path. Learn the intricate past of the trail on a guided 45-minute hike with trolley or van transportation. The package is available until November 19.

Couple’s Night OutNow through December 29, you and your special someone can enjoy a relaxing getaway at Grand Geneva. The package include a one-night stay, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, a $50 dining certificate, and a 50-minute couples massage at WELL Spa + Salon.

Only in WisconsinStart your getaway in true Wisconsin style and enjoy cheese curds and Spotted Cow beer upon arrival. Book the package, available now through December 29, and receive overnight accommodations of your choice.

Fall Special Events

Grand Geneva Golf Classic TournamentCompete in Grand Geneva’s 18-hole Golf Classic Tournament on The Highlands course on October 8. Gather your foursome for a great day of golf and a chance to win one of many coveted prizes. Each golfer will receive a certificate for a complimentary round of golf for future use in the spring and will be entered into the Hole-in-One Challenge for a chance to win $10,000. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m., and the day ends with a cocktail hour and tailgating party featuring food and awards. Call (262) 248-2556 to register your foursome ($109.00 per person plus tax), with limited availability, and call (877) 741-9598 to make a room reservation.

Hugh Jass Fat Tire Bike Race – On Saturday, October 28 head out to the Hugh Jass Fat Tire Bike Race and join groups of adventurous bikers on The Mountain Top, the resort’s single track mountain bike trail. Rent fat bikes and enjoy fun, food and beer. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Please call (800) 558-3417 for more information.

For more information on Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and seasonal happenings, please visit www.grandgeneva.com.

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About Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is an award-wining all-seasons resort set on 1,300 acres in the legendary southeastern Wisconsin community of Lake Geneva; 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 minutes from Milwaukee. The property features 609 guest accommodations including 29 new villas; WELL Spa + Salon; two championship 18-hole golf courses; The Mountain Top, a ski and snowboard facility; 62,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space and three restaurants. For more information, please visit www.grandgeneva.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 17 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, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter(@MarcusHotels).

09.20.17

What’s New in the Neighborhood? Mason Street Grill Fall Specials

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New Executive Chef, Kenneth Hardiman, Brings Fried Quail Special, Chef’s Cooking Series and New Chef’s Counter Menu to Downtown Milwaukee Restaurant; Boozy Fall Drinks Featured

Mason Street Grill, part of the Marcus® Restaurants Group, today announced new fall specials, including the country fried quail dinner for two, boozy coffee and tea drinks and the new Chef’s Counter menu inspired by the film, Fantastic Mr. Fox. In addition to these specials, Mason Street Grill announced upcoming dates for its popular Chef’s Cooking Series featuring executive chef, Kenneth Hardiman, which runs monthly.

“While we offer unique specials every season, I’m especially looking forward to this fall. The country fried quail dinner for two touches on my love for southern cooking, and our team has had a great opportunity to flex their creativity with seasonal produce while developing the dishes for our specialty menus,” said Chef Hardiman.

Country Fried Quail Dinner at Mason Street Grill

A Twist on the Traditional: Country Fried Quail Dinner for Two
Fall brings the ideal time for a twist on the traditional. At Mason Street Grill, the culinary team has shaken up the traditional fried chicken and gravy dinner with a fried quail dinner for two. The fried quail dinner special features two quail birds fried in homemade breading along with:

• Hand-crafted buttermilk drop biscuits and apple butter;
• Pickled vegetables; and,
• A trio of sides, including house-made mac and cheese, braised greens with bacon and sweet potatoes.

The fried quail dinner for two is available every Tuesday while supplies last and costs $30 with all sides included (tax and gratuity not included).

As the Weather Cools Warm Up with Boozy Coffee and Tea Drinks at Mason Street Grill
Feeling a chill? Warm yourself with boozy coffee and tea drinks. Starting in September, Mason Street Grill will feature the following coffee drinks inside or on the patio for $9:

Snow Cap – vanilla vodka, Frangelico, coffee, whipped cream, and topped off with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Bavarian Coffee – Peppermint Schnapps, Kahlua, coffee and whipped cream
Spiced Chamomile Hot Toddy – bourbon, honey, lemon, chamomile tea and a cinnamon stick
Rum Mint Tea – dark rum, min tea and a sugarcane stick

Fall drink specials at Mason Street Grill

“Chef’s Series” September 23 with Chef Hardiman – Learn the Art of the Making Homemade Ricotta Cheese and Tomato Soup
Mason Street Grill is more than a place to dine. As downtown Milwaukee’s quintessential neighborhood restaurant, Mason Street Grill has also started a series of education courses for the community focusing on food and cocktails. Two recent “Tricks of the Mix” events brought a master mixologist to the restaurant to help guests learn how to make barrel-aged cocktails, such as Mason Street Grill’s barrel-aged Old Fashioned, at home.

This fall, guests will have the chance to learn cooking basics hands-on with Chef Kenneth Hardiman. The monthly “Chef’s Series” events, planned by Chef Hardiman, reflects his personal style of high-end, quality comfort food.

During the next event, Sept. 23, guests will learn how to make their own ricotta cheese. After making the cheese, attendees will then turn their creations into a delicious spinach and ricotta grilled cheese. Chef Hardiman will also offer ways to use up the last of this season’s tomatoes, such as making homemade tomato basil soup, which guests will learn to create.

“Cooking is meant to be approachable and comforting. However, many people are intimidated by the process. During the Chef’s Series, I will teach guests basic techniques that will help them transform quality seasonal ingredients into exceptional home-cooked meals,” said Hardiman.

Upcoming Chef’s Series events are:

• September 23 – ‘Comfort, Cozy and (Ricotta) Cheese’ – Guests will learn to make house-made ricotta, tomato basil soup and spinach & ricotta grilled cheese
• October 21 – ‘Brunch Cookery’ – Guests will learn to make poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, drop biscuits and sausage gravy
• November 11 – ‘Autumn Sweets & Spices’ – Guests will learn to make apple and butternut squash soup, maple- and bacon-roasted Brussel sprouts and cinnamon sugar beignets

The Chef’s Series events cost $29 per guest, or $49 for a couple and run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. More information can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MasonStreetGrill/.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Takes Over the Mason Street Grill Chef’s Counter
What’s better than a movie? A movie about food. Even better than that? A meal based on the food from a movie. Mason Street Grill continues its popular Chef’s Counter concept, called “Dinner from a Movie” this fall with a menu inspired by the visually intoxicating Fantastic Mr. Fox. The new menu, which launches Oct. 18, will feature:

• Amuse bouche of roasted tomato jam, white anchovy and crostini
• Chicken liver mousse with apple butter, Mason Street Lager mustard and pickled vegetables ($12)
• Wood roasted beets with house-made ricotta, toasted pine nuts, sherry vinegar, EVOO and sea salt ($10)
• Local pheasant two ways with confit pheasant, kale, farro, sun dried cherries and port marmalade ($30)
• Nutmeg and ginger spiced crème brûlée with salted pepita tuile ($8)

Every eight weeks, Mason Street Grill will highlight the foods or culinary themes from a different iconic film. Currently, Mason Street Grill features dishes inspired by Fried Green Tomatoes. More information about the Chef’s Counter is found at http://www.masonstreetgrill.com/specials-and-events/chefs-counter.

Additional Fall Specials Include:
Cellar Selections – Mason Street Grill will soon begin a weekly wine cellar selection, featuring two specialty wines from the restaurant’s extensive collection.
Saturday Prime Rib through November – Following the successful summer special, Mason Street Grill continues its Saturday Prime Rib dinners. Until November, the restaurant will serve prime rib cuts, $45 for King Cut and $32 for Queen Cut, along with a loaded baked potato and house salad.

More information about Mason Street Grill is available at http://www.masonstreetgrill.com/.

About Mason Street Grill
Located in Downtown Milwaukee, 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 tradition of Wisconsin, splashed with a creative flair. The wood-fired oven and grill produce top-quality 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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09.12.17

Undercover Operations: “Burger Master” & “Feed Your Family for $50” in Effect at SafeHouse Restaurant & Bar in Milwaukee

SafeHouse Milwaukee Mission Impossible Burger

SafeHouse Milwaukee’s Mission Impossible Burger

National Burger Day is September 18, but Control has put into effect the “Burger Master” operation all month long. The mission is simple: visit the SafeHouse multiple times in September and eat four of SafeHouse’s top-ranked burgers. The reward for completing the mission is a free burger in October — plus a chance to win a free night stay at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel.

In addition, SafeHouse will be extending its popular August special, “Feed your Family for $50,” into the Fall. This mission is available to families every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at SafeHouse Milwaukee and offers a chance for agent families to save big.

Operation “Burger Master” Mission Details
Every week in September, the SafeHouse will feature one of its top-secret burgers on social media. Agents who purchase that burger will receive a point towards completing their mission of getting all four burgers throughout the month. The featured burgers are:

• Week 1 (9/3 – 9/9): The Provocateur
• Week 2 (9/10 – 9/16): Spy Burger
• Week 3 (9/17 – 9/23): Double Agent
• Week 4 (9/24 – 9/30): M.O.A.B. Burger

*Note: The Smersh Burger can be substituted for any of the above to make it vegetarian-friendly. In other words, vegetarian agents who buy four Smersh Burgers in September will get a free burger in October.

Once agents complete the mission, they also will be entered into a drawing for a free night stay at AAA-Four Diamond Pfister Hotel.

Feed Your Family for $50 – Intel Here…
Every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at SafeHouse Milwaukee, families of four can enjoy a mission and a meal for only $50. The mission includes:

• Choice of appetizer – either cheese curds, Stasi twists or nachos;
• Choice of burger, chicken breast sandwich, Smersh burger, or kid’s meal (for each adult and child); and,
• Non-alcoholic beverages, such as soft drinks, lemonade or iced tea (bottles of root beer not included).

Families with more than four agents are also welcome! For families bigger than four, each additional meal is charged at regular menu price.

Top-secret information about SafeHouse Restaurant and Bar is available at http://www.safe-house.com/. Spies clued into the SafeHouse social media channels (Facebook, Twitter @SafeHouseMKE, Instagram @safehousemke and SnapChat) in September will receive clandestine (and exclusive) intel about these dangerously delicious missions.

About the SafeHouse Restaurants
Recently voted as serving the #1 burger by Chicago Magazine, The SafeHouse, which is owned and managed by Marcus Restaurant Group, is a local landmark and cultural icon, attracting hungry spies from around the world. Having two covert locations in Chicago and Milwaukee, SafeHouse challenges spies with an all-encompassing experience and a one-of-a-kind mission during their visit. From the moment they locate the top-secret entrance and pass the agent authorization process, to the sleek Interpol Bar and Interrogation Room, every aspect of the SafeHouse contains interactive elements, spy technology, and puzzles to seamlessly fuse an action-packed atmosphere with delicious food and signature cocktails. The Chicago location features a 21st century design led by award-winning firms, The Gettys Group and Epstein Global, while the Milwaukee location boasts 50 years of spy history, gadgetry and the world’s largest puzzle wall. Both feature an unparalleled menu with spy food to satisfy the needs of every secret agent, served in an authentic espionage experience. For more on SafeHouse, visit www.safe-house.com.

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09.07.17

Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s Beloved Canine Concierge, Millie, Turns 1!

Millie at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center celebrates a very special birthday this September! Millie, a mini Goldendoodle who serves as the hotel’s “canine concierge,” and who has warmed the hearts of many locals and travelers, is turning one Wednesday, September 13. The public is invited to help celebrate Millie’s birthday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in 6th and Green, the hotel’s outside courtyard.

Millie, who is named using the first and last syllables of Milwaukee, works alongside her owner and the Hilton Milwaukee’s “human” concierge, Rusty Dahler, Tuesday through Saturday. She spends 40 hours a week working at the hotel – welcoming guests and providing cuddles to employees and visitors in the lobby, riding on luggage carts and assisting with deliveries, and visiting business and meeting attendees during conference breaks held at the hotel. Since arriving at the hotel, Millie has become a mini celebrity in Milwaukee, also participating in city parades and special events held at the hotel. She’s even known nationwide, having been mentioned by Hilton Hotels CEO Chris Nassetta on his personal Facebook page, mentioned on Buzzfeed’s Reasons to Smile Facebook page and the Weather Channel’s Crazimals page. Flight attendants from a national airline are also known to request stops to Milwaukee just to see Millie!

Millie’s First Birthday Party, Sept. 13
During Millie’s First Birthday Party on September 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., the Hilton Milwaukee City Center will feature:

• Cash bar, light snacks and birthday cake
• Samples and information from dog-friendly companies, including Central Bark, Fromm Family Pet Food, Cold Nose Canine and The Lovin’ Oven Pet Bakery
• Agility and frisbee demonstrations, starting at 6:00 p.m.
• Holly Lewis, Millie’s trainer, will be on hand to answer dog-related questions

The event, at the Hilton Milwaukee’s 6th and Green, is free and open to the public, including well-mannered and leashed dogs. Instead of gifts for Millie, please consider bringing a toy to donate to the Wisconsin Humane Society. In the event of rain, the festivities will need to be moved inside for a people-only party (dogs will not be allowed).

“Millie has changed the atmosphere of the hotel’s lobby tremendously. When guests check-in or walk into the lobby, the first thing they often see is Millie, and she instantly brings a smile to their faces. She makes guests feel at home,” said Dahler. “At the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, we want to provide an exceptional and unforgettable experience. Millie certainly offers an experience unlike any other for residents and guests alike.”

The AAA-Four Diamond Hilton Milwaukee City Center, one of Milwaukee’s premier pet-friendly hotels, chose to bring a canine concierge into the hotel in fall 2016. After determining the best breed – one that is hypoallergenic and has a calm temperament – the hotel, with help from Concierge Rusty Dahler, found Millie and brought her to the hotel in late November 2016.

For more information about Millie’s First Birthday Party, visit http://www.hiltonmilwaukee.com, or check Facebook or Twitter @HiltonMilwaukee.

Millie shares her adventures at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on Instagram @millieatthehilton. A video of Millie can be found at https://youtu.be/8MpmRRAHxmU.

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, Bradley Center sports complex 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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08.24.17

WELL Spa + Salon Offers Brides Beauty Tips to Look Their Best as They Walk Down the Aisle

Leading Milwaukee spa in the Pfister Hotel offers 10 beauty tips so brides can glow on their special day

Milwaukee, Wis., August 24, 2017. . . . . Planning a wedding involves managing the guest list, venue, décor details and buying the perfect dress, but many brides forget to pamper themselves before the big day. In addition to finding the perfect gown, brides need glowing skin and romantic hairstyles to look their best. WELL Spa + Salon, a luxury day spa and world-class salon located at the AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel, offers beauty tips so brides can walk down the aisle in bridal radiance.

10 Beauty Tips from WELL Spa + Salon to Look Radiant on Your Special Day:

1. Your skin is important. It will be visible in your wedding photos for the rest of your life. Treat your skin with a facial to ensure it has the proper moisture it needs to look its best. Be sure to try the facial 30 days before your wedding to see how your skin will react, then do the facial again 10 days before you walk down the aisle. At WELL Spa + Salon we recommend our number one treatment for brides, the signature Vie Anti-Aging Facial to make your skin look its best.
2. Moisturize twice a day, in the morning and at night to help make your skin look gorgeous. While you sleep, your skin repairs itself so it is important for you to cleanse at night to remove the pollution and stress from the day and bring the moisture back to your skin.
3. Gently exfoliate your skin once a week. WELL Spa + Salon recommends using Phytomer’s Vegetal, a gentle facial exfoliant twice a week to remove dry dead skin from the epidermis, leaving skin smooth and renewed.
4.Drink plenty of water for glowing skin. Hydrating is essential to maintaining proper moisture and nutrients to skin cells. Water flushes toxins out, enhancing your complexion and leaving you with soft healthy-looking skin.
5. Don’t forget about the rest of your skin. Exfoliate and moisturize your body before your wedding. Be sure you focus on dry, patchy areas, like your elbows, knees and heels as dirt is attracted to dry skin and can appear darker in your wedding photos. WELL Spa + Salon offers an aroma glow body scrub to soften and polish your skin to look its best on your wedding day.
6. Use self-tanner to add that extra glow. It is best to test a self-tanner before your wedding to make sure it doesn’t rub off on your dress and it applies evenly. We recommend our Body Bronzing treatment leaving you sun-kissed and beautifully bronzed.
7. Choose a wedding day hairstyle that makes you feel comfortable. With so many beautiful options, it’s important to have a trial with your stylist before your wedding. The trial will ensure the style you want matches your face shape and gives you the look you want on your special day. It’s also important to do a makeup trial to guarantee your makeup is what you dreamed of as you walk down the aisle.
8. Try the newest wedding day hair trend – organic chic. This polished, yet messy look incorporates braids, twists and flowers for a whimsical look. Some brides will even have a loose updo during the ceremony and pull it down for the reception. This will give your hair body and look stunning throughout the entire day.
9. Get the celebrity treatment with airbrushed makeup. With high-definition cameras showing every small flaw or discoloration, many brides are turning to airbrush makeup. Airbrush makeup will fill all your pores to create a clean look compared to foundation that simply covers your skin. It also lasts well into the night!
10. Complete your look with flawless makeup. Before your makeup consultation, decide the look you are going for. Do you want to look dramatic on the day of your wedding or do you want a more natural, soft look? Depending on what you decide, make sure your makeup doesn’t compete. For the dramatic look, choose dark eyes and light lips. For a more natural look, have light eyes and use a bold, red lipstick to create a look that pops. For a glamorous look, apply eyelashes in the corner of your eyes to open your eyes and look elegant. If you want to be able to touch up throughout the day and evening, most spas will have the products they used available for purchase.

“We know the stress brides feel as they plan their wedding day while also preparing to look their best,” said Elizabeth Walsh-Zimmermann, Director of WELL Spa + Salon at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. “That’s why we offer brides moisturizing spa treatments, beautiful hairstyles and striking makeup to ensure that their special day is as perfect as they could have imagined it.”

The award-winning WELL Spa + Salon is also located at the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., and Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

To make an appointment at the WELL Spa + Salon at The Pfister Hotel, please visit: http://www.pfisterwellspa.com.

About WELL Spa + Salon
WELL Spa + Salon is a luxury day spa and world-class salon located at the AAA Four-Diamond Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. The spa and salon redefines the entire spa experience by offering personalized treatments, and a luxurious atmosphere and amenities. The salon is home to Milwaukee’s most talented hair designers and colorists to offer the industry’s latest beauty trends. For more information or to make an appointment, please visit: http://www.pfisterwellspa.com.

About The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel has been the premier hotel in downtown Milwaukee for over 120 years. Originally built 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 for 41 consecutive years by AAA as a Four-Diamond property. In 2017, The Pfister Hotel was ranked the No. 1 Best Milwaukee Hotel by U.S. News & World Report. This exceptional property is a member of two prestigious hotel organizations, Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. 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).

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08.11.17

Capitol ChopHouse Names New Executive Chef, Jeffrey Orr

Capitol ChopHouse Executive Chef Jeffrey Orr

Capitol ChopHouse, part of the Marcus® Restaurant Group, announced today that it has named Jeffrey Orr as executive chef. In his new role, Orr will oversee all culinary operations at the restaurant, which is located within the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.

Orr joins the Capitol ChopHouse team with more than 20 years of culinary experience in various restaurants, catering and dining services across the country. Prior to joining the Capitol ChopHouse, he provided consulting for national private and contract food services on menu and recipe development, inventory and cost controls, logistics, facility design, training, marketing and more. His past experience has also included being the executive chef and owner of two fine-dining restaurants in Madison, and serving as the national culinary director, and previously the north central regional executive chef, of the country’s largest K-12 food service operator, Chartwells/Compass North America. From 2008 to 2014, Orr was also the executive chef at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison Area Technical College. He began his culinary career in New York, where he trained under Michelin-starred chefs.

“Madison is a world-class city, and at the Capitol ChopHouse, we are committed to providing our guests with a first-rate dining experience. From our focus on high-quality food featuring local ingredients to our expanding wine program, guests can expect more than the stereotypical hotel restaurant,” said Nathan Mergen, general manager of the Capitol ChopHouse. “Jeff will continue to use his talents and provide a delectable menu and exceptional dining experience for locals and visitors to enjoy. We are very excited to have him here.”

Orr earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law. He received his culinary education from the French Culinary Institute, now the International Culinary Center, in New York City.

For more information about the Capitol ChopHouse visit www.capitolchophouse.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 The SafeHouse. Frequent diners are encouraged to partake in the Marcus Rewards loyalty program at participating restaurants, bars and lounges at: http://www.marcusrewards.com. For more information on Marcus Restaurant Group please visit http://www.marcusrestaurants.com or visit Facebook and twitter for the latest news and updates.

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