Philadelphia, May 15, 2012 - Food lovers, culinary experts and chefs from across the country will convene in Monterey, California from May 18-20 for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions, a premier event celebrating the use of sustainable food. On the night of May 17, eleven top chefs from ARAMARK Parks and Destinations will showcase their culinary talent at the Aquarium using regional ingredients and sustainable practices in a special Meet the Chefs Reception.
ARAMARK, which manages the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s dining experiences in partnership with award-winning Napa Valley chef and restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn, is bringing together chefs from its portfolio of parks, resorts and cultural attractions to take part in this weekend’s festivities and participate in this prestigious event. Invited guests attending the Meet the Chefs Reception will dine on a menu featuring fresh, local and seasonal ingredients while learning more about the protection and conservation of the environment.
“Monterey Bay Aquarium has dedicated itself to educating the public about the importance of protecting our environment and natural resources,” said Bruce W. Fears, president, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. “We also have deep respect for the environment and are delighted to have our chefs participate in Cooking for Solutions, which is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest sustainable food festivals.”
Programs and events, such as Cooking for Solutions and Meet the Chefs, allow ARAMARK to demonstrate its commitment to protecting and improving the environment. ARAMARK believes sustainability is a process and has implemented environmental management practices and systems within the areas of food purchasing, supply chain, building operations, energy and water conservation, transportation and waste management.
“It is an honor for our chefs to be invited to participate in the Meet the Chefs Reception,” said Brian Stapleton, vice president of food and beverage, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. “We look forward to providing guests with an extraordinary menu and memorable evening that reflects the chefs’ passion for cooking with sustainable ingredients.”
The eleven chefs representing ARAMARK Parks and Destinations at Cooking for Solutions’ Meet the Chefs Reception are:
- Anthony Boney, Florida Aquarium
- Anthony Reeves, Hearst Castle
- Brian Puett, Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde
- Danny Abbruzesse, Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds
- Matt Morrett, Philadelphia Zoo
- Jeff Rogers, Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Jeremy Acuna, Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds
- Patrick Norris, Lake Quinault Lodge, Olympic National Forest
- Rory Bancroft, Zephyr Cove Resort & Lake Tahoe Cruises
- Theodore Arneson, Kalaloch Lodge, Olympic National Park
- Vincent Gaikens, Cleveland Zoo
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