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JEAN-CLAUDE LANCHAIS EXECUTIVE CHEF AT MARRIOTT DORAL GOLF RESORT
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort has named Jean-Claude Lanchais as Executive Chef of the resort. Lanchais was Executive Chef at the Pacific Island Club in Tamuning, Guam, and comes to Doral from The Renaissance Westchester Hotel, in White Plains, NY, and was Chef of The Year for Renaissance Hotels Worldwide. "Jean-Claude brings to Doral a wealth of worldwide culinary expertise and a vast array of cultural delicacies acquired from my many years of experience at exotic locations throughout the world," said Frank Garahan, General Manager, Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Lanchais will be in charge of the five restaurants on property, ncluding: Windows on the Green, The Atrium, Terrazza Restaurant & Café, Champions Sports Bar & Grill and Bungalou's Bar & Grill.



LIVE MUSIC AND FAST EXECUTIVE LUNCH AT THE DINER CORAL GABLES
Every Friday and Saturday through March, The Diner will host jazz pianist Orlando Guanche, recently arrived from Cuba after successful stints in Costa Rica and Mexico, who will play jazz, traditional and modern Cuban tunes, on a Baldwin baby grand piano handpainted by artist Hector Catá. On weekdays, Mondays through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Dinner offers an Executive two-course lunch served in 15 minutes or your money back ($9 plus tax and gratuities) including soup du jour, Grilled Chicken Breast or Salmon Fillet served with a side of salad or fries, to meet with colleagues and clients and still stay on schedule. The Diner, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables.305-669-2698.



BARILLA INTRODUCES NEW MULTIGRAIN PASTA AT SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
To introduce the Barilla PLUS line of pasta made from multigrains and legumes -- a good source of fiber and Omega-3s -- Chef Lorenzo Boni will demonstrate various dishes, sauces and other products at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, on Saturday, February 26 & Sunday,February 27, at the Barilla booth in the Grand Tasting Village in South Beach. For more information: 305-347-4368.




THE GATES, CHRISTO'S PROJECT FOR CENTRAL PARK THROUGH FEBRUARY 27
Through February 27 visitors to New York City will have opportunity to experience The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York 1979-2005, by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
The Gates visually transforms Central Park with a stunning installation of 7,500 16-foot high gates with luminous saffron-colored fabric panels suspended over 23 miles of pedestrian walkways. When viewed from above, the artwork will suggest a golden river appearing and disappearing throughout the park's landscape.
Through February 28, New York City's Paint the Town (800/NYC-GUIDE, www.nycvisit.com) winter travel program makes available, hotels, restaurants, tour companies, and museums. For Rooms with a View Gates gazers can set their sights on some great hotel packages: The Mandarin Oriental, New York (80 Columbus Circle, 212/399-3938, www.mandarinoriental.com ) offers package starting at $1,050 that includes binoculars placed in all Central Park View rooms, American breakfast at Asiate and a Metropolitan Museum of Art book on The Gates.
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