The Dining Revolution in Alexandria, Virginia Benefits Meeting Travel April 10, 2008
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DINING REVOLUTION IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA BENEFITS MEETING TRAVEL

Alexandria, VA (April 10, 2008) - The historic seaport is focused on food as it bustles with vibrant culinary creations from the industry's top chefs.

Start with a contender from Food Network's The Iron Chef series. Add in one of Food and Wine's "2006 Best New Chefs." Season with chefs transplanted from the biggest establishments in the DC restaurant scene. Serve alongside quaint and charming cobblestone streets brimming with history. Whether it's an annual meeting, an after-meeting cocktail, a convention offsite event, or a catered meeting, the dining revolution happening in Alexandria, Virginia, adds value to any business function.

Washington, DC, transplants are on the menu in Alexandria. They got their start across the river, but came to Alexandria to play by their own rules. Cathal Armstrong, owner and chef of Restaurant Eve, was named as one of Food & Wine's "Best New Chefs." Chef Armstrong, formerly of DC's Bistro Bis, has also opened Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper and The Majestic. Morou Ouattara, formerly of DC's Signatures Restaurant and contender on the Food Network's The Iron Chef series, has opened his own restaurant, Farrah Olivia, in Old Town. Chefs Christophe Poeaux and Michelle Garbee, formerly of the Aquarelle at The Watergate, have opened their neighborhood French bistro Bastille.

Alexandria has become a magnet for other talented, young celebrity chefs who have opened their own restaurants locally, such as Anthony Chittum, Vermilion's new chef and Jamie Leeds owner and chef of Hank's Oyster Bar. Chef-driven restaurants such as Hotel Monaco's Jackson 20 under the direction of Executive Chef Jeff Armstrong, Jamieson Grille and Trademark Bar at the Westin Alexandria with Nadine Thomas as executive chef, and The Grille at the Morrison House with Dennis Marron as executive chef, are appetizing options in the City's new hotels.

Meeting attendees rate food as one of the most memorable aspects of their meeting experience. The sales staff at the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association works creatively with Alexandria's celebrity chefs to design award-winning culinary events to complement the most discriminating corporate meetings. Contact Lorraine Lloyd, Vice President of Sales, for a complete meeting planners guide featuring Alexandria's top chefs.

Founded in 1749 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Alexandria is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, historic attractions, award-winning restaurants and eclectic shopping. With five Metro stations and a range of hotels to suit every taste, Alexandria is the perfect gateway to all that Greater Washington has to offer. For a complete listing of annual events in Alexandria, go to VisitAlexandriaVa.com/calendar-of-events.

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