Aphrodisiac Expert/Author Checks in for 2005 Valentine's Festivities

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Hotel Lures Author Of The Seduction Cookbook To Offer Aphrodisiac Cooking Class, Dinners, And Romantic Getaway Packages

"Cooking and seduction are delicious arts that involve head, hand and heart. And great lovers are inspired by passion, as are great chefs,” says Diane Brown, an aphrodisiac expert and author of The Seduction Cookbook.

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica follows suit by welcoming Brown as guest chef/cookbook author for their 2005 Valentine’s Day festivities.

Scheduled for hardcover release in February 2005, The Seduction Cookbook offers tips and techniques for shooting Cupid’s delicious arrow straight through the heart of a lover’s sensual appetite. With more than 80 heart-melting, temperature-raising recipes that are quickly and easily prepared, one can cook up an evening of romance without spending hours in the kitchen.

The book also contains expert tips and ideas indispensable to making the mood magical: grow an erotic herb garden; learn which aphrodisiac foods really work; set the stage for romance and seduction; bewitch your lover with decadent desserts; and make morning-after breakfasts to rekindle the passion.

Integrating similar themes, the Valentine's festivities at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel will include aphrodisiac-inspired dinners and overnight accommodation packages as well as a cooking class with Ms. Brown and Andri Tscharner, the hotel’s executive chef.

Aphrodisiac Inspired Dinners:

Inspired by the ingredients and recipes in the book, a six-course aphrodisiac dinner menu will available in the Grille restaurant from Friday, February 11th through Monday, February 14th for $120 per couple, not including tax & gratuity. Each couple will receive an autographed copy of The Seduction Cookbook. Brown will be on hand during dinner to talk about aphrodisiacs and autograph books on Monday, February 14th.

The aphrodisiac menu starts with Scotch Bonnet Blinis with Lobster and Caviar Orange and Fennel Slaw. Next is Crème of White Asparagus Soup with Artichoke Turnover and Shallot Crisps. The third course is Seared Pepper Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Salad followed by Broiled Plums with Lemon Sorbet and Mint.

For the main course, diners can chose from: Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops with Coarse Grain Mustard, Honey Roasted Belgium Endive, and a Pinot Noir Stock; or Cumin Seed Crusted Sea Scallops with Leek Sauce Celery Root Puree; or Pine Nut Crusted Tenderloin of Veal, Beef and Pork Roasted Beets, with Wilted Spinach, and a Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sauce.

Dessert is Warm Chocolate Tart with Hazelnut Gelato Cardamom Syrup, served with coffee or tea.

Aphrodisiac Cooking Class:

On Saturday, February 12th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Brown will pair up with the hotel’s executive chef Andri Tscharner for an aphrodisiac cooking class and sampling. The class includes champagne upon arrival, 1½-hour demonstration and food sampling, and an autographed copy of the cookbook for $45.00 per person and $80.00 per couple, not including tax and gratuity.

Aphrodisiac Accommodation Package:

Accommodation packages are also available for those looking for a romantic Valentine’s getaway. The Aphrodisiac Accommodation Package starts at $459.00 for ocean view accommodation. Rates are per couple, per night, not including tax & gratuity. Subject to availability February 11th – 15th, the package includes:

  • Deluxe ocean view accommodation
  • Champagne upon arrival
  • Six-course aphrodisiac dinner for two in the Grille
  • Aphrodisiac Cooking Class with Diane Brown (Saturday ONLY)
  • Autographed copy of The Seduction Cookbook
  • Valet parking

For more information or to make reservations for any of the Valentine’s festivities taking place at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica, please call:

Aphrodisiac Dinner and Cooking Class Reservations: (310) 319-3111.

Aphrodisiac Accommodation Package Reservations: (310) 576-7777.

About Diane Brown:

Diane Brown is an aphrodisiac expert and author of The Seduction Cookbook. Due to the popularity of the soft cover edition which was first released in 2004 through iUniverse Star, the book has since been picked up by Innova Publishing. A new hardcover edition will be released/published in February 2005.

As the chef/owner of Intimate Catering, she also creates and serves seductive dinners for two in the comfort of her client’s homes. Diane's career in the restaurant industry also includes positions as a maitre d' for a five-star hotel, a senior manager in a multi-million dollar restaurant concept, and a restaurant consultant.

She has featured recipes in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Sunset magazines. She can be found on the Web at http://www.theseductioncookbook.com and as a contributing food writer for LoveMagazine.com, SheKnows.com, and Dating-Again-and-More.com.

Diane has demonstrated her cooking style on NBC's television program, "The Other Half," where she cooked with Dick Clark and Danny Bonaduce and "Smart Woman/Chefs Corner," an Ivanhoe Broadcast News production. She presented erotic farmer's market fare on the Discovery channel's "Berman & Berman." She prepared chocolate fondue on SoapTalk with Lisa Rinna. She appeared on FX's "The X Show," where she discussed "The Top 10 Things Every Man Should Have in His Refrigerator (For Gettin' It.)" She cooked with a date on WBN's "Blind Date."

On the radio waves, she has appeared across the nation on shows such as "Lifestyles Las Vegas," and "Wines and Vines" with Les Kincaid on CRN cable radio, "Chef Talk with Jamie Gwen" on KABC talk radio Los Angeles, "Night Calls on Playboy Radio," "The Midday Dish" with Mara Reid Rogers, "The Shmuley Show" a TalkAmerica syndication, and Business Talk Radio's "The Good Life with Pierre Wolfe."

In addition to her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics (California State University, Northridge, 1986), she has completed UCLA food journalism courses. She teaches aphrodisiac cooking classes at Sur La Table, and volunteers to instruct special education children in inner city schools and the Girl Scouts of America.

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