Friday Harbor House Announces Arrival of New Executive Chef Thomas Ward

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Friday Harbor House, one of the San JuanIslands' premier inns, is proud to announce the appointment of Thomas Ward as executive chef of the Friday Harbor House Restaurant.

Friday Harbor House, one of the San Juan Islands' premier inns, is proud to announce the appointment of Thomas Ward as executive chef of the Friday Harbor House Restaurant.

"We are extremely excited to have such a talent as Thomas overseeing Friday Harbor House's culinary operations," said Lenny Zilz, Vice President of Operations for Columbia Hospitality. "With his range of experience with Pacific Northwest cuisine, he will do an outstanding job."

Previously, Ward oversaw culinary operations for Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook, a Columbia Hospitality-managed facility. Prior to joining the Columbia team, Ward worked for Ray's Boathouse, an upscale Northwest restaurant in Seattle. Ward earned a culinary arts degree from North Seattle Community College.

With a strong interest in seafood predicated on his Northwest upbringing, Chef Ward will be creating seasonal menus consisting of fresh and local ingredients. "With some creativity and a motivated team, I will bring exciting results to the Harbor View Restaurant," said Ward. "I am eager to use my talents and pervious experience to create unforgettable experiences for our guests."

The Friday Harbor House Restaurant is known throughout the Puget Sound area for its gourmet offerings. The restaurant uses fish, mussels, oysters, cheeses, meats and produce mostly from the San Juan Islands. Dinner is served in the Harbor View Restaurant, which has views of San Juan Channel and Mount Constitution on neighboring Orcas Island, seven nights a week during the summer and Thursday through Monday during the quiet season.

Friday Harbor is located on beautiful San Juan Island. Condè Nast Traveler ranks the San Juan Islands as the fourth-best island getaway in North America.

About Friday Harbor House
Friday Harbor House (http://www.fridayharborhouse.com) is a contemporary, waterfront inn located on San Juan Island, the secondlargest island in the 743-island archipelago in the northernmost stretch of Washington's saltwaters. Perched on a bluff overlooking the harbor, Friday Harbor House has 23 elegantlyappointed guest rooms and suites. In-room amenities include fireplaces, oversized whirl bath jetted tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views. In 2006, the inn opened a hightechmeeting and event facility that accommodates groups of up to 100 guests.

Friday Harbor House is owned by Langdon and Anne Simons and is managed by Columbia Hospitality Inc. Opened in 1994, the inn features spectacular views of the marina, San Juan Channel and Mount Constitution on neighboring Orcas Island.

Seasonal San Juan Island specialties are featured in the Harbor View Restaurant. Dinner is served seven nights a week during the summer and Thursday through Monday during the quiet season. The Inn's signature breakfast is served daily.

About Columbia Hospitality Inc.
Columbia Hospitality, Inc., a leading hospitality management and consulting firm, was founded in 1995 by John Oppenheimer. Columbia Hospitality creates exceptional experiences for guests and employees while achieving phenomenal results for its property owners. Specializing in luxury hotel and resort management, Columbia Hospitality expertly transforms each vision for a unique property into an enduring and profitable business. Columbia Hospitality's premier properties include boutique hotels and secluded resorts such as the following:

Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma's Valley of the Moon in Kenwood, Calif.
The Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island, Wash.
Friday Harbor House on San Juan Island, Wash.
Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, also on San Juan Island
Darnell's Lake Resort on Lake Chelan, Wash.
Resort at Deer Harbor, on Orcas Island, Wash.
Holmes Harbor Golf & Beach Club on Whidbey Island, Wash

The company also manages a portfolio of conference centers and event venues in Washington state, including the following:
Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Wash.
Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside in Bremerton, Wash.
Talaris Conference Center in SeaTac, Wash.
Washington Mutual Leadership Center at Cedarbrook in SeaTac, Wash.

Columbia represents unique venues as well, including the following:
World Trade Center Seattle on the Seattle waterfront
Club Cielo at Escala in Seattle (opening in 2009)
Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center on the Seattle waterfront
Pier 30 Event Center in Seattle, Wash.

The company additionally supports an active consulting division that has worked on more than 80 hospitality development projects in five Western U.S. states and Canada. For more information on Columbia, visit http://www.columbiahospitality.com

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