Executive Chef at Prominent Ann Arbor, Michigan Hotel Featured in Local Menu Magazine

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Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest's own Doug Oates chosen for Menu Magazine's cover spread.

Throughout the months of May and June, residents of the greater Ann Arbor area are sure to catch a glimpse of the Ann Arbor Marriott's own Executive Chef Doug Oates on the cover of the popular local "foodie" magazine, Menu: A Guide to Dining in the Greater Ann Arbor Area.

The Greater Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area certainly has its share of exemplary dining establishments and renowned chefs. Few, however, can boast responsibility for more than 160,000 restaurant and banquet covers annually. An average kitchen would consider even a portion of that volume something to be truly proud of. At the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, those numbers are minimum expectations presented to Executive Chef Doug Oates. Chef Oates, a graduate of the prestigious Scottsdale Culinary Arts School, has been tasked with running the complex culinary department at this hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan since March of 2006. With no less than 14 years at the Executive Chef level, Chef Oates has garnered industry awards and recognition from a variety of sources including his time heading the Culinary Team of the Number One highest ranked Embassy Suites Hotel in the Nation in 2001. Chef Oates has also served as Vice President of the Missouri Restaurant Association and is a member of the American Culinary Foundation.

To Chef Oates, monetary compensation, industry benchmarks and even professional awards or recognition are not sufficient means by which to gauge success. "Success is best measured by an ability to meet and exceed the expectations of my customers," explains Oates, who holds himself accountable to a framework of high ideals that embrace "excellence in service," "excellence in product quality," "excellence in environment/ambiance," and an "equitable price/value relationship" at the critically acclaimed Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti hotel. Customers, associates, and the community itself all have identifiable objectives that must be met. To Chef Oates, meeting those objectives is embraced as an expectation, not a goal.

To experience the culinary artistry of Chef Oates and his team, guests may enjoy the popular Ann Arbor restaurant, Bentley's American Grille, which has been recently renovated and offers a delightful dining experience. Hearty breakfasts, either buffet or a la carte, are available daily. Enjoy classic lunch favorites featuring Black Angus beef, fresh seafood and local specialties. If an edgy and contemporary lounge environment is more your fare, try "The View" Lounge, offering a comfortable atmosphere with flair. Cocktails as well as full dinner service are available nightly. Whether taking in local news or sports on one of the flat screen televisions, or dining by the glow of the fireplace, you will be delighted by the experience. And if your needs call for an exceptional private Banquet Catering environment, well appointed event space and an unmatched service staff enhance an already memorable lakeside backdrop for special occasions. Come see new beginnings, where beautiful natural surroundings meet contemporary amenities at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest Resort.

About Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest:
The Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest now boasts completely renovated guest rooms and facilities. Nestled on 135 acres of championship golf, this premier Ann Arbor, Michigan hotel is conveniently located near the Detroit Metro Airport and offers a tranquil park setting and resort-style amenities. Guests enjoy spacious Ann Arbor Ypsilanti hotel accommodations featuring touches of Marriott's finest, including Revive Bedding and sleek, contemporary furnishings. Perfect for both the business and leisure traveler, this Ann Arbor hotel near Michigan Stadium and local businesses provides everything needed for a completely satisfying stay with an indulgent concierge lounge, state of the art fitness facility, and on-site golf course. Well appointed meeting and event space provides an unmatched lakeside backdrop for special occasions. For more information or to make a reservation, call 734-487-2000 or visit http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/dtwys.


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