Renowned Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein Lends Talent to New Temple Restaurant and Lounge in Providence RI

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Temple Restaurant Unveils New Concept, Menu and David Cardell as Executive Chef.

Temple Restaurant, in Downtown Providence, introduces its newly concepted Mediterranean restaurant led by Executive Chef David Cardell, with collaboration from culinary consultant Joyce Goldstein, an expert on Mediterranean cuisine. Temple focuses on the cuisine and flavors of the 22 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea,

“This is an exciting foray for Temple as we introduce an approach to food that is unique, fresh and designed to be shared,” said Cardell, who brings nearly 20 years of experience in the food industry to his new role. “And to work with Joyce, who has an absolute passion and expertise for Mediterranean food, means patrons will experience cuisine that is delicious, exciting and exotic.”

In addition to writing numerous cookbooks and articles, Goldstein was the chef/owner of the ground-breaking Mediterranean restaurant Square One in San Francisco and is a recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef in California.

“The flavors surrounding the Mediterranean Sea have always inspired my cooking and fueled my passion for creating dishes that embody freshness and use ingredients that are seasonal and healthful,” said Goldstein. “I look forward to working with Chef Cardell and the Temple team to bring a new kind of dining to the Providence culinary landscape.”

Located in the arts-inspired Renaissance Providence Hotel, the hotel and Temple Restaurant first opened the doors in 2007 following a massive restoration of what was once an unfinished Masonic Temple. The restaurant is now managed by the Sage Restaurant Group, which has an established portfolio of restaurants across the U.S.

“Through Sage Restaurant Group, our goal is to bring unique and unmatched dining experiences to guests in settings that are surprising, intriguing and fun,” said Dave Hoemann, senior vice president of Food & Beverage at Sage. “Temple provided for an opportunity to steer the restaurant in a different direction that we believe will appeal to diners.”

While the surroundings of Temple Downtown will be familiar to guests, the dining experience will not. Designed with dishes to be shared, the menu features such selections as Gardes me Feta, an oven-baked gratin of shrimp, tomatoes and aged feta cheese, the Temple Mezze Platter with tzatziki, baba ghanoush, hummus, dolmas, spanakopita, Moroccan-spiced carrots and warm pita, Portuguese-style Caldo Verde, a kale and potato soup with Spanish chorizo, brick oven flatbreads, pasta, and entrees that include exotic tagines. Diners will also find Tuscan-style grilled rib eye steak and a burger of seasoned lamb. Desserts also take on a Mediterranean feel with Orange-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake, Buttermilk Panna Cotta and Fresh Fruit Crostada.

To accompany their meal, diners can choose from a Mediterranean-influenced wine list of 60 wines that focus on delivering great value. The lounge will also mix up a number of handcrafted libations, such as the Strawberry-Basil Cooler, the lavender-flavored Fleur de Marseille, the Greek Salad Martini, the El Toro and a Blood Orange Cosmo.

Chef Cardell, who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, started his culinary career as a teenager washing dishes in the kitchens of upscale private clubs. He served as chef at the Copley Plaza and the Parker House and was executive chef of the Water Club Restaurant in Manhattan. He further developed his talents at Caliterra in Boston and most recently served as executive chef for Dole & Bailey, family-owned purveyors of farm-to-table foods. He worked with New England’s finest chefs to bring them the freshest products obtainable.

This experience lends itself perfectly to the collaboration with Joyce Goldstein. Cardell recently spent a week in her San Francisco kitchen where together they developed the Mediterranean-inspired menu.

To learn more about Temple, visit http://www.temple-downtown.com or follow news about Temple on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/temple.providence and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/temple_downtown.

About Renaissance Providence Hotel:
The Renaissance Providence Hotel, in Providence, R.I., is an upscale, full-service hotel affiliated with the Marriott International, Inc. portfolio of branded luxury hotels. The hotel features 272 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, Temple restaurant and lounge, and fitness center. The $100 million historic restoration of the once incomplete Masonic Temple into the Renaissance Providence Hotel is the most ambitious historic restoration in the history of Rhode Island. In recognition of its status as a masterpiece of Neo-Classical architecture, the Renaissance Providence Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The primary historic facades of the building have been fully retained and meticulously restored, while the interior has been transformed with the modern elegance and state-of-the-art technology demanded by today’s top-tier hotel guests and event planners. In addition to luxurious guest rooms and amenities, guests can also enjoy exquisite dining at Temple Downtown, where atmosphere and taste blend together seamlessly. Guests are welcome to use their Marriott Rewards for an enhanced experience at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. For more information, visit http://www.renaissanceprovidence.com.

About Sage Restaurant Group
Sage Restaurant Group, founded in 2005 by Peter Karpinski creates experiences where food, drink and inspired design meet and mix. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner or lingering over drinks, these independent restaurants, adjacent to hotels deliver exceptional catering and in-room dining experiences. Wherever they are located, Sage Restaurant Group’s concepts feature a distinctive scene and a subtly infused local vibe designed to appeal to a guest who is hungry for life. SRG currently operates The Corner Office, a retro-style restaurant and bar with global comfort food and scintillating cocktails, in Denver, CO; Second Home Kitchen + Bar, offering the relaxed feel of a weekend getaway with the slick finish and fine food of an urban restaurant, in Denver, CO; Temple Downtown, a modern American bistro in a former Masonic hall, in Providence, RI; Urban Farmer, an organic steakhouse at the Nines hotel in Portland, OR; Departure Restaurant and Lounge on the top floor of the Nines Hotel serving modern Asian cuisine; the acclaimed Mercat a la Planxa at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, listed on the Esquire “Top Restaurants List for 2008”; The Original, a Dinerant at the Courtyard by Marriott – Portland City Center, and Braddock’s American Brasserie & Braddock’s Streetside Café, at the Renaissance Pittsburgh, PA. Sage Restaurant Group is planning the much anticipated opening of Toasted Oak Grill & Market at the Hotel Baronette, in Novi, MI in spring 2010. For more information about Sage Restaurant Group, visit http://www.sagerestaurantgroup.com.

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