I like to take traditional dishes and give them a contemporary twist,” said Chef Piazza. “Our high rating with Starwood continually challenges us to raise the bar in our service, including tastes, textures, locally sourced ingredients and presentation.
RESTON, VA (PRWEB) May 27, 2015
Following the recent high ranking of #2 in Starwood’s Guest Experience Index for all of the Sheraton brand, the Sheraton Reston Hotel is continuing to increase their guest services via their food and beverage offerings. A cornerstone of the Reston community for over 40 years, the hotel continues to take pride in helping each guest enjoy Sheraton’s signature amenities and services and providing a differentiated, exceptional guest experience. The hotel’s food and beverage outlets have always been a large part of that heritage. The hotel is managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a leading operator of hotels with over 100 properties in its North American portfolio.
Taking the lead on all aspects of the hotel’s culinary experiences is Chef Carmen Gianna Piazza, who learned how to cook from her grandfather in Italy, where she grew up, and studied the culinary arts. Her grandfather owned a small pastry shop, and she followed in her family’s footsteps, opening and operating her own restaurant for four years before coming to the Washington, DC area.
The Syrah Restaurant, the hotel’s dining room, and the adjacent Cosmopolitan Lounge have both been very popular with hotel guests and locals alike. Chef Piazza continually modifies the menu so regular guests will always have something new to try. Some of the specialties have included Italian inspired selections such as homemade pasta, her family recipe for veal ravioli, and luxurious seafood risotto featuring crab, shrimp and saffron.
“I like to take traditional dishes and give them a contemporary twist,” said Chef Piazza. “Our recent high rating with Starwood continually challenges us to raise the bar in all aspects of our service, from tastes and textures to locally sourced ingredients and presentation.”
In the past 10 years, she has served as an Executive Chef and a restaurant consultant specializing in Italian menu development for a list of well-known restaurants in the DC area, and has become even more popular since working for Starwood branded hotels. Chef Carmen began with the brand at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, in charge of banquets and restaurant for almost three years before being promoted to Executive Chef at the Sheraton Reston Hotel where she has been working since 2012.
Chef Carmen’s expertise and signature dishes are also seen in the hundreds of meetings and events held in the 20,000 square feet of function space the hotel holds.
“We have many of our meeting planners and those hosting social gatherings come back to us year after year because of Chef Carmen’s special touches and attention to detail,” said Tim Bailey, the hotel’s General Manager. “She literally delivers,” added Bailey with a chuckle, referring to the fact that the hotel now offers off premises catering at local venues and the many corporate offices that surround the hotel.
ABOUT THE SHERATON RESTON HOTEL
The 298 room Sheraton Reston Hotel, located in an affluent suburb of Washington, DC overlooks a golf course, and is just minutes from Reston Town Center via complimentary shuttle, offering countless dining and shopping options. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle to Dulles International Airport as well as the Silver Line Metrorail, giving guests a quick easy and fast connection to downtown Washington, DC. After a busy day of work or play guests can rejuvenate in the fitness center and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Then perhaps enjoy a drink at the Cosmopolitan Lounge then dinner at the Syrah Restaurant. Event planners can take advantage of the 20,000 sq ft of meeting space located on one floor. For more information on the Sheraton Reston Hotel, please visit http://www.sheratonreston.com, call 703-620-9000, like on http://www.facebook.com/Sheraton.Reston.Hotel, follow on http://www.twitter.com/SheratonReston and connect on Google+.
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