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The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Celebrates Earth Hour

Fairmont’s Purity Party Brings Awareness to World Wildlife Foundation

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Earth Hour festivities are sure to be noticed even in the dark. On Saturday, March 27th, the Castle in the Heart of the City throws a Purity Party like none other. Themed with pure candlelight, pure cocktails and pure canapes, the evening will bring awareness to climate change and fundraise on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Together with our partner, Finlandia Vodka, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver invites guests and locals for complimentary cocktail tastings in 900 West Lounge between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Cocktails featuring organic ingredients and Ocean Wise tapas created by Executive Chef, Robert LeCrom will be on the menu. Partial proceeds from the Finlandia-themed cocktails will benefit the WWF. In keeping with our corporate-wide commitment, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will dim all non-essential lighting throughout the property from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm and raise a glass to the WWF in a candlelit room.

Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people, including several Fairmont hotels around the globe, participated. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people and

over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet.

With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a strong supporter of WWF, participating in many of their campaigns, as well as being a member of their global Climate Savers program. All 60 Fairmont properties will participate in Earth Hour 2010. For the past two decades, Fairmont has been dedicated to preserving the places in which we live, work and play through its Green Partnership Program. Expanding on this 20-year commitment, Fairmont will continue to actively support a sustainable future and a low carbon economy, understanding that ultimately, we are all in this together.

For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and the company’s industry leading environmental initiatives, please visit www.fairmont.com/environment.

Fairmont’s Culinary Talent

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Continues to Earn Critical Acclaim for Culinary Delights ~


 Renowned French chef and restauranteur Auguste Escoffier made hotel dining ‘de riguer’ at London’s The Savoy at the turn of the 20th Century.  More than 100 years later, dining in hotels is exciting again, as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers guests the best dining experience in town, with their chefs committed to creating innovative cuisine and memorable meals across the globe.

Top Ratings & Local Legends

  • Santé at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa – With the recent honor of earning a well-deserved Michelin star, Santé’s national reputation continues to grow. Executive Chef Bruno Tison joined the Fairmont Sonoma team five years ago from sister property, New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. A 15-year veteran and the youngest appointed Executive Chef at the legendary Plaza, Tison’s nouvelle cuisine has earned extensive critical acclaim. During his tenure in New York, he captured a number of awards including FOOD ARTS “Silver Spoon”, a gold medal at the NY International Food Show Exposition and first prize at the NYC Hotel & Motel Culinary Olympics.  


  • Haerlin Restaurant at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten – Haerlin Restaurant is one of the leading gourmet restaurants in Hamburg, with 17 points from Gault Millau and one Michelin star. Head chef Christoph Rüffer’s original creations of Mediterranean and French cuisine are prepared exclusively with fresh market and seasonal products. Head sommelier Hagen Hoppenstedt, who was named Sommelier of the Year 2009 by Gault Millau, assists guests in choosing from among 35,000 wine bottles for that perfect vintage to complement any meal.
  • Waterlot Inn at Fairmont Southampton – The Waterlot Inn is Bermuda’s legendary waterfront destination, which started off as an Inn and smuggler’s haven before attracting travelers such as Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt and Eugene O’Neill.  Although the restaurant has been offering spectacular sunsets and authentic Bermudian fare for over 320 years, it’s still an island favorite judging by its numerous awards and buzzing atmosphere.  The Prime Steak is reputed to be the best on the island and the beautiful outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to linger over cocktails.


  • The Georgian at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle – The Georgian, now celebrating its 20th year rated as a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, is a Pacific Northwest landmark featuring French-inspired Northwest cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Gavin Stephenson. To complement Chef Stephenson’s creations, Master Sommelier Joseph Linder is available to make the perfect wine pairing.  As one of only 100 Master Sommeliers in North America, Linder is sure to enhance any wine lover’s meal.


  • The Velvet Glove at The Fairmont Winnipeg – Visitors to ‘The Peg’ can enjoy seasonal flavors with a Manitoban flare in the city’s only CAA/AAA Four Diamond award winning restaurant – The Velvet Glove. This tony destination is the city’s most elegant dining establishment, and was voted by enRoute Magazine as one of the top 100 restaurants to visit in Canada. Boasting delicious local flavors from Executive Chef Nick Beaumont, The Velvet Glove is the top local choice for a memorable meal.  

Marquee Chefs


  • Sensing at Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston – Renowned Chef Guy Martin, who has a prized Michelin star to his name, developed the chic restaurant Sensing for Fairmont Battery Wharf earlier this year. Sensing’s Chef de Cuisine Gerard Barbin was recently named Boston Magazine’s Best Up-and-Coming Chef for his inspired menu of contemporary French cuisine and to top it off, the restaurant also boasts a AAA Four Diamond rating.  Sensing manages all of this by bringing the culinary spirit of Martin’s restaurant in Paris to the Boston Waterfront, by using seasonal New England ingredients, complemented by flavors and spices from around the globe.


  • Frankie’s and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr – Former three star Michelin Chef Marco Pierre White, one of Britain’s first celebrity chefs, has opened Frankie’s and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, making them the newest additions to Abu Dhabi’s burgeoning culinary scene. Frankie’s, a collaboration between famed horse jockey Frankie Dettori and Chef White, started in London with much fanfare with its authentic Italian cuisine and casual atmosphere. At Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, White’s first outside the UK, guests can experience an eclectic combination of innovative grilled cuisine and classic English fare, accompanied by one of the largest wine selections in the city.


  • Yi Feng Court at Fairmont Yangcheng Lake – Guests at the brand new Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan, China can partake in exquisite Cantonese cuisine prepared by Chinese Master Chef Jack Li at the elegant Yi Feng Court. Chef Li, who was named one of the top 10 Asian chefs in 2008 by the China Hotel Association, will present tempting set menus for both lunch and dinner at this exciting new restaurant. In addition to featuring his signature Abalone Cuisine (featuring high-end sea snails), Chef Li also incorporates local favorites into his menu, including another of China’s famous delicacies, hairy crab, found in Yangcheng Lake.
  • BOURBON STEAK at Fairmont Scottsdale and The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club – Two-star Michelin chef and James Beard award-winning Michael Mina is behind the outposts of BOURBON STEAK at Fairmont Scottsdale and Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in South Florida. Using only corn-fed, all-natural meat and line-caught seafood, the mouthwatering beef, poultry, and fish are all slow-poached and grilled for an ambitious menu that has created a buzz in both destinations. An array of side dishes include duck fat fries, bacon creamed spinach, mushroom pot pie with Gruyere cheese and a potato puree trio — a dish comprised of three versions of whipped potatoes – accented with lobster, sour cream and onion and horseradish.


  • Essence at Fairmont Yangcheng Lake – For Pan-Asian cuisine spanning Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Japan and China, the new Essence restaurant at Fairmont Yangcheng Lake in Kunshan, China is superb. Executive Sous Chef Steven Liu recently received the Chef of the Year award from one of China’s top television programs, You are the Chef, at their third annual awards banquet. Selected from a group of China’s top culinary talents, Chef Liu was handpicked for the honor by Grand Hotels Magazine, Sina.com and votes from viewers. The all-day dining venue offers spectacular views of Yangcheng Lake with cuisine that is equally impressive.

Fresh Faces

  • FIG Restaurant at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows – The L.A. Times calls FIG “a raging success” and L.A. Confidential praised the restaurant’s “simply prepared items with a focus on flavor and quality.” Headed by Chef Ray Garcia, FIG features fresh local and organically grown ingredients straight from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. To whet diners’ appetites and emphasize his seasonal commitment, Chef Garcia lists the ingredients he uses on the menu under “Just Arrived,” “In Peak Season,” and “Coming Soon.”
  • Oru at Fairmont Pacific Rim – Little did David Wong realize that when his macaroni and cheese dish won the grade eight “Best Cook Award” it was a telltale sign of great things to come. Twenty-five years later, he represented Canada on the international cooking stage at the world’s most prestigious culinary competition – the Bocuse d’Or, and is now top toque at the new Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Executive Chef Wong leads Oru, a Pan-Asian bistro featuring a harmonious fusion of east and west flavors, local purveyors and products and one of the largest sake cellars in the city.
  • Plaza Market Café at Fairmont Singapore – For an authentic taste of Singapore, The Plaza Market Café offers guests the delicious result of the city’s intermarriage of Chinese and Malay culture: Peranakan cuisine. Usually found in the city’s famous Hawker Centers, Fairmont Singapore has taken the unique step of bringing this local favorite to guests. The cuisine uses a mixture of Chinese rice, soy and stir-fry with Malay chili, coconut and spices to create an authentic culinary experience. Live cooking and carving stations bring the atmosphere of Singapore’s popular street food indoors.

  • L’Horizon Deck, Restaurant & Champagne Bar at Fairmont Monte Carlo – Set on the 7th floor of the recently renovated Fairmont Monte Carlo, L’Horizon stuns with 360° views of Monaco’s legendary Opera House, Prince’s Palace, and Casino – against a backdrop of the renowned Riviera and Mediterranean Sea. Executive Chef Maryan Gandon, recently awarded Chef of the Year Honors by the Monegasque Hotel Industry Association, is committed to locally-produced food and takes full advantage of the hotel’s own gardens, where he grows his own fruits and vegetables. This focus on sustainable Mediterranean food based on local products echoes the restaurant’s “Chic & Ethic” mantra, and is already gaining rave reviews by local foodies.


A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of 59 distinctive hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like The Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi and Canada’s Fairmont Banff Springs and more than 20 new properties in development, including London’s The Savoy and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai re-opening next year following extensive restoration programs.  Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travelers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program.

Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 94 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

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