SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

July 02, 2013 16:05 ET

Executive Chef David Creamer of SOCCi in Arlington, Virginia Is Named Renaissance's Global Chef of the Year

The Newest Star on Crystal City's Dining Scene Marks His Ascent With a Major Award

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - Jul 2, 2013) - If a chef is destined to make a name for himself, he must have a steel-like work ethic. Or he must have grown up cooking. Or he must have successfully completed externships at renowned restaurants during his culinary training. But if such a chef has all of these qualifications and more, then not only does he deserve national acclaim, he also deserves recognition as Renaissance's Global Chef of the Year. This is the case with Executive Chef David Creamer of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel -- and his ascent into culinary stardom is changing Crystal City's foodie scene for good.

As a charter member of the newest property Crystal City has seen in more than 25 years, Executive Chef Creamer and the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel have added a valuable new dimension to Crystal City's dining scene and to the hotel at large.

Named SOCCi (pronounced so-chee), this Pentagon City hotel restaurant draws equally on Creamer's Italian heritage (he began cooking with his Sicilian grandmother when he was 5 years old) and modern culinary perspective. The Old Country makes an appearance in the nature of the food, particularly the SOCCi Meatballs but also in the pastas, steaks, burrata and bruschetta. Modern sensibilities, however, inform both the décor, with its open kitchen and Chef's Tasting Room, and the ingredients. With the notable exception of the oregano that Creamer imports from Italy, most of the ingredients hail from local farms. This farm-to-table trend allows Creamer to serve the freshest food possible while also supporting his community. And it's just one of many reasons why he was named Renaissance's Global Chef of the Year in 2012.

Beyond SOCCi, Creamer's vision leads the culinary experience of the entire hotel. Groups visiting for business or special events can choose from a wide array of creative, satisfying options. From Duroc Apple Cider Tenderloin, to Maple Soy Salmon, to Roasted Striped Bass and beyond, Creamer's menu options for groups include plated and buffet selections that satisfy any palate or preference. Special requests are also welcome: He's created vegan menus as easily he's abided by specific themes. Such special and specialized menus complement the property's 17,307 square feet of total meeting rooms, which overlook the Potomac River and the District and are equipped with cutting-edge technology.

Luckily for locals and visitors alike, however, experiencing the Italian charm of SOCCi and the creative banquet choices of the hotel doesn't require a trans-Atlantic flight. The hotel is conveniently located near Reagan National Airport and a number of local attractions, from Old Town Alexandria to Pentagon Row. And its reputation for service matches Creamer's own list of renowned accomplishments: TripAdvisor consistently ranks it as Marriott's top full-service hotel in Arlington, and it takes first place for guest satisfaction among all Marriott Eastern-region full-service hotels. The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in other words, is an ideal spot to taste Italy while visiting DC.

About the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Whether travelers are looking for environmental sensitivity, modern technology or top-rated service, the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel can accommodate them. The LEED® Gold-certified hotel boasts 300 guestrooms and suites that feature plush Revive bedding; organic Aveda bath products; 37-inch, flat-panel HD televisions; mini-refrigerators; and Plug-In technology panels. Technology, in fact, figures prominently throughout the hotel and has placed it at the forefront of business hotels. Sixteen meeting rooms occupy 17,307 square feet of meeting space, while the hotel's location just minutes from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, IBM, the Pentagon, PBS and the EPA make it a natural choice for business groups. It's also a natural choice for foodies. The hotel's modern Italian eatery, SOCCi, incorporates local produce in the majority of its Old World fare, while Espressamente illy acts as its ideal café counterpart. In addition, guests can enjoy the hotel's fitness center and pool, as well as a new lobby that sets the tone for their stays. Consistently ranked No. 1 for guest satisfaction among all full-service Marriott hotels in the Eastern region, the hotel is conveniently positioned near Reagan National Airport and a variety of local attractions like Mount Vernon Trail, Pentagon Row and the National Mall. The result is one hotel that's as exciting as the destination itself.

About Renaissance
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of more than 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well as R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit

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