SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

May 30, 2012 16:00 ET

New Chef and New Menu Come Together for 'Summerlicious' Dining in Yorkville, Toronto

Inspiring Restaurant Bolsters the Appetites of Downtown Toronto Diners

TORONTO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) - International experience and an artistic approach to food preparation are what Executive Chef Michael Picken is bringing to the table, in terms of fine dining in Yorkville Toronto, as the new executive chef at Matisse Restaurant and Bar.

With the recent launch of a new menu, executive chef and its upcoming participation in Toronto's famed "Summerlicious" (running from July 6-22, 2012), Matisse Restaurant and Bar is one of Toronto's favourite hot spots.

Chef Picken's experience at prestigious properties including the world renowned Gleneagles Hotel, Edinburghs Caledonian and other high profile hotels in Toronto is bolstering the appetites of local patrons as well as guests of the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel.

Comfortably anchoring the dining opportunities in and around this corporate hotel in downtown Toronto; Matisse offers hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a casual atmosphere, ideal for gatherings with business associates, family and friends. Executive Chef Picken and the restaurant's skilled culinary staff also offer full service catering with a wide variety of banquet menus, and Chef Picken welcomes the opportunity to custom craft menus for special events.

The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel is a premier choice among Toronto meeting venues, offering 12,000 square feet of flexible event space, state-of-the-art facilities and an exceptional location for inspirational conferences or sophisticated social gatherings. The hotel features extraordinary meeting space in Toronto including 12 luxurious conference rooms, the Forest Hill Ballroom with seating for up to 400 persons and, along with a skilled team of culinary professionals working diligently under the direction of Chef Picken, welcomes groups with the services of dedicated Event Managers to help ensure successful events.

In addition to launching its new food menu, Matisse also unveiled a new Martini menu to the delight of patrons seeking a relaxing reprieve. Matisse Restaurant and Bar was named after inspiring murals that envelop the soul upon arrival, and provides guests with a warm and comfortable atmosphere along with friendly service. Reflecting rich international influences, the restaurant's Canadian cuisine is prepared fresh with local ingredients and each plate is presented as an individual work of art carefully designed and individually prepared to tantalize the taste buds of every guest. While enjoying acclaim and notoriety within extravagant hotel restaurants, Executive Chef Picken and his recipes have also been featured on CTV, Food Network, CP24 and in Canadian House & Home.

About the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
The Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel is a sophisticated hotel destination located in the midst of downtown Toronto's stylish Yorkville District. Boasting opulent accommodations, lavish amenities and award-winning service, guests can expect to be pampered with a delightful hotel experience just steps away from the Yonge & Bloor subway line, world-class shopping, fine dining and exciting entertainment. A prime location for business and leisure travelers alike, guests will find themselves conveniently located near the Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, the theatre district, Rogers Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario and Toronto Eaton Centre.