SOURCE: Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

March 11, 2008 11:28 ET

Presbyterian Hospital of Plano Wins National Restaurant Award

PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - March 11, 2008) - Move over celebrity chefs Dean Faring and Stephan Pyles. Presbyterian Hospital of Plano has joined the ranks of such famed dining establishments as Dallas' The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Los Angeles' Spago, New Orleans' Commander's Palace and New York City's Rainbow Room as this year's recipient of the restaurant industry's prestigious Ivy Award.

One of the oldest and most coveted industry accolades, the Ivy Award is given annually by Restaurants and Institutions magazine to a select group of restaurants, hotels and noncommercial food operators that exemplify the highest standards of excellence in food and service. Nominees are chosen by past Ivy recipients and voted on by R&I readers.

Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP) is one of six award winners and the only honoree in the Southwest. Other winners include Alinea in Chicago, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare in Las Vegas, Hotel Healdsburg in California, Per Se in New York City and University of Massachusetts.

PHP's dining program, serving more than 2,000 meals daily, encompasses a visitor and employee café, physician dining rooms, childcare and behavioral health centers, catering and hotel-style room service for patients. For each of these venues, PHP offers a separate menu which changes regularly.

"We've brought the hospitality business to the hospital," said food director Mary Spicer. "Everything we serve our patients is made fresh daily, from scratch."

PHP's room-service program offers a full menu of about 40 items including such mouthwatering entrees as pomegranate barbecue chicken, shrimp enchiladas, three-cheese lasagna wrap and grilled beef tenderloin with Burgundy mushroom sauce -- prepared according to the nutritional guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Patients may order by phone anytime during the day and receive their prepared-to-order meal within 45 minutes. Chefs do not start cooking until after orders are placed.

Responsible for PHP's 16,000-square foot kitchen is Chef Gary Vorstenbosch, who received culinary training in Europe and worked at upscale Dallas restaurants Star Canyon and the Green Room before joining PHP five years ago.

"The Ivy Award represents an outstanding acknowledgement of our staff and its dedication to providing the highest level of guest service," he said.

PHP will be profiled in Restaurants & Institutions' May issue and inducted into the Ivy Society at an upcoming gala in Chicago.

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