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    Lord of the Land

    The French Kitchen takes hotel dining to a new level.

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    THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL AND THE CLASSIC CATERING PEOPLE
    01/01/2014

    THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL AND THE CLASSIC CATERING PEOPLE COOK-UP UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION

    The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel and The Classic Catering People have announced a unique collaboration in which Classic Catering People will serve as the exclusive caterer for the Lord Baltimore Hotel. 

    With this collaboration new and previously booked meetings and events at the Lord Baltimore Hotel will be arranged and coordinated by Classic Catering People. This includes large-scale events and celebrations in the Calvert Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,200 people for a reception, as well as events in the new 19th Floor roof-top parlors and other function rooms suited for more intimate gatherings.

    “The Baltimore community will be the beneficiary of the extraordinary synergy between the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Classic Catering People,” said Gene-Michael Addis, General Manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. “This partnership will elevate all events held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, including those that are already under contract, and will allow our guests to have the extraordinary advantage of a top-notch venue and a premier caterer under one roof.”  

    A Baltimore company with more than 40 years of experience in the arenas of social and corporate catering, Classic Catering People believes that a passion for food is at the base of every event. Along with talented Account Executives and catering staff, Classic Catering has an accomplished culinary team of inventive chefs that continually craft new menus with traditional and contemporary flavors as well as presentations.

    “The Classic family is delighted to partner with the Lord Baltimore Hotel in achieving excellence in event service for its clientele,” said Harriet Dopkin, president and co-owner of The Classic Catering People. “Our company has deep roots in the Baltimore community and shares a similar vision as the Rubell family, the new owners of the hotel, in putting the city’s celebrated assets—such as the Lord Baltimore Hotel—at the forefront, and we look forward to embarking on this exciting new journey.”

    Purchased last spring by Rubell Hotels, The Lord Baltimore is currently undergoing a total renovation to restore its prominence as one of the most significant hotels in Baltimore. Renovations to The Calvert Ballroom will be completed by mid-February, The new LB Tavern (which replaces the Lobby bar), the LB Bakery, a new gift shop and health club will be completed by mid-April.  The first phase of new guestrooms and suites were completed and opened this past week and all hotel guests are now enjoying the fully renovated guest rooms.   Renovation design of The Lord Baltimore is by Scott Sanders, a New York based interior designer.

    “We are thrilled and honored to partner with a Baltimore institution such as the Classic Catering People that shares the rich and illustrious history of this amazing community,” said Mera Rubell, owner and operator of The Lord Baltimore Hotel. 

    In December 2013, the hotel’s first new restaurant, The French Kitchen, opened under the direction of Chef Jordan Miller who will continue to oversee its operation.  Chef Miller will also oversee the food operations of the LB Tavern and Lord Baltimore Bakery, both of which will be opening in the coming months.

    Rubell Hotels is a family-owned business devoted to transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs. Previous Rubell Hotels projects include the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach, Beach House Bal Harbour, Greenview in South Beach and the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.  While guests of Rubell Hotels include luminaries from the fields of art, fashion, music and food, the Rubell Family’s core belief is that hotels should primarily be affordable, friendly, and unpretentious and should be a comfortable background for guests to express themselves and explore the city around them. 

    The Rubell family – whose Rubell Family Collection in Miami is widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary art museums in the world – is known for its talent in discovering emerging artists, emerging cities, neglected architectural gems, and emerging neighborhoods. The Rubells believe deeply that the key to the economic success of a city is dependent on its cultural relevance. They often invest deeply in areas they feel have strong cultural potential, and their acquisition of The Lord Baltimore Hotel indicates the beginning of what is sure to be a long-term commitment to the cultural life of Baltimore City. 

    THE FRENCH KITCHEN OPENS AT THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL12/01/2013

    From French classics such as Tartare de Boeuf and Salade Nicoise to contemporary preparation of Poulet Roti and Boeuf Bourguignon, The French Kitchen is now open under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine Jordan Miller. Currently serving lunch and dinner, and with Sunday brunch beginning in January, The French Kitchen is located in the Lord Baltimore Hotel, the landmark property that was recently acquired by Rubell Hotels.   

    “Every inch of the Lord Baltimore is being renovated to restore its prominence as one of the most significant hotels in Baltimore, and the opening of The French Kitchen marks the first public space to be completed,” said Gene-Michael Addis, General Manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.  

    The French Kitchen offers a full menu ranging from Hors D’oeuvres to Salades to Principaux along with an approachable selection of Sparking, Rose, White and Red wines. Hors D’ouevres include items such as Beet-Cured Saumon with dill, crème fraiche, potato, and everything bagel tuile; Soupe A L’Oignon with crouton and melted comte; Tartare de Boeuf with shallots, capers, garlic, herbs, poached egg, pear and crostini; and a selection of Fromage and Charcuterie. Salades range from Vegetables A La Grecque with mixed winter vegetables to Frisee Aux Lardon with arugula, bacon, poached egg, fourme d’ambert, pear and vinaigrette. Entrée selections – or Principaux – include Moules Normandes with apples, mushrooms, heavy cream, calvados, cider and fresh bread; Roasted Canard breast and confit of leg with lentils, orange, fennel and olive; Steak Frites with cippolini onions and french fries; and Raie, skate wing with brown butter, capers, fingerling potatoes and winter vegetables.

    Prior to bringing his vision to The French Kitchen, Chef Miller was Executive Chef of the Chesapeake Restaurant. In addition to his experience in Baltimore, Chef Miller has also cooked professionally in Philadelphia, New Jersey and California.

    Rubell Hotels is a family-owned business devoted to transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs. Previous Rubell Hotels projects include the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach, Beach House Bal Harbour, Greenview in South Beach and the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.  While guests of Rubell Hotels include luminaries from the fields of art, fashion, music and food, the Rubell Family’s core belief is that hotels should primarily be affordable, friendly, and unpretentious and should be a comfortable background for guests to express themselves and explore the city around them. 

     The Rubell family – whose Rubell Family Collection in Miami is widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary art museums in the world – is known for its talent in discovering emerging artists, emerging cities, neglected architectural gems, and emerging neighborhoods. The Rubells believe deeply that the key to the economic success of a city is dependent on its cultural relevance.  They often invest deeply in areas they feel have strong cultural potential, and their acquisition of The Lord Baltimore Hotel indicates the beginning of what is sure to be a long-term commitment to the cultural life of Baltimore City. 

    Renovations to each of the 440 guest rooms, the 10,000 square-foot grand ballroom, the lobby bar and work lounge, coffee shop and other public spaces are underway with expected completion in April 2014. 

    The French Kitchen is open 7 days a week for lunch between 11am-2pm and dinner between 5pm-10pm.

    RUBELL HOTELS ACQUIRES LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL08/05/2013

    RUBELL HOTELS ACQUIRES LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL, ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR HISTORIC REDESIGN OF GRAND DAME INTO CULTURAL HUB

    Rubell Hotels is pleased to announce its acquisition of the landmarked 440-room Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.  This 1929 grand dame of Baltimore hotels has been neglected for decades, and the renovation currently underway promises to restore its prominence as one of the most significant hotels in the city.

    The Lord Baltimore was originally built in 1929 by architect William Stoddard, and was most recently known as the Radisson Plaza.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was visited by Martin Luther King, Jr. among a host of other historic luminaries.  It is a 23-story, 440-room property in the heart of downtown Baltimore with 30,000 square-feet of ballroom and meeting space and the historic Versailles and Calbert Rooms, which have hosted over 80 years of Baltimore society events.

    The Rubell family -- whose Rubell Family Collection in Miami is widely acknowledged as one of the top contemporary art museums in the world -- is known for its talent in discovering emerging artists, emerging cities, neglected architectural gems, and emerging neighborhoods. The Rubells believe deeply that the key to the economic success of a city is dependent on its cultural relevance.  (A historic breakfast on the terrace of the Albion Hotel between Don, Mera and Jason Rubell and then-director of Art Basel Lorenzo Rudolf gave birth to the idea of Art Basel Miami Beach.)  The Rubells often invest deeply in areas they feel have strong cultural potential, from South Beach to Wynwood, Miami to Southwest Washington DC, and their acquisition of the Lord Baltimore indicates the beginning of what is sure to be a long-term commitment to the cultural life of this historic American city.

    The Lord Baltimore Hotel, is being redesigned by Scott Sanders, a top New York and Hamptons-based interior designer.  Sanders specializes in fresh American style, and founded Scott Sanders LLC in 2000, after creating the Interior Design department at Ralph Lauren.  His impressive portfolio has been featured in many prominent publications and inspired the publication of his 2010 book, Picture Perfect: Designing the New American Family Home.  He has worked with the Rubells on numerous other projects, including the acclaimed Beach House Bal Harbour, and will bring a modern private-club aesthetic to both the oversized hotel rooms and the impressive public spaces.  He will reimagine every inch of the hotel, including the 10,000 square-foot grand ballroom; an iconic lobby bar; a work lounge stocked with printers, scanners, chargers and Apple computers; and the Lord Baltimore Bakery, a contemporary take on the classic American coffee shop.  Work has begun on the installation of 10 new state-of-the-art elevators, and there are currently new model rooms available for viewing.

    Room amenities will include 42-inch flatscreen LCD TVs with HD channels and full cable access; iPod and iPhone docking stations; complimentary wireless Internet access; in-room safes, refrigerators and coffeemakers.

    Rubell Hotels is pleased to announce Gene-Michael Addis as the General Manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

    Rubell Hotels is a family-owned business devoted to transforming architecturally significant historic hotels into affordable cultural hubs. Previous Rubell Hotels projects include the Albion Hotel in Miami Beach, Beach House Bal Harbour, Greenview South Beach and the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.  While guests of Rubell Hotels include luminaries from the fields of art, fashion, music and food, from Beyonce to Jeff Koons, the Rubell Family’s core belief is that hotels should primarily be affordable, friendly, and unpretentious, a comfortable background for guests to express themselves and explore the city around them.  As Mera Rubell puts it, “If you’re an interesting person, you don’t need a three-legged desk chair, a supermodel front desk clerk, and techno music blasting in the lobby of your hotel.  You need a place where YOU are the one who matters.”