The Inn and Spa at Loretto Announces:

Matt Ostrander Joins Luminaria as Executive Chef

New sustainable, seasonal and low-calorie entrees to debut in Luminaria starting in April

Date February 23, 2011 at 11:00 PM

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Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Local News & Sports

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The Inn and Spa at Loretto appoints Matt Ostrander as Luminaria's new executive chef. Ostrander takes the reins of a multi-faceted food and beverage operation that includes a signature restaurant, full-service bar, banquet and special events catering, meeting and conference services and in-room dining. Ostrander plans to leverage his native culinary training and passion for Ayurveda's wholesome cooking approach to give guests a feast for the five senses. In April 2011, Chef Ostrander and his team will debut a series of new menus that will showcase his vision for Luminaria, the collective talents of his team and give guests a new way to savor Santa Fe.

Ostrander's culinary inspiration stems from a trio of cuisines that blend his southwestern training, French inclinations and contemporary American style to create bold yet simple dishes that define his talent and differentiate his craft. In the kitchen, Ostrander likes to blend all three styles of cuisine with natural, organic and sustainable local products to create signature dishes. Another guiding force in the kitchen is Ostrander's degree in Ayurveda, the science of life or longevity that uses the five senses as methods to feed the body. He will leverage his Ayurveda cooking knowledge to make health conscious decisions, using only the freshest ingredients available and by preparing every dish in a holistic manner. For example, Ostrander is currently working on designing new seasonal menus to incorporate more sustainable, organic and locally-sourced dishes, creating low-calorie dining options and developing a heart-healthy kid's menu.

Unlike most chefs, Ostrander started his career in Santa Fe and continues to cultivate his culinary legacy locally. While the inspirations for his recipes originate from regions around the world, Ostrander made the conscious decision to not leave Santa Fe giving his style of cooking an authentic local touch. He has worked at local favorites such as The Compound, Bistro 315 and Geronimo alongside some of Santa Fe's talented chefs including Tracy Ritter and Matt Yohalem.

"Chef Ostrander is a naturally gifted and talented chef that has demonstrated he has much to offer beyond his 18-year culinary career," said Stefan Huber, General Manager. "Matt's pursuit was based on innate talent, passion, and commitment. We are very proud of Chef's achievements and look forward to the culinary delights both he and his team have in store for guests dining with us."

To learn more about Chef Ostrander or to make dining reservations at Luminaria, please visit www.innatloretto.com or call 800-727-5531.

About the Inn and Spa at Loretto
The Inn and Spa at Loretto, an award-winning, AAA Four Diamond hotel, is ideally located in the heart of Santa Fe, steps from the Canyon Road galleries and just one block from historic Santa Fe Plaza's galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques. Eloquently blending old-world charm with world-class splendor, the exquisite Inn and Spa at Loretto reflects the culture and sophistication of its historic Santa Fe location. The hotel features 134 guestrooms, a full-service spa, casual fine dining, three art galleries and a tranquil garden. Enjoy Luminaria Restaurant and Patio for three meals daily; The Living Room for happy hour, late night dining and live music and The Spa at Loretto for a holistic and complete indulgence experience.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
The Inn and Spa at Loretto is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides the best available offers to members. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

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