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The blue Opens at Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Elevated American Cuisine Reflects Restaurant’s Location on the 27th Floor.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Renowned Boston-based restaurateur Michela Larson and the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort announce the official opening of the blue serving New American food and drink located on the 27th floor of the famed hotel. Offering spectacular views up and down the Atlantic coast made possible by the birds’ eye vantage point, the restaurant accommodates up to 120 guests for dinner.

Boasting a polished, contemporary design, the expanded seating of the bar adds to the marble and chrome bar on the northern side of the Tower. Two beautiful arced lamps stretch across a white leather banquette providing the perfect amount of warm lighting against the lapis lazuli blue walls. The playful paisley carpeting running throughout the dining room is the perfect complement to the creamy bird’s eye maple tables.

Set to change frequently depending on local and seasonal offerings, a sophisticated yet modern menu offers unexpected flavors and modern takes on classic dishes. the blue features uniquely fresh ingredients while placing emphasis on sustainable and organic foods from local farmers and local waters, complimenting offerings like the Lobster 3 Ways, which arrives daily from Maine. A homemade bread basket featuring fresh brioche rolls, sliced sour dough and crispy breadsticks is the first indicator that dinner at the blue will be a memorable experience. Among the many tempting starters are Mussels a la Plancha, which are cooked in beer and great for sharing, or the Char Grilled Octopus. Entrees include the Honey-Glazed ½ Chicken, the Aged New York Strip, Cider Pork Tenderloin, Cedar Planked Salmon and a vegetable dish called “The Farmer’s Plate” that will delight both vegetarians and omnivores alike. Desserts like the Pineapple Carpaccio and the trio of Ice Cream Sandwiches will certainly keep guests coming back for more.

the blue is introducing the Claw Bar, the first of its kind in Southern Florida and a standout feature of the new restaurant. Situated in the front and center of the restaurant, this chef-tended eye catcher offers U-12 shrimp, king crab legs, Maine lobster and stone crab claws, oysters from both coasts, and more. This wonderful new feature is not to be missed and is a fantastic addition to the already stellar menu.

the blue offers classic martinis and a clever menu of playful cocktails, along with an extensive list of local craft beers and world class, carefully curated wine selection. With breathtaking views of the sunset over Boca Raton, the Tower Bar is the perfect place to grab a drink or a meal, as the full dinner menu is offered outside the dining room as well.

For larger parties, Elevated Events @the blue creates the perfect customized event for any occasion. The private dining room is ideal for exclusive dinners and seats up to 40 guests, while the main dining room can accommodate anything from the most intimate events to parties of over one hundred guests.

Leading the blue is a trio of restaurant professionals: Christie Tenaud, Amber Renberg and Roberto Colombi. Executive Chef Christie Tenaud has spent time in the kitchen with James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly (Primo) as well as under the tutelage of Melissa and Kathleen Blake (now owner/chef of the highly regarded The Rusty Spoon in Orlando, Florida). Prior to joining the blue, Tenaud spent time as the Chef de Cuisine at Primo in the JW Marriott Star Pass in Arizona and Sous Chef at the famed Essex House in NYC. Renberg, General Manager, has been working with Michela Larson for 13 years in both Boston and Boca Raton. This is her sixth restaurant opening and her favorite project to date. Roberto Colombi, Assistant General Manager and Sommelier, oversees the restaurant’s impressive beverage department.

“This is a really exciting restaurant for a variety of reasons,” says Larson. “One is its location in this glorious resort with its brilliant views that we get to enjoy every day. Another is that we have a young team of talented professionals who have put together a remarkable staff, which is reflected in both our intriguing menu and our unparalleled service”.

“We are thrilled to have Michela reinvent the former Cielo space, leveraging the majestic location with new interior design features and menu,” said Rick Hayduk, President of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “the blue now stands out as one of the dining experiences that epitomizes our new positioning as luxury with a Boca edge.”

the blue is open Monday to Saturday, 5 - 10 pm. Please visit www.theblueboca.com for more information. Dining at the Boca Resort and Boca Beach Club is reserved exclusively for Resort guests and Premier Club Members. Call (561) 447-3222 for reservations.

For more information on and reservations at Boca Raton Resort & Club, visit www.bocaresort.com or call 1-888-495-BOCA. For more information about the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com or http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

About Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Established in 1926 by Addison Mizner, the landmark Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, features five unique styles of guest rooms and suites some with views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway while others are in the historic pink Tower or along the edge of the historic golf course in the Bungalows. The Resort’s amenities include a half-mile stretch of private beach at the Boca Beach Club; award-winning Spa Palazzo featuring NATURA BISSĒ; two 18-hole championship golf courses ranked among Golf Digest's "Top 75 Courses in North America"; the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, the Resort's tennis program ranked annually among the top 50 U.S. tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine; full-service 32-slip marina; seven swimming pools; three state-of-the-art fitness centers; new Surf School by Billabong, and a variety of water sports. In addition, the Resort offers an outstanding selection of dining options, including Morimoto Sushi Bar by the internationally-renowned Iron Chef, the blue Restaurant at the top of the Tower and Serendipity, New York City's famed ice cream shop with family friendly menu. A wide range of activities includes Camp Boca, a comprehensive children's program. For reservations, call 888-543-1286 or visit www.BocaResort.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bocaresort.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 24 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world’s most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences. Waldorf Astoria is a global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide with development plans to add 12 new hotels to the brand. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

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