W Hotels and Dave Lieberman Cook up a Deliciously Delightful Feast for the Senses Exclusively at W Hotels

Celebrity Chef and Best Selling Author Adds a tWist to Local Favorites Inspired by the Fresh Flavors of W's Upcoming Global Destinations

W Hotels Debuts Cravings by Dave Lieberman with Three Exclusive W Happenings Events in New York, Chicago and San Diego

First Event at W San Diego on May 20, 2008


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--W Hotels Worldwide heats things up this summer with celebrity chef, author and Food Network star Dave Lieberman with the debut of Cravings by Dave Lieberman, a tantalizing and tasty new menu featuring Dave Lieberman's deliciously delightful, globally-inspired foods with a tWist. Created exclusively for W Hotels by Lieberman, this new menu will give both guests checking in and those chilling out access to the appetizing and whimsical delights of one of the culinary world's hottest young stars. Inspired by the fresh flavors of W's upcoming global destinations, W Hotels' Cravings by Dave Lieberman menu debuts June 1, 2008 at the W brand's signature bars, Living Rooms and on the W Hotels in-room dining menu at select properties in North America. W Hotels will unveil Lieberman's menu with three exclusive W Happenings events, beginning at W San Diego on May 20, W Chicago-City Center on May 23 and W New York-The Tuscany on May 28, 2008.

"We're getting raves for our craves with Dave's new Cravings menu for W," said Ross Klein, President of Starwood's Luxury Brands Group. "Whether hanging out poolside, in our lively Living Rooms, or enjoying some in-room downtime, W guests and local loyalists will love Dave's playful new menu for W."

Inspired by his love affair with global cuisine, Lieberman created exclusive offerings reflective of W's upcoming global destinations, from Atlanta to Austin, Milan to Marrakech, Santiago to Spain and everywhere in between. The result is true global gastronomy of sizzling and satisfying treats featuring dishes such as Truffled Taleggio Grilled Cheese (inspired by the upcoming W Milan) and Chicken Kebabs (inspired by the upcoming W Marrakech).

"I'm excited to debut the new Cravings menu which was inspired by the W brand's upcoming global destinations," said Chef Dave Lieberman. "All of the menu items feature foods that we find ourselves craving mixed with unexpected flavors and ingredients to give them my own personal twist."

To launch this satisfying new partnership, W Hotels will host three exclusive W Happenings featuring Dave Lieberman at W San Diego, W Chicago-City Center and W New York-The Court to debut the new menu to hotel guests and local "foodies." Cravings by Dave Lieberman will be available at select W Hotels in North America from June 2008 through April 2009 with new menu items added by Dave each season.

             W Hotels "Cravings by Dave Lieberman" Menu:

Spicy Tuna with Black Forbidden Rice
Warm Balsamic Asparagus, Pea Shoot and Baby Arugula Salad with Shaved
Pecorino
Sweet and Creamy Popcorn Shrimp
Chicken Dumpling Soup
Pork and Scallion Potstickers with Ponzu and Sweet Mustard Sauces
BBQ Brisket Eggrolls
Rosemary Garlic Skirt Steak with Baked Egg and Arugula Salad
Chicken Kebabs with Harissa Ketchup and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Meatball "Hero" with Red Pepper Tomato Sauce and Provolone
Spring Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus and Grape Tomatoes
Outside-In Wagu Sirloin Burger with Balsamic Caramelized Onions,
Sauteed Mushrooms, Applewood Bacon and Special Sauce
Truffled Taleggio Grilled Cheese sandwich with Balsamic Caramelized
Onions, Fried Rosemary, Spicy Mustard, Cornichons and Radishes
Smokey Yukon Gold Fries


About W Hotels Worldwide

W Hotels is a global lifestyle brand with 22 properties in the most vibrant cities around the world. Inspiring and indulging its guests with thoughtful, refreshing and stylish experiences, signature restaurants, bars and destination spas, W has become the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world. Each hotel offers a unique mix of innovative design, comfort, and cultural influences from fashion and design to music and art and everything in between. W's first residential property, W Dallas-Victory, opened in June of 2006, and soon thereafter was named a Forbes Magazine "Top Business Hotel." In North America and Latin America, W Hotels have been announced in Austin, Downtown Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead Atlanta, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hoboken, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Minneapolis, Downtown New York, Santiago, Scottsdale, South Beach, and Washington, D.C. In Europe, W Hotels have been announced in Athens, Barcelona, Milan and St. Petersburg. In Asia, W has announced properties in Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao-Studio City, Shanghai and Yokohama. In Africa and the Middle East, W has announced properties in Amman, Doha, Dubai-Festival City, Dubai-The Palm and Marrakech. W's first Retreat & Spa, W Maldives, opened in September of 2006. In 2007, W Maldives received the prestigious Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Resort. W has plans to open Retreat & Spa hotels in Bali, Koh Samui, Vieques and Verbier, the latter of which will serve as W's first ski retreat. For more information, visit www.whotels.com.

About Dave Lieberman

Dave Lieberman is a chef, author and TV host. He has published two cookbooks -Young and Hungry: More than 100 Recipes for Cooking Fresh and Affordable Food for Everyone and Dave's Dinners: A Fresh Approach to Home-Cooked Meals. He is the host of Food Network's Good Deal with Dave Lieberman and Dave Does, the Food Network's first web-based series. He also hosts In Search of Real Food, a food-related travel series for Yahoo! He has worked as a private chef for individual and corporate clients and appears regularly on the Today Show, Good Morning America and other morning shows around the country. Dave currently divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worlwide

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Meridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(SM), and Element(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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