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BRASELTON, Ga. – June 28, 2019 – As part of its ongoing multi-million dollar renovation, Château Élan Winery & Resort celebrates the opening of Marc Bar & Restaurant, the southern-inspired bar and chophouse, situated within the resort’s 16th century-styled château and winery. Designed to complement the resort’s vast locale, Marc opens its doors to lush vineyard views and a completely refreshed menu with a special focus on artisanal libations curated by new Winery Chef, Jarad Blanton – who brings more than 20 years of food and beverage experience to Château Élan.

“Known for being one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast, Château Élan has an established history for creating exceptional wine. As we continue to excel in this area, we’re pleased to revive the former Marc Bar & Restaurant and invite guests and locals alike to shake things up and go beyond the vine,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With our modernized design, combined with Chef Blanton’s revamped menu and craft beverages, Marc sets the tone for a true destination dining experience.”

Marc Bar & Restaurant features a curated list of wine, champagne, beer and an exclusive assortment of inventive cocktails. Featuring fresh sips such as the Bulldog Smash, Marc-hattan, Rhubarb & Strawberry Collins, Summer Cooler, Mexican Martini, St Germaine Sangria and more, those opting for no booze can choose from a selection of hand-crafted mocktails including the Garden Lemonade or Vineyard Refresher.

The cuisine at Marc features hand-selected premium aged steaks and southern-inspired dishes, boasting both small and large plates, as well as desserts, perfect for sharing or savoring alone. Bites include everything from Dry Age Ribeye with Blue Cheese Port Butter and Seared Sea Scallops to Sweet Soy Glazed Mahi Mahi with Avocado Butter, House Made Pappardelle and more.

Conceptualized by the Atlanta-based interior and architectural design firm, BLUR Workshop, the team was tasked to lead the resort’s renovation and deliver a distinctly southern design, inspired by the surrounding rolling hills and vineyards. Accessorized with industrial lighting, French oak accents and local artwork, further defining its sense of place, the new rustic ambiance adds a sleek soapstone bar to the back of the existing restaurant, creating a rich yet intimate gathering space. Acting as a decorative entrance, Marc is surrounded by herringbone floors leading into the winery tasting room which added romantic details and enclosed booths, which are almost six feet tall, providing guests with the option to have a more private experience.

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan Winery & Resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection, which represents renowned properties that feature the finest accommodations coupled with attentive, engaging, and exclusive personal service. The resort offers guests a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to one of the most awarded wineries on the east coast, a variety of delectable restaurants, 40,000-square-feet of meeting space, a 35,000-square-foot European spa, 45 holes of championship golf and a newly renovated golf club house and tennis center, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.

Marc Bar & Restaurant is open daily to locals and hotel guests and can accommodate groups, happy hours, private parties and business mixers. Hours of operation include lunch service Friday – Sunday from 11:30am – 3pm; Dinner service daily 5:30pm – 9pm; Bar service 3pm – 10pm Sunday – Thursday and 3pm – 11pm Friday – Saturday. For more information, please visit Marc’s website HERE or call 678-425-6916.

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About HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.

About Wheelock Street Capital

Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations.

About BLUR Workshop

BLUR Workshop is a design firm based out Atlanta, GA comprised of a team of energetic and capable professionals that have worked together continuously for the last 23 years. Our team offers full professional design services for both hospitality interior design and hospitality architecture. These services are led by industry veterans Liz Neiswander, Foreman Rogers, Scott Sickeler, Peter Green and Scott Morris. Together, this team has been instrumental in the design of $2.75 billion and 10,750,000 sq. ft. of constructed, award-winning work, delivered in budget and on time without a claim. BLUR Workshop was created with purpose. Even the name reflects our vision. We believe great hospitality environments blend exterior and interior, architecture and interior design. We think this notion is even more important in making a great resort. It is this blurring of disciplines that truly represents the way we approach our design process. The Workshop portion of our name comes from a desire to have a more hands-on design process in which models and mockups become even more integral to our detailed and thoughtful design process.


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Happy International Pineapple Week!

To coincide with Preferred Hotels & Resorts International Pineapple Week, June 1-9, don’t miss out on these delicious cocktails on property this week! 

All Cocktail Specials are $12

L’AUBERGE COCKTAIL SPECIALS:

CANDY MARTINI – Ketel One Oranje, Butterscotch Schnapps, Grenadine, Pineapple Juice

TROPICAL BREEZE – Malibu Rum, Tito’s Vodka, Blue Curacao, Orange juice, Pineapple Juice

BLUE HAWAII – Malibu Rum, Gosling Dark Rum, Blue Curacao, Sweet Sour, Pineapple Juice

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN –Amaretto, Malibu Rum, Cranberry and Pineapple Juice

ORCHIDS PICK MARTINI – Hendricks Gin, Pama Liqueur, Pomegranate and Pineapple Juice

LE SOLEIL POOL BAR COCKTAIL SPECIAL:

TAHITI TSUNAMI: Malibu Rum⁣, Pineapple juice⁣, Strawberry puree⁣, Pineapple champagne ⁣

We are pleased to participate in the Preferred Hotels & Resorts International Pineapple Week, June 1-9.
The pineapple has a 500+ year legacy as the emblem of hospitality and has been used as a way to express to guests “you are welcome here.” Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is proud to be recognized as a Preferred property that embodies this philosophy by exceeding expectations in service for every guest.


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Here at Chateau Elan we LIVE for the holidays and everything that comes with them. Wine Bottle Trees, festive decor, wine, special menus and of course… delicious seasonal cocktails. Master Mixologist, Jimmy, oversees all our bars at Chateau Elan and shared his two favorite holiday cocktails to try this Christmas.

You can try these at home… or if you are visiting head over to our L’Auberge lounge and try them there!


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BRASELTON, Ga. – July 25, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, proudly announces the addition of Kevin Phenegar to its executive team as director of food and beverage. In this role, Phenegar will be responsible for all food and beverage operations including planning and implementing the menu, oversight of personnel, food production, inventory, catering and more.

“Food and beverage is a major piece of what we have to offer our guests. We couldn’t be more proud to welcome Kevin Phenegar to our team to lead the charge,” said Glenn Tuckman, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With his diverse experience and passion for the industry, we look forward to refreshing our program with his guidance.”

Phenegar brings an extensive wealth of knowledge and more than 25 years experience to his new role. He most recently served as the director of food and beverage at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. and prior to that position he served as the director of resort food and beverage at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y., assistant director of food and beverage at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. and the director of dining at The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. Additional experience includes work with Doubletree and Hyatt Hotels.

Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan offers guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast, seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a destination spa and 45 holes of championship golf managed by Troon Golf, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.

To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort or to book an upcoming visit, please visit chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900.

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Château Élan Winery & Resort

As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.

Wheelock Street Capital

Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations.

HEI Hotels & Resorts

HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.


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Every year Explore Georgia releases their list of ‘100 Plates Locals Love’ featuring dishes from around the state that people can’t stop talking about. View the LIST.

Two years ago our Chateau Elan Spa Crab Cakes were highlighted and for 2018, Chef Cameron Udick’s General Tso Brussel Sprouts and Brasstown Beef Filet received this well-deserved accolade. If you haven’t tried the dish it is a MUST next time you dine at marc.

Congratulations to Braselton, GA, marc and Chef Udick!

Dining

marc, the newly-renovated restaurant located inside the beautiful Château Élan Winery, prepares a regularly-changing lunch and dinner menu focusing on southern classics and regional highlights featuring small plates, large butcher cuts and house-made desserts. The restaurant also features two large private dining rooms with an open industrial feel. Make your reservation HERE.


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We are so excited to introduce new craft cocktails and two new menu items to our L’Auberge Lounge, located off the Atrium of our Inn. Stop by during your visit and tell us which cocktail is YOUR favorite!

NEW COCKTAILS

Java Mint

Bulleit Bourbon, Kahlua, White Crème de Cacao, White Crème de Menthe

Elderflower Mojito

Pyrat Rum XO, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur with a hint of Mint

Blueberry Lemon Fizz

Tito’s Vodka, Blue Curacao, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Muddled Blueberry & Mint leaves,         House-made Simple Syrup, topped with Club soda water

Nightcap

Knob Creek, Cointreau, Crème de Cassis, Orange Bitters, Ginger Beer

Sparkling French Martini

Absolut Vodka, Chambord, Pineapple Juice, Topped with Château Élan Brut

 Rusty Mule

Glenlivet Single Malt, Drambuie, Domaine de Canton, Sugar cube, Fresh squeezed Lime

Southern Peach Tea

Basil Hayden, Peach Schnapps, Peychauds bitters, Sweet Tea, Fresh squeezed lemon

Pomegranate Martini

Tito’s Vodka, Cointreau, Pomegranate juice, Fresh squeezed Lime & Lemon juice

Maui Sunrise

Tito’s Vodka, Amaretto, Southern Comfort, Orange juice, Sweet & Sour, Grenadine

Don’t forget to try our delish Brisket Taco with avocado and fresh kimchee.

And last but certainly not least, our shrimp cocktail with pineapple cocktail sauce takes the experience to a whole new level.

See full menu and L’Auberge live music schedule HERE.


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Château Élan Winery is proud to announce the grand opening of marc, the final project in a four-year revitalization of the Château Élan vineyards and winery. This exciting new restaurant concept maintains the exceptional standards the Georgia landmark is known for, while curating a brand new wine and food immersion experience.

“marc is a French word meaning ‘spirit of the grape’,” said Executive Winemaker Simone Bergese. “In the past, farmers and cellar hands paid homage to the essence of the grape; marc is committed to in turn, honoring the essence to our carefully chosen, locally-sourced ingredients.”

Beginning in 2016, the winery underwent a two million dollar restoration, working with Atlanta based Subeau design team. marc’s modern yet down-to-earth main dining room features sliding barn doors, rustic wood table slabs, brass accented industrial chairs and elegant, sweeping velvet curtains for a warm but refined dining experience.

The culinary team, led by Chef Cameron Udick, formerly of Husk-Nashville, prepares a regularly-changing lunch and dinner menu focusing on southern classics and regional highlights featuring small plates, large butcher cuts and house-made desserts. “My team and I are working hard to showcase the quality of our ingredients, changing things up constantly and having a lot of fun,” said Udick.

“We are really excited about this opportunity to get back to our farm winery roots and bring a truly unique dining experience not found elsewhere in Northeast Georgia,” added Winery Food and Beverage Director, Peter Evers.

As expected from an award-winning winery and restaurant, marc offers all of Château Élan’s 27 varietals of wine both by the bottle or by the glass. In addition to the Château Élan wines served, marc also features an extensive beverage menu, proffering guests additional wines, spirits, and locally brewed beers. All of which were carefully chosen based on their unique characteristics and are made following the same sustainable philosophy as the Winery, staying true to the territory.

Ideal also for hosting events, marc has an open, industrial-style main dining room and features two large private dining rooms and a climate-controlled airy veranda with beautiful vineyard views year-round. Reservations are recommended. To book your reservation, call 678-425-0900 Ext. 6317 or visit Open Table.

About Château Élan Winery

Château Élan Winery, with its 32 acres of vines, is located at 100 Tour De France in Braselton, GA just 40 minutes north of Atlanta and remains North Georgia’s premier winery and most awarded on the east coast. On the 3,500-acre estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000-sq ft European spa mansion, 63 holes of championship golf, tennis center, six distinctive dining outlets and more Château Élan is a proud member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts group.  For more information call 678-425-0900, visit us online at www.chateauelan.com or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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