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Chef's-Eye View of Culinary Cleveland: a Fresh Experience at the Historic West Side Market

The at-home chef and serious gourmet alike may now reserve the unique Fresh Market hotel package for a hands-on chef-guided exploration of one of Cleveland's best culinary resources, the local flavors at the West Side Market. Click here for high-resolution version

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - The at-home chef and serious gourmet alike may now reserve the unique Fresh Market hotel package for a hands-on chef-guided exploration of one of Cleveland's best culinary resources, the local flavors at the West Side Market. This limited package engagement is offered seasonally on available weekends May through November at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland. 

The experience pampers guests with the first-class attentive service for which the downtown Cleveland hotel is known and pairs that with a one of a kind visit to the renowned West Side Market. Each weekend has a different feel, as the tour of the market and the personalized meal that follow are tailored to each participating guest. 

The hotel package begins with a Friday night stay in one of the elegant Club Level guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland. Guests are greeted by a bottle of fine wine, cheese and a Ritz-Carlton market bag upon their arrival as well as have access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with continuous food and beverage offerings. In the morning, The Ritz-Carlton's Chef meets the guests to enjoy a light breakfast in The Club Lounge while reviewing the day's events, getting to know the guests and discussing food preferences. Then it's off to the market! 

Led by the luxury Cleveland hotel's Chefs, participants have the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the best produce, meats, spices and ethnic specialties from the Cleveland area during their tour and chef's-eye view of the West Side Market. Walking from vendor to vendor, guests survey the fresh seasonal flavors, examine the diverse cuts of meat, sample foods that peak their interest, talk one-on-one with the purveyors and discuss preparation methods. The hand-selected ingredients will then become the afternoon's specially prepared Fresh Market lunch. 

After returning to the hotel, guests have the chance to either suit up in Ritz-Carlton aprons and assist the culinary team as they create the memorable Fresh Market lunch or to unwind in their guest rooms before reconvening for the special lunch for two in MUSE restaurant. The Fresh Market three-course meal will feature the items purchased during the morning's market visit accompanied by MUSE specialties and complemented by select wines. Prior to their departure, guests will have their personal market purchases washed, wrapped and ready to take home to enjoy.

The Fresh Market overnight package is offered by The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland May 3 through November 1, 2013 with overnight stays on Friday nights and tours on Saturday mornings. Rates are available starting at $659 per room, exclusive of tax. Please contact the Cleveland hotel for further details. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 216-623-1300 or visiting http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Cleveland/Default.htm

The West Side Market opened its doors on October 31, 1912. Since opening, it has been the bustling, thriving home of over 100 area vendors. The West Side Market was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974 and is the oldest publicly owned market. Locals have long recognized the market's appeal, placing it among Cleveland's most frequented locations.

MUSE, in The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, offers a casually chic dining experience featuring contemporary American cuisine inspired by simple farm-to-table ingredients cooked to perfection. With the recipe for inspiration, guests enjoy culinary experiences that combine passionate chefs, innovative and seasonal cuisine, original local art and fine wines. It's an awakening of the senses. Appetizing and artistic, the menu is crafted with local, regional and international influences. Each dish draws inspiration from the flavors available from a small group of specialty growers whose passion for authentic, quality ingredients matches that of the MUSE culinary team. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, a 205-room luxury hotel located at 1515 West Third Street in the heart of downtown Cleveland, is the recipient of many awards of distinction, including the AAA Four-Diamond award, the Forbes Four-Star Award, and the Smart Business Magazine World Class Customer Service Award. The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is the place to reconnect and relax. The Cleveland hotel offers the best in creative, simple, seasonal and local dining in MUSE, and Lobby Lounge on 6 gives guests the perfect spot to relax after work with a famous Rocktail. For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 82 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. ( NYSE : MAR )