WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2013) - The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is introducing a culinary program that allows hotel guests to dine at the hotel and find "lite" low calorie and healthy options while keeping their wellness goals in line when traveling. The luxury hotel is setting the standard for new hotel meal options and is rolling out these healthy menus for even the pickiest of eaters.
The program was first launched on a trial basis in Westend Bistro in January 2013 with the introduction of the award-winning restaurant's "Bistro Lite" menu section. The offerings soon became among the most popular items ordered off of the menu, prompting the D.C. hotel to build off of Westend Bistro's success by expanding the concept to the hotel's other food and beverage outlets, including The Lobby Lounge, In-Room Dining, Club Lounge, In-room Mini Bar, and Banquet menu.
"Eating good healthy food should make you feel good in every way," says Elizabeth Mullins, area vice president and general manager. "Our long history of the use of local produce, the sourcing of seasonal ingredients, working with quality boutique farms and local suppliers and environmental awareness are key to all our latest healthy menu changes."
The downtown hotel's catering and banquet department has also seen a bigger demand for healthier options from their most discriminating meeting planners. People are changing their diets at home but need help to maintain their newly found healthy habits while on the road. Meeting attendees are requesting choices between traditional and healthier fare at meeting breaks, banquet luncheons and dinners. Both savvy meeting planners and The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. are delivering on these demands with the creation of healthful menu choices that hotel guests crave.
The hotel's executive chef Yves Samake, an avid kick boxer and 5th degree black belt, is a committed follower of healthy living and brought his wealth of knowledge on wellness to the lite menus. "Our lite menu options take the guess work out of eating healthy while still providing guests with dishes full of flavor," says Executive Chef Yves Samake. "We believe preparation is as important as the ingredients. That's why we like to use whenever possible all-natural, fresh, low-calorie ingredients, prepared in healthy ways, to create lighter, nutritious offerings that don't compromise on taste."
Highlights from The Ritz-Carlton Lite menus
In-Room Honor Bar
Sweet Potato Chips; Kind Bars; Vitamin Water Zero
greek yogurt; whole fruit; low-sugar muffins; raw & marinated crudites; pita and hummus; create your own salad with your choice of fresh greens and toppings; a selection of mouth-watering desserts under 200 calories including low-fat cheesecake martini, low-fat chocolate mousse, and berry shortcake
Pan roasted salmon with three lentil salad, lemon basil vinaigrette, olive tapenade, sundried tomato pesto; seared ultra-rare tuna with caponata vinaigrette; grilled portabella barbari with eggplant marmalade, basil yogurt, buffalo mozzarella; ricotta cheesecake with vanilla quince marmalade
Mediterranean mezze with hummus, eggplant dip, olives, pita bread; oven roasted tomato soup; ALT turkey sandwich; mango panna cotta with passion fruit jelly, crunchy mango, almond tuile; selection of low calorie cocktails
egg white frittata; grilled vegetable panini; grilled salmon; turkey ALT; mixed berry or strawberry-banana smoothie
grilled chicken with vegetable ratatouille, bell pepper couli; grilled tuna with cucumber and wasabi pasta; selection of salads; red wine poached pears with vanilla cream and sable crumble
For more information or reservations for The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., please call the hotel directly at (202) 835-0500, a travel professional, or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/washingtondc.
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. (