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Tarrytown House Estate Appoints New Chef and Manager of Cellar 49 Restaurant in Westchester

Cellar 49 Announces New Management Appointments

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (May 2014) – Cellar 49, a tavern that provides a modern twist on American fare, announced two new appointments to management at the restaurant. John McGuirk has been named Cellar 49’s new Manager and Chris Hettinger has been appointed the restaurant’s new Chef de Cuisine.

Cellar 49 is located on the property of Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson, by Destination Hotels & Resorts. Previous to their new roles, McGuirk and Hettinger worked at the Estate for several years. Their new responsibilities focus on continuing the growth of the historic restaurant in the Lower Hudson Valley.

“Both John and Chris have made great contributions while working for the Estate, so we are pleased that they are continuing to provide their expertise here at Cellar 49,” said Richard Porteus, Director of Food & Beverage. “Our restaurant is a special place for our diners, who come from all over the region, and we look forward to the new perspective John and Chris will bring to enhance the success we’ve already experienced at the restaurant.”

In his new role, McGuirk will run the day-to-day operations of the restaurant and be interactive with guests as they dine. During his 20-year career at the Estate, McGuirk has held positions in the Purchasing, Night Operations and Food and Beverage Departments. Most recently, he was Banquet Manager, Wait Staff Captain and Maître d'. Over the years, he has helped manage more than 200 weddings. Previously, he worked in the Food and Beverage Department at Westchester Marriott. McGuirk resides in Peekskill.

As the Chef de Cuisine for Cellar 49, Hettinger is responsible for creating the menu concept and in charge of food direction for the restaurant. Hettinger has spent 17 years at the Estate. He began his career there in 1997 as a Breakfast Cook and worked his way up through the ranks to Executive Sous Chef.  During that time, he took a brief hiatus from cooking and served as Property Operations Manager from 2003 to 2004. He was hired to be the Estate’s Executive Chef in 2009 and in that role he was responsible for overseeing the entire culinary team and menu creation for everything, from conferences to weddings.

Hettinger’s cooking style is described as American Regional with international nuances. Hettinger relies on Hudson Valley and mid-Atlantic meats, fish and produce for his culinary creations. His specialties feature many items from local, sustainable, and organic sources, especially seafood items that are considered “Best Choice” by the Monterrey Bay Seafood Watch.

Chef Hettinger is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where he received an Associate Degree in 1996. He resides in Mahopac.

The setting of stone columns and brick walls along with a rich mahogany bar create the warm setting of Cellar 49. The menu highlights a modern twist on classic tavern fare, taking the best of the bounty that the Hudson Valley has to offer. Meals are paired with craft beers and unique small production wines that diners won't find in their local wine shop. For more information about Cellar 49, please contact (914) 591-8200 or visit www.tarrytownhouseestate.com

About the Tarrytown House Estate, by Destination Hotels & Resorts

Located just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan, the Tarrytown House Estate offers a spectacular Lower Hudson Valley lodging and meeting facility that blends historical charm with modern conveniences.  Set on 26 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley, the Tarrytown House features impressive 19th-Century mansions, as well as a contemporary atrium-style building that houses conference facilities and guest rooms. Perfect for business and leisure, the Tarrytown House offers extensive leisure and recreational facilities such as a fitness club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and tennis courts. For more information, please contact the Tarrytown House at 1-800-553-8118 or check their Website at www.tarrytownhouseestate.com.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is an authentic collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels and resorts across North America. Offering enriching, locally-inspired experiences from alpine adventures and stunning beachfronts to urban landmarks, each property reflects the natural surroundings and culture of its distinctive locale. With more than 40 properties in premier travel destinations, including Aspen, Chicago, Denver, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Fe, Seattle, Vail and Washington D.C., the award-winning portfolio features renowned golf courses, indigenous spas, and exceptional culinary venues. For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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