Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Announces New Executive Chef Richard Goldberg and Unveils New Culinary Concept Launching on April 1
After the Completion of a $7 Million Redesign, the Iconic Property Overhauls its Dining Experiences with New Banquet, Poolside and Full-Service Restaurant Menus
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach - a DoubleTree by Hilton, continues to evolve into the city's hottest oceanfront destination with the appointment of its new executive chef, Richard Goldberg. Chef Rich is well known for developing new culinary concepts throughout South Florida's top country clubs and hotels. He was selected by Bahia Mar's ownership, Tate Capital, to lead the creation of new menus at the property's full-service restaurant, Breezes, its rooftop bar, Waves Rooftop Pool Bar & Grill, as well as its innovative catering department. The new sea-inspired cuisine, which launches to the public on April 1, is Bahia Mar's latest step to becoming a hub for amazing hospitality, dining and entertainment. The hotel recently completed a $7 million renovation to its rooms, common spaces and meeting rooms and also holds an exciting future as a luxury mixed-use development.
"Chef Rich has a great vision and exciting culinary plans for Bahia Mar and for Fort Lauderdale Beach's foodie scene," said James Tate, co-owner and CEO of Tate Capital. "He brings a great deal of talent, enthusiasm and creativity to every dish he plates, and we're thrilled to have him on board."
Chef Rich, overseeing all aspects of the property's culinary experiences, is focusing on fresh, local ingredients and unique flavor palettes for Bahia Mar's new culinary program. His approach draws inspiration from the property's prime location between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean and will speak to the city's nautical ambiance. At Waves, Chef Rich will offer a unique "Floribbean" cuisine that is accentuated by items like the quinoa and roasted vegetable burger and the Key West conch fritters. Breezes, however, will maintain its classic American bistro feel with savory fare like barbecue baby back ribs, seared salmon and the "Bahia Burger." Chef Rich will ensure that all of the hotel's culinary outposts serve the highest-quality seafood, poultry and meat-- from prime steaks to burgers-- and he will work to only source these cuts locally.
"I am looking forward to elevating and executing the variety and quality of food offered at Bahia Mar," said Chef Rich. "My goal is to create healthy and diverse menu options that highlight Florida flavors by incorporating local produce, emphasizing fresh flavors, combinations and ingredients."
Chef Rich has an extensive background in the culinary arts and his led programs at hotels such as the Holiday Inn Plantation and the Sheraton Boca Raton. For 23 years, he directed food operations for one of South Florida's most prestigious country clubs, Westview Country Club, which was recognized for having the best cuisine in its area. Most recently, he served as head chef at La Gorce Country Club, an exclusive property drawing patrons from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
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Bahia Mar -- a DoubleTree by Hilton -- is the iconic centerpiece of Fort Lauderdale Beach nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The 40-acre, 296-room property with two ocean view suites has completed a $7 million redesign in November 2017. The renovation has upgraded the hotel's main tower including 181 guestrooms, common spaces and 28,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Known for being the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Bahia Mar features an impressive 250-slip marina that accommodates 100 mega-yachts, offers 3,000 ft. of parallel dockage and boasts more than four miles of floating docks. The marina is one component of the hotel's range of amenities and services, which also includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, onsite shops, The Market and its restaurant, Breezes. Guests and locals alike are welcome to enjoy the day in the ocean; hang out by the popular pool bar Waves Rooftop Pool Bar and Grill; and participate in the property's many fun-filled activities and programming like tennis, bike riding, fishing excursions and various water sports. Bahia Mar has an ideal location in Fort Lauderdale Beach, sitting directly across from the sandy white beach. The hotel is also in walking distance to Fort Lauderdale's well-known attractions including the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Las Olas Boulevard and the city's popular water taxi route and is a short drive to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminal.
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