OMNI BEDFORD SPRINGS RESORT ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL "COOKS & CORKS" EXPERIENCE

BEDFORD, PA (March 10, 2009) – “Cooks & Corks”  a popular culinary and wine immersion weekend, returns to the renowned Omni Bedford Springs Resort, March 27 - 29, 2009. Award-winning chefs, hands-on cooking demonstrations, seminars on wine and wine tasting sessions as well as other exciting culinary adventures are all part of the scheduled activities at the spectacular resort situated in South Central Pennsylvania, just a few short hours’ drive from Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC.

Wineries represented include: Antinori, Italy; Chateau Saint Michelle, Washington; C&E Estate, France; BV Estate/Sterling Vineyards, California; Penfolds, Australia; Hall Wines, California; Louis Jadot, France; Cakebread Wines, California; Valley of the Moon, California; Kenwood Vineyards, California; Banfi Vintners, Italy; and Trefethen Family Vineyards, California.

The weekend begins on Friday afternoon with a Champagne and chocolate welcome in the Grand Lobby. Guests can enjoy historic tours, treatments at the Springs Eternal Spa, relaxing by the in-door spring-fed pool, hiking, a round of golf or any of the other recreation activities found at the resort. During the evening reception, well-known domestic, international and boutique wineries will be represented including Cakebread, Chateau St. Michelle, Kenwood, Louis Jadot and Penfolds. The wines will be paired with specialty action stations, each attended by an Omni executive chef, who will share their menu creation, ingredient selection and preparation techniques. Guests can also mingle with the winemakers while being treated to live music and dancing.

On Saturday, guests can create their own customized program by choosing from an early morning yoga class, a relaxing breakfast in the resort’s Crystal Room, additional spa treatments, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. Wine sessions include:

• Concrete Anthology – Making of a Meritage with Chateau St. Michele 

• Grand Tastings – Learn how to blend your own wine

• The Classics: A Tour of Burgundy, France – Tastings direct from the vineyards of Burgundy

A specially-themed luncheon, Presidential Vices, will showcase presidential food and beverage favorites given the resort’s history of hosting 11 U.S. presidents and serving as the Summer White House for President James Buchanan.

The weekend celebration includes a sumptuous four-course reception and gala-style wine dinner created by Omni Hotels’ executive chefs Konrad Meier of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Jacky Francois of the Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh and Jeremy Martindale of the Omni New Haven Hotel. These world-class chefs will be on-hand to answer questions and comment on the menu pairings. A casual breakfast on Sunday morning precedes departures. 

“Pairing great wines, talented chefs and amazing surroundings provides the ideal weekend escape,” said Scott Stuckey, general manager of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. “The caliber of this program will certainly create a one-of-a-kind experience for our food-loving guests.”

Package rates start at $695 per person double occupancy and include all meals and events on the Cooks & Corks program. Day rates are also available starting at $300 per person. For more information on the Omni Bedford Springs’ Cooks & Corks Weekend, contact (814) 624-5642 or visit Omni Bedford Springs Resort.

ABOUT OMNI BEDFORD SPRINGS RESORT

Long heralded for its healing waters and restorative environs, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort’s origins date back to 1796 when its seven original mineral springs lured guests for a healing cure. A classic “springs resort” with many of the original buildings and architectural elements still in place, the restored and expanded Omni Bedford Springs Resort features the 30,000 square foot Springs Eternal Spa, five restaurants, meeting and banquet space, retail shops and a variety of recreational activities. The resort is three miles off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a scenic drive from many major metropolitan areas: Pittsburgh (90 minutes), Washington, D.C. (two hours), Baltimore (two hours), Philadelphia (three hours) and New York City (four hours). Several major airports are also within a two-hour drive: Pittsburgh International, Reagan National, Dulles International and Baltimore/Washington International (BWI). 

ABOUT OMNI HOTELS 

Omni Hotels creates compelling, memorable guest experiences at 43 luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each location features four-diamond services, including award-winning signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique fitness options. Omni’s mission for total customer service is further supported by its “Power of One” program that empowers associates to make on-the-spot decisions to meet or exceed guest expectations. Guests can locate hotels and book accommodations online  or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI.

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