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Seven Stars and Stripes
Seven Stars And Stripes Award Gazette
The Portal for Those who Deserve the Ultimate Award, Daring to Demand... October 2006
In this issue
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia - USA
The Grill Restaurant, Philadelphia - USA
The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia - USA
Lacroix Restaurant, Philadelphia - USA
City Tavern Restaurant, Philadelphia - USA
!NEW! Seven Stars and Stripes - The Book
In Next Gazette: Emirates Palace, U.A.E.
Ritz Carlton Philadelpha - Logo
6 Stars and 6 Stripes
6 Stars and 6 Stripes
When we met with General Manager Elizabeth Mullins, it became imminently evident that she has adopted the corporate philosophy in her own lifestyle. She introduced us to hotel manager Grant C. Dipman and my wife was delighted to have finally met another charming gentleman who wears a Double Windsor...
The 'solid handshake' executive moved cross-country with his wife Silvia and their two girls (10 and 13). When he arrived at the RCP, the entire available staff had lined up and welcomed the 'American Dream Man' from Nevada personally as the new member of the family. A genuine gesture by a well-trained team! Our hats are off to the Ritz-Carlton family of hotels and resorts for their true measure of consistency in personal service and sincere hospitality.
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia - 2006 Seven Stars and Stripes - Award-Hand-Out
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The Advisory Board
Congratulations from Your Guests
And from Seven Stars and Stripes, Inc:
  • For your visible commitment to excellence.
  • For your willingness to be recognized for your latest innovations.
  • For your devotion to your staff and company.
  • For your ability to receive.
  • For your decision to raise the bar.
The Grill - Logo
at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia, USA
Chef de Cuisine: Kevin Sbraga
5 Stars and 5 Stripes
5 Stars and 5 Stripes
Executive Chef de Cuisine Sbraga cut his teeth at Johnson & Wales University, the premier venue for the future great chefs of America. After an externship at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels with a French master chef, Chef Sbraga completed his BA at Johnson & Wales and went on to gain valuable experience and influences at various locations in the Ritz-Carlton chain.
The Grill Cuisine
We were impressed with Chef Sbraga's worldliness and in his own words how he "Re-defines American cuisine with new twists on tried and true combinations". Much of his menu Sbraga told us is prepared through the art of Sous Vide or "cooking under vacuum" as learned through his experiences with mentor Arnaud Berthelier, one of the great chefs of the Ritz-Carlton family.
The Grill at the Ritz Carlton Philadelphia - Award
Seven Stars and Stripes
~ Daring to Demand ~
 Seven Stars and Stripes - Book
Our long-awaited book Seven Stars and Stripes™ - 2003 to 2006 world-edition, is now available. Over 300 pages - featuring only the finest establishments and fascinating cuisine art images from around the world. All beautifully compiled in this full-color collector's edition. ISBN# 1-4259-4267-9
Walter Staib - City Tavern
City Tavern
Philadelphia, USA
Chef de Cuisine: Walter Staib
5 Stars and 4 Stripes
5 Stars and 4 Stripes
People were milling around in ‘period’ costumes elaborately festooned with frilled ascots and ornate coattails as well as tri-angular hats. An eighteenth century harp player provided the soothing background music while costumed servers busied themselves with fabulous pass-a-round treats. This was an event like no other but at the same time it carried the distinctive imaginative signature of proprietor Sir Walter Staib and his Director of Marketing & Projects Mr. Paul Bauer working hard to carry on the remarkable tradition of such a celebrated place.
City Tavern Cuisine: Walter Staib
Simone and I were thrilled to be in the company of such an electrifying personality but more importantly we were seriously prepared to sample Chef Staib’s legendary cuisine. We were informed that Chef Staib had recorded all his favorite recipes in a series of Old World cookbooks referring to his familys concoctions that have been held in place for years as closely guarded secretes.
Award Hand Out: City Tavern
Dear Friends, Thorsten Buehrmann (Piosczyk)
A Cheery October!

First of all many thanks to those of you for suggesting your favorite resorts, hotels and restaurants from around the world. We understand that you feel that they deserve the Seven Stars and Stripes award and we hope that our teams will be able to review many of them in 2007. Please understand that our strict policy of reviewing onsite only requires sometimes a longer waiting period. - It was indeed a very exiting fall so far as our Seven Stars and Stripes teams recognized some of the finest hotels and restaurants and their team members in Baltimore and Philadelphia on the US East Coast recently and we are happy to share some of the reviews with you here today. In the November Gazette we are taking you to the fairytale Kempinski Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways Pearl Zone and the Restaurant Le Siècle at the Radisson SAS Palais in the ever so charming city of Vienna, Austria. See you October 18th at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Long Island, NY, USA or watch the 5-day event live on www.WADTV.com Hamptons TV.

Very truly yours
Thorsten Buehrmann
Thorsten Buehrmann
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The Rittenhouse
The Rittenhouse
Philadelphia, USA
6 Stars and 5 Stripes
6 Stars and 5 Stripes
The Rittenhouse's accommodations measure between 450 to 600 square feet, which, with all do respect, are super large units in comparison to other hotels in the area. The service level at The Rittenhouse is not only extremely high but it is also presented with sincerity, which is hard to find. When I met with VP David Benton, who has also been the General Manager of The Rittenhouse since 1990, it became pretty clear that his success is the empowerment of his staff.
“...it became pretty clear that Benton's success
is the empowerment of his staff... ~ TB
We spend some time at the European-style Spa & Salon and their 10,000 square foot Health Club facilities. It is complete with state-of-the-art equipment and aerobic machines that allow each person to watch or listen to their favorite station on an individual flat screen TV, fully equipped with DVD and CD player.
The Rittenhouse - Seven Stars and Stripes Award-Hand-Out
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Lacroix Restaurant
The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia, USA
Chef de Cuisine: Matthew Levin
6 Stars and 6 Stripes
6 Stars and 6 Stripes
It was 'Restaurant Week' in Philadelphia and Lacroix at the Rittenhouse was a participating partner, which meant that things were getting heated up with lots of patrons entering with high expectations of an exceptional dining experience. GM Benton is extremely proud of his flagship establishment and was there to make sure that all his patrons were comfortable during this critical time.
Lacroix Cuisine
As we sat there chatting with GM Benton about the various aspects of guest satisfaction, he suggested that we try the 5-course tasting menu as a challenge to sample some of the best items on the bill of fare. To start with our server Troy followed instructions by bringing out a very special Cuvee Lacroix Champagne NV, Paul Goerg for an aperatif and it appeared golden honey yellow with fine mousse and a semi-dry light bodied structure with hints of white fruit on the palate...
The Lacroix Award-Hand-Out
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In Next Gazette: All New
* InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore, USA
* Restaurant: Le Siècle, Vienna, Austria
* Etihad Airways: Pearl Zone
* Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:
Kempinski Emirates Palace