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Press Release – December 1, 2013

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Lodge on the Desert Announces New Executive Chef, Marcus van Winden

Marcus Van Winden

Tucson, AZ – (December 1, 2013) - Originally from Europe, Dutch-born Executive Chef Marcus van Winden was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry and for food was recognized at an early age. After finishing his standard culinary training, Marcus went on to study under European Master Chefs, where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair. He continued with his career on board some of the world’s finest Cruise Lines as the Fine Dining Chef de Cuisine.

Upon retiring his sea legs, Marcus moved to the US and eventually made his way to Tucson, where he was appointed Executive Sous Chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.  He is now excited to bring his experience, European training and passion to Lodge on the Desert’s restaurant and banquets.

Marcus’s culinary philosophy and passion reflects the growing trend towards a healthier, down-to-earth lifestyle. Working with Arizona farms to seek out the finest in regional and local produce, is the essence of his cuisine. Marcus’s preference is to allow the natural flavors of food to express themselves.

For the Holidays Chef van Winden and the Lodge on the Desert culinary team have added a scrumptious and bountiful Christmas Brunch from 11am to 5pm on December 25th and an elegant New Year’s Eve dinner available from 4pm – 11pm on December 31st.

For more information about Chef Marcus van Winden or to make your reservations, visit or call 520-320-2014.

About Lodge on the Desert
Originally a family residence, Lodge on the Desert first opened for business in 1936. Following a $15 million renovation and expansion in 2009, this 103-room boutique hotel situated on five acres in mid-town Tucson, Ariz., appeals to leisure and business travelers alike. Plus with event spaces for up to 150 guests, Lodge on the Desert is popular for meetings and intimate social gatherings. Lodge on the Desert is located at 306 North Alvernon Road, just north of Broadway Boulevard, near to The University of Arizona, University Medical Center, Reid Park and Tucson International Airport. For reservations, call toll-free (877) 498-6776. Contact Lodge on the Desert directly at (520) 320-2000 or visit

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Coastal Hotel Group is a privately held, Seattle-based hotel hospitality management company specializing in distinctive luxury hotels, resorts, inns, and lodges. Established in 1987, Coastal Hotel Group has earned a reputation for providing remarkable lodging choices for the discerning traveler. Coastal Hotel Group is a founding member of Stash Hotel RewardsTM, a point-based program that allows guests at independent hotels across the country to quickly earn free nights at any participating property. For more information about Coastal Hotel Group, visit