ARLINGTON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/13 -- If a chef is destined to make a name for himself, he must have a steel-like work ethic. Or he must have grown up cooking. Or he must have successfully completed externships at renowned restaurants during his culinary training. But if such a chef has all of these qualifications and more, then not only does he deserve national acclaim, he also deserves recognition as Renaissance's Global Chef of the Year. This is the case with Executive Chef David Creamer of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel -- and his ascent into culinary stardom is changing Crystal City's foodie scene for good.
As a charter member of the newest property Crystal City has seen in more than 25 years, Executive Chef Creamer and the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel have added a valuable new dimension to Crystal City's dining scene and to the hotel at large.
Named SOCCi (pronounced so-chee), this Pentagon City hotel restaurant draws equally on Creamer's Italian heritage (he began cooking with his Sicilian grandmother when he was 5 years old) and modern culinary perspective. The Old Country makes an appearance in the nature of the food, particularly the SOCCi Meatballs but also in the pastas, steaks, burrata and bruschetta. Modern sensibilities, however, inform both the décor, with its open kitchen and Chef's Tasting Room, and the ingredients. With the notable exception of the oregano that Creamer imports from Italy, most of the ingredients hail from local farms. This farm-to-table trend allows Creamer to serve the freshest food possible while also supporting his community. And it's just one of many reasons why he was named Renaissance's Global Chef of the Year in 2012.
Beyond SOCCi, Creamer's vision leads the culinary experience of the entire hotel. Groups visiting for business or special events can choose from a wide array of creative, satisfying options. From Duroc Apple Cider Tenderloin, to Maple Soy Salmon, to Roasted Striped Bass and beyond, Creamer's menu options for groups include plated and buffet selections that satisfy any palate or preference. Special requests are also welcome: He's created vegan menus as easily he's abided by specific themes. Such special and specialized menus complement the property's 17,307 square feet of total meeting rooms, which overlook the Potomac River and the District and are equipped with cutting-edge technology.
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