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RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT PRODUCES FIRST CHAIN-WIDE COOKBOOK BY GUESTS, FOR GUESTS;

 RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT PRODUCES FIRST CHAIN-WIDE COOKBOOK
 BY GUESTS, FOR GUESTS;
 WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's business travelers are watching their company's expenditures, their waistlines and their healthy food intake. And because this becomes even more pronounced on extended business trips, Residence Inn by Marriott, the nation's largest extended stay hotel chain, has produced the first cookbook written by and for travelers on the go.
 "Cooking Inn: Recipes From Our Seasoned Traveling Guests" is a 108-page cookbook including 128 guest-submitted recipes which can be prepared in the kitchens in each Residence Inn hotel room.
 "Cooking Inn," produced as an optional amenity for the 177-hotel chain to give to extended stay guests, complements each Residence Inn hotel room's full kitchen and free grocery shopping.
 Since Residence Inn extended stay guests stay an average of 14 nights at a time, the kitchens are frequently used by both male and female guests. In fact, 48 percent of the recipes in "Cooking Inn" were submitted by Residence Inn male guests, while 52 percent were submitted by women. In all cases, guests cited convenience, cost-savings, a higher level of choice, and comfort as added benefits afforded by Residence Inn kitchens and spacious rooms. As one guest says, "The thrill of eating at a restaurant quickly wanes, especially after a few days. The kitchen allows me to eat what I want, when I want, on a reasonable budget."
 Residence Inn kitchens are equipped with full-sized appliances, including a refrigerator, stovetop and microwave oven, cooking and eating utensils and coffee maker.
 The concept of "Cooking Inn," which is sponsored by TABASCO brand pepper sauce and Maxwell House coffee, developed out of guests' requests for easy recipes they could prepare in their hotel room kitchens. "It's a luxury to be able to eat healthfully and stay on my diet while I'm traveling for business," comments Theresa LeBouef, a Residence Inn guest from Norcross, Ga. Adds guest Rick Fontanazza from Wethersfield, Conn.: "It was great to have the kitchen, especially when you get tired of going out to eat. Besides money, you save time, too!"
 Says Mike Ruffer, Residence Inn executive vice president and general manager: "Extended stay guests' needs are unique, and we've made meeting and exceeding them our top priority. The guests who tell us that they're able to save money and enjoy the added benefits of choice, comfort and convenience by utilizing their in-room kitchens will get a kick out of using a cookbook that was written by their fellow guests. 'Cooking Inn 'is also our way of making Residence Inn feel even more like home for our guests who need to be on the road for extended trips."
 Beyond making the business traveler's life easier, families make use of the kitchen facilities as well. "We stayed at Residence Inn while we were visiting our son and were delighted that we were able to share dinner with him in our room, just like home. No restaurant can compare to that family-like atmosphere," says Residence Inn guest Robert Rudder of Knoxville, Tenn.
 Development of the cookbook began last summer when Residence Inn hotels throughout the country held "cook-offs" among guests. In place of the hotel's weekly barbecue, guests prepared a favorite recipe in the kitchen of their room to bring to the cook-off. Winning dishes were selected by honorary judges such as local food editors, weathermen, chefs and even professional athletes.
 Each Residence Inn hotel then submitted its winning recipes for review by Marriott Executive Chef Willy Ribbe. Guests who submitted the best recipe in each recipe category were awarded a $50 gift certificate for redemption at any Crate and Barrel store nationwide. Guest Norton Jackson of Wichita, Kan., who submitted the grand prize winning recipe, "Jackson's Seafood Oscar," won a trip for two to Marriott's Camelback Inn Resort, Golf Club and Spa.
 Residence Inn hotels are generally constructed as a cluster of two-story residential-style buildings surrounding a central Gatehouse building which houses guest check-in, meeting space and a public gathering area. A complimentary continental breakfast each morning, weekday social hours and a weekly barbecue are provided for all guests. Recreational facilities include a SportCourt for volleyball, paddle tennis and basketball, and a swimming pool with a whirlpool. Some hotels also have separate exercise rooms or special arrangements with local health clubs for guests' use while at the hotel.
 Extended stay guests typically include those attending a training course on a temporary assignment such as auditing or consulting, or relocating to a new town.
 Residence Inn is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Washington- based Marriott Corporation, which also includes Marriott Hotels, Resorts and Suites; Courtyard by Marriott; and Fairfield Inn.
 "Cooking Inn" Fact Sheet
 WHAT: "Cooking Inn: Recipes From Our Seasoned Traveling Guests." The first cookbook written by and for business travelers.
 WHO: Produced by Residence Inn by Marriott, the nation's largest extended stay hotel chain.
 WHY: Since Residence Inn's extended stay guests stay an average of 14 nights at a time, the hotels' in-room kitchens are frequently used. The concept of "Cooking Inn" developed out of guests' request for easy recipes they could prepare in their Residence Inn room kitchens. Utilizing in-room kitchens also creates cost-savings, choice, convenience and comfort.
 HOW: Recipes submitted by guests were prepared by guests and staff last summer and tested in "cook-offs" throughout the country's nearly 180 Residence Inn hotels. Winning dishes were selected by honorary judges such as other guests, local food editors, weathermen, chefs and professional athletes.
 STATISTICS:
 Breakdown of Recipes by Sex:
 -- Men submitted 48 percent of the recipes in "Cooking Inn" while women submitted 52 percent of recipes.
 -- By category, men submitted the highest number of seafood entries (64 percent) while women submitted the highest number of appetizers (71 percent).
 Cost Savings:
 -- With the average business traveler spending $48.59(A) per day on meals, nearly $700 will be spent during a two-week extended stay.
 -- Over $500 could be saved if the two-week traveler utilized Residence Inn complimentary continental breakfasts and prepared at least 50 percent of lunch and dinner meals in their room. This becomes more significant in a multi-occupancy situation.
 (A) Source: 1991 "Corporate Travel" Index
 WHEN: Beginning in mid-April 1992, "Cooking Inn" will be available for guest use at all Residence Inn hotels, and will be an optional amenity for hotels to give their extended stay guests.
 WHERE: In the nearly 180 Residence Inn by Marriott hotels located in 41 states in the United States.
 SPONSORS: TABASCO brand pepper sauce and Maxwell House Coffee.
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 /NOTE: Residence Inn by Marriott, TABASCO, Maxwell House and SportCourt are registered trademarks./
 /CONTACT: Dee Dee Dochen of Residence Inn by Marriott, 301-380-4536 or, fax, 301-380-5197; or John Kiker of Porter/Novelli, 202-342-7048 or, fax, 202-342-7010, for Marriott/ CO: Residence Inn by Marriott ST: District of Columbia IN: LEI SU: PDT


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