Feature Story Tuesday August 23, 2011
Happy Anniversary Coast Hotel
Chilliwack's "community hotel" is two-years-old
Guests at the Coast Hotel Chilliwack 2nd anniversary party enjoy the food and drink Thursday on Prestons Restaurant patio overlooking Salish Park.
hen Coast Hotel Chilliwack GM Joey Beltrano and Prestons Restaurant manager Dominique Roy throw a party you can rest assured that it's going to be the classiest affair in town.
On Thursday, a cross-section of the community from suits to chambermaids, gathered at Prestons Restaurant in the Coast to celebrate the chain's second anniversary. The hotel has been a hub for the community activity on many fronts since the takeover and renovation of the old Rhombus Hotel.
The Coast Hotel has become known as Chilliwack's "Community Hotel" and when asked about that hallowed moniker at the party, Beltrano took a moment to sum it up for the Voice.
"The best way to define it, is that we provide the best hospitality experience in the Fraser Valley," he said. "With our occupancy, we've been leading the market now since October 2011."
In 2010, the hotel connected directly to the community when they generously threw open their doors to Greendale flooding victims, and since then, the hotel has been a city hub on many fronts.
Coast also hosts a great number of community meetings with speakers such as FightHST's general and ex-Premier Bill Vander Zalm, Bruce Cohen of the Cohen Commission and Leonard Doust QC with his Public Commission on Legal Aid, to name just a few.
The popular Trevor McDonald Trio provided the entertainment Thursday while people schmoozed over blueberry martini's they collected from a spout on the Smirnoff Ice Slide and snacked on fresh oysters and other delicious hors d'oeuvres from sliders to sushi. Andres Wines representatives were also on hand offering an exceptional selection of reds and whites.
Beltrano is pleased with the way the hotel has been able to serve the community's growing needs. "We've got a lot of great wins and we now have the Cheam Rotary Club meeting here every Wednesday," he said adding that his staff are "outstanding ambassadors."
"That, I think, I'm very most proud of," said Beltrano.Many of the staff have been with the Coast for the entire 2-years the hotel chain has been in Chilliwack.
Prestons Restaurant at the Coast boasts of a unique waterfront dining experience with floor to ceiling windows and a patio overlooking Salish Park.
Preston's dining menu is put together by world class executive chef Tony Heesterman who has over 35-years of industry experience.
By the time he was 21-years-old, Heesterman had completed his BCIT apprenticeship at the International Plaza Hotel.
"I was at the Pan Pacific Hotel for about 3-years and executive chef at the Waterfront Restaurant for about 3-years there."
Heesterman then opened up the Holiday Inn at Metrotown in Burnaby, prior to going to BC Place Stadium where he spent the next 18-years before coming to Preston's in Chilliwack.
"I'm very versatile," he said regarding his style of creating cuisine. "I'm more into seafood."
When asked about his favourite food, Heesterman said "I like lamb very much and sushi actually."
For more information visit: www.dineprestons.com and for information about packages and specials visit the Coast Hotel Chilliwack at: www.coasthotels.com
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