Experience the Restaurants of the World Without Leaving New York
NEW YORK – Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced the launch of Continental International Restaurant Week (continentalrestaurantweek.com ) to be held in New York City from April 30-May 6, 2007, featuring eight of Zagat Survey’s Top Rated restaurants.
“Continental prides itself on service and quality, so it seems like a natural fit to work with Zagat Survey to launch this event,” said Mark Bergsrud, senior VP of marketing and distribution planning for Continental Airlines. “We are equally thrilled that such incredible restaurants agreed to participate and create these special offers to patrons of Continental International Restaurant Week.”
Continental Airlines is rated Top Premium U.S. Airline for comfort, service and overall performance by Zagat Survey.
Each restaurant represents international destinations known for their exquisite cuisine. “This is an exciting way to experience a variety of international cuisines all in one place,” said Tim Zagat, CEO of Zagat Survey, “These restaurants are a reflection of the unique and diverse dining scene in New York.”
The below top-notch restaurants are providing exclusive offers ranging from special tasting menus to personalized chef recommendations to priority reservations:
* Tabla (India): Indulge in a special tasting menu featuring some of the finest dishes at Tabla. Talk with Chef Floyd Cardoz or the General Manager about the dining philosophy at Tabla. Receive a signed copy of Chef Cardoz's "One Spice. Two Spice." cookbook. * Porcao Churrascuria (Brazil): Learn how to make a traditional Brazilian Capirinha and enjoy a complimentary Capirinha tasting (Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Lime, Coconut). Go behind the scenes and experience the inner workings of the kitchen with nightly kitchen tours. Guests on the first night of Continental International Restaurant Week will receive a complimentary Capirinha kit to bring a taste of Brazil home. * Megu (Japan): As a guest during Continental International Restaurant Week, you'll receive priority reservations and VIP preferred seating. Enjoy a complimentary flight of wine and special tastings. Chat with the chef and sommelier. * Chin Chin (China): Enjoy a complimentary house specialty lychee martini to start, followed by a traditional Chinese family style Prix Fixe meal created especially for your table. Each Continental International Restaurant Week guest will take home a taste of China with a booklet of traditional Chinese recipes. * Aquavit (Sweden): Chef Marcus Samuelson will create a special Prix Fixe menu that will include three courses and wine pairings. All Continental International Restaurant Week guests will receive a signed copy of the Aquavit cookbook. * Daniel (France): Enjoy exclusive access to Daniel Boulud's Skybox Chef's table and the taste of France with a private dining experience for four. * Scalini Fedeli (Italy): Enjoy a taste of Italy. In addition to his traditional three course dinner, the chef will add two special courses for guests of Continental International Restaurant Week. He will personally recommend wine pairings for the meal and discuss his philosophy with each table. * Urena (Spain): Learn to cook the traditional Spanish way. Join Chef Alex Urena in the kitchen as he prepares your dinner. Guests of Continental International Restaurant Week will also receive a gift basket of unique Spanish food items.
A special Zagat Survey 2007 International Destinations Guide will be distributed during Continental International Restaurant Week at participating restaurants. In addition to featuring reviews of the restaurants included in the April 30-May 6 offer, the guide will include other Zagat-rated restaurants and hotels in the eight aforementioned countries.
Continental International Restaurant Week was created by The Kaplan Thaler Group, an advertising and entertainment agency. The Web site, continentalrestaurantweek.com , created by Alexander Interactive, features interviews with Tim Zagat and the notable chefs from each of the eight restaurants, as well as information on each offer and how to make reservations.
About Zagat Survey, LLC
Zagat Survey is the world’s leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure content. With more than 300,000 surveyors, Zagat Survey rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories. Zagat content is available in print, on the Web, on the Palm and Windows Mobile operating systems, on BlackBerry, on mobile phones, and on TV. For more information, visit ZAGAT.com .
About Continental Airlines
Continental Airlines is the world’s fifth largest airline. Continental, together with Continental Express and Continental Connection, has more than 3,100 daily departures throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, serving 144 domestic and 138 international destinations. More than 400 additional points are served via SkyTeam alliance airlines. With more than 44,000 employees, Continental has hubs serving New York, Houston, Cleveland and Guam, and together with Continental Express, carries approximately 67 million passengers per year. Continental consistently earns awards and critical acclaim for both its operation and its corporate culture.