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Innisbrook Executive Chef André Halston to appear on The Today Show

Halston and Roker
Halston and Roker

Halston and Roker

Chef Andre Halston and Al Roker in the Market Salamander at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

Chef to cook live with Al Roker on June 29

INNISBROOK, FL, June,2009 – When NBC Anchor Al Roker visited Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club inJanuary during the area’s Super Bowl festivities, he was so impressed with AndrHalston’s cuisine that the chef was invited to appear on The TODAY Show.

Halston will make his bow on NBC’s top-rated morning show onJune 29 between 9-10 a.m. He will appear live from New York City with Roker, where they willprepare Short Rib Spring Rolls with Malaysian Maple & Tuong Basil Sauces. Aswith all live TV bookings, all dates and times are subject to change.

“It will be exciting to cook on national television,” saysHalston, who has appeared on numerous local and regional TV shows. “Al is sucha nice person and has become a fan of what we’re creating at Innisbrook.”

Chef Halston oversees the resort’s four restaurants andrecently developed new menus and concepts at Packard’s Steakhouse and MarketSalamander Grill & Bar, both of which opened to the public via reservationMay 1, along with the resort’s new Indaba Spa.

A former executive chef with Champps Restaurants and theCapital Grille restaurant chain, Halston also served as the personal chef forformer Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev during his U.S. Tour. He has evencooked for Queen Elizabeth II of England.

The resort’s two new restaurants and spa are part of anall-encompassing $26 million renovation that has taken place under the property’smanagement company Salamander Hospitality, and its owner, Sheila C. Johnson.

Packard’s Steakhouse, named after the designer ofInnisbrook’s four golf courses, E. Lawrence Packard, is located in theclubhouse of the resort’s famed Copperhead Course. It serves only the finestcertified Angus Beef, as well as a signature martini and wine list. The newlybuilt Market Salamander Grill & Bar at the Osprey Clubhouse offers avaried menu, with an emphasis on incorporating fresh produce purchased dailyfrom local farmers. The restaurant and bar opens onto a large patio with firepit and overlooks two of the resort’s four championship golf courses. Dining isavailable outside and in the open-style bar, which features with severallarge-screen televisions and live entertainment.

Both venues are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner andreservations can be arranged by calling (727) 942-2000.

About Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

Situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills and 70acres of lakes in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’sGulf Coast,Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Recently andcompletely renovated, Innisbrook features 72 holes of championship golf, 608spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, theInnisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new full-service Indaba Spawith 12 treatment rooms and fitness center, six heated swimming pool complexes,a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet ofmeeting space. Innisbrook is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts andPreferred Golf programs. For additional information call (727) 942-2000 orvisit

About Salamander Hospitality

Salamander Hospitalityis a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outsideWashington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the companymanages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity andcharacter of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes the recentlyrenovated Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., host to a PGA TOURstop every March; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only fourproperties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamondratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-constructionSalamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Salamander Hospitality also operatesa division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander withlocations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, FL, and Salamander Touch, a finegoods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle. For additional information, call (540)687-3710 or visit

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Halston and Roker

Halston and Roker

Chef Andre Halston and Al Roker in the Market Salamander at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club