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Crescent Hotels & Resorts' Executive Chefs Head to New York City to Host Dinner at the Prestigious James Beard House May 5

CHICAGO, Ill. (May 24, 2017) - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), Crescent Hotels & Resorts, and Murphy Asset Management announced today the official opening of Chicago's newest contemporary hotel, Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Located above the historic Oriental Theatre at 32 W. Randolph, the hotel sits in the heart of Chicago's vibrant Loop district, just steps away from endless lifestyle and entertainment options. A new upscale brand of the Choice Hotels International portfolio managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District adds to the chain's rapidly expanding Cambria roster, designed to appeal both business and leisure travelers.

"The Oriental Theatre is one of the city's most iconic landmarks," says Michael George, Founder, President and CEO of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. "We are honored to be able to preserve its cultural significance while also contributing to the city's booming hotel scene."

Built in 1926 by Chicago's famed architects, Rapp and Rapp, 32 W. Randolph was originally constructed as a theatre and Masonic Temple. The theatre, occupying the majority of the building's first seven stories, was originally designed as a 3,250-seat theatre presenting popular first-run movies and lavish stage shows, with the upper floors formerly used as office space.

Situated on the upper 19 floors of the 22 story building, Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District features 199 stylish guestrooms, two lavish suites- one of which boasts an enchanting 18 foot high cathedral window that is original to the building, a game room complete with pool tables, shuffleboard, foosball and TV's for watching games, a fitness center, and 2,600 square feet of adaptable function space that can be separated into four state-of-the-art meeting rooms, allowing for ultimate flexibility. Amenities include AV capabilities, valet parking for all guests, and customizable menus to fit every budget.

The guest experience begins upon arrival with the spacious lobby, inviting travelers to embrace the hotel's social atmosphere. Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District caters to business travelers with oversized rooms fit with the latest technology including Smart TVs, Bluetooth capabilities and complimentary Wi-Fi, allowing guests to stay connected while traveling. Striking artwork displayed throughout the hotel pays homage to the city's rich history and performing arts culture, while the exterior facade remains untouched to preserve the building's historical significance.

Enjoy a modern spin on classic comfort food with Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District's dining destination, American bistro Social Circle. Executive Chef Michael DeMaria fuses fresh flavors with local ingredients to curate an eclectic menu of savory dishes, house-made specialties and tantalizing appetizers. Social Circle will serve breakfast and dinner, focusing on healthy options for guests while traveling. The bistro also caters to guests on the go with freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches. The full beverage menu includes signature cocktails, perfect pours of top craft brews and the finest wines.

Located within walking distance to many attractions the area offers, including the John Hancock Center, Skydeck Chicago and the Chicago Riverwalk, shopping and dining options are endless with the Cambria Chicago Loop- Theatre District's proximity to State Street, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Block 37. For more information on Cambria Chicago Loop- Theatre District or to make a reservation, visit www.cambriachicagoloop.com or call 312.994.1986 .

About Crescent Hotels & Resorts

Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels, resorts and conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts under Latitudes Collection, Lifestyle by Crescent. Crescent's clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit www.crescenthotels.com , www.latitudesbycrescent.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn .

About Cambria Hotels & Suites

Cambria hotels & suites makes business travel easier—and more fun—than ever before. Offering modern décor, rooms that feel like an upgrade, and fresh, local cuisine at our Social Circle™ restaurant, Cambria makes every guest feel like a VIP. There are currently 29 properties open across the country and 30 under development in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more, visit www.cambriahotelsandsuites.com.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is one of the world's largest lodging companies. With more than 6,400 hotels franchised in more than 35 countries and territories, Choice Hotels International® represents more than 500,000 rooms around the globe. As of December 31, 2015, 720 hotels were in our development pipeline. Our company's Ascend Hotel Collection®, Cambria® hotels & suites, Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Sleep Inn®, Quality®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge®, Rodeway Inn®, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ brands provide a spectrum of lodging choices to meet guests' needs. With more than 25 million members and counting, our Choice Privileges® rewards program enhances every trip a guest takes, with benefits ranging from instant, every day rewards to exceptional experiences, starting right when they join. All hotels and vacation rentals are independently owned and operated. Visit us at www.choicehotels.com for more information.

About Murphy Asset Management

Murphy Asset Management, LLC focuses on generating development opportunities in the multifamily, hospitality and office sectors across the country. Through sound investment strategies and extensive due diligence, the dynamic development team at Murphy Asset Management identifies, evaluates and executes projects by combining sound financial modeling, economic analysis and entrepreneurial creativity. Murphy Asset Management more recent hotel developments include Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, Hampton Inn Chicago Motor Club, and the Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic To learn more, visit www.murphyassetmanagement.com .

FAIRFAX, Va. (April 19, 2017) - Three top executive chefs and two senior culinary executive members from Crescent Hotels & Resorts have been selected to host an exclusive dinner at the renowned James Beard House located in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. The Spring Jam Session which will occur on May 5, is a multi-course dinner and wine pairings event where chefs who are preparing the dinner share their favorite play list to cook to with attending dinner guests. The Spring Jam Session will benefit the James Beard Foundation, which strives to celebrate, nurture, and preserve America's culinary heritage and protect the future through programs that educate and inspire.

With more than 75 cumulative years of experience among the five chefs, the culinary team will be led by Crescent Hotels & Resorts' Chef Greg Griffie, senior vice president of food and beverage and Chef Richard Garcia, vice president of culinary. They will be supported by chefs from properties managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts and include - Executive Chef John Du Toit from the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona; Executive Chef Jay Hunter from the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas and Executive Chef Richard Falbo from Westin Reston in Reston, Virginia. The chefs were selected based on their national and regional reputation and use of seasonal and/or local ingredients.

"Cooking at the James Beard House is a culinary professional's dream," says Chef Greg Griffie. "The team and I look forward to giving our dining guests a taste of what they can expect when they dine at any of the restaurants inside properties managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts."

The event will consist of multiple passed hors d'oeuvres with welcoming cocktails including: Popcorn-Style Spot Prawns with Cilantro and Lime; Plymouth Rock Oysters with Riesling Mignonette, Cured Mustard Seeds and Herbs; Lamb Sainte - Menehould with Creamed Horseradish; and Penelope Pea Fritters with Dill. Followed by a five-course tasting menu including bread service, dessert, and wine pairings. The courses include: Duxbury Razor Clams with Spring Onions and Almonds; Open-Faced Milk-Fed Veal Rib Ravioli with Morels, Peas, Fava Beans, and Watercress; Smoked Quail with Cornbread, Cherries, Red Dandelion, Green Strawberries, and Hominy; Pan- Seared Broken Arrow Ranch Red Stag with Mesquite Tree Bean Jam, Waco Stone-Ground Grits, Pickled Devils' Claw, and Quail Egg; topped off with a decadent Prickly Pear-Passion Fruit Crémeux with Agave, Almond, Coconut Dacquoise, and Lime Streusel.

The event is open to the public and guests can purchase tickets by going online to jamesbeard.org/events/spring-jam-session or by calling 212.627.2308 . Seating is limited so guests are encouraged to reserve their seats early.

For those who are interested in a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look of what goes on during these dinners, the James Beard Foundation now provides livestream video from three separate angles in the kitchen. The livestream will be available the night of the event starting at 6:15 p.m. and continues until the dessert course. To view the livestream, visit jbfkitchencam.org and or livestream.com under the James Beard Foundation account.

About Crescent Hotels & Resorts

Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels, resorts and conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts under Latitudes Collection, Lifestyle by Crescent. Crescent's clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, please visit www.crescenthotels.com , www.latitudesbycrescent.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn .