2, Symon will prepare dishes for and personally serve a $35,000 table of eight to 10 guests. Bon Appetit Management staffers will create Symons menu for about 600 other guests, who will pay $3,500 or more per table, or $400 for individual tickets. Celebrity chefs have been good for the Saint Martins fundraiser, which also includes some fetching food-related live auction items. Last year, with Guy Fieri cooking, the gala raised nearly $760,000. In 2011, with Mario Batali , it raised $607,634. That was more than four times the amount raised at the first gala, in 2006, when there was no big-name chef involved. Symon is a Cleveland native with Greek and Sicilian roots. The Puget Sound Business Journal caught up with him via email for a little Q&A. How did you get this gig? Do you have some connection with Saint Martin’s? I have a close relationship with Mario Batali and his father Armando (proprietor of Salumi in Seattles Pioneer Square neighborhood). Things just worked out with my schedule that I was able to participate this year.
Celebrity chef Michael Symon adds star power to Saint Martin’s gala
Another 2006 installation, it has chairs upholstered in white hide, a textured bulkhead and fiber-optic lighting that perpetually changes color. Peter Knego The upper level of the Celebrity Centurys beautiful three-deck-high Grand Foyer is a shopping gallery. Peter Knego Fullscreen When built, the foyer featured a cyber waterfall on a series of LED screens but in 2006, it was given its current look with a textured silver surface and giant curtains, evoking the atria aboard the lines quartet of Millennium Class ships. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the Grand Foyer on Deck 7, Fortunes Casino occupies 7,539 square feet and accommodates up to 265 gamers. Peter Knego Fullscreen The aft portion of Deck 7 is home to the 332-seat Crystal Room, a handsomely decorated space that has a raised central alcove surrounded in frosted glass panels. At night, it is home to the ships orchestra for Big Band, jazz and other musical events as well as a weekly gala dessert extravaganza. Peter Knego On Deck 6 another line-up of public rooms begins aft of the Celebrity Theater on the port side with OnLine@Celebrity, the ships internet room. Peter Knego On the starboard side, the Future Cruise Sales Desk is situated in a gallery that has an escalator leading up to Deck 7. Peter Knego Inboard of OnLine@Celebrity and the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a small theater and conference room. Peter Knego The first of two card rooms follows on the port side. Peter Knego Here is the main card room, which seats 50 guests.. Peter Knego On the starboard side following the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a 30-seat library with a large selection of books and DVDs. Peter Knego The Deck 6 balcony of the Grand Foyer is home to the Cova Cafe coffee bar, offering a full menu of specialty coffee drinks and cocktails, tea and wine. Peter Knego Cappuccinos are artfully presented and priced at $4.00. Peter Knego The Cova Cafe is also a great place to grab a quick snack or treat, offering a revolving selection of pastries, croissant sandwiches, tapas and cookies at varying times of day or night. Peter Knego A photo gallery is located on the port side of Deck 6, just aft of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Rendezvous Lounge is a favorite hub for karaoke and live music performances. It is cleverly configured around an X-shaped passage that is another tribute to Celebritys Chandris family roots. X is the symbol for the Greek letter chi and is also the Celebrity Cruises logo. Peter Knego Fullscreen Celebrity Cruises is known for its spectacular main-dining venues and the Celebrity Centurys Grand Restaurant is no exception. Designed by Birch Coffey, it features a sweeping grand staircase, bronze-capped nickel pillars and a Deck 6 balcony lined with Art Deco-brass balustrades. Peter Knego A long gallery of seating with a view of the sea spans the starboard portion of the Deck 5 level of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego From the reception desk at its base, there is an impressive view of the Grand Foyers staircase and fiber-optic skylight. Peter Knego Installed in 2006, the Murano specialty restaurant is located off the port side of the Deck 5 foyer. It seats 66 and features two alcoves as well as a long gallery with picture-window views of the sea. Peter Knego Fullscreen Murano table settings include fine china, linen napkins rolled in silver rings, Riedel stemware and silver-plate cutlery. The menu features French and Continental specialties and an optional four-course Gastronomic and Vineyard Tour pairing for $89 per person or a traditional menu with a cover charge of $40 per person. Peter Knego Fullscreen Meals in Murano begin with an amuse bouche, such as this beautifully-presented bite of ahi tuna. Appetizers include foie gras, sweetbread, escargots, scallops and a delicious goat-cheese souffle. Soups and salads include lobster bisque, phyllo with Anjou pear and Roquefort, heirloom tomatoes, wild mushroom cappuccino, mixed greens and spinach with frisee salad. Peter Knego Fullscreen Entrees include Dover sole, lobster tail, filet mignon, French turbot, shellfish and saffron risotto, a surf-and-turf lobster and steak duet, venison, lamb, duck breast and a seafood casserole. Desserts feature fresh sorbets and ice creams, a quartet of apple sweets, chocolate souffle, and (shown) a crepe ballon rouge that is prepared tableside. Peter Knego Fullscreen The lower level of the Grand Restaurant is located in the far aft portion of Deck 5. Open seating breakfast and lunch are served here along with two dinner seatings (6:00 and 8:30) in the lower level and Celebrity Select open-seating dining between 6:30 and 9:00 in the balcony (advance reservations recommended). Peter Knego Cuisine in the Grand Restaurant is beautifully presented and includes a menu of anytime favorites as well as an evolving selection of courses each night. This is a baked beet, goat cheese, endive and tomato salad. Peter Knego Mouth-watering appetizers include this delicious tart with basil-infused feta, greens and a balsamic reduction. Peter Knego The entrees consist of a wide selection of meats, poultry, fish and a vegetarian choice. Here is a delicious herb-crusted merluzza with a tomato rice timbale, roasted zucchini and ratatouille vinaigrette. Peter Knego The entrees consist of a wide selection of meats, poultry, fish and a vegetarian choice.
Ship review: Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection
Classes and bootcamps are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment that is available for trial and purchase. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center has been expanded to include four new studios. Personal training sessions are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests who don’t want to swim outdoors have the option of swimming in the indoor pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Deck 14 has whimsical seating such as this cushioned hammock by the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the Reflection. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY By day, the Sky Observation Lounge is a place to relax over a cocktail. At night, the dance floor gets packed. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge offers expansive views from Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14 gives guests the options of a buffet meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe has buffet-style dining in an indoor and outdoor setting for 885 people. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests have a variety of options at the buffet-style Oceanview Cafe, including complimentary pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches, sushi, salad, and frozen yogurt. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Cafe al Bacio offers pastries and specialty coffees and seats 54. Nancy Trejos Cafe Gelateria offers an assortment of traditional gelatos. Nancy Trejos Live music is played at the low-key Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos The Ensemble Lounge has comfortable seating for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Nancy Trejos Qsine is one of the specialty restaurants and seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has an eclectic menu that includes lobster and escargot fritters and sushi lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has whimsical items such as chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Murano, one of five specialty restaurants on the Reflection, offers modern Continental cuisine. Nancy Trejos Murano offers items such as lobster bisque, caviar, lobster and duck breast. Nancy Trejos Murano, a specialty restaurant that seats 76 people, has an extensive wine collection. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five is Celebrity’s creperie, with tableside service for lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a creperie, seats 72. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Blu is Celebrity’s healthy food eatery designed for guests in AquaClass suites. Elizabeth Ashwell Blu, a specialty restaurant designed for AquaClass guests, seats 152. Elizabeth Ashwell Molecular bar is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the ship. It is located on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush has an ice bar. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Nancy Trejos The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell There are eight private cabana-style alcoves on the Lawn Club on Deck 15 that are available for a daily fee. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. Guests can play bocce ball or croquet on the lawn. Elizabeth Ashwell Oversized lawn chairs are located on the Lawn Club. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. It is designed to evoke a country club feel. Elizabeth Ashwell The Porch is a casual dining spot overlooking the lawn that offers breakfast and lunch paninis. It seats 48. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club Grill is a specialty restaurant where guests can assist the chef in making their own pizzas and grilled meats. It seats 78. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club Grill is a specialty restaurant where guests can assist the chef in making their own pizzas and grilled meats. It seats 78. Elizabeth Ashwell Guests in the AquaClass stateroom get unlimited access to the AquaSpa’s Persian Garden and complimentary dining at the Blu specialty restaurant. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests in the AquaClass stateroom get priority boarding and debarkation. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests in the penthouse get a complimentary meal at one of the specialty restaurants for every 7-night cruise. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A bathroom in the penthouse suite, which also has a Jacuzzi . Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The bedroom in the 1,291 square-foot penthouse suite. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The penthouse suite has a 385 square-foot veranda. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The penthouse suite’s wraparound veranda has a Jacuzzi in it. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A spa-inspired shower in the penthouse suite. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The 590 square-foot Royal Suite has a dining area. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Royal Suite has a bathtub and a shower. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY There are eight Royal Suites in the Reflection. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Royal Suite sleeps up to four people. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Royal Suite has a 153 square-foot veranda. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Some of the staterooms have pullout sleeper sofas. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests in the new AquaClass Suite have a spa concierge to arrange personal AquaSpa treatments. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests in the AquaClassSuite get complimentary bottled water and a carafe of flavor-infused iced tea. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The AquaClassSuite has a Hansgrohe shower panel. Guests also get a spa kit with foot spray, lip balm, and a relaxation mist. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests in the AquaClassSuite get luxury Bulgari bath amenities. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY There are five new Signature Suites in the Reflection. They have elaborate minibars with a wine storage area. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The new Signature Suite is located in a private corridor that requires keycard access. Michel Verdure, Celebrity Reflection The new 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite has a 194-square-foot veranda and can accommodate up to six guests. Michel Verdure, Celebrity Reflection The Celebrity Reflection has the brand’s first two-bedroom suite called the Reflection Suite. Michel Verdure, Celebrity Reflection The highlight of the Reflection Suite is a sea-view bathroom with a rain shower that juts out over the edge of the ship. Michel Verdure, Celebrity Reflection The new Reflection Suite has comfortable seating in a living room with panoramic views of the sea. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Hideaway is a quiet area where guests can get away to read or listen to music. Elizabeth Ashwell The Art Studio offers a variety of classes throughout the day. Elizabeth Ashwell The Hideaway is a quiet area where guests can get away to read or listen to music. Elizabeth Ashwell Fortunes Casino is located on Deck 4. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Library on decks 10 and 11 is open 24 hours. Elizabeth Ashwell Fortunes Casino is located on Deck 4. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests can take art classes in the Art Studio. Elizabeth Ashwell The Reflection has a number of high-end retail stored including Michael Kors and Bulgari. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Reflection has a number of high-end retail stores including Michael Kors and Bulgari. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Reflection has a number of high-end retail stores including Michael Kors and Bulgari. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Reflection has about $60 million worth of art on board. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Reflection’s extensive art collection includes this life-sized photograph of a human silhouette by Japanese artist Yuki Onodera. It is called Rosa. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests lounge in chairs by the indoor pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests can choose from a variety of shore excursions at ports of call. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Celebrity Reflection had her North American debut in Miami on Dec. 1.