Sunday, January 4, 2015

Frank Ruta to Helm The Grill Room at Capella

From our friends at The Grill Room...

Capella D.C. Appoints Acclaimed Chef to Helm The Grill Room

Frank Ruta Makes His Eagerly Awaited Return

Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown has snapped-up Frank Ruta, the award-winning chef behind the acclaimed Palena restaurant to helm The Grill Room at the hotel. Regarded as one of America’s best chefs, Frank Ruta spent ten years at The White House as the personal lunch and dinner chef to the Carter, Reagan and Bush families. As Executive Chef, Ruta will bring his unique culinary philosophy to The Grill Room and all of Capella’s F&B programming. Ruta plans to produce flavorful seasonal dishes that meet the spectrum of diners’ different levels of culinary experiences while maintaining a high level cooking technique.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to join Capella and The Grill Room. We share the same philosophy, to create incredible experiences and memorable flavors.  My classic cooking background and personal experiences have been the source for my creativity in the dishes I prepare,” said Frank Ruta. “Our focus will also be on cementing The Grill Room as a warm neighborhood dining experience with an evolving seasonal menu paired with a versatile yet accessible fine wine and spirits list.”

“Frank has worked at some of the finest restaurants in the world and his tireless efforts to achieving perfection, allied with his superb technique and a dedication to mentor his fellow chefs, really stood out for us,” said Marco Bustamante, General Manager, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown.

The perfectionist that he is, Ruta has won almost all of the restaurant industry’s top accolades including being named by Food & Wine as “Best New Chef” in 2001 and then going on to being named “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” by the James Beard Foundation in 2007. It is no surprise that his restaurants have received equally wide acclaim – recent accolades include Forbes Travel Guide awarding Palena four stars in 2014 and Washingtonian magazine naming the establishment to its “Best of DC 2014” list.

“We look forward to having our guests and neighbors experience Chef Ruta’s exceptional cuisine. Chef Ruta is a highly respected member of the Washington D.C. culinary scene with an incredible following and we are pleased to welcome him,” says Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown owner Bruce Bradley. "My partners and I are excited with the changes underway and the opportunity to take the food & beverage experience to an even higher level." Bradley is founder and president of Castleton Holdings, a commercial real estate company with a footprint in the Nation’s Capital and beyond.

Now at The Grill Room at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, Frank Ruta will introduce an exciting new chapter in the capital city’s culinary history and showcase memorable dining experiences for patrons to savor.

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About Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown:
Ideally located alongside the historic C&O Canal and cobblestone sidewalks of Georgetown, Capella Washington, D.C., features 49 luxury guest rooms and suites accompanied with unparalleled personalized service by a team of Personal Assistants who are available around-the-clock to assist guests with their requests.

Inside, guests can enjoy creative, seasonal menus at The Grill Room which has outdoor seating available with stunning picturesque views of the capital city and The Rye Bar, which offers a personally curated collection of rare rye whiskeys, carefully composed cocktails and a specialty menu of innovative bar fare. The hotel’s wrap-around rooftop pool and bar boasts some of the best sights in the D.C. area with sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Island, and the Spires of Georgetown University.

Capella D.C. provides a top-tier retreat for the discerning world traveler, positioning guests between the center of culture, shopping, dining, and the headquarters of international policy and finance.

Capella D.C. was named as one of the “Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States” in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards. The hotel also received the prestigious “2014 Grand Awards” by The Andrew Harper Collection which recognizes hotels that are intimate, possess strong individual personalities, offer relaxing atmospheres and demonstrate an extraordinary devotion to personal service. The hotel is located at 1050 31st Street, NW Washington, DC 20007.  For more information visit