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The Pfister Hotel Launches Four Diamond Experiences Program

Each weekend package includes an exclusive experience in culinary arts, fine arts or creative writing, overnight stay, Sunday Brunch, and parking

Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 28, 2012The Pfister® Hotel, which is owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, invites guests to take a creative, hands-on approach to their next weekend getaway. The hotel has launched a unique new program, The Pfister Four Diamond Experiences, which allows guests to participate in exclusive experiences with leaders in culinary arts, fine arts, and creative writing during their stay at the historic hotel.

Each weekend in January, February and March 2013, The Pfister will be offering a different arts-related experience. In January, guests are invited to spend time with one of the hotel’s renowned chefs; in February, they’ll join in fine arts workshops led by a Pfister Artist-in-Residence or local art expert; and in March, they’ll practice the art of the written word with one of the Pfister Narrators.

“Increasingly, our guests are looking to participate in hands-on, learning experiences,” said Joe Kurth, general manager of The Pfister. “With the Pfister Experiences program, we’re providing those interactive experiences while also aligning wholly with The Pfister’s long-standing commitment to the arts.”

Each weekend package for two includes the Saturday afternoon experience, which takes place from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., a one-night stay in a deluxe guest room, The Pfister’s signature Sunday Brunch and parking starting at $239. Guests can add an additional evening stay for $99, or customize their experience with dinner, spa services and more when they call (414) 935-5950 to make their reservations. Saturday afternoon experience packages can be purchased à la carte starting at $25 per person.

The Pfister Four Diamond Experiences full schedule includes:

JANUARY – Culinary Arts
Maybe you’re the consummate foodie, or maybe you’re just looking for ideas to spice up your family’s meals. No matter what your skill level, throughout January we invite you to spend some one-on-one time with our renowned chefs.

Jan. 5, 2013: Libations in the Lobby Fireside Stories
With Brian Frakes, Executive Chef, Nick Kowalski, Blu & Lobby Lounge Manager, and Peter Mortenson, Chef Concierge

Jan. 12, 2013: A Thoroughly Proper Tea
With Juan Rodriguez, Food & Beverage Manager, and Brian Frakes, Executive Chef

Jan. 19, 2013: Pinots & Pastries
With Brian Frakes, Executive Chef, Nick Kowalski, Blu & Lobby Lounge Manager, and Jennifer Carlson, Executive Pastry Chef

Jan. 26, 2013 Rosé & Roses
With Brian Frakes, Executive Chef, Omar Naimi, Director of Operations, Elizabeth Walsh, WELL Spa + Salon Director

FEBRUARY – Fine Arts
Perhaps you enjoy a visual arts experience. Join in on our fine art workshops led by a past or present Pfister Artist-in-Residence or an artist from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). From painting and drawing to touring the hotel’s collection of Victorian art, it’s a great opportunity to make your own masterwork or just get an inside look at how it’s done.

Feb. 2, 2013 Step-by-Step Painting
With Shelby Keefe, 2011 – 2012 Artist-in-Residence

Feb. 9, 2013 Portrait Painting
With Katie Musolff, 2010 – 2011 Artist-in-Residence

Feb. 16, 2013 Love in The Pfister
With Timothy Westbrook, current Artist-in-Residence

Feb. 23, 2013 Everyday Inspiration
With Melissa Dorn-Richards, MIAD

MARCH – Creative Writing
Spend some time perfecting your writing with one of the hotel’s Pfister Narrators. They’ll take you through a creative writing workshop designed to unleash your inner author. With a little inspiration, you can start working on that great American novel, or perhaps just start with your first blog.

Mar. 2, 2013 Feature Writing
With current Pfister Narrator, Jenna Kashou

Mar. 9, 2013 Connections
With Julie Ferris, 2010 – 2011 Pfister Narrator

Mar. 16, 2013 Ordinary Leads to Extraordinary
With Ed Makowski, 2011-2012 Pfister Narrator

Mar. 23, 2013 Short Stories and Poetry
With Dasha Kelly, 2012-2013 Pfister Narrator

More details on each weekend experience can be found at

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About The Pfister Hotel
Built in 1893, The Pfister Hotel has been the premier downtown Milwaukee hotel for more than a century, and continues to celebrate a tradition of gracious service and impeccable style; 2013 will mark the hotel’s 120th year as an icon in Milwaukee. The Pfister Hotel was purchased in 1962 by Ben Marcus, who vowed to renovate the distinguished hotel to its original beauty. Significant renovations were completed and a new 23-story guest room tower was built. In fall 2012, The Marcus Corporation celebrated its 50th year of ownership of the property.

Home to the largest collection of Victorian art of any hotel in the world, The Pfister is a AAA Four-Diamond property with membership in two of the industry’s leading organizations: Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The Pfister Hotel is located at 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. More information and updates on the hotel can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter (@PfisterHotel).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 11 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

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