Upcoming AC Lounge in the AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront hires Tanner Poncik-Genk as executive chef.
AC Lounge to offer Mediterranean-inspired small and large plates.
VANCOUVER, Wash. – June 3, 2022 – The AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront, the eagerly anticipated hotel set to open in Vancouver’s emerging Waterfront neighborhood, has hired Tanner Poncik-Genk as executive chef of its AC Lounge. In this role, he will oversee the restaurant’s daily operations and menu development when it opens with the hotel later this month.
“We are delighted to welcome Tanner to the AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront and AC Lounge team, and we can’t wait to open our doors and join Vancouver’s lively local culinary scene,” said David Lenke, general manager of the AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront. “We’re confident that the AC Lounge, with its warm and inviting ambiance, perfectly curated flavors, and unobtrusive and professional service, will quickly become the go-to spot for a drink or a meal for locals and visitors alike.”
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Poncik-Genk has 24 years of experience in restaurants nationwide, most recently serving as executive chef at Beaches Restaurant & Bar. As executive chef at the AC Lounge, he will head one of the largest restaurants in the AC Hotel by Marriott family — seating more than 160 diners across the restaurant’s lounge, bar and fully covered patio.
Chef Poncik-Genk’s menu will feature Mediterranean-inspired composed small and large plates created from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Signature dishes include grilled salmon and pistachio on soft polenta with green beans and goat cheese and herb butter; and spicy mushroom ragout over risotto-spicy tomato, wild mushroom, golden raisin, olives, cilantro oil and potato crisp.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and easy outdoor access emphasize the property’s proximity to the river, bringing the neighborhood inside and creating an open and welcoming environment to relax and enjoy a meal.
“The AC Lounge, with its thoughtfully curated design details and outdoor waterfront seating, offers diners the perfect place to unwind in the evening,” said Poncik-Genk. “Whether you’re looking for well-crafted cocktails and shareable Spanish-style tapas or a multicourse dinner featuring fresh Pacific Northwest favorites, we’ll make sure your experience is memorable.”
The AC Lounge will be open from 3 to 11:30 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 3 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday. For additional information, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxac-ac-hotel-vancouver-waterfront/ and follow the property on Instagram (@acvancouverwaterfront) and Facebook (@achotels).
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About Vesta Hospitality
Established in 1996, Vesta Hospitality is a fully integrated hotel development and hospitality management company based in Vancouver, Washington. A trusted investment partner, Vesta Hospitality also invests in — and operates — a portfolio of successful, award-winning properties across the country. Vesta Hospitality takes a strategic approach to expanding its holdings and leverages its leadership team’s combined expertise to drive maximum profitability. More information at www.vestahospitality.com.
About AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront
AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront is the first modern hotel in the emerging Waterfront neighborhood of Vancouver, Washington. Offering a unique combination of quality, timeless European design and comfort, the property is ideally positioned between Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Coast, while offering a wealth of cultural and recreational experiences unique to Vancouver. The design-driven AC Hotel by Marriott property offers 150 well-appointed guest rooms, the AC Kitchen and AC Lounge restaurants, and 11,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, all carefully curated to provide everything guests need while eliminating unnecessary distractions. For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxac-ac-hotel-vancouver-waterfront/.