DALLAS, Texas – JW Marriott Dallas Arts District, scheduled to open in the spring of 2023, has appointed Jonah Friedmann as executive chef for the hotel’s three food and beverage outlets.
The luxury hotel’s three food venues that Friedmann will oversee include Margaret’s, a farm-to-table restaurant featuring an open kitchen and 30-seat bar; Vincent’s, an outdoor lounge on the hotel’s 11th floor with gorgeous views of the surrounding Dallas Arts District; and 800 North, a coffee-to-cocktails concept located in the lobby.
According to a media release, Friedmann is a Chicago-born chef with “a passion for seasonality and locality, using inspiration from travels and influential personal moments to develop his eclectic culinary tastes.” He has held positions at hotels across the United States ranging from boutiques to 1,700-room properties. Friedmann was featured on NBC’s Texas Today
and was named the Rising Star Chef at the 2022 CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards.
“I’m excited to make the transition to Margaret’s and bring my farm-to-table style to a new venue,” Friedmann says of his appointment. “Working with the JW Marriott brand and its commitment to whole body wellness aligns with my style as a chef and I can’t wait to get started, working with an array of fresh foods and the spectacular and soothing environment of the hotel.”
Friedmann brings over a decade of experience to the first JW Marriott hotel in Dallas, having trained at the Culinary Institute of America and Johnson & Wales.
“My vision for Margaret’s menu includes modern takes on Texas favorites with a focus on experience and seasonal ingredients that make Texas cuisine unique,” Friedmann says. “We want to impress every guest with dishes that are visually compelling, nourishing, and offer tastes to remember.”
Friedmann will also oversee the development of menus for banquet and catering services offered in the hotel’s 10 meeting rooms, offering a total of 22,200 square feet of flexible event space. These menus will offer customized options for small to large catering events and meet all dietary restrictions that guests and event planners may require.
The 23-floor, 267-room JW Marriott Dallas Arts District will feature meeting and conference areas, ballrooms; a state-of-the-art fitness center; a mid-air pool and deck with 40-foot ceilings, cabanas, and outdoor event space offering prime views of the downtown area and beyond. The hotel is in the Arts District, near many of Dallas’ best museums and fine arts performance venues.