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Celebrity Chef Philip Johnson Faces Discriminiation Claim Over Lack Of Wheelchair Access At E’cco Bistro

Celebrity Series of Boston trades candles for pianos for dynamic 75th season (Video)

Disability advocate Peter Yeo brought the claim against Mr Johnson because he claims he could not get into the upstairs dining room at award-winning inner-city E’cco Bistro in his wheelchair. Bistro One Eleven shuts up shop The problem initially arose after Mr Yeo was unable to join friends for a Christmas dinner two years ago and the case has gone from Anti-Discrimination Commission to a tribunal. Mr Johnson, who attended a directions hearing at Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal yesterday, last week announced he had chosen to close his other up-market eatery Bistro One Eleven . The restaurant opened a year ago in Eagle St in the city. Dining Shock Two of Brisbane’s most highly rated restaurants are closing their doors for good Mr Yeo, a former Australian Rules player who became a quadriplegic in 2002, wants E’cco Bistro to convert an existing goods lift to provide additional wheelchair access. The restaurant is in a building at 100 Boundary St, a former tea warehouse, owned by prominent architect Robert Riddel. “All restaurants and places where the public can attend functions should look after people with disabilities and in wheelchairs,” Mr Yeo said. It is claimed Mr Yeo, who runs spinal charity PointZero5, was told by the restaurant that the upstairs dining room could not accommodate people in wheelchairs. It is alleged the restaurant had offered to serve him food in a downstairs wheelchair-accessible bar area, but that was not acceptable to Mr Yeo. At the tribunal yesterday senior member Clare Endicott directed Mr Yeo’s lawyer to join the building owner as a respondent in the case, which she set down for a two-day hearing in March. Ms Endicott was told restaurants were currently facing “difficult trading conditions”. Mr Johnson’s lawyer told the tribunal the restaurateur leased the premises and was having discussions with the landlord about the complaint. Mr Yeo’s lawyer told the hearing it was up to the business owner, Mr Johnson, to ensure the premises were wheelchair accessible. Outside the tribunal Mr Johnson declined to comment, other than to say: “It’s not my building.” Mr Riddel, who is yet to formally respond to the complaint, also declined to comment. Mr Yeo also has brought a discrimination claim against Brisbane Polo Club alleging a lack of wheelchair access.

Instead they brought their joy to the streets with 75 pianos around Boston and Cambridge for the public to use as they wish through Monday, October 14. The Celebrity Series of Boston Kickoff party offered live performances and an impromptu music session on a couple of those artfully-designed pianos while a montage of the series greatest moments played on Saturday, October 5. Skillful musicians played and sang from a wide variety of music genres, anything from planned performances to a little piano improvisation. All were welcome to play. Guests enjoyed a selection of wine, a Ben and Jerrys ice cream bar, and delectable desserts from Davios . The reception took place inside the Galleria, 10 Saint James Street in Boston. The new season has begun and upcoming performances include acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang playing works by Stravinsky, Chopin, and Prokofiev on Friday, October 18 at New England Conservatorys Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. Returning mandolinist Chris Thile rounds out the weekend with sonatas, his own compositions, and his contemporary music on Sunday, October 20 at the Sanders Theatre at 7 p.m. Other live performances include the extensive, extraordinary works of composer Harold Arlen with What Makes it Great with Rob Kapilow Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen . The evening pays tribute to Harold Arlens Broadway and timeless songs such as Stormy Weather, Ive Got the World on A String and much more performed by singing trio Rob Kapilow , Rebecca Luker , and Michael Winther at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Visit www.celebrityseries.org for the wide range of performances in store for the 2013-2014 season!

Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship

Celebrity Cruises’ 71,545-ton Celebrity Century is by today’s standards a mid-sized classic but when introduced in 1995 as the Century, it was one of the world’s largest, most technically-advanced cruise ships.

Seating 45 guests, it has a homey ambiance well suited for cocktail parties and after dinner drinks. Peter Knego The 47-seat Martini Bar is adjacent to Michaels Club. 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. Here is a delicious herb-crusted merluzza with a tomato rice timbale, roasted zucchini and ratatouille vinaigrette. Peter Knego In addition to the Teen Center on Deck 12, the Celebrity Century has a fully-equipped playroom called the Fun Factory on aft Deck 4. Peter Knego At the top tier of the Celebrity Centurys accommodation, there are two 1,101-square-foot Penthouse Suites with a spacious living room that has its own entertainment center and a dining room with a wet bar. Peter Knego Penthouse Suites also feature a large bedroom with a king bed and a second entertainment center. Peter Knego Marble bathrooms in Penthouse Suites have a full tub with whirlpool jets, a separate shower and twin sinks. Peter Knego Penthouse Suites also have a walk-in closet and copious amounts of storage space. Peter Knego There is a small marble powder room near the entryway for Penthouse Suite visitors. Peter Knego Penthouse Suite balconies have plenty of space for deck chairs, al fresco dining and a second tub with whirlpool jets. Peter Knego Eight Royal Suites measure 537 square feet and feature comfortable living rooms with an entertainment center. Peter Knego Royal Suites also have a small dining area adjacent to the living room. Peter Knego Royal Suite bedrooms feature a second entertainment center and generous amounts of storage space. Peter Knego Royal Suites have marble bathrooms with whirlpool jet tub/showers and twin sinks. Peter Knego Royal Suite balconies have a dining area and lounge-chair seating. Peter Knego Fifty-six Sky Suites measure 246 square feet and feature a sitting area with sofabed and television with VCR. Peter Knego Sky Suite bathrooms are marble and feature a tub/shower combination with a large sink. Peter Knego Sky Suite balconies have a lounge chair in addition to a small dining table and chairs. Peter Knego Of the eight wheelchair-access staterooms on board the Celebrity Century, two are modified Sky Suites with wide doorways and a turning area. Peter Knego Wheelchair-access bathrooms have a 39.4-inch wide doorway and wheelchair-accessible showers. Peter Knego Wheelchair-access Sky Suites have even larger balconies with specially-fitted wheelchair ramps over the door sills. Peter Knego Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms are generally identical in layout but Cabin 1209 on aft/port Deck 12 is an unusual exception with its separate entryway and bedroom. Peter Knego Fullscreen Deluxe Oceanview With Veranda Staterooms measure 170 square feet and can be configured in a twin or queen set-up.

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