May 21, 2019


    MUSCATINE, IA (MAY 21, 2019)— Muscatine native Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks unveils her all-new menu for Maxwell’s at the Merrill on Tuesday, May 28th focusing on simple ingredients and an eloquent dining experience that is tailored to fit the local palate.

    Chef Tessa began her culinary journey at age 16 in Muscatine and holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. With fourteen years of experience in the industry including Hy-Vee Muscatine and Geneva Golf & Country Club, she has developed a unique but approachable style that is sexy and wholesome.

    Complimenting Chef Tessa, is Sous Chef Ryan Caussé, also a Muscatine native with seven years of experience in the industry and coming from a Country Club background. He is down-to-earth, approachable, and brings a fun edge to the sophisticated menu.

    Ryan is a cyclist and avid outdoorsman and combined with Tessa’s love for adventure and nature, the two bring a passion for finding a place in the menu for locally sourced ingredients and farmer’s market produce. Chef Tessa’s aim is to bring no-nonsense cuisine to Muscatine. The new menu at Maxwell’s at the Merrill will push towards Modern American fare that maintains a price point that patrons have come to know and appreciate.

    The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center opened in March of 2018 and was named after life-long resident and business leader, Stanley Merrill Howe. Howe helped build HON Industries, a locally-based, global leader in the manufacturing of office furniture and hearth products.

    Maxwell’s restaurant within The Merrill Hotel was name after Maxwell Stanley, the Boy Scout leader of Stanley Howe. Maxwell taught Stanley Howe discipline and responsibility through his mentoring while solidifying Howe’s fortitude and perseverance.

    From Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks, the new Maxwell's at the Merrill menu is poised to please. With an emphasis on fresh, local and sustainable fare, the new menu will showcase the finest in Muscatine dining in the heart of downtown. Sweeping Mississippi river views compliment breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour.

    Maxwell’s is located in The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Muscatine, IA. They are open for Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Bar Menu 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. They also offer Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To learn more about Maxwell’s, please visit https://www.themerrill.com/maxwells-menus.htm.

    About The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center

    The beautiful and well-appointed Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is situated adjacent to the city’s River Walk Park, in the heart of downtown Muscatine, Iowa. The only hotel in the state to offer both a AAA 4 Diamond rating and IACC accreditation, it offers travelers an expansive and sophisticated amenities collection and top-notch service in a distinctive and upscale environment. The hotel is just 25 minutes from the Quad City area, and 30 minutes from Quad City International Airport (MLI) in Moline, Illinois. For information on the hotel, call (563) 263-2600 or visit themerrill.com. The hotel is operated by Hostmark Hospitality Group and owned by Riverview Hotel Development LLC

    Cathie Lienen, Director of Sales & Marketing
    (563) 263-2600 x7935

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