No, CANVAS is not another hotel restaurant. CANVAS apparently is a venue where aspiring chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to the Marriott Hotel group and then, if selected, get some start-up capital and see their ideas tested as a restaurant. It sounds like Restaurant Wars from Top Chef in real life, doesn't it?
Here's how the press release describes it:
By this Thursday, local start-up chefs can pitch their food or drink concept, and be selected to incubate their ideas at the Marriott Irvine hotel, receive up to $50,000 in startup money, and get professional advice from Marriott to realize their ambitions.The space is ready-to-build at the Irvine Marriott, and Marriott's expert team of designers will work with start-up Chefs to help realize a space that supports their vision. Marriott will test their restaurant chops and get the Chef's idea off the ground.
More info is at their website (http://www.canvas-startup.com/us/home) and there's this video.
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.