• The Alfond Inn at Rollins Earns Culinary Recognition

    POSTED May 30, 2019

Hamilton’s Kitchen, the restaurant at The Alfond Inn at Rollins, has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel and Wine Spectator. The luxury boutique hotel proudly accepts these awards as it prepares for the summer season with a new wine-by-the-glass system and fresh menu additions. 

For the second year in a row, Hamilton’s Kitchen is honored with Reader’s Choice Best Hotel Restaurant from the 2019 Orlando Sentinel. Located in historic Winter Park, Florida, Chef Stephen Doyle’s Floridian flavors are a hit with the guests at Hamilton’s Kitchen. The summer menu features unique dishes such as Florida shrimp and grits and prosciutto crusted black grouper. 

Recently named food and beverage manager, Wesley De Souza plans to use his experience in event planning and catering services to maintain Hamilton’s popular reputation. 

Another notable member of the Hamilton’s Kitchen team, David Penninsi, guided the restaurant to receive its first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2018. As an advanced sommelier with the Court of Sommeliers, Penninsi has more than 20 years in the wine industry. Though the eatery’s West Coast pinot noirs and cabernet sauvignons are highlighted, Hamilton’s Kitchen has a considerable wine list that brings together the old and the new. 

To elevate Hamilton’s Kitchen’s award-winning wine selection, the hotel has installed Plum wine-by-the-glass dispensers in all 112 guest rooms as well as in the lounge. Theses appliances make it easy for guests to enjoy their wine with preservation technology and cloud software for tracking and billing. 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  


Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:


In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.