Chris Southwick, chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is cooking up a new banquet menu that expresses his creativity and individuality. Not only does his menu incorporate delicious pasta dishes, family-style meals and his special house-made mozzarella, but he also his innovative dessert options too. Southwick and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas are optimizing its group dining through their new Meetings of the Senses program.
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Garrett Kaneshiro was recently hired as the director of food and beverage for the Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas.
AEG and PRISA Group have partnered with AEG Facilities to develop, manage and operate a new 6,000-seat concert and entertainment venue in San Jose, Puerto Rico; it is set to open in early 2019.
The 105,000-square foot facility will have the capacity to host a variety of functions, including events, concerts, banquets, festivals, award ceremonies and corporate events.
IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.
The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.
Hyatt’s lifestyle hotel brand added a new hotel in the heart of New York City: Hyatt Centric Times Square New York; the new hotel made its debut in late October. Previously the Hyatt Times Square New York the hotel features 147 rooms and is a part of a group of Hyatt Centric lifestyle hotels that revolve around authenticity, simplicity and curiosity.
In October, Nevada’s General Assembly approved plans to renovate and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center. The LVCC hosts thousands of business events each year, like CES, the world’s largest innovation event, run by the Consumer Technology Association.
This expansion will keep Las Vegas a top destination for tradeshows and events, boost the economy, and help events such as CES grow. It will bring in more money for the economy, by providing more jobs and drawing more people to events.
In the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country, K’Syrah Catering & Events has recently opened its doors. Located in downtown Solvang in Santa Ynez Valley, K’Sarah’s event space is a great addition to the area.
With only two other event spaces in Solvang, K’Sarah will offer flexible spaces and a great atmosphere. The spaces can hold up to 150 people, and they’re looking to host everything from wedding events to corporate and conference events.
Co-founders Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein launched VERTS Mediterranean Grill in 2011 to bring fastcasual Mediterranean food to locations such as Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Now the restaurants will provide off-site catering at special events throughout Texas. Offerings include a full Mediterranean buffet for up to 200 people, as well as a boxed lunch for smaller working groups.
For a meeting snack that will fuel the brain, as well as the body, try VERTS pita chip spread.
The recently renovated Market House by D’Amico in the Minnesota History Center, just opened its doors on Sept. 20. Located near the entrance of the museum, the café features an updated design and a menu that focuses on fresh, local and healthy foods.
The Courtyard Minneapolis just opened its 5,200-square-foot East Town Ballroom. The venue can host receptions, weddings and other events in downtown Minneapolis. Featuring custom catering, a 10,000-square-foot pre-function space and a central, downtown location East Town aims to be one of Minneapolis’ top venues.
The hotel’s executive chef produces unexpected and custom day-of catering options for events. The Courtyard Minneapolis has won a Couple’s Choice award two years in a row.