True Food Kitchen Chicago, a health-driven restaurant co-founded by restaurateur Sam Fox and integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, opened in Chicago’s River North neighborhood in November with a menu rooted in anti-inflammatory foods and seasonal dishes. Each has simple preparation with recognizable, nutrient-rich ingredients that support health and well-being—which is becoming more and more important in meetings and events with the increase in health-conscious attendees.
A few of our favorite things about the new Kimpton hotel.
Chicago is still enjoying the historic, 108-years-in-the-making win by the Cubs who became the World Series champions last October. To celebrate, there are few places better than the Chicago Sports Museum, located inside Water Tower Place, which has some of the most impressive artifacts from the city’s many teams.
Omni Hotels & Resorts has appointed top leadership positions for the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta. Ramon Reyes will be the general manager and Jennifer Mayo will serve as director of sales and marketing.
Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center is offering new menus that offer an experience of the local flavors of Illinois. They offer a range of menus including: Sweet Home Chicago, Illinois Farm Table, Nuts on Clark, North vs. South and 1893 (Chicago’s World Fair.)
Each menu showcases a different aspect of Chicago’s legendary culinary scene. From sweets to farm-to-table, there is an option for everyone.
For more information, visit lemeridienoakbrook.com.
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Chef Josh Bettis was recently hired as the executive chef for Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colo.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as executive chef for Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa?
AlliedPRA has acquired one of the leading destination management firms, Destination Services Corporation This move will further expand AlliedPRA’s reach within the marketplace.
AlliedPRA generates more than $100 million in revenue between its 29 locations. This acquisition will allow them to hold the number one position in the market. DSC founder and president, Kathy Fort Carty will continue to serve in her position as well as join the AlliedPRA Board of Directors.
Alpana Singh knew she wanted to be in the restaurant business since she was a little girl. Growing up in Monterey, California, her father was a professional chef, and her mother, a server. “Truth be told, I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s in my blood,” she says. At the age of 15, she was working in her first restaurant; by 23, she had remarkably landed a sommelier position at Chicago’s four-star gem Everest; and by 26, she became the youngest female to ever pass the Master Sommelier Exam.
Paul E. Cardona has been appointed the new general manager of Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center. He brings more than 22 years of hotel experience to his latest position.
“Paul’s experience working with luxury, world-class brands, such as the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt Chicago,” says Paul Wischermann, president and CEO, Wischermann Partners, Inc. “Makes him the perfect addition to our Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center team and has further solidified the hotel as one of the best in the Chicagoland area.”
Long gone are the days of PDF diagrams and floor plans laid out on Word documents. Now, in the age of 3-D printing and virtual reality goggles, event planning is more visual and tangible than ever—the way it was always meant to be.