culinary

Bubbles and Plant-Based Cuisine in Venice, Courtesy of Matthew Kenney & Moët

May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.

Fairmont Pittsburgh Attracts Jean-Paul Lourdes to Lead New Restaurant Concept

Fairmont Pittsburgh announced its  soon-to-be revealed restaurant concept, which will replace Habitat and open in late September.

Jean-Paul Lourdes, executive chef and newest member to the Fairmont Pittsburgh team will lead the restaurant.

“We are very excited to welcome Jean-Paul. His background is immensely impressive and we are fortunate to have his talent to lead the culinary direction of our new restaurant,” says Matthew Sterne, general manager.

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Introduces Locally Inspired Themed Menus

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.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Launches ‘Omni Originals’

Omni Hotels & Resorts have launched a new culinary and cocktail program called “Omni Originals.” Participating properties will serve themed food and beverages every quarter that show the brand’s regional talent and keeps up with ever-changing trends.

The first promotion, “Sensational Soups,” will last the entire month of February and showcase the variety of regionally-inspired homemade soups. Omni guests at participating hotels will get a complimentary taste of the featured soup.

Meet Richard Blankenship

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

 Richard Blankenship was recently hired as the executive chef for Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as executive chef at Omni Frisco Hotel?

New Leaders Appointed At Omni Berkshire Place

Omni Berkshire Place, located in midtown Manhattan, has named additions to its culinary leadership team. These include Douglas Solic, director of food and beverage, and Paul Fazio, executive chef. Both will work on financial, managerial and operational aspects of the hotel's culinary sector.

Solis has 20 years of experience in the New York City food and hospitality industry. After graduating from New York Restaurant School with honors, Solis has held positions at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, New York Marriott Marquis, Rock Center Café, Gramercy Tavern and more.

Foodee Moves into the Minneapolis Culinary Scene

New to the B2B food concierge scene in Minneapolis is Foodee, a corporate meal delivery service bringing food from local favorites straight to the boardroom. Foodee makes it easy for companies to order from top local restaurants by offering a large variety of carefully curated menus through its online ordering platform.

Meet Cheryl Shirley

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Cheryl Shirley was recently hired as the new director of catering at AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the director of catering at AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center?

Tutka Bay Lodge Introduced New Culinary Package in Homer, Alaska

Groups traveling to Alaska’s Tutka Bay Lodge can join award-winning chefs (and mother-daughter team) Kirsten and Mandy Dixon for a culinary-specific package that delves into the history and technique of Alaska cuisine. As part of the package, guests will forage for wild edibles and visit a Kachemak Bay oyster farm. The package includes transportation to and from Homer, all lodging, amenities, cooking classes at Tutka Bay Lodge and a Tutka Bay Lodge cookbook.

Gettysburg Reporting High Tourism Numbers

The number of overnight stays in Adams County, Pa., through October, is more than 4.1 percent higher than the same timeframe in 2014, according to the Smith Travel Research report which measures hotel occupancy, average daily rates and revenue generated through participating lodging properties.

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