• Meeting Munchies: A New Local Twist on Catering 

    Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Celebrates the City’s Diverse Dining Scene

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     
  • Meeting Munchies: A New Local Twist on Catering 

    Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Celebrates the City’s Diverse Dining Scene

     
    POSTED July 25, 2019
     

San Diego is a city of neighborhoods, each with a distinct culinary profile. Now, in a new catering initiative for meetings and events, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina has introduced “Neighborhood,” custom, chefcrafted menus, complemented by theme and décor, that take attendees on an immersive gastronomic tour of the city, all from the hotel’s Marina Terrace, which overlooks the marina and San Diego Bay. 

Neighborhood includes:

» Little Italy—Ciao Bella! One of San Diego’s hottest downtown neighborhoods, Little Italy, comes alive through handcrafted pastas, housemade sauces, freshly baked bread and, of course, custom gelato!

» Point Loma—Reflective of the rugged peninsula on which it’s built, Point Loma boasts coastal cuisine with a strong seaside influence, inspiring a menu of sustainable seafood offerings.

» Barrio Logan—An emerging, energetic neighborhood with a Mexican influence, the Barrio Logan menu brings a Cali-Baja vibe and cross-border immersion with foodie favorites, including ceviche, tostadas, and San Diego’s famous fish tacos.

» East Village/ Ballpark—Proudly representing the San Diego Padres and their home stadium, Petco Park, the East Village menu offers a real home run with a Taste of the Ballpark, including gourmet hot dogs, salted pretzels, homemade chili, cracker jacks and more.

» Beach Communities—Inspired by the casual and carefree beach communities of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach, this menu keeps it cool with elevated “bar bites” and local favorites to chow down on, including wings, sliders and over-the-top nachos.

» North Park—The trendy and urban community of North Park is represented through a menu that offers locally brewed craft beer and a hard kombucha bar, antipasto, vegan specialties, and create-your-own artisan pizza station.

» La Jolla—Breathtaking views and a dramatic shoreline earn this community the title of “jewel of San Diego.” The La Jolla menu draws inspiration from the picture perfect beach picnic. Offerings include gourmet sandwiches, housemade potato chips, fresh fruit, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses.

» Gaslamp Quarter—Swimming in a lively bar and nightclub scene, the buzzing Gaslamp Quarter menu slings specialty craft cocktails, mixology stations, and creative libations to really bring the party to life.

Tim Herrmann, general manager of the 1,360-room hotel (which has over 136,000 square feet of meeting space) says, “The Neighborhood gives planners power to design a one-of-a-kind experience of San Diego’s culinary culture. As the city’s leading destination for meetings and events, we believe in weaving the ease of our state-of-the-art property with San Diego’s vibrant gastronomic landscape to fully immerse guests in our city’s sights, sounds and flavors.”

Whether it’s the sheen of the snow-covered mountain slope in the background or the lush forest surrounding a two-story, floor-to-ceiling window spread, art is simply more sublime in mountain towns.
 
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen, Colorado 
Square Footage: 33,000 
Capacity: 250 reception/150 banquet
Art Experience: The rotating exhibitions—from whimsical to classical—in the modern space feature photography, painting, sculpture and more.

 

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After continually hearing that meeting planners were looking to infuse more health, wellness and sustainability into their agendas, Hilton Hotels & Resorts created Meet with Purpose in 2015. As it has evolved, the turnkey program—and its focus on Mindful Eating, Mindful Meeting and Mindful Being—has been increasingly customized to reflect each hotel and each meeting.