I’ve been spending a lot of time experimenting with sea salt lately. Grilling fish with Meyer-lemon infused salt, adding a pinch of rosemary salt to pinto beans, making a vinaigrette with a smoked sea salt, sprinkling fruit or popcorn with dashes of this or that. A few weeks ago I took the Sea Salt Workshop at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Held the first Saturday of every month, at a cost of $70 per person, the workshops are led by the resort’s chefs.
Have an event on the horizon? Then it may be time to check out your catering and event planning options. Although I’ll periodically introduce you to caterers and event planners in other Texas regions, this particular post is focused on Austin.
Top of the Tower has officially changed their name to Sky Philadelphia. While the name’s new, their great food, friendly staff and fabulous views remain the same. They have been a private events venue for 23 years!
In March 2015, they opened Sky Brunch to the public and in June 2016, they opened Sky Garten—the only high-up open-air observation deck in the city—operated in partnership with the famed German restaurant, Brauhaus Schmitz.
AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, located in Bonita Springs, Fla., not only boasts 85,000 square feet of event space, but they also just added an outdoor event and venue: The Lazy River with water slides. Providing guests with a leisurely outdoor activity, the Lazy River and water slides allow attendees to get some sun and relax, and is especially well-suited for those traveling with their families.
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is starting their multi-year renovation of the entire property. It will include a complete refurbishment and modernization of its 80 guest rooms. While the rooms are renovated, their offering special rates through April 2017.
“If you haven’t stayed in one of the homes in The Galena Territory, they’re a great base for all the activities we have going on this winter,” says Thomas Ruhs, general manager. “Cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating on the pond are just a few of the things you can do including golf since the weather has been warmer."
Joie de Vivre Hotels announced new personnel appointments at Hotel Becket, the brand’s new property, which opened in South Lake Tahoe. The property named Gregg Harper general manager, while Kate Brown and Warren Martineau will lead the sales and marketing team.
Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality has acquired the management of The Heathman Hotel. Located in Kirkland, Wash., the independent hotel and Trellis Restaurant join Columbia Hospitality’s growing portfolio of award-winning properties.
SportsEvents Media Group—a publication that helps sports event planners manager U.S. competitions—has named Seattle Southside Tourism Authority as a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Winner.
“SportsEvents readers came out in force to nominate and then to vote for their favorite sports events destinations and the host organizations that represent them,” says John Rezell, executive director, SportsEvents. “Our team is proud to honor the nominees that received the most votes with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award.”
More winners will be revealed in SportsEvents January 2017 issue.
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 email@example.com.
Mary German was recently hired as the COO for Arlington CVB in Texas.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as COO of Arlington CVB?