• Ritz-Carlton Dallas Turns Group Dining into Entertainment

     
    POSTED December 22, 2016
     

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.

“People like to be involved in what they’re eating, and they like to be proactive participants in a meal,” says Southwick. “This can be particularly meaningful in a meeting and event setting, when dining can be a diversion that equates to shared fun and to delighting the senses. It’s all about creating a relationship between the diner, his or her colleagues, and their communal senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound.”

Not only can guests enjoy Southwick’s dishes at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, but the hotel’s chef also provides take-home menus and recipe cards. You can now craft these dishes right from your kitchen. Southwick and team also provide a little education on which ingredients guests or groups are enjoying. Southwick adds, “Our guests care about where their food comes from, and they want to learn everything they can about each meal they are experiencing. As chefs, we are thrilled to see this passion and interest among group travelers. We love every single minute of this new catering experience.”

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.

 

Even during a worldwide pandemic, the hospitality industry is working to make people feel at ease. Though many hotels can only open their doors to health care workers and first responders, they’re reaching out to their local communities with bright messages in clever, socially-distanced ways. Through the heart-shaped lighting of windows at night, hotels are serving as beacons of hope in cities across the country. 

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.