• 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.”

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.