Aphrodisiac Elixirs Set the Valentine Mood at Chicago’s Kinzie Hotel

The general premise for hotels around Valentine's Day is that guests make whoopie, you make money. If all goes according to plan, that is, and...

F&B-Filled Holiday Packages at The Edgewater

The Edgewater--a Noble House Hotel in Seattle, Washington, and the only hotel in the city with unobstructed views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains--is inviting...

My New Year’s Resolution Request

While I don’t know what the future holds for the hospitality industry, I do know that an introspective glance back never hurts as you make plans and promises for the coming year. I grew up at a time when in grade school we practiced crawling under our desks as a preventative measure against a nuclear war. My parents cried for joy when I was vaccinated against Polio. I came of age with 8-track tapes and still enjoy Zagnut candy bars. If it doesn’t test your mettle to hear from someone who has crested fifty years in life, read on!

Headaches and Heartaches of a Grand Opening

Some of the best-laid plans, even at a five-star resort hotel, can go awry - particularly during grand openings. Even a modified contract for F&B services did not clearly stipulate the who, what, where and when of the specificities involved for our event. No matter whether fault was found with the service provider or with the client, mutuality of owning the problem seems to be the more relevant solution when dealing with such experiences - and everyone becomes more vigilant on future arrangements.

Equal Opportunity

As more states make same-sex unions legal, giving marriage equality, many businesses with a stake in weddings are looking to the segment as a...

Holiday Promotions: Candy Cravings

Chicago's Hotel Palomar boutique property has lined up a festive partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar for the fall and holiday season, offering four interesting...

Happy Holidays: Go Rogue

"Help me F&B director; you're my only hope..." On Christmas Day, here's a quick glance back at the interstellar sensation the Sheraton Seattle Hotel created last...

Southern Smoke and Helping Hands

I had the good fortune to attend the Southern Smoke fundraiser for multiple sclerosis last night in Houston, which was an idea hatched by...