Many organizations price bottled wine to meet specific cost percentage objectives. While it might be the easiest way to meet budget objectives, there are a number of problems with this approach. It used to be normal to double or triple the retail price of wine for restaurant menus.
When I attended the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels F&B Conference last year at their Eaglewood Resort & Spa near Chicago (where, coincidentally, I worked as a bar porter in the mid-1980s when the property was called Nordic Hills, but I digress...) innovative meetings and meeting breaks was one of the main topics discussed at that multi-day event. Benchmark's focus on meetings is still strong in 2017, reflected here in their top ten trends: Trend #1: The Outlook is Promising.
Le Méridien Chicago–Oakbrook Center, a Wishermann Partner’s property, is ambitious with its locally-inspired themed break menus. The hotel is nixing the typical bagels and coffee and is introducing unique menus, including Illinois Farm Table, Nuts of Clark and Sweet Home Chicago, all of which "will leave guests engaged, stimulated and curious," an announcement from the hotel states. Here's more about the breaks: Every meeting-goer will leave with a greater appreciation of the city with Sweet Home Chicago. Home to some of the biggest names in candy, like Tootsie Roll, Wrigley and Brach, Chicago is considered America’s Candy Capital. In reference to the
Still tweaking your Valentine F&B package? Don't be afraid to look around for inspiration. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is offering a prix fixe dinner for two at JWB Prime Steak & Seafood. which was recently named one of the best steakhouses in Miami by Thrillist. The casual-luxe restaurant named after James (Jimmy) William Buffett, has put together a three-course dinner: APPETIZER Pistachio Crusted Foie Gras Torchon Green Apple Pea Tendril, Pomegranate Reduction Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Curry Slaw, Mustard Aioli Tiger Shrimp Orzo Creamy Orzo, Goat Cheese, Cilantro & Parmesan Cheese House Cured Duck Pastrami Salad Endive, Argula & Frisse Tossed
Look around at what Valentine packages your competitors are offering. You can bet F&B is at the very heart of it. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s trendy Uptown neighborhood, Le Méridien Charlotte, is offering is Valentine’s Day-inspired Unlock Romance Package. Available for booking Friday, February 3 through Saturday, February 18, this package is "for couples looking for a memorable and romantic weekend escape." With package rates starting at $300, couples will enjoy a stay in a sleek guestroom overlooking the Charlotte skyline, a three-course prix-fixe dinner in Evoke, complimentary high-speed internet access and complimentary valet parking. Evoke "exudes the exquisite
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 many hotels do have nice plans. If you're a little creative, you could steal their hearts. In light of its third anniversary coinciding with Valentine’s Day, River North’s Kinzie Hotel has partnered with Chicago’s Femme du Coupe interactive mixology company to give guests a Valentine’s offering unlike anything else in the city. On Saturday, February 11 and again on Saturday, February 18th, lovebirds are invited to partake in the Valentine’s Love Potion Package (www.KinzieHotel.com/LovePotion). Couples will
Sea Urchin, or uni, a delicacy of the sea harvested off of the shores of Half Moon Bay and other California locales, has turned up in recent years on restaurant menus from New York to San Francisco. Its creamy, sensuous texture makes it a very versatile ingredient, prompting chefs to invent new and creative ways to incorporate this luxury ingredient into dishes. To celebrate the bounty of Half Moon Bay and pay tribute to this unique ocean delicacy, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay will host its first Half Moon Bay Sea Urchin Celebration on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The event will