culinary

Bubbles and Plant-Based Cuisine in Venice, Courtesy of Matthew Kenney & Moët

May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Introduces Locally Inspired Themed Menus

Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center is offering new menus that offer an experience of the local flavors of Illinois. They offer a range of menus including: Sweet Home Chicago, Illinois Farm Table, Nuts on Clark, North vs. South and 1893 (Chicago’s World Fair.)

Each menu showcases a different aspect of Chicago’s legendary culinary scene. From sweets to farm-to-table, there is an option for everyone.

For more information, visit lemeridienoakbrook.com.

Meet Richard Blankenship

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 brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

 Richard Blankenship was recently hired as the executive chef for Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as executive chef at Omni Frisco Hotel?

Cheers! McCormick Place Now Has Its Own Branded Beer

Hello readers, The craft beer movement is moving into McCormick Place. North America’s largest convention center is now also the first in the country to have its own branded beer using hops grown on the building’s rooftop. McCormick Place Everyday Ale made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12. It’s described as a “refreshing Session Ale with a light malt backbone and hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Cascade hops.” The brew is an example of SAVOR…Chicago’s commitment to providing culinary excellence to the convention center since taking over operations in 2011.

Meet Cheryl Shirley

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 brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Cheryl Shirley was recently hired as the new director of catering at AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the director of catering at AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center?

Gettysburg Reporting High Tourism Numbers

The number of overnight stays in Adams County, Pa., through October, is more than 4.1 percent higher than the same timeframe in 2014, according to the Smith Travel Research report which measures hotel occupancy, average daily rates and revenue generated through participating lodging properties.

Meet Doug Bennett

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 brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Doug Bennett was recently hired as the senior vice president, content development for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lessons from Helen Mirren (Well, Kinda) on Planning a Group Dinner

I just came back from a screening of the delicious Hundred-Foot Journey, the Helen Mirren movie that opens later this month, about the rivalry between two restaurants in a small village in the South of France. Mirren is the icy proprietress of a decades-old, Michelin-starred classical French restaurant; across the road the boisterous Kadam family is opening a traditional Indian spot featuring the vivid cuisine—and lively music--of their native Mumbai.

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