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.
Among the many festivals that take place in Orange County throughout the year, one of the most anticipated is the Newport Beach Film Festival. I made a quick trip down to The OC on April 20 for the opening night of the 18th annual event, which would go on to screen 590 films from 58 counties over 8 days. It was pure SoCal at its best.
Kindred Resorts & Hotels has revealed a number of new activities that span across North America. Some of these additions include romantic getaways, culinary adventures, wellness corporate retreats, and more.
Grand Hotel, located in Mackinac Island, Michigan will reopen on May 4 after completing its renovation. Renovations include three new suites, with interior design by Dorothy Draper & Company, and changes to the world’s longest porch at 660-feet. It will be open the first weekend in May through the end of October.
It’s difficult to imagine a more festive place than Fogo de Chão in Beverly Hills on a recent night when the Brazilian steakhouse unveiled their renovation and new bar menu to the press. Fogo de Chão, which has 47 locations in Brazil, Mexico and the United States (including another SoCal spot in downtown Los Angeles and outposts in San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose), serves fire-roasted meats in the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco.
Monterey County, known for its scenery and landscapes, will reveal a new Monterey Conference Center in 2017 that underwent a more than $60 million renovation.
But it wasn’t just the convention center that received a revamp other renovations and remodels took place in the region, giving visitors refreshed options in the area.
Rachel Strong, a member of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s group sales team, was named Hotel Site Experience Sales Person of the Year by the San Diego Tourism Authority. SDTA is a non-profit organization with the goal of presenting San Diego as a prime location for meetings and vacations. Strong received the honor at SDTA’s 2016 Sales and Marketing Workshop on Sept. 28 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina.
Furthering and sustaining the hospitality industry is dependent on the students working to get into the field today. Without them, the future is shaky.
To help these students gain the education they need to truly succeed, the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association and Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Foundation created a partnership to award scholarships for education in the hospitality industry and promote its value.
This partnership allows both organization to amp up energy, present enlightening educational sessions and provide vital networking opportunities.
Four years after it met in Philadelphia, Lightfair International will again convene at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017.
Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference; it first met in Philly in 2011. The event’s return signifies the effectiveness of the convention center’s new business model.