Tennessee’s Largest Waterpark Chooses Clear Sky Software to Better Manage F&B Inventory
Clear Sky Software | May 18, 2016
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – May 18, 2016 – Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that Wilderness at the Smokies has installed the company's food & beverage inventory control system to help manage and track all food & beverage products. Wilderness at the Smokies, the largest waterpark/family resort in Tennessee, selected Clear Sky Software and has been busy taking advantage of the features of this industry-leading F&B inventory system. Called Clear Sky FOOD & BEVERAGE, this is a comprehensive, perpetual inventory system that tracks and controls all F&B products. Functions include purchasing/orderi...
Clear Sky Software Controls Beverage Inventory in Music City
Clear Sky Software | May 10, 2016
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – May 10, 2016 – Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee has installed Clear Sky's beverage inventory management software. This exciting downtown hotel in the heart of Music City selected Clear Sky Software to help control all beer, liquor and wine inventory. Called Clear Sky BEVERAGE, this system is a comprehensive, perpetual inventory system that tracks and controls all beverage products. Functions include purchasing, receiving, outlet transfers/issues/returns and physical inventory. Other features allow management to report produ...
Clear Sky Software’s Beverage Inventory System Implemented in the Heart of California’s Wine Country
Clear Sky Software | May 5, 2016
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – May 5, 2016 – Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that the company's beverage inventory system has been implemented at a resort in the heart of California's wine country. The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa has selected Clear Sky Software as its vendor for controlling all beverage inventory. This Sonoma resort selected Clear Sky' beverage inventory control solution called Clear Sky BEVERAGE. This system is a comprehensive, perpetual inventory system that tracks and controls all beverage products and especially the resort's expected and vast wine selection. Software modules ...
IACC Names Canadian and Australian Chefs Winners of Global Copper Skillet Competition
IACC | April 29, 2016
LONDON—April 2016 – Six chefs from IACC Americas, Australia Asia Pacific and European member venues competed for the Global Copper Skillet at Convene Midtown East on Tuesday, April 19. The event served as the final stage in a three-part competition. Canadian and Australian chefs were named as the Global Copper Skillet winners during the IACC-Americas Awards Banquet the following day, and took home the coveted Copper Skillet award. Barrington Graham, first cook at St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada, took the Senior Category Copper Skillet for his winning dish of a five-spice maple glazed duck breast and ...
Everyone Eats in Five Maxims
Larry Mogelonsky | April 27, 2016
By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.lma.ca) "Everyone eats!" is the banner I so readily employ to draw attention to the importance of having a stellar F&B program. Some golf, some attend meetings, and most of us only get married less than five times. But everyone eats; even anthropomorphic robots need gasoline, fresh lithium batteries or some groovy infrared sun rays to recharge their photovoltaic cells. "Everyone eats" is also the impetus for me to constantly seek out the best and brightest in this department so that we might all improve our operations. And one crucial position to this end is the Executive Chef. Fairmont Le...
Tourism Tidbits: Food as a Tourism Marketing Agent
Dr. Peter Tarlow | April 4, 2016
by Dr. Peter Tarlow There is little doubt that food is a major part of the tourism experience. If tourism is about seeing new sights and having new and unique experiences then the culinary world is a major part of the tourism experience. Because eating is an essential part of living, food or culinary tourism has a broad base of appeal. In fact, often when visitors return home, one of the first questions that people ask is 'how is the food?" The interaction between tourism and food is often called culinary tourism. In reality this is a broad term that often means different things to different people. Often scholars define culinary touris...
Six Hotels and One Commercial Laundry Each Save More than 1 Million Gallons of Water with the Xeros Laundry System
Xeros Cleaning | April 4, 2016
Introducing the Xeros Million Gallon Club Manchester, NH – April 4, 2016 – Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced today that several hotels and commercial laundries have joined the Xeros Million Gallon Club by each saving more than one million gallons of water using Xeros' award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry system. The patented, award-winning system delivers superior cleaning performance while using 80% less water, up to 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent than traditional systems. In addition to significant operational savings, the advanced technology has also proven ...
Xeros Extends Hotel Linen Life with Xeros Sbeadycare XTEND Laundry System
Xeros Cleaning | April 4, 2016
Xeros combines digital and polymer technologies into a proven new add-on offering of Xeros Sbeadycare to maximize the life of hotel linens Manchester, NH & Sheffield, UK – April 4, 2016 – Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced today Xeros Sbeadycare XTEND, a new commercial laundry linen management solution for hotels that has been proven to extend the life of linens and in turn, lowers linen replacement costs as compared with traditional aqueous based washing. Sbeadycare XTEND is a first of its kind product for the laundry industry combining physical and digital technologies into a comprehen...
Reducing Utility Costs in Your Food & Beverage Department
Kevin A. Goldstein | March 14, 2016
By Kevin A. Goldstein and Sonia Vasquez, Mar 14, 2016 HVS conducts numerous walkthroughs of hotel F&B operations each year. In almost every full service property, we find opportunities to significantly decrease utility costs through a combination of operating enhancements and capital projects. This article summarizes some of the more common F&B utility efficiency opportunities that we routinely identify and address at our clients' properties. Where to Start? We think it is important to begin by understanding the relationship between ownership and management. For example, is the restaurant or banquet department operated by the ho...
IACC-Americas Chapter Names Finalists to Advance to Global Competition
IACC | March 8, 2016
Chicago, IL, March 8, 2016 – Four chefs from International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) Canadian- and U.S.-member properties competed for the IACC-Americas Chapter Copper Skillet at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel on Friday, February 26. This competition was stage two in the culinary competition, where two junior and two senior chefs from Canada and the United States competed to represent the Americas' spots at the IACC Global Copper Skillet Final at the IACC-Americas Connect conference this April in New York City. US Chef Austin Klug, restaurant line chef from the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center took ...
West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center Offers Insight into Food and Beverage Trends for 2016
West Belmont Place at The National | March 3, 2016
LEESBURG, Va., March 3, 2016 – As one of the largest event venues in the nation, West Belmont Place at The National in Leesburg, Va. has hosted thousands of events in recent years. John Walsh, director of food and beverage at West Belmont Place and The National Conference Center, has extensive experience. Here are some trends that Walsh is seeing in 2016: Fresh-and-local continues to be highly sought after. "It may sound overused but the public wants fresh, local food. Our guests are delighted to learn that they're not only getting healthy food but they're also supporting local farms," said Walsh. Healthy, simple, good food is a...
Xeros Signs Million-Dollar-Deal with eLaundry.com to Bring Eco-Friendly Near-Waterless Laundry Services to New York City
Xeros Cleaning | February 22, 2016
Xeros systems will power eLaundry to deliver a better cleaning performance to their commercial and consumer customer base while using 80% less water, 50% less energy and 50% less chemicals Manchester, NH – February 22, 2016 – Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced today that it has signed a deal with New York City-based eLaundry.com in excess of a million dollars for Xeros' award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry systems which are proven to dramatically reduce water, energy, and detergent consumption while providing a gentler and superior clean. To promote the new Xeros laundry services, eLa...
Seven Steps to Food Cost Control
Kirby D. Payne | February 16, 2016
By Kirby D. Payne, Feb 16, 2016 Former FSU hotel school Professor Dukas' Seven Steps to Food Cost Control from his book, "How to Operate a Restaurant" provides a concise list of things to think about to effectively manage food cost. After I returned from Viet Nam in 1971 I completed my senior year of college at the hotel school of Florida State University. The Chair of the department was Peter Dukas who taught a class on food & beverage management which used a text book he had authored called, "How To Operate A Restaurant". Long ago, I loaned the book out and never got it back so I can't quote him exactly. Pr...
Gourmet Hot Chocolate – A Marketing Boon
Larry Mogelonsky | February 10, 2016
By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.lma.ca) The harsh cold winds and blizzards demand a hot F&B counterattack. Soup is a good start. But what about beverages? To me, nothing solves the challenge of delivering immediate warmth better than a hot chocolate beverage. Too many restaurants consider hot chocolate to be nothing more than a powdery mix from a pouch, perhaps adding milk instead of hot water. These are probably the same folks who take a generic tea bag and serve it to you with a metal pot of tepid water. As is the way most any other food product, quality goes a long way. Remember the way your mom or grandma used to make hot...
Xeros Signs Million Dollar Deal With eLaundry.com to Bring Near-Waterless Laundry Services to NYC
Xeros Cleaning | February 9, 2016
Xeros Systems Will Power eLaundry to Deliver a Better Cleaning Performance to Their Commercial and Consumer Customer Base While Using 80% Less Water, 50% Less Energy and 50% Less Chemicals MANCHESTER, NH--( Feb 9, 2016) - Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced today that it has signed a deal with New York City-based eLaundry.com in excess of a million dollars for Xeros' award-winning polymer bead cleaning laundry systems which are proven to dramatically reduce water, energy, and detergent consumption while providing a gentler and superior clean. To promote the new Xeros laundry services, eLaundry.com wi...
IACC-Americas Names Two Canadian Chefs “Copper Skillet Champions”
IACC | January 27, 2016
(CHICAGO, IL) – January 2016 – Seven chefs from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)-member properties across Canada gathered to compete for the coveted Canadian Copper Skillet at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning in Toronto, where the winners edged one step closer to the International Copper Skillet global final in April. Chef Alexsandra Lalonde, pastry chef from St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, took the Junior Category Canadian Copper Skillet for her winning dish of spiced citrus panko crusted pork loin, pan-seared Cornish hen with a wild rice medley of carrots, yellow and g...
Hotels: Improve Guest Comfort While Cutting Operational Costs
Xeros | January 20, 2016
By David Kaupp, Xeros Successfully managing a hotel has its challenges. Keeping guests happy and staff motivated is no easy feat. And even if you are effective at both of those tasks, you must be able to measure and monitor expenses and take action to reduce hotel operations costs where appropriate. But reducing costs can never be at the expense of quality and service. Guest comfort and experience is paramount to every decision regarding costs. Marketing: Digital and social media are low cost ways to get your hotel's name out to your target markets. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TripAdvisor can give you exposure to local, national, ...
Think F&B for 2016: Ten Thoughts To Consider
Larry Mogelonsky | January 20, 2016
By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.lma.ca) "Everyone eats!" is the motto I cite far too often to express the importance of having stellar F&B operations, both in terms of service delivery as well as the ingenuity of your cuisine. Fine these days does not cut it anymore, and unless you are constantly attempting to improve your operations, you run the risk of instilling complacency and a tired brand perception. With new restaurants opening daily with fresh menus and concepts sourced from across the world, your job as a manager and restaurateur is only getting harder. Here's what I've learned from my travels in the past quarter whi...
Independent Review Shows Substantial Savings for Commercial Laundries Using Xeros Technology
Xeros Cleaning | December 7, 2015
Xeros has the most effective recovery process ever reviewed by LTC December 7, 2015 | – A review of Xeros polymer bead cleaning technology undertaken by independent laundry industry experts LTC, has demonstrated substantial financial savings for commercial laundries. The review compared conventional laundry processes with the innovative Xeros polymer bead cleaning technology for reclaim, where polymer beads are used in the washing process with water, to remove ingrained staining, mould, mildew and some black marks. Comparing the linen recovery rate (the percentage of stained linen that can be washed and put back into stock) of Xer...
Bartech’s BarTouch Maximizes Manual Minibar Management Efficiency at W South Beach
Bartech | December 1, 2015
Luxury boutique Miami property streamlines tracking of guest minibar consumption and enhances staff efficiency Miami — December 1, 2015 — The W South Beach, an ultrachic Miami beachfront hotel has enhanced and streamlined its manual guestroom minibar operation by implementing BarTouch, the hospitality industry's leading solution for manual minibar management. Developed by Bartech, a world leader in profit-generating automatic minibar solutions for the hospitality industry, the web-based application is the first of its kind and functions by providing properties such as the W South Beach with the ability to efficiently track ...
Kimpton Hotels & Resorts Shares Second Annual Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast for 2016
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants | November 19, 2015
From Tartare and Cauliflower to Gin and Botanicals - 2016's Hottest Dining and Drinking Trends Identified by Leading Chefs and Bartenders from Kimpton's 70+ Restaurants and Bars across the Country SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2015 -- Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants' 2016 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast, released today, uncovers what's hot and what's up and coming in the restaurant and bar world. Highlights include tartare, ancient grains, plant-based entreés, and open-fire roasting are rising in popularity among diners, while at the bar, gin, bourbon, rosé, and classic cocktails promise to be the dr...
Energy Savings Often Overlooked When Buying Commercial Laundry Equipment
Xeros Cleaning | November 18, 2015
By David Kaupp, Xeros All our actions have a direct and indirect impact on climate change. Both consumers and businesses are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint and one of the resulting benefits is reduced energy costs. Energy conservation is a win-win for everyone. Consumers are turning to technology to help monitor and save on utility savings. According to this article in Clean Technica, a new report by Navigant Research on the residential energy app market found that residential customers are more and more turning to energy-focused apps to make better use of their household energy usage. Apps provided by utilities, as we...
Clear Sky Software’s F&B Inventory System Installed at Another Washington DC Area Hotel
Clear Sky Software | November 11, 2015
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – November 11, 2015 – Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that The Washington Dulles Airport Marriott has implemented the company's food & beverage inventory control system to help manage and track all food & beverage products. This busy hotel near the Dulles International Airport, chose Clear Sky Software and has been busy taking advantage of the features of this industry-leading F&B inventory system. Called Clear Sky FOOD & BEVERAGE, this is a comprehensive, perpetual inventory system that tracks and controls all F&B products. Functions include purchasing/ordering, r...
Why Hotel’s Laundry Services are Responsible for High Utility Costs
Xeros Cleaning | October 28, 2015
For hotels that use in-house laundry services to provide their guests with clean linens and bath towels, high utility costs are often a fact of life. The question for many hotel owners and managers is, "why are my hotel's laundry services responsible for such high utility costs?" The Root of the Problem The short answer is that your high utility costs may be the fault of your washing machines. Traditional washing machines get fabrics clean by utilizing a combination of copious amounts of hot water, strong chemicals, and rough agitation – and a great deal of fabric-rotting soaking in increasingly soiled water. Heating the water tak...
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