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Laura Weldon Appointed Director of Food & Beverage at Houston’s Hotel Icon

Hotel ICON | August 4, 2014

Laura Weldon has accepted the position of Director of Food & Beverage at Houston's Hotel ICON, a 135-room Marriott Autograph Collection property located in the sought after downtown/Market Street historic district. In this role, Weldon now oversees culinary operations for the landmark hotel's LINE & LARIAT restaurant, L&L Bar, room service and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Prior to joining Hotel ICON, Weldon spent the majority of her career with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director of Food & Beverage for the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, ranked among the top 20 in...

Hotel F&B – To Lease or Not to Lease?

Kirby D. Payne | July 15, 2014

by Kirby D. Payne Hotel F&B should be leased, is a mantra I hear. People claim hotels should include F&B because it can be profitable. I feel the profit motive should be secondary. The primary role of F&B is to enhance the potential Room Revenues of a hotel. You hear it all the time, particularly from new hotel owners and operators: Food and beverage operations do not make a profit. "Hotel F&B should be leased out" is the mantra I keep hearing. This philosophy, of course, begs a number of questions, the most obvious of which are these three: While some people claim that hotels should include F&B facilities because th...

Clear Sky Software Welcomes Jonica Mark as New Sales Account Manager

Clear Sky Software | June 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - June 27, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, Inc.® announced today that Jonica Mark has joined the sales team at Clear Sky Software as a Sales Account Manager for the Southeastern United States. Jonica has been employed with Clear Sky Software for over 2 years as a Customer Experience Agent in the company's support department. She recently transitioned to the sales department where she will assist the company in identifying new opportunities within the larger hospitality industry in the Southeast. Jonica studied Communications at Appalachian State University, later transferring to Pfeiffer University where she comple...

San Diego Hotel Chooses Clear Sky Software’s F&B Inventory Control System

Clear Sky Software | June 18, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - June 18, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that The San Diego Marriott Del Mar, has implemented the company's food & beverage inventory control system to help manage and track all food & beverage products. This luxury hotel in beautiful, Del Mar, California, 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/ordering, receiving, electronic requ...

Bartech Revolutionizes Manual Minibar Operations with Launch of BarTouch Management Software

Bartech | June 10, 2014

New tool for hotels without automatic minibars provides web-based tracking of consumables through mobile posting solution Las Vegas - June 10, 2014 - Bartech, the leader in automatic minibar solutions for the global hospitality industry, announces the introduction of BarTouch, a ground breaking new manual minibar management solution. This web-based application is a first of its kind, helping hotels to more efficiently track in-room consumables sold through any manual minibar, regardless of equipment, making it compatible with non-Bartech minibars as well as snack trays and bottled water display units. BarTouch is a web-based application...

Caribbean Resort, Already Benefiting from Clear Sky Software’s Beverage Inventory Control Solution

Clear Sky Software, Inc. | June 3, 2014

Extends the Technology Out to the Culinary Department CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - June 3, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, Inc.® announced today that The Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort has implemented the company's food inventory system called Clear Sky FOOD. This luxury resort located in the US Virgin Islands implemented Clear Sky Software's beverage inventory control solution last February. Management wanted to extend the already successful program out to the culinary department as well. Clear Sky FOOD is a comprehensive, perpetual inventory system and a twin to Clear Sky BEVERAGE. Clear Sky FOOD tracks and contr...

Washington DC Hotel Implements Clear Sky Software’s Beverage Inventory Management System

Clear Sky Software | May 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - May 28, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport has implemented Clear Sky BEVERAGE, a perpetual, beverage inventory system from Clear Sky Software. This hotel, in the heart of the Crystal City area of Washington, selected Clear Sky Software to help control all beer, liquor and wine inventory. Functions include purchasing, receiving, outlet transfers/issues/returns and physical inventory. Other features allow management to report product fast-movers, slow- movers, cost variances, and order/vendor discrepancies. An expanded event management mo...

Chris Leynes Named Executive Chef at Windows on the Park in Knoxville, Tenn.

Windows on the Park | May 13, 2014

Windows on the Park, adjacent to the newly remodeled Holiday Inn World's Fair Park, has appointed Chris Leynes as the new executive chef. Chef Chris has spent the past 17 years honing his culinary skills in Florida, and will bring his "refined rustic" interpretation of Southern cuisine to Windows on the Park. "I've had the pleasure of working with Chef Chris for several years, and we are delighted that he has joined our team in Knoxville," said Holiday Inn World's Fair Park General Manager Marc Bauer. "Chef Chris and his family are looking forward to getting involved with the local community and welcoming old and new friends to Windows ...

Clear Sky Software’s Beverage Inventory Management System Saving Time and Money in Atlanta

Clear Sky Software | April 23, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - April 23, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, Inc.® announced today that the Atlanta Airport Marriott has installed its beverage inventory management software. This cutting edge hotel chose 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. In addition, the Atlanta hotel installed Clear Sky's interface to the Micros® POS system thus allowing hotel management to report ...

IACC’s 2014 Copper Skillet Award Goes to Canada’s Chef Murray Hall

International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) | April 8, 2014

(NEW YORK, NY) - April 8, 2014 - One of the highlights of the 33rd IACC-Americas annual conference was the 11th annual gathering of IACC conference centre chefs from around the world to compete for the prestigious culinary award - the Copper Skillet - and the distinction of becoming the IACC Conference Centre Chef of the Year. This year's competition proved to an emotional triumph for Chef Murray Hall who had taken the Canadian prize for five years and earned a rousing and enthusiastic ovation from the audience of IACC members from nine countries. The competing IACC conference centre chefs included: First Place Murray Hall, CCC, (Canada...

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference to Discuss Growing Importance of F&B

Bench Events | March 26, 2014

AHIC 2014 dedicates a special panel on the evolution of hotel F&B in the region United Arab Emirates, 26 March 2014: Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2014, held at Madinat Jumeirah from 4 - 5 May in Dubai will be looking at solutions to fill in the gaps in the hotel F&B market in the region. As the Middle East is becoming the global benchmark for hotel food and beverage, AHIC this year has dedicated a special panel session titled "THE EVOLUTION OF HOTEL F&B IN THE REGION - WHERE TO NEXT?" to discuss what value are hotel operators adding, how are they competing and where is it now headed. The session will also look...

Caribbean Resort Installs Clear Sky Software’s Beverage Inventory Control Solution

Clear Sky Software, Inc. | February 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - February 19, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, Inc.® announced today a continued expansion in the Caribbean region with its newest customer - The Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. This luxury resort located in the US Virgin Islands implemented Clear Sky Software's beverage inventory control solution. Called Clear Sky BEVERAGE, this system is a comprehensive, perpetual inventory system that tracks and controls all beverage products. Software modules provided include purchasing, receiving, transfers/issues, returns and physical inventory. Other features will allow hotel executives to report p...

IACC-Americas Names Jason Smith as USA Conference Centre Chef of the Year

The International Association of Conference Centres | February 3, 2014

Qualifies to Compete in 11th International Copper Skillet Competition (New York, NY) - February 3, 2014 - Jason Smith, head chef at Preston's restaurant at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, VA was the winner of the US position in the IACC-Americas qualifying cook-off and the right to represent the United States at the International Association of Conference Centres' 11th annual Copper Skillet Cooking Competition. The event was held at The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ on January 24. Other chefs from IACC chapters in North America, Europe, and Australia Asia-Pacific will j...

Better Managed F&B Inventory at Quail Hollow Club Thanks to Clear Sky F&B Inventory Control Software

Clear Sky Software | January 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - January 28, 2014 - One of Clear Sky Software's newest customers is the prestigious Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clear Sky's system controls and keeps track of all food and beverage inventories at Quail Hollow. Late in 2013 Clear Sky FOOD & BEVERAGE was implemented and training was provided to staff members in purchasing, accounting, restaurant, kitchen areas and club house. Additional features installed at Quail Hollow include Clear Sky's interfaces to FreshPoint, Sysco and US Foods. Quail Hollow Club, located in booming South Charlotte, is a busy club with an extensive F&B inventor...

Clear Sky Software Manages Beverage Inventory at the Country Club of Naples

Clear Sky Software | January 21, 2014

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - January 21, 2014 - Clear Sky Software, no stranger among hotel F&B departments, is quickly expanding in the Country Club market. The company announced today that the prestigious Country Club of Naples in Naples, Florida installed Clear Sky's beverage product perpetual inventory system called Clear Sky BEVERAGE. On a daily basis, Clear Sky BEVERAGE helps management track and control all beverage inventories located in storage rooms, outlets, and banquet areas. As a bonus, Clear Sky BEVERAGE integrates with CCN's club management software provided by Jonas Club Software. This integration allows Clear Sky pro...

Video: What’s Hot Culinary Forecast Predicts Locally Sourced Food as Top Menu Trend of 2014

National Restaurant Association | December 4, 2013

National Restaurant Association survey of professional chefs also shows environmental sustainability and healthful kids' menu as top trends Washington, D.C., December 03, 2013 — The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year prepares its What's Hot culinary forecast of menu trends for the coming year. The NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which food and beverage items will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2014. Top 10 food trends for 2014: Locally sourced meats and seafood Locally grown produce Environmental sustainability Healthful kids' meals...

The Dishes, Drinks & Digs That Will Be Breaking Down Barriers in 2014; AF&Co’s Annual Trends Report

Andrew Freeman & Co. | November 20, 2013

Now in its seventh year, AF&Co's annual trends report has become an industry standard in anticipating market demand and consumer feedback. Compiled from extensive research, the report is intended as a guide to help operators prepare for the coming year. New this year, the AF&Co.'s team of trendologists is introducing the Trends Index – a matrix featuring their top "food calls" for the upcoming year, from the next mutant morsel to predicting the new bacon. "This year's trends are about the experiential," says Freeman. "As technology continues to infuse every aspect of our lives, clientele are looking for deeper personal con...

12 Hottest Food & Beverage Trends For Restaurants And Hotel Dining For 2014 + 30 Buzzwords

Michael Whiteman | November 5, 2013

by Michael Whiteman Consultants Baum+Whiteman say that concepts of luxury thread through top dining trends: tasting menus running $1,000 for two, haute chicken priced like steak, upscale food halls, bespoke spices ... even theatrical and sci-fi effects changing the global dining scene by bombarding customers' senses. Department stores jumping back into the restaurant biz. Hipster Asian and Jewish fusion getting traction. Smart money placing bets on better-for-you dining. Tasting menus trickling into mid-price markets. Flocks of beverage trends from fast food to cocktail lounges. Taking another look at Mid-East food trends. Baum+Whiteman...

Benchmark Hospitality Names Bobby Moore Recipient of the Bob Zappatelli Award, Culinary Excellence

Willows Lodge | September 18, 2013

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2013 ... Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading US-based hospitality management company, has announced Executive Chef Bobby Moore as the recipient of the 2013 Bob Zappatelli Award for Culinary Excellence. Bobby Moore is executive chef at Willows Lodge, a Personal Luxury Hotel® located in Woodinville, Washington, near Seattle. Benchmark Hospitality established the Award in 2009 in honor of Mr. Zappatelli, the company's first vice president of food & beverage and a noted chef, who passed away suddenly during that year. The award is given annually to a member of the Benchmark Hospitali...

Benchmark Hospitality International Shares The Top Dining Trends for 2013

September 12, 2013

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 2013 ... Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company with two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, has just released its Top Dining Trends for 2013. The trends were observed by Benchmark's executive chefs and culinary experts at the company's 39 luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants coast to coast and off shore. These range from the luxurious Bardessono in Napa Valley to the landmark Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore to the extraordinary ONE Bal Harbour Resort &...

New Study Of Traveler Eating Interests Shows Promoting Culinary Activities Can Pay Off

Mandala Research | August 29, 2013

Almost A Third of Travelers Choose Destinations Based on Eating Opportunities WASHINGTON -- A new study of traveler behavior reveals that the way to tourists' wallets may be through their stomachs. Conducted by the travel market research firm Mandala Research and sponsored by the World Food Travel Association and other tourism organizations, the study shows that almost a third (30%) deliberately choose destinations based on the availability of activities related to local food and drink, whether it's a beer or wine festival, a farmers market, or a farm to table experience. "For 'deliberate' culinary travelers, the availability culinary a...

Iowa Hotel Installs Clear Sky Software’s Beverage Inventory Management System

Des Moines Marriott Downtown | August 15, 2013

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - August 15, 2013 - Clear Sky Software, Inc. ® announced today that the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa has installed its beverage inventory management software. This beautiful downtown hotel chose 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. In addition, The Des Moines Marriott installed Clear Sky's interface to the Micros® POS system thu...

TrustYou Expands Into Restaurant Space Bringing Its 360-Degree Approach to ORM to Culinary World

TrustYou | August 15, 2013

Superior Semantic Technology Covers Over a Dozen Sites - From Yelp! to OpenTable - & Social Media to Deliver Increased Customer Intelligence, Feedback Trends & Ease of Response Dallas, USA and Munich, Germany - August 15, 2013 -TrustYou, an online reputation management (ORM) market leader specializing in the hospitality industry, has expanded into the restaurant space. Bringing its 360-degree solution to aggregating and analyzing increasingly important online reviews and social media content to the culinary world, TrustYou's holistic approach delivers superior semantic analysis and a proven track record of increasing reviews, di...

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