It wouldn’t be right for me to spotlight the best of New York and leave out the place that for so many years I’ve called home. Good food hardly stops at the NYC borders, especially when it comes to great burgers. I’ve put together my own Top Ten List of The Best Burgers in Connecticut. Each of these gems has something special to offer and with their twist on taking a classic American meal to the grill.Read More
Summer and grilling go hand in hand, but regardless of the weather outside, a good burger always hits the spot. I stumbled upon a list of The 10 best burgers of New York! From Buffalo, Syracuse, Massapequa, and of course New York City, all of these burgers have their own claim to why they are on this list curated by Lauren Itzia of Americantowns Media. It wasn’t any surprise to me that my favorite go to for a burger in NYC was on the list, B&B Winepub, formally Burger & Barrel.Read More
Sharing and showing appreciation of other creative minds helps keep us inspired. It's almost like synapses of connections occur when you see a vision unfold into something magical that sparks the creation of a new chapter in your story and it’s such an organic connection that only you understand why. One of my absolute favorite wedding websites is Green Wedding Shoes. It’s run by a couple, Jen, and Jason, who since falling love with each other, celebrates the love stories of others around the world in some of the most creative ways I’ve seen in one place.
Green Wedding Shoes wowed me with their story of Anežka and Magnus, who decided to fuse the heritage of their ancestors with their homeland in an incredibly romantic story. The event designer Sostre Studio created a Scandinavian inspired theme to one of the most famous railway stations in Prague, Naladove Nadrazi Zizkov. As the creators of the experience, we sometimes fall victim to being fearful of choosing an unlikely space for such a traditional occasion.Read More
Take the high pulse of energy of NYC, the innovation of Beaux-Arts architecture, stir well and connect with 1 to 2 states. Stir in 2 peak times then garnish with elegance and class. Serve in a monumental location that draws tourists and commuters alike, and you’ll find yourself in The Campbell, formerly known as, The Campbell Apartment. This is one of those destinations that’s has been known for decades, but with an air of mystery because it's location in Grand Central Terminal is a bit inconspicuous.Read More
Earlier in the week, I shared my love for the concept of having fun with food in “Lunch Like Van Gogh.” While Melbourne is not the closest location to most people, I still think it is one of the coolest concepts I’ve seen in a while. I’ve since been dwelling on the connection between art and dining, and while the plating presentation is always key, art in a restaurant can go much further. In my journal post “Art of Hospitality” I noted hotels as the way of connecting culture to hospitality. The vivacious atmosphere is equally present through the connection of food and art in restaurants, and the value of the feeling of the dining experience is as memorable as the taste of the food.
Some of my favorites are Tico in Washington D.C, where chef Michael Schlow has created a menu that is a bold and colorful as the art on the walls his wife Adrienne painted. They also have a location in Boston, MA that’s not too far from one of my other favorite places, Liquid Art House. Liquid Art House is known as Boston's first gallery-restaurant. Not only does it have the spectacular facade of The Arlington, but the dining room perfectly captures the concept of dining in a space that includes high design and exquisite art.Read More
2017 Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker: Marije Vogelzang, Eating Designer, Studio Marije Vogelzang.
So beautiful. "Food is a tool to create memories". Thank you dear friend Stacy Bass for sharing this with me, well knowing it would resonate.
This is exactly why I am in "EXPERIENCE DRIVEN HOSPITALITY" business. And I see the sky being the limit and possible beyond.
Hope you enjoy this story as much as I have.
It’s no secret that one of my favorite things to do is eat. Whenever food is paired with a fun, creative presentation, I am not only one of the first people at the table, but I’ll likely be the last person to leave. No.35 Restaurant, sitting atop the Sofitel Melbourne has captured two of my absolute favorite things, food, and art, presented through an experience that as is as fun and playful as I am. Post-Impressionism is celebrated with a bright, modern twist of playing with your food.
A perfect marriage of fine arts and the art of hospitality, the “Lunch Like Van Gough” experience is like traveling through space and time. The menu is a direct nod to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Van Gogh & The Seasons exhibition. Capturing what Vincent Van Gough would have likely enjoyed while taking a break from painting his masterpieces in the late 1800’s, guests have the option of a two to three-course pre-fixe lunch is prepared every Thursday and Friday.Read More
When you have a unique way of delivering a special experience, there’s a timelessness that attaches to the memory. It’s one of the reasons why we travel. The memories we create in our journeys allow us to reflect back to a time where you not only discovered something new but in turn learned something new about yourself. When I travel, I am entirely discovery-oriented; exploring a new terrain and all that it has to offer. It’s why we vacation, right?
I often prefer to rent a home, apt, or even a small boutique hotel when I travel. However, there are those times when I want a few days filled with a distinct level of R&R that’s fully inclusive in one space. A place not too far, but far away enough where I feel like I have reserved an escape from my familiar scenes. I came across a list from Thrillist Travel of “15 all-inclusive resorts that don’t suck”. When I read these lists, I find one or two destinations that exude an added layer of je ne sais quoi in the creative direction of their immediate cool factor. In this case, it’s the Tanque Verde resort in Tuscon, AZ and it shows in their utilization of the natural landscape.Read More
Today, most things are rooted in instant gratification and the ideas of what happiness actually is can be distorted. The focus and thought we provide our clients is rooted in creating memories that bring happiness lasting far beyond the tangible. This Forbes featured video tells more about how experiences become apart of our identity and allow us to shed comparisons in order to maintain the happiness in life that we all strive for. This is why we do what we do. "Experience Driven Hospitality."Read More
I believe it was at the Royalton Hotel, in the 1980’s when I first experienced what we now call a “Boutique hotel.” A concept popularly utilized throughout the hospitality industry, created by the experience icon, Ian Schrager. Leaving behind the headlines and infamous club scene, The Royalton Hotel introduced lobby socializing. Today we are accustomed to seeing highly stylized hotel lobby’s that emphatically invite guests to lounge over tea or meet for cocktails. However, the partnership of Ian Schrager and Phillippe Starck set the stage for creating these stylish and sophisticated environments. The king of “cheap-chic” expanded into hotels in NYC, London, and San Francisco, but for me it the opening of the Delano Hotel in Miami is where he fully realized the concept of a hotel experience as a lifestyle. Needless to say, what I love most about Ian is his ability to have such uniquely individual ideas evoking their own, personal lifestyle. If the saying “great minds think alike” is true, I hope great minds collaborate on upcoming projects together, too!Read More