Food & Beverage
Peter  Karpinski
  • Food & Beverage
  • Branding and Duplicating Food & Beverage Concepts
  • In an age where new restaurants are popping up on every corner and shuttering just as fast, the idea of developing an original concept and growing it to a multi-unit business seems next to impossible. In my experience, the most original concepts begin with a blank canvas and a group of passionate individuals. A continued focus on: distinctive consumer experiences, unmatched food and beverage offerings, superior service, consistency, an approachable atmosphere, and constant competitive innovation is what paves the way to success. Read on...

Erik Wolf
  • Food & Beverage
  • Balancing Traveler Expectations of Food with an Experience
  • Good restaurants are often known for something that they do really well. Perhaps they always have the freshest fish, their pasta is handmade, or the service is unparalleled. Travelers who return to a hotel or restaurant they loved on a past visit, frequent their past favorite places because they want to relive their past experience and positive past memories. Restaurateurs face a delicate balancing act in menu preparation when choosing to innovate vs. maintain their status quo and past consistency. For travelers, the food you serve isn't just a meal; it will be a long-lasting memory. What steps can you take to meet the expectations of travelers and regulars alike? Read on...

John  Signorelli
  • Food & Beverage
  • Creativity and Science Have Merged on Hotel Menus
  • We, as Chefs, respectfully kick around the terms Hybrid, Old-World, and Artisanal often enough. Chefs know that hybrid, old-world, artisanal, or obscure ingredient usage in dishes bring a particular wow-factor to the plate. Sourcing and utilizing artisanal grains, starches, legumes or vegetables which are under-appreciated and under-utilized, or quite possibly forgotten about over time, is a highlight feature of today’s creative chefs, many of whom will grow the ingredients themselves and feature on special menus, unlike any other. Read on...

Eli Fortney
  • Food & Beverage
  • Designing Menus That Balance Traditional Fare with Modern Dietary Needs
  • The dining experience in the hotel and resort environment has been changing for decades. Gone are the days when most Americans eat meat and potatoes, and the occasional salad, for dinner. Immigrants from all over the world who settled into the urban areas of our country brought culturally significant dishes that opened up a whole new supply chain of ingredients, and introduced flavor profiles unfamiliar to the food scene. Read on...

Robert  Habeeb
  • Food & Beverage
  • Cultivating the Food-Focused Culinary Traveler
  • As so many hotel owners and operators can attest, food-focused travel is on the rise. The trend is unmistakable: more and more hotel guests are selecting destinations and planning itineraries around regional, local, or even restaurant-specific food and beverage options. These guests, referred to as culinary travelers, not only make food and drink experiences a priority during their travels, they are often willing to go well out of their way to make those experiences happen. Experience is the key word here. We are in an experience economy and consumers are placing a great deal of value on the F&B experience. Look at the trend in roof top bars for example. Read on...

Krista Heinicke
  • Food & Beverage
  • Our Guests' Elevated Palates Means Revisiting Our Heritage
  • Our guests are as discerning as they are trailblazing, much like our founder and bon vivant Spencer Penrose. Catering to the taste buds and elevated palates of today often means revisiting our past. This rings true for The Broadmoor, because not only are we the longest- running Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond resort in the country, but as stated by Executive Chef David Patterson, “What we’re doing at the greenhouse, is the most romanticized version of being a chef. Read on...

Larry Trabulsi
  • Food & Beverage
  • Key Considerations In Outsourcing Hotel Food & Beverage
  • This article focuses on evaluating external service providers for optimizing Food and Beverage (F&B) Department profitability, and is the second in a series on outsourcing services at hotels. As my colleague, Michael Doyle, asked in the first article in this series: “Why should hotels outsource, or challenge a traditional operations model?” The most common answer is to maximize profitability. Industry-wide, F&B revenue represents over 25% of total hotel revenue, yet generating a meaningful profit margin in F&B (which is difficult to measure with accuracy) can be challenging. In many hotels (particularly lifestyle and boutique hotels) F&B can be an integral part of the guest experience, and a large source of revenue (and maybe profit) for the hotel. But unlike other, less visible departments, outsourcing F&B can be more challenging, yet also more rewarding. Read on...

Michael Barbera
  • Food & Beverage
  • Time Pressure and a Diner's Decision Making
  • Time pressure is a significant driver of human decision-making. Time pressure is both artificial and natural. Time pressure is popular with airlines, hotels and sporting tickets. When purchasing an airline ticket it is likely that you have encountered a message that stated, “time remaining to purchase”, or “seats reserved for”, followed by a clock counting down. Ticketing agencies such as Ticketmaster and online retailer eBay are known for their time pressure sales methods. The high time pressure used by airlines, hotels and ticketing agencies are overt and intentional; however, not all time pressure is overt or intentional. Read on...

Michael Barbera
  • Food & Beverage
  • Anchoring Consumer Choice on Non-traditional Menus
  • The food service industry is volatile due to the low barrier to entry, high level of competition and significantly low-profit margins. Foodservice operators are likely to reduce expenditures and save money wherever possible. Additionally, food service operators are known for being creative to attain an advantage on the competition. Designing menus that are less taxing on the consumer’s choice are a common approach to increasing revenue and enhancing the consumer experience. Furthermore, unique menus are likely to attribute to an improved consumer experience that carries an intangible value of word of mouth marketing between consumers. Read on...

David Ashen
  • Food & Beverage
  • A Focus on Social Food and Beverage Experiences
  • There was a time when a hotel restaurant was the place to be seen. A special anniversary or family celebration at a grand hotel with a formal meal was a real treat and something to look forward to. While that’s still true to some extent, changes in lifestyles and the hospitality industry have had a major impact on the way most people celebrate special events and casually socialize, including those centered on an extravagant meal at a grand hotel. Often, today’s festivities focus less on elaborate banquets than they do on a lively bar scene with local brews, spirits and traditional drinks, along with inspired dishes at a restaurant of note, including those located in hotels. Read on...

Simon Hudson
  • Food & Beverage
  • Open Kitchen Concept Spreads to Hotels
  • As TV chefs have morphed into global celebrities in the era of TV reality shows, a new restaurant trend in Open Kitchen Dining has emerged. Although the concept is not totally novel – after all, sushi bars have been doing it for years – it is the polished level of performance, highbrow cuisine and the proliferation of the trend that is more recent. All around the world, restaurants are putting their executive chefs on display, cooking part, or even all, of a meal right in front of diners who often sit at counters, watching every move. Cooking has become a reality show, adding an extra cachet to the restaurant experience. This ascendance of culinary scrutiny has gone hand in hand with a heightened interest in farm fresh ingredients and a general food fetishism which encompasses new fads in organic, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan and vegetarian eating. Read on...

Scott Acton
  • Food & Beverage
  • Eat, Drink and Boost Your Revenues
  • In recent years, the hotel industry has seen a shift in revenue streams that it is eating up. While gaming revenue was once king in Las Vegas, it has now been overtaken by the food and beverage (F&B) segment. According to Moody’s Financial Services, in Las Vegas specifically, non-gaming revenue has now easily surpassed gambling revenue, making up between 55 percent to 65 percent of total revenues with hotel, food and beverage spending representing the largest non-gaming income streams. Thanks to millennials, along with growing numbers of more discerning consumers, a shift in consumer desires has affected the way those in the hotel industry think, build and design. Consumers now demand and expect a fully immersive and experiential outing when they eat, drink and “make merry.” Read on...

Brian  Mitchell
  • Food & Beverage
  • Getting the Best From Your Millennial Staff with Minimum Resistance
  • Every task performed the same way, every member of the floor team on the same page, a place for everything and everything in its place. It’s the surest way to make your patrons feel that they can relax back in the hands of true professionals. This enhances every dimension of their experience. It encourages the kind of word of mouth (and word-of-internet) that you most want. It keeps those guests coming back, certain of a reassuring constancy in meeting their needs and preferences. It keeps them bringing others with them, to bask in the glow of deft attendance. And, most importantly, it keeps increasing their spend, in all the best ways, for them and for your establishment. Read on...

Jim Stormont
  • Food & Beverage
  • Bringing a Local, Chef-Driven Concept to a Luxury Hotel
  • In the restaurant industry, good isn’t good enough. People no longer seek out the best ingredients, menus and experiences; they expect them. There’s a reason why Panera Bread has vowed to remove artificial ingredients from its food by the end of the year, and it’s no surprise that Darden Restaurants – which owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and, until recently, Red Lobster – is floundering. People are asking: “Why overpay for a mass-produced pasta dinner with processed meats and cheeses that’s also available at over 800 identical restaurants around the country?” The so-called “foodie revolution” is in full swing, with burger lovers choosing Shake Shack over Big Macs Read on...

Larry Steinberg
  • Food & Beverage
  • Reimagine Your Hotel F&B Operations with the Right Technology
  • Food and beverage sales represent a huge source of revenue for full-service resorts and hotels. As a result, many properties spend a great deal of time and money refining food preparation techniques, menu selection, and even restaurant decor. Yet, these same hotels often ignore the area that can have the biggest bottom-line impact on F&B delivery — technology. Today’s best-in-class F&B software systems address every aspect of operations — from online reservations and mobile ordering, to point-of-sale and payment. So, whether you’re a small boutique hotel or a large resort property, consider these five technology solutions when planning your restaurant upgrades. Read on...


OCTOBER: Revenue Management: Technology and Big Data

Gary Isenberg

Hotel room night inventory is the hotel industry’s most precious commodity. Hotel revenue management has evolved into a complex and fragmented process. Today’s onsite revenue manager is influenced greatly by four competing forces, each armed with their own set of revenue goals and objectives -- as if there are virtually four individual revenue managers, each with its own distinct interests. So many divergent purposes oftentimes leading to conflicts that, if left unchecked, can significantly damper hotel revenues and profits. Read on...

Jon Higbie

For years, hotels have housed their Revenue Management systems on their premises. This was possible because data sets were huge but manageable, and required large but not overwhelming amounts of computing power. However, these on-premise systems are a thing of the past. In the era of Big Data, the cost of building and maintaining an extensive computing infrastructure is incredibly expensive. The solution – cloud computing. The cloud allows hotels to create innovative Revenue Management applications that deliver revenue uplift and customized guest experiences. Without the cloud, hotels risk remaining handcuffed to their current Revenue Management solutions – and falling behind competitors. Read on...

Jenna Smith

You do not have to be a hospitality professional to recognize the influx and impact of new technologies in the hotel industry. Guests are becoming familiar with using virtual room keys on their smartphones to check in, and online resources like review sites and online travel agencies (OTAs) continue to shape the way consumers make decisions and book rooms. Behind the scenes, sales and marketing professionals are using new tools to communicate with guests, enhance operational efficiencies, and improve service by addressing guests’ needs and solving problems quickly and with a minimum of disruption. Read on...

Yatish Nathraj

Technology is becoming an ever more growing part of the hospitality industry and it has helped us increase efficiency for guest check-inn, simplified the night audit process and now has the opportunity to increase our revenue production. These systems need hands on calibration to ensure they are optimized for your operations. As a manager you need to understand how these systems work and what kind of return on investment your business is getting. Although some of these systems maybe mistaken as a “set it and forget it” product, these highly sophisticated tools need local expert like you and your team to analysis the data it gives you and input new data requirements. Read on...

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.