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Mr. Wolf

David Wolf

Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center

David Wolf is American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef for The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio a highly respected Preferred Hotels and Resorts, Lifestyles Collection Hotel with the highly acclaimed Forbes and AAA three star rating. The Inn caters to upscale transient executive education guests and the discerning business traveler and is positioned number one in the city of Columbus for annual guest room occupancy year over year in addition to the best hotel in the city from trip advisor reports. Recently the U.S. News and World report Travel ranked the Blackwell the #1 spot for best hotels in Ohio and #1 respectively in the city of Columbus. Chef Wolf's interest in cooking began at age 14 where he helped to prepare traditional Italian cuisine in his grandmother's kitchen. His first restaurant position at age 16 launched his lifelong career in culinary arts. Previous to Chef Wolf's position with the Blackwell he was Executive Chef with the Global Hyatt Hotel Corporation for 23 years holding positions at the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt on Capitol Square and Hyatt's luxury brand at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, registered as a National Historic Landmark. Chef Wolf has prior restaurant positions throughout Columbus and in Cincinnati Ohio. Chef Wolf's education took place at La Varenne, Ecole d'Cuisine, Paris France, The International School of Confectionery Arts, The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, and The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He is a member of The American Culinary Federation, World Association of Cooks, the James Beard Foundation and the esteemed Commanderie des Costes du Rhone. Locally, Chef Wolf holds a seat on the Columbus State Community College Advisory Board in addition to Eastland and SW Career and Tec secondary schools. He is the American Culinary Federation Columbus Chapter Chairman of the Apprenticeship Committee in addition to serving a four-year term as Vice President. In March 2008, Chef Wolf received the prestigious Presidential Medallion for years of committed dedication to the American Culinary federation and training of apprentices in culinary arts.

Please visit http://theblackwell.com for more information.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 614-247-4014 or wolf522@osu.edu

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.