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Mr. Goldian

Todd Goldian

Food & Beverage Director, The National

Todd Goldian was named Food & Beverage Director in May 2018 after serving as Executive Chef at The National for less than a year. He leads the culinary program at The National Conference Center, including guest dining, banquets and award-winning catering for West Belmont Place and Black Olive Bar & Grill. Since being with the culinary team at The National, Mr. Goldian has expanded the farm-to-table cuisine creating partnerships with over 60 farmers, wineries, breweries and local artisans. He has taken The National to a hyper-local culinary experience.

Mr. Goldian's management and cooking style focuses on using local and seasonal ingredients and then transforming them to create flavor profiles from around the world. His experience with international clientele has helped to facilitate this approach with Italian, Thai, Southwest, Japanese, Mexican, and regional American cuisine.

Drawing from his extraordinary blend of fine dining skills gained while at the 5 Star Mobile and 5 Diamond AAA rated restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington to elegant banquets at two Washington DC luxury hotels, including The Willard and The Ritz Carlton to corporate dinning at the highest level, Mr. Goldian has full control of the culinary experience at The National. With 917 guest rooms, the 880 seat Dining Room and Northern Virginia's largest ballroom (16,552sf) which accommodates 1,000 guests or intimate affairs for ten, Mr. Goldian finds himself at home.

Graduating top of his class at Johnson and Wales in Virginia Beach, Mr. Goldian has served and cooked for royalty, professional sports teams, presidents, politicians, and many high-end weddings and holiday parties.

 Mr.  Goldian, 39, resides in Herndon, VA with his wife and daughter.

 


Please visit http://www.conferencecenter.com for more information.

Mr. Goldian can be contacted at 703-729-8000 or sales@conferencecenter.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.