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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.