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Mr. Hildebrandt

Patrick Hildebrandt

Executive Chef, Texican Court Hotel

Patrick Hildebrandt, Executive Chef of Valencia Group's Texican Court, has over a decade of first-class experience in the hospitality and restaurant industries. He was first introduced to the comradery and passion that the kitchen atmosphere invokes in high school when he was a dishwasher. Since then, he has worked his way up in kitchen positions that included chef tournant, chef de cuisine and executive sous chef.

Chef Hildebrandt currently oversees Texican Court's food and beverage operations, including the tequila bar, Two Mules Cantina restaurant, the pool area as well as catering operations. He brings premier cooking experience to his position as the executive chef at Texican Court, having worked as a sous chef and executive sous chef at several establishments previously including Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado, and the Empty Stomach Group in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his current position at Texican Court, he was the executive chef at The Hollow in Georgetown, Texas.

Chef Hildebrandt's cooking features original, inspired dishes with native Texan flavors that highlight smoky elements and is styled after the rustic cooking and great diversity of cuisine found throughout the Southwest. His blend of bold and spicy southwestern flavors recently earned him a nod from CultureMap Dallas, where he was nominated and named a finalist for the 2019 CultureMap's "Rising Star Chef of the Year."

When Chef Hildebrandt is not tending to his smoker or dreaming up a new and unique recipe for Texican Court's menu, you can find him either golfing, enjoying a glass of whiskey or out on a hunting trip.

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

Mr. Hildebrandt can be contacted at +1 469-577-4599 or phildebrandt@valenciagroup.com

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.