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Mr. Pearson

Donnie Pearson

Director, Food & Beverage, Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village

Donnie Pearson is director of food and beverage at Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village in Spring, Texas, which is managed by Dallas-based Aimbridge Hospitality.

Aimbridge Hospitality brings together the most experienced team of hospitality executives offering creative solutions to accomplishing the goals and objectives of each and every owner. Aimbridge understands the real estate and operational components of the industry and with a dedicated and highly accomplished team have the unique ability to continuously drive value.

In his role at the hotel, Mr. Pearson oversees the entire food and beverage program, which includes the property's SwitcHouse "Plates N' Pours" bar and restaurant menus, and also for the hotel's meetings and events, which includes menus for corporate groups, social gatherings, and weddings.

Mr. Pearson has nearly 40 years of hospitality food and beverage experience, starting his career in 1981 at the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a banquet chef, then moved to the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to become executive sous chef of the hotel. From there, Mr. Pearson became executive chef at Houston Marriott North, where he worked for almost 24 years, starting in the kitchen, and eventually being promoted to food and beverage director in 2007.

After Houston Marriott North, Mr. Pearson took over as food and beverage director at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza, where he worked for four years, overseeing menus and operations for that property's bar, restaurant, and coffee shop.

Mr. Pearson joined Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village in May 2018. Mr. Pearson has a lifelong passion for hospitality, focused on serving guests from the heart, while creating a positive environment for his team to thrive.

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

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at +1 281-350-4000 or donnie.pearson2@marriott.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.