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Mr. Pfefferkorn

Martin Pfefferkorn

Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Chef Martin Pfefferkorn has joined the landmark Hyatt Regency Atlanta as Executive Chef with plans to open three new restaurant concepts as part of the hotel's $65 million transformation in 2011. Chef Pfefferkorn, an Austrian-born, classically trained chef with more than 20 years of experience in hotels and resorts around the world, is renowned for his expertise in catering for large events and gatherings, including weddings, social banquets, business meetings and corporate functions. Chef Pfefferkorn is passionate about bringing local, seasonal food to hotel dining. His recipes have a uniquely fresh, Atlanta flavor and incorporate locally grown vegetables and regional fish, poultry and pork products. “People expect more from a hotel dining experience, and they're looking for more responsible choices in their dining. That's why we designed our food and beverage concepts at Hyatt Regency Atlanta with items like local beers, regional vegetables and meat. Even if our guests can't leave the hotel, we want them to experience a taste and flavor of Atlanta,” Chef Pfefferkorn said. The first dining concept steered by Chef Pfefferkorn at Hyatt Regency Atlanta is Twenty-Two Storys, a lobby and restaurant bar that offers guests the dining experience of a destination restaurant in a comfortable, convenient lobby setting. Twenty-Two Storys, named for the hotel's 22-story Atrium, features 22 beers, 22 wines and 22 food items, all part of a 'beer forward' menu that incorporates beer and ale from native Georgia breweries Terrapin Beer Co., Sweetwater Brewing Co. and JailHouse Brewing Co..

Mr. Pfefferkorn can be contacted at 404-577-1234 or mark.pfefferkorn@hyatt.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.