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Mr. Wolf

C. David Wolf

Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn & Conference Center

C. David Wolf CEC, AAC is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef for The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, a highly respected Summit luxury hotel catering to upscale transient executive education guests and the discerning business traveler. The Blackwell Inn has been positioned number one in the city of Columbus for annual guest room occupancy year over year. Chef Wolf's interest in cooking began at age 14 where he helped to prepare traditional Italian cuisine in his grandmother's kitchen. His first restaurant position at age 16 launched his lifelong career in culinary arts. Previous to Chef Wolf's position with the Blackwell he was Executive Chef with the Global Hyatt Hotel Corporation for 23 years holding positions at the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt on Capitol Square and Hyatt's luxury brand at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, registered as a National Historic Landmark. Chef Wolf has prior restaurant positions throughout Columbus and in Cincinnati Ohio. Chef Wolf's education took place at La Varenne Ecole d'Cuisine, Paris France, The International School of Confectionery Arts, The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, and The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He is a member of The American Culinary Federation, World Association of Cooks, the James Beard Foundation and the esteemed Commanderie des Costes du Rhone. Locally, Chef Wolf holds a seat on the Columbus State Community College Advisory Board. He is the Columbus Chapter Chairman of the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Committee and is serving a four-year term as Vice President Columbus Chapter American Culinary Federation. March 2008 Chef Wolf received the prestigious Presidential Medallion for years of committed dedication to the American Culinary federation and training of apprentices in culinary arts. In May 2008, he participated in a-hands on continued education culinary tour of Sicily, Italy from east coast to west with a keen focus on the “slow food” movement. Upon his return was honored with the American Culinary Federation Columbus Chapter 2008 Chef of the year award. In August of 2010 Chef Wolf was inducted in the American Culinary Federations' American Academy of Chefs, a prestigious honor society, hall of fame for the peer-respected colleagues in the food service industry today. In April 2012, Chef Wolf received recognition for Chef Professionalism from the American Culinary Federation representing the Northeast Region.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 614-535-7803 or wolf.522@osu.edu

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.