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Mr. Py

Danny Py

Corporate Director of Food & Beverage Quality, Kessler Collection

Captivated by The Kessler Collection for its artistic spirit and diverse offerings, Danny Py serves as the corporate director of food and beverage quality, where he has enriched The Kessler Collection's culinary offerings. Mr. Py is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and processes within the food and beverage department for all Kessler properties, in addition to overseeing all kitchen design concepts and providing the teams with the right tools to increase productivity within The Kessler Collection's 12 individual, boutique hotels. Joining the Kessler Collection in 2012, Mr. Py brings more than 24 years of hospitality food and beverage experience. Mr. Py gained noteworthy experience while working in restaurant construction and construction management and layout. Mr. Py also served as a restaurant manager in the Caribbean, expanding his palate to the tropical flavors. Utilizing his experience as restaurant manager, Mr. Py opened his own restaurant furthering his food and beverage knowledge. In addition, Mr. Py gained meaningful experience in his role as a multi-unit manager and general manager.

Mr. Py can be contacted at 407-996-9999 or danny.py@kesslercollection.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.