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Larry Mogelonsky

Now that the locavore movement has become mainstream, locally sourced foods at restaurants have shifted from a value-add to an expectation for consumers. As such, to impress guests, more must be done in this regard. Indigenous ingredient sourcing offers one such solution as it serves to deliver as authentically local a dining experience as possible. Although not practical in all situations, the sourcing of foods that are native to a region can act as a clear point of differentiation to help grow a property's F&B revenues. READ MORE

Cornelius Gallagher

The cruise industry is constantly evolving and expanding, making headlines by introducing breakthrough innovations from top-of-the-line food and beverage to leading technology and environmentally friendly practices. The operations at the very foundation of a cruise line, like Celebrity Cruises, are composed of an abundant number of 'moving parts'. As a recent transplant from NYC's restaurant scene - one of the most highly respected, cutting-edge culinary arenas in the world - cruising is unlike anything I have previously seen. Sourcing produce in the cruise industry takes on a whole new meaning. READ MORE

Brian Mitchell

Any perusal of the literature will show how increasingly important Food & Beverage has become to overall hotel operations. Its influence reaches across marketing, finance, staffing priorities, guest satisfaction results, and overall positioning of a property. Yet for all its acknowledged significance the F&B function can easily fly under the radar when it comes to performance scrutiny. This series of articles examines the underlying mindsets and principles that ultimately determine F&B success - factors that won't be picked up in year on year performance measures, or even comparisons against other restaurant operations. It's entirely feasible for an F&B department to tick all the financial boxes, yet grossly underperform when measured against actual revenue opportunities available and ignored. The six articles, concluding with the accompanying one, provide a litmus test for management in evaluating the latent strength of an F&B operation. READ MORE

Jonathan Sullivan

What began as a trend in lager cities, the growing popularity of the craft beverage movement is taking the food and beverage industry by storm, increasing by 18 percent from 2012 to 2013. As defined by the Brewers Association, an American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional; has an annual production of six million barrels or less, no more than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or operated by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not a craft brewer and must brew beers using traditional ingredients, such as malt barley. READ MORE

Brian Mitchell

Generation Y dominates the ranks of floor staff in hotel restaurants - an area renowned for problems in performance and turnover. This is often attributed to stereotypical characteristics - such as poor work ethic, no interest in the job, inability to remain focused, weak communication skills… Our research into Gen Y however has revealed a balance of contrasting positive values. The key to motivating them is to target aspects of the job that make best use of these attributes. The selling and service of wine is the perfect vehicle. When used in conjunction with the technique of "wine bites" it encourages professionalism and makes for valuable contributions to diner service and F&B profits READ MORE

Larry Mogelonsky

The world of food is changing. People of all walks of life are starting to become more health-conscious and selective in their meal choices. As demand for healthy food options increases, it presents an opportunity for hotels to become F&B leaders in this area. One such area worth exploring is nutraceuticals - that is, supplements and functional foods that can be added to meals in order to enhance its nutrient content. Incorporating one or more of these augmented foods may be a more practical method of appealing to the wellness-minded crowd because it won't require a complete menu revamp. READ MORE

S. Lakshmi Narasimhan

The Catering operation is thus a different kind of food and beverage operation. It takes the normally prevailing low price high volume characteristic of the typical food and beverage operation and turns it on its head. It thus becomes a high volume high price operation with enormous boosts to revenues and profitability owing to the numbers it manages to pull. The high contribution margin it enjoys thus makes it the venerable breadwinner for the food and beverage operation. Owners can laugh all the way to the bank for having the foresight in building a top notch offering of function rooms in the catering operation within their hotel premises. READ MORE

Walker Lunn

Food sourcing is a fundamental to our industry as hoteliers, and food supply has developed to be a sophisticated machine subject to the influences of international politics, monetary policy, weather trends in local, international, and long-term climate change theaters, biotechnology, risk management, consumer perception and preference, and domestic and international regulations. How do transgenic foods fit into this symphony, and what does it mean for our industry? What is the impact if we require non-GMO foods, or if we accept GMO foods? READ MORE

Adrian Kurre

There is much discussion surrounding new hotel openings, design enhancements, room upgrades, guest perks, etc., all of which contribute to the continual revolutionize of guest experience. The hospitality industry continues to evolve as new trends surface and hotels undergo continual changes not only to accommodate the changing needs and expectations of guests - but to set new standards in how we serve our customers. In this article, I will discuss the emergence of new trends, shift in consumer preferences, and opportunities for continuous innovation to drive results. READ MORE

Brian Mitchell

The notion that diners go out with strict limits on their spending is a myth, but one that many floor staff implicitly accept. The cost of this is heavy. In reality there's a direct relationship between higher spend and happier diners. Diners want to have their choices informed, and they secretly want the pleasant dining experience to be an exceptional one. These desires are far more important than the moderately higher bill that accompanies them. The challenge is to ensure that all staff members recognize the many opportunities that exist to boost revenue and diner satisfaction simultaneously. READ MORE

Werner Absenger

Color psychology is a relatively new field of scientific inquiry that aims to analyze the effects of color on human behavior. In this article, we will explore what color psychology is and how colors affect human behavior. Hint! Black might be a bad choice for wait staff, hosts and other hotel employees dealing with conflict resolution. People from various cultures have automatic (unconscious), negative emotions to the color black, such as evil, death, fear, anonymity, anger, sadness, remorse, mourning, unhappiness and mystery. Yes, there are positive emotions, as well. The article will weigh the pros and cons with personal anecdotes from my experience at The Amway Hotel Collection. READ MORE

Larry Mogelonsky

As millennials blossom into a prevailing consumer group, it's vital that you understand their distinctive purchasing habits. Given that F&B is a central part of the overall hospitality experience, mastering this aspect of your operations and remolding it to cater to this demographic will play a large role in determining future occupancy and RevPAR figures. To this end, I interviewed Mike Whalen, the founder and CEO of Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, to extract five keys for hotel restaurants to better appeal to millennials. READ MORE

Walker Lunn

In late May, people in 52 countries and 436 cities globally gathered in protest. Japan cancelled billions of dollars of purchases from the US. South Korea followed suit. The European Union may do the same. How is your hotel responding to this situation? READ MORE

Emily Williams-Knight

Could 2013 be the farewell year to hotel room service? While the service may have been more glorified in generations past, hotels are now left considering their options: do they keep the service afloat and relevant for their customers or do they make they cut? The vice president of food and beverage for Omni Hotels & Resorts says that instead of doing away with the hotel service, it makes more sense to try and do it better. READ MORE

Brian Mitchell

The role of sommelier is regularly misinterpreted, and far too often undervalued. This results in needless losses to establishments. More than just a wine expert, the sommelier is wine list tactician, professional salesperson, educator, and sales manager. The best of them move seamlessly between these roles - generating revenue, increasing profits, and building diner loyalty. They should be highly valued for what they bring to the business. When the sommelier's contribution is overlooked or taken for granted by management, you can be sure the bar is being set too low - with huge hidden costs to the establishment. READ MORE

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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.