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Simply Celeste’s Unveils ‘A Taste of Luxury’: A Black-Tie Affair, in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Simply Celeste's is proud to present "A Taste of Luxury": A Black Tie Affair in Phoenix, Arizona promising an unparalleled experience in culinary excellence, high-end fashion, craft cocktails, exotic vehicles, and live music. The event will be held March 16, 2024.

As the demand for exclusive and immersive experiences continues to rise, "A Taste of Luxury" emerges as a trendsetter in the Food and Beverage catering industry. In a world where discerning individuals seek unique and memorable experiences, their inaugural event will set the stage for a new standard of gratification.

"At Simply Celeste's, our vision is to provide an exquisite experience that rises above traditional expectations. 'A Taste of Luxury' is a manifestation of our commitment to offering nothing but the best," said Celeste Telley, CEO and Founder of Simply Celeste's. "We invite you to join us for a night that combines culinary artistry, luxurious ambiances, and entertainment while creating memories that last a lifetime."

"A Taste of Luxury' aligns with the growing trend of seeking creative and dynamic events," says brand strategist, Reshauna Striggles. "In the current market luxury is defined by personal experiences, this event raises the bar for those who appreciate the finer things in life."

Reserve your ticket today for "A Taste of Luxury" and prepare for a night that leaves the ordinary behind.

Guests will arrive at a transformed Private Jet hangar in Scottsdale to indulge in an expertly crafted menu featuring culinary masterpieces such as Seafood Dip Bruschetta, Zesty Chicken Skewers, Grilled Filet Mignon, Cajun Lobster Tail, and Simply Celeste's White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake. The gastronomic journey will be complemented by curated craft cocktails and wine pairings, promising a symphony of flavors to delight the senses.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-luxury-gala-black-tie-affaire-tickets-802173000037 for ticket information and details.

A portion of event proceeds will be made as a charitable donation to benefit Millionaire Mastermind Academy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a proud partner in "Seeking to End Poverty Through Entrepreneurship."

Event Information Contact: Celeste Talley - Celeste@simplycelestes.com - email preferred.

About Simply Celeste's:

Simply Celeste's is a premier purveyor of luxury experiences, dedicated to curating events that redefine sophistication around meals. With a commitment to excellence, Simply Celeste's offers a range of services from gourmet catering to exclusive event planning. Our mission is to provide moments of pure indulgence, leaving a lasting impression on those who seek the epitome of luxury living.

For more information, visit https://www.simplycelestes.com/ or follow us on https://www.instagram.com/simplycelestes.

Related link: https://www.simplycelestes.com/

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Above and BEEyond Teacher Essay Contest, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Doherty Enterprises-Owned New Jersey Applebee’s® Restaurants Launch 8th Annual ‘Above and ‘BEE’yond Teacher Essay Contest’

ALLENDALE, N.J. -- Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee's® Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in New Jersey announced today the launch of their 8th annual "Above and 'BEE'yond Teacher Essay Contest." Developed to acknowledge exceptional local educators, the contest encourages students to write an essay nominating the special teacher who has had the most impact on their educational journey. Winning teachers receive a $500 check to better their classrooms and the opportunity to host an exclusive end-of-year class celebration at their local Doherty-owned Applebee's.

Starting today, the teacher essay contest is live at participating Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee's® restaurants in New Jersey (refer to the complete list of participating restaurants below).

After the judging period concludes this spring, eight outstanding teachers from New Jersey will each receive a $500 check to enrich their classrooms for the 2024-2025 academic year. Additionally, these deserving educators can host an end-of-year party for their current class!*

To participate, students can nominate their favorite instructors by submitting essays in-person at their nearby New Jersey Doherty Enterprise-owned Applebee's®. The essays should illustrate why their nominated teacher deserves the prestigious title of Applebee's® "Teacher of the Year."

For elementary school students, a 1/2 page essay is required for nomination, while middle and high school students must craft a compelling 500-word essay detailing why their teacher is most deserving of this recognition. As an added incentive, all students submitting essays will receive a complimentary ice cream certificate** for future use.

The submission guidelines allow for one essay per student and will be accepted exclusively at the participating Applebee's® restaurants from Monday, January 8th through Sunday March 17th with a deadline of 10 pm ET. The announcement of winners is scheduled for Friday, April 19th, and the end-of-year parties will take place before Friday, June 14th. If circumstances prevent these celebrations, class parties will be substituted with two Free-Dinner-for-Four certificates.

"We are thrilled to kick off our eighth annual 'Above and 'BEE'yond Teacher Essay Contest' at our New Jersey locations," remarked Kevin Coughlin, Doherty's Director of Operations. "Recognizing the tireless efforts of local teachers in shaping young minds is truly an honor. Providing a platform for students to articulate the profound impact of their teachers and spotlighting community champions who make a difference daily is immensely rewarding."

The Applebee's® Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest warmly welcomes submissions at the following NJ Applebee's® locations, all owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises:

* Brick
* Bridgewater
* Butler
* Clark
* Clifton
* Edison
* Garfield
* Hackensack
* Hackettstown
* Hillsborough
* Howell
* Jersey City
* Jersey Gardens
* Kearny
* Lacey
* Linden
* Manahawkin
* Manalapan
* Manchester
* Middletown
* Milltown
* Mt. Olive
* Newark
* Newton
* North Bergen
* Ocean
* Paramus
* Parsippany
* Phillipsburg
* Piscataway
* Rockaway
* Tinton Falls
* Totowa
* Union

NOTES:

*Two winners will be selected from each set of counties, grouped together by the following geographic areas: - (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson); (Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union); (Morris, Sussex, Essex); and (Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean). Please note, essay submissions from the 2024-2025 school year will also be included in this year's voting. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Dinner for Four certificates.

**Offer valid only at Doherty Enterprises owned and operated Applebee's® locations in NJ. Limit one per person. May not be redeemed on day of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

About Applebee's®

As one of the world's largest casual dining brands, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America's kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee's makes it easy for family and friends to connect with one another, whether it's in a dining room or in the comfort of a living room, Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood(tm) is a familiar and affordable escape from the everyday. Applebee's restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee's is always Doin' Good in the Neighborhood®.

Applebee's franchise operations consisted of 1,654 Applebee's restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of September 30, 2023. This number does not include two domestic Applebee's ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and 12 Applebee's international ghost kitchens. Applebee's is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 140 restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Georgia, including five restaurant concepts: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 13 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey.

Doherty Enterprises is ranked 25th in Top 200 Franchisees in the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor, is recognized as the 77th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States by Nation's Restaurant News, the 73rd largest privately held business in the New York Metro area by Crain's Business, and 34th largest privately held company in New Jersey by NJBIZ.

The Doherty vision is to be the "Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve" and its mission is to "Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers." Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,00 people and donated over $5.3 million directly back to those in need. (www.DohertyInc.com).

Related link: https://www.dohertyinc.com/

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Above and BEEyond Teacher Essay Contest, Business, Education and Schools, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Doherty Enterprises-Owned Florida and Georgia Applebee’s® Locations Announce 8th Annual Above and ‘BEE’yond Teacher Essay Contest

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee's® Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in Florida and Georgia today announced the official start of their 8th annual Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest. The annual essay contest recognizes top teachers - as nominated by their classroom students - rewarding teachers with a $500 sponsorship check and special end-of-year class party.

Starting today, the essay contest is open at participating Applebee's restaurants in Florida and Georgia that are owned and operated by local franchisee, Doherty Enterprises (see complete list of participating restaurants below).

One deserving teacher from each school district throughout 13 counties in Florida and Georgia will be awarded with a $500 sponsorship check to use toward their classroom for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, along with an end-of-year party for their current class!*

To nominate a teacher and enter the contest, students must submit an essay in-person at their local Applebee's explaining why their teacher deserves to be Applebee's "Teacher of the Year."

Elementary school students are required to nominate their teacher with a 1/2 page essay, while middle and high school students are required to write a 500-word essay on why their teacher is most deserving. As an additional incentive, students who enter an essay will also receive a free ice cream certificate** for later use.

Essay submissions are limited to one per student and will be accepted at participating Applebee's restaurants from Monday, January 8 through Sunday, March 17th, no later than 10 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 19th and end-of-year parties will be thrown before Friday, June 14th, 2024. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Free-Dinner-for-Four certificates for the winning essay writer.

"We're thrilled to celebrate the launch of our eighth annual Above and 'BEE'yond Teacher Essay Contest at our Florida and Georgia restaurants," said Kathleen Malato, Doherty's Director of Operations for Applebee's Florida and Georgia. "We're honored to recognize the local teachers who work so hard to educate the youth. It's truly gratifying to provide a platform where students can share the meaningful impact of their teachers make and to spotlight local community members making a difference each and every day."

Applebee's Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest entries will be accepted at the following Applebee's locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in:

:: FLORIDA: Cape Coral, Cutler Bay, Delray Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Greenacres, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Margate, Naples, North Port, Okeechobee, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tamarac, Venice, Vero Beach, and West Palm Beach.

:: GEORGIA: Waycross.

*One winner will be selected from each school district. Prizes are subject. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Dinner for Four certificates.

**Offer valid only at Doherty Enterprises owned and operated Applebee's® locations in FL and GA. Limit one per person. May not be redeemed on day of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

About Applebee's®

As one of the world's largest casual dining brands, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America's kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee's makes it easy for family and friends to connect with one another, whether it's in a dining room or in the comfort of a living room, Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood™ is a familiar and affordable escape from the everyday. Applebee's restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee's is always Doin' Good in the Neighborhood®.

Applebee's franchise operations consisted of 1,654 Applebee's restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of September 30, 2023. This number does not include two domestic Applebee's ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and 12 Applebee's international ghost kitchens. Applebee's is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 140 restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Georgia, including five restaurant concepts: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 13 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey.

Doherty Enterprises is ranked 25th in Top 200 Franchisees in the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor, is recognized as the 77th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States by Nation's Restaurant News, the 73rd largest privately held business in the New York Metro area by Crain's Business, and 34th largest privately held company in New Jersey by NJBIZ.

The Doherty vision is to be the "Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve" and its mission is to "Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers." Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,00 people and donated over $5.3 million directly back to those in need. ( https://www.dohertyinc.com/ )

Related link: https://www.dohertyinc.com/

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Above and BEEyond Teacher Essay Contest, Business, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee’s® on Long Island Launch 8th Annual Above and ‘BEE’yond Teacher Essay Contest

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee's® Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants on Long Island announced today the official launch of their 8th annual Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest. The annual essay contest recognizes top teachers - as nominated by their students - rewarding each with a $500 sponsorship check and special end-of-year class party.

Starting today, the essay contest is open at participating Applebee's® restaurants on Long Island that are owned and operated by local franchisee, Doherty Enterprises (see complete list of participating restaurants below).

This spring, four deserving teachers - two in Nassau County and two in Suffolk County - will be awarded a $500 sponsorship check to use toward their classroom for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, along with an end-of-year party for their current class!*

To nominate a teacher and enter the contest, students must submit an essay in-person at their local Applebee's® explaining why their teacher deserves to be Applebee's® "Teacher of the Year." Elementary school students are required to nominate their teacher with a 1/2 page essay, while middle and high school students are required to write a 500-word essay on why their teacher is most deserving.

As an additional incentive, students who enter an essay will also receive a free ice cream certificate** for later use.

Essay submissions are limited to one per student and will be accepted at participating Applebee's® restaurants from Monday, January 8 through Sunday, March 17, 2024 - no later than 10 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 19 and end-of-year parties will be thrown before Friday, June 14. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Dinner for Four certificates for the winning essay writer.

"We're thrilled to celebrate the launch of our eighth annual Above and 'BEE'yond Teacher Essay Contest at our Long Island restaurants," said Brian McDonnell, Doherty Director of Operations, Applebee's® Long Island. "We're honored to recognize our local teachers who work so hard to educate the youth. It's truly gratifying to provide a platform where students can share the meaningful impact of their teachers make and to spotlight local community members making a difference each and every day."

Applebee's® Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest entries will be accepted at the following Applebee's® locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises on Long Island:

* Nassau County: Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream, and Westbury.

* Suffolk County: Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, Deer Park, East Farmingdale, East Islip, Farmingville, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, Patchogue, Riverhead, and Shirley.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

*Two winners will be selected from both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Prizes are subject to change. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Dinner for Four certificates.

**Offer valid only at Doherty Enterprises owned and operated Applebee's® locations in LI. Limit one per person. May not be redeemed on day of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

About Applebee's®

As one of the world's largest casual dining brands, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America's kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee's makes it easy for family and friends to connect with one another, whether it's in a dining room or in the comfort of a living room, Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood™ is a familiar and affordable escape from the everyday. Applebee's restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee's is always Doin' Good in the Neighborhood®.

Applebee's franchise operations consisted of 1,654 Applebee's restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of September 30, 2023. This number does not include two domestic Applebee's ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and 12 Applebee's international ghost kitchens. Applebee's is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 140 restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Georgia, including five restaurant concepts: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 13 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey.

Doherty Enterprises is ranked 25th in Top 200 Franchisees in the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor, is recognized as the 77th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States by Nation's Restaurant News, the 73rd largest privately held business in the New York Metro area by Crain's Business, and 34th largest privately held company in New Jersey by NJBIZ.

The Doherty vision is to be the "Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve" and its mission is to "Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers." Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,00 people and donated over $5.3 million directly back to those in need.

Learn more: https://www.dohertyinc.com/.

Related link: https://www.dohertyinc.com/

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Business, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

‘Best in the West’ Champions Reunite to Open 101 BBQ Hut in Westlake Village

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- 101 BBQ Hut, formerly known as Willy's Smokehouse and Rib Ticklers BBQ, announces its grand opening on January 13, 2024. This exciting event will showcase their award-winning BBQ and Blue Ribbon Sauces to the local community.

The venture, helmed by Marco Gonzalez and Dennis Ofsthun, traces its roots back to a 30-year history rooted in a serendipitous encounter over a sauce recipe at Marco's taco place in Saticoy, California.

The recipe, crafted by Willy Harris, a military cook and former personal chef to Bob Hope during USO tours, captivated many, including Mr. Hope and his friends. After Willy's passing, Ofsthun, inspired and driven, established Rib Ticklers BBQ in Gig Harbor, WA. Unexpectedly, a caller claimed ownership of Willy Harris' recipes and smoker. A partnership ensued, leading to accolades like winning the prestigious 1st place at the American Royal BBQ sauce contest in Kansas City, solidifying their decision to bottle these remarkable sauces.

In 1993, armed with a van full of sauce, a smoker in tow, and a treasure trove of awards, Ofsthun ventured to SoCal, where he met Marco Gonzalez. A connection sparked over a taco and beer, leading to joint successes, including winning the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. This collaboration birthed Rib Ticklers BBQ on Kanan, evolving into Willy's Smokehouse, now Tavern 101. In 2007, Ofsthun's departure left Gonzalez at the helm, steering the legacy with warmth and hospitality while supporting local causes and organizations.

Gonzalez and Ofsthun reunite to introduce 101 BBQ Hut, delivering genuine southern-style slow-smoked BBQ and blue ribbon sauces to Westlake Village. Join them on January 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for FREE SAMPLES.

For more information, visit https://www.101bbqhut.com/

101 BBQ Hut, 30768 Russell Ranch Rd Ste. A, Westlake Village, CA 91362

Related link: https://www.101bbqhut.com/

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Business, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Kiosk Industry News for January 2024

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- The Kiosk Industry Group invites you to visit our booth at NRF 2024 January 14th thru 16th at Javits Center in New York City. #1602 Lower Level. Qikserve countertop kiosk with ImageHolders, Pyramid Computer with KioWare and Cash-to-Card demo by RedyRef. Show specials include Bill Payment kiosk by DynaTouch, Panasonic restaurant tech stacks, outdoor ticketing kiosks (solar powered), Doing Kiosks Right by Olea Kiosks, and LG entering EV charging kiosks.

We also offer a limited number of 3-Day Expo Passes for $1500. Here is our NRF page on Kioskindustry: https://kioskindustry.org/nrf-2024-national-retail-federation-big-show/

IN OTHER NEWS:

* Kodak Moments inducted into the Kiosk Hall of Fame

* Dot Inc. joining the accessibility committee

* digital signage AI software by 22Miles

* and the saga of self-checkout at Walmart.

Contact info@kioskindustry.org with any questions. From Kiosk Industry and Kiosk Manufacturer Association.

Featured Content This Month - We have a special report this month on Kodak Moments. Our recent tour of their U.S. headquarters in Rochester, NY is included. Here's a link to the feature - Kodak Moments: The Newest Hall of Fame Inductee is Inspiring a Kiosk Revolution

LATEST POSTS:

* Accessibility - Improving Digital Experience - OMB Guidance

* Assistive Technology - ATIA Orlando

* Digital Signage with AI Integration - 22Miles Interview

* Bill Pay Kiosk News - Kiosk Konnect DynaTouch

* Chinese Kiosk, Touchscreen and LED Suppliers

* Kodak Moments First Business Inducted Into Kiosk Hall of Fame

* See the latest in self-service tech at NRF 2024

* Accessible Kiosk - Dot Inc. Joins Accessibility Committee

MORE:

* Extended opinion and statistics on Telehealth + new model at HIMSS

* New RFID test unit for self-checkout in Bentonville

* For sale - kiosks, digital signage, android handhelds, components. New and Used.

* Over 500 companies listed. Submit your own company (free).

* Digital Financial Assets Law of California for bitcoin kiosks. See link.

* Digital signage and AV posts on AVIXA

About Kiosk Industry:

Kiosk Industry is the recognized source for opinions, insights, news, and market trends for self-service kiosks, digital signage, POS, and more. Learn from experts and join the community. We are a collective "co-op". We distribute RFPs and provide comparison RFPs for deploying companies writing RFPs.

For more information, contact info@kioskindustry.org or visit https://kioskindustry.org/. Since 1996, for almost 30 years. For all verticals, visit The Industry Group.

Thanks to the great companies who make this possible.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Education and Schools, Female Entrepreneurship Grant, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Selects Two Bay Area Women to Receive Business and Mentorship Grants

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The San Francisco Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI-SF) is thrilled to announce the grant winners of their inaugural 2023 Female Entrepreneurship Grant and Mentorship program: Stephanie de la Cruz of De La Creamery in Oakland and Wendy Lieu of Socola Chocolatier in San Francisco.

The mission of the LDEI-SF Female Entrepreneur Grant and Mentorship program is to support SF Bay Area female-owned businesses in the food, culinary and hospitality industry with cash awards of $5,000 to help them expand and enhance their business. This is an exciting opportunity to help advance the grant winner's businesses through financial support and ongoing mentorship.

The grant recipients will receive benefit from a full year of mentoring meetings amongst fellow accomplished business owners, entrepreneurs, and members of the LDEI-SF Business Grant Committee: Mary Gassen, Emily Luchetti, Maryam Ahmed, Linda Carucci, Sue Conley, Duskie Estes, Janet Griggs, Marsha McBride, and Dominica Rice-Cisneros. In addition, they will receive access to relationship-building and networking as part of LDEI-SF's extensive and thriving membership.

"The LDEI Grant committee was honored to receive more than 20 applications in our inaugural year from very qualified woman-owned food businesses in the Bay Area," said co-chair of LDEI-SF's Business Grant Committee Mary Gassen, who created the concept. "The financial award is important to both businesses, but we feel that the year-long mentorship these businesses will receive from our chapter will be invaluable."

The Grant Recipients

Stephanie De La Cruz worked in events and hospitality for many years, but upon losing her job during the COVID-19 pandemic, started making ice cream. Stephanie decided to take on the challenge of making horchata ice cream; a prominent flavor in many taquerias and Mexican homes. Once the recipe was mastered, she started developing a line of ice cream flavors dedicated to her Mexican heritage and culture. Shortly after, De La Creamery was born. In 2023, she took out her first business loan, and looks forward to eventually expanding her business into a brick-and-mortar location.

"I am looking forward to learning and being connected to the talented creators of the Bay Area, many of which are household names for our community," stated De La Cruz. "We will be able to pave the steps to following in their footsteps."

Wendy Lieu has been making handmade chocolates and confections that reflect the diverse flavors of her Vietnamese heritage for over 22 years. A self-taught Chocolatier, Wendy also attended classes at the Culinary Institute of America and evening classes at Pastry School at Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco, and took the plunge into full business ownership through a Business Planning Course at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. She also holds a degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.

Timing of the award is particularly advantageous for Lieu, who will celebrate the store's 10-year anniversary next February. "I am so excited to be able to refresh the store with new signage and updates to make it an even more inviting space for our customers. I also look forward to the mentorship to grow my business."

This year's awards were made possible due to the generous support of Mijenta Tequila and the fundraising efforts of the San Francisco chapter of LDEI-SF, as well as the commitment of mentoring time and talent of the chapter's Dames. A gathering to celebrate the award winners will be held in the Bay Area in early 2024.

About Les Dames d'Escoffier International

LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality fields. To do this, 2,500 members in 43 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropy within their communities.

For more information, visit https://ldei.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @lesdamesintl, LinkedIn and Twitter @lesdamesintl. More information on The San Francisco chapter of LDEI, which will celebrate 35 years in 2024, can be accessed at lesdamessf.org. Follow our chapter activities on Instagram @lesdamessf.

Related link: https://lesdamessf.org/

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Business, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Foodiehall Serves Up Cheesesteaks and More From New Restaurant FH Steaks

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Foodiehall, the award-winning food hall in South Jersey, has just opened its newest restaurant. FH Steaks is now serving up cheesesteaks for dine-in, delivery, and take out.

The selection at FH Steaks features 100% USDA ribeye with house seasoning on freshly baked seeded rolls from Formica Bakery (the same bakery that supplies White House Subs of Atlantic City). Diners have the option to add Cooper Sharp, American, Provolone, or Whiz, along with toppings like fried onions, peppers, and mushrooms.

FH Steaks also offers a variety of cold beverages. Those include sodas from Jones, Boylan, and Dr. Brown's, along with Jarritos and La Colombe canned coffees.

And because FH Steaks is part of Foodiehall, patrons can also place orders with any of the other Foodiehall restaurants, including:

* Canting Wok & Noodle Bar

* Criss Crust, serving up pizza

* Dando Tacos

* DaNick's Craft Burgers

* Fornire Italian Kitchen

* Junior's Doughnuts

* Mac N Toastie, serving up grilled cheese and mac & cheese

* S5 - Sylva Senat's Soups Salads & Sandwiches

* Simply Fowl, serving up chicken sandwiches

If one member of the family wants a cheesesteak, for example, and another is craving tacos, they can get both on one order with Foodiehall. Patrons can enjoy their meal at the Cherry Hill food hall, pick it up to go, or get it delivered in Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Maple Shade, Marlton, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Voorhees, and the surrounding areas.

For every meal ordered - whether at FH Steaks or any of the other Foodiehall restaurants - Foodiehall donates a meal to Feeding America through its Meal 4 Meal program.

To learn more about FH Steaks and Foodiehall, visit foodiehall.com.

To place an order online, visit https://foodiehall.menu/pickupdelivery.

Or to visit Foodiehall in person, head to 1931 Olney Avenue, Suite 200, in Cherry Hill.

About Foodiehall:

Foodiehall is a value-driven food hall offering an unprecedented array of exceptional cuisines sent directly to you from the state-of-the-art kitchen. The Culinary Director has carefully curated a series of menus that reimagine how delivery food should taste. Foodiehall delivers to Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mt Laurel, Voorhees, Maple Shade, Haddonfield, Moorestown, and the surrounding areas. They also offer dine-in and takeout. And with the company's Meal 4 Meal program, every meal delivered is a meal donated to Feeding America.

Learn more at https://www.foodiehall.com/

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Olea Kiosks Introduces Redesign of Indoor and Outdoor Geneva Kiosk

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Olea Kiosks®, a visionary provider of self-service kiosk solutions, announced a redesign of its popular Geneva kiosk as it debuts this new model at International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAPPA) in Orlando November 14 to 17, 2023.

Olea's Geneva kiosk was designed for high volume amusement parks and attractions. It has now been upgraded to provide even more enclosure space for additional peripherals in a modular fashion. The re-design includes improved interior management for power supplies, cabling and networking gear, and adjustable shelves to assist with peripheral placement.

"Despite the popularity of the Geneva kiosk, we decided we could deliver even greater kiosk value with a redesign. Customers love the aesthetics, and we didn't want to change that part, but we wanted to make the peripheral cavity more flexible and convenient," explained Frank Olea, CEO.

"When we originally introduced Geneva, we designed an Indoor and Outdoor product that are essentially the same and we've been able to maintain that consistency. Adjusting the angles allowed us to deliver more enclosure space for more devices like printers, or even bill and coin acceptors or recyclers. With an improved locking system, we've also added an extra layer of protection against vandalism," added Olea.

The new Geneva Kiosk will be at International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAPPA) in Orlando, November 14 to 17, 2023 in the Kiosk Manufacturer Association Booth 6137.

Olea will also have various kiosk models throughout IAPPA in the following booths:

* Centaman - Booth 4650

* Connect&Go - Booth 2036

* PDC/Brady - Booth 3865

* VivaTicket - Booth 5100

For more information on the Geneva Kiosk: https://www.olea.com/news/the-details-behind-the-geneva-kiosk-design/

About Olea Kiosks, Inc.:

Olea Kiosks® Inc., is a self-service kiosk solution provider for government, healthcare, hospitality, travel, and entertainment. Its technologically advanced, in-house manufacturing, design, and innovation have made it an industry leader. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, customers include Connect&Go, Accesso, Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, Subway and CLEAR. Olea Kiosks can be found wherever high-volume authentications and transactions are required, including 50+ major airports, amusement parks and premier stadiums across all 5 major US sports leagues.

For more information, visit https://www.olea.com/.

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Veteran Hospitality Duo Opening New Venue At Iconic Restaurant Corner In Studio City

STUDIO CITY, Calif. -- For decades, Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. have been a crossroad for some of Studio City's most dynamic restaurant ventures. Now, two proven restaurateurs, Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse and many others) and Dick Raskin (Shanghai Rose) have teamed up to launch a brand new 144-seat eatery, The Daily Outpost, on the second level of the sprawling space located on the intersection's southeast corner.

The contemporary casual style Daily Outpost is now open evenings for business and provides a reliable, straight-ahead menu of "American Classics" prepared to satisfy palettes and pocketbooks with bountiful servings and lots of flavor.

According to co-operator Dick Raskin, "Our classic American-style menu is traditional and features universally popular dishes that make going out to eat worth the effort." Among the menu staples, "take-it-up-a-notch" classic burgers, double pork chops, tequila lime chicken, French dip and additional American classics, including steak, over-the-top sandwiches and entrée salads.

Along with a spacious indoor dining space, The Daily Outpost's unique, second story patio seats 50 and features comfortable outside dining year-round enhanced by heaters, misters and other amenities.

Also featured at this new venue is a popular array of beers and a well curated cocktail menu; among its stars is "The Talent Scout," a Daily Outpost signature drink. The restaurant also features an outstanding wine list highlighting top vintners, a Ken White Pinot Noir, a Jermann Italian Pinot Grigio and a Jordan Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon among many others. Co-owner Brian Lenzo is a seasoned and celebrated curator of craft beers, a hallmark of the many classic bars and restaurants he's been involved with over several decades in Hollywood, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.

Unlike many Studio City eateries, The Daily Outpost also offers easy access above and below ground public parking and well-lit public spaces around it.

As Brian Lenzo, who has long had his pulse on the L.A. food and drink scene, from successfully launching three craft beer breweries and popular restaurant fare, says, "We're putting a menu of beloved foods on the menu and bringing it back to a corner of Los Angeles where it's been missing and eagerly awaited."

MORE INFO. OPEN FOR DINNER 7 NIGHTS A WEEK: https://www.thedailyoutpost.com/

12050 Ventura Blvd 2nd Floor, Studio City CA 91604, 818-824-3113

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