October 2018 - Total Food Service

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Meet Us In The Lobby By Andrew Beres, Sarah Bulmer, Tess Rex, and Morgan Tucker


e’ve been spending a lot more time in hotel restaurants. But it isn’t an uptick in travel or a convenient meal that draws us there—rather, it’s the excellence with which progressive hotel brands are approaching their food and beverage programs. When our team reflects on the restaurant projects we’re most proud of in 2018, the majority are in these likeminded properties. We’ve seen hotels shift their F&B focus toward local restaurant talent and, fortunately for us, this changing tide fosters more creativity when it comes to hotel foodservice supplies. Gone are the days of mass-procurement with cold, lifeless banquet spaces and out-oftouch breakfast buffets. When chefs and restaurateurs are given their own budgets and artistic freedoms, you can bet they’re going to build something special. Enter our team of sourcerors: curating an elevated guest experience through tabletop product design and other OS&E specifications. Take a walk through the newly renovated lobby of the Evelyn Hotel and you’ll be instantly attracted to Chef Jonathan Benno’s latest projects. Refined-rustic Italian cuisine saunters out of a brand new kitchen installation by one of our engineering teams. On the tables, you’ll find branded Steelite and Reynaud dinnerware, underlined by dark wood22 • October 2018 • Total Food Service • www.totalfood.com

en tables and brass accent fixtures. After dining on Benno’s signature focaccia, catch us nursing a nightcap in Nude glassware by Hospitality Brands at GW Bar inside the Freehand Hotel in Flatiron. Run by the all-stars at Happy Cooking and recently awarded one of the Best 50 Bars of 2018, we’d expect nothing less than the finest drinkware on their shelves. At Studio, the HC team selected custom matte Anfora dinnerware to welcome guests to the tables of this Santa Feinspired space. The branding adds a pop of color to the table, lending to more eyecatching photographs. If that wasn’t enough, check out custom Steelite glassware at Simon & The Whale while you indulge on sophisticated American fare with Sambonet Vintage flatware. Jump on the L train and you’ll make it to our latest hotel project—The Hoxton—who we welcomed to the US this month when they opened their doors in Brooklyn. This UK-

Morgan Tucker is Director of Business Development at M. Tucker, a division of Singer Equipment Company. Ms. Tucker works with a wide diversity of acclaimed restaurateurs, celebrated chefs, and industry leaders across the U.S. Andrew Beres, Sarah Bulmer and Morgan Tucker curate LMT. LMT is a harmonized portfolio of tabletop collections. Our products speak to a contemporary aesthetic while occasionally borrowing from the past. To consult with our team, please email lmt@singerequipment.com.

based, open-house hotel brand designs their properties after the neighborhoods they inhabit. Intentionally, Hoxton Williamsburg is as eclectic as the artists, freelancers, and activists in the surrounding community. Of course their main restaurant is the first to plate on the light pink Joyn dinnerware by Rosenthal, serve cocktails in Big Top glassware by Nude, and offer breakfast in the Expressions bowls by Bauscher. They aren’t afraid to take risks to turn heads—just like

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