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Now Available: The 2019 Edition of the Leading Guide to Hotel Technology Success

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 12:07pm
Starfleet Research, the leading provider of best practices IT research and recommendations for the hospitality industry, today announced the release of The 2019 Smart Decision Guide to Hotel Property Management Systems. Advanced copies are now avail...
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A New Destination for Chinese Food: Not Flushing, but Forest Hills

NYTimes Dining and Wine - November 27, 2018 - 11:21am
A corner of Queens better known for delis and pizza parlors has added a critical mass of new (and creative) Chinese restaurants.
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Restaurant Review: Seafood From Two Tapas Masters at Saint Julivert Fisherie

NYTimes Dining and Wine - November 27, 2018 - 11:20am
At their new Brooklyn restaurant, the chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero leave Spain to fish in other waters.
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A Harbor for Fish Lovers in Brooklyn

NYTimes Dining and Wine - November 27, 2018 - 11:07am
At Saint Julivert Fisherie, the chefs behind a string of well-loved Spanish restaurants experiment with seafood ideas from all over.
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Love Those Crunchy Bits

Planet Cheese - November 27, 2018 - 11:00am

Antwerp wasn’t on my bucket list until I tasted this gorgeous Belgian Gouda. Now I must go. The cheese is made at a creamery about an hour away, then sent to Antwerp for aging. The family that matures the Gouda (and many other fine European cheeses) also runs a cheese shop in Antwerp that some say is the best in Europe. The shop stocks hundreds of cheeses and supplies Belgium’s finest restaurants. The famous De Koninck brewery is practically next door and provides the cheese-aging space. Field trip, anyone?

For the American market, the Gouda has been rechristened OG Kristal. (The Belgian name is a challenge for English speakers.) If you love those crunchy bits that turn up in some well-aged cheeses (they’re protein crystals), you will fall for this 20-pound amber beauty. It has crystals galore, plus a luscious, dense creaminess that makes you think you are eating a salted caramel. The importer describes the flavor as “boozy cherries, fudge and butterscotch.” Can you resist?

OG stands for Old Groendal, a reference to the Groendal company that makes the cheese. But the important word is Kristal. Dairy scientists still don’t entirely understand the formation of internal cheese crystals, but they seem to occur when enzymes break down the cheese’s protein into amino acids, one of which is tyrosine. When there’s enough tyrosine, it crystallizes. That’s the nickel answer.

Only Cheese: fine Antwerp shop

You don’t have to understand the chemistry to enjoy OG Kristal, an 18-month-old Gouda made from pasteurized milk from a single farm. The Van Tricht family—father-and-son affineurs (cheese-aging experts)—store their cheeses in De Koninck’s former bottling facility, now divided into eight aging rooms with all the temperature and humidity controls needed to mature cheeses of many types. The family’s retail shop, Only Cheese, has a rotating selection of De Koninck brews on tap. American cheese merchants: steal that idea.

I didn’t know any of this when I photographed OG Kristal (above) with a nutty dessert sherry. I stand by that pairing, but now I’m intrigued by the idea of enjoying this Gouda with a rich, spicy, high-alcohol Belgian ale, like a dubbel or quad. Rochefort is a personal favorite, and I’m pretty sure this experiment is in my immediate future.

Look for OG Kristal at these retailers.

Love Bread?

Me, too. Bread with cheese? Even better. Dark pumpernickel, crusty baguettes, raisin brioche, walnut levain, seedy seven-grain loaves…all of them shine with cheese but not with the same cheese. Join me for a seriously fun evening exploring the love match between bread and cheese at Petaluma’s beautiful new Artisan Baking Center. Champion baker Craig Ponsford (Gold Medal winner at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie) will be making our seven breads. I’ll bring the cheeses. Wine and beer, of course. A night to remember!

Bread & Cheese: Seven Perfect Pairings
Thursday, December 6
Artisan Baking Center
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Details and reservations

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Volara - the Voice Hub for the Hotel Industry - Speaks Directly to Guest Privacy, Hotel Data Protection

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 10:12am
New York -- Voice technology is disrupting hotel guest engagement and redefining how services are delivered. Industry reports, like the recently released Buyers Guide from HotelTechReport, show the future will be controlled by voice as smart speaker...
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Fornova's Latest Research Reveals Key Opportunities For Hotels To Enhance Distribution And Profit By Improving Allocation And Availability

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 9:47am
Fornova, a leading provider of distribution intelligence and automation solutions for hotels, have released their latest report on Distribution Trends for impact of availability and allocation management. The report analyses and highlights key trend...
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SevenRooms Partners With FreedomPay To Offer A Secure Commerce Platform To Hospitality Clients

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 9:22am
PHILADELPHIA (November 27, 2018) -- FreedomPay, the global leader in secure commerce technology for lodging, gaming, retail, restaurants, stadiums and other hospitality merchants, has integrated with SevenRooms, a leading, all-in-one reservation, se...
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McNeill Hotel Investors Opens Homewood Suites By Hilton Athens

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 9:00am
McNeill Hotel Investors (McNeill) announced today the Grand Opening of the 130-room, select service, all-suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Athens, adding to the companys growing portfolio and expanding its presence in the Athens, Georgia market. The a...
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Hotel Internet Services Survey of Hoteliers and Guests Reveals Crucial Insight on Voice Technology and In-room Entertainment Trends

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 8:50am
Clearwater, Florida November 27, 2018 - Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has conducted a study on more than 500 guests and 200 hoteliers, in order to determine th...
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Hotel Guest Experience Innovator Go Moment Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 8:25am
Go Moment, the worlds leading provider of real-time artificial intelligence guest communication solutions for the hospitality industry, today released its list of significant company gains and achievements. The five-year-old company and creator of t...
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Key Tools to Include in Your Group Sales Toolkit | By Matt Curry

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 8:11am
Group business is growing. According to American Express,1 group hotel rates increased globally 2.8 percent on average over 2017, with North America seeing the greatest increase, rising 3.5 percent. And we can expect those rates to continue their up...
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Springer-Miller Systems Announces Enhanced Integration with OpenKey

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 7:45am
DALLAS, TEXAS (November 27, 2018) - Springer-Miller Systems (SMS), the leading provider of guest-centric hospitality and spa management systems has completed a next-level integration with OpenKey, the industry standard for universal mobile key. The ...
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Trademark Collection by Wyndham Pushes Past 100-Hotel Mark with a Dozen Destinations Debuting in Canada

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 7:34am
Since launching less than 18 months ago as Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:WH) first soft-brand, Trademark Collection by Wyndham is continuing its rapid growth around the world and raising its flag in Canada with a dozen recently signed hotels and re...
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TrustYou's New Live Chat Helps Hotels Turn Website Visitors Into Direct Bookings

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 6:37am
TrustYou, the worlds largest guest feedback platform, today announced the launch of its new live chat channel that is part of its well-established Guest Messaging tool. The easy-to-integrate live chat enables hotels to respond to booking inquiries i...
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The Hotel In Montreal With A Secret Mission

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 5:40am
The exterior of the building looks pretty standard from the outsidevintage 70s, perhaps.Stepping inside, the color-blocked lobby is expansive for a property with only 40 rooms and two suites: It extends an entire city block with a receptionist, conc...
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Radisson Hotel Group Announces The Signing Of A Radisson Red In Plano, Texas

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 4:59am
Radisson Hotel Group today announced the signing of a Radisson RED in Plano, Texas. The new-build hotel will offer 100 guest rooms, along with the brands signature amenities and onsite restaurant, OUIBar + KTCHN. The lifestyle hotel brand inspired b...
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AccorHotels announces the launch of a Tender Offer for 100% of Orbis shares

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 4:51am
AccorHotels announces that today it filed with the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego) a notification concerning the intention to launch a Tender Offer together with a tender offer circular for the acquisition in cas...
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AccorHotels reaffirms its ambitions and targets the doubling of its EBITDA by 2022

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 4:43am
In the context of its Capital Market Day to be held in Paris today, AccorHotels reaffirms the key components of its strategy and presents its midterm targets for value creation.As the Groups transformation into an asset-light model comes to completi...
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The top 5 things you need to know now in hotel digital marketing: November Edition | By Margaret Mastrogiacomo

Hospitality Net - November 27, 2018 - 4:36am
1. SEO: Google launches a follow button for businesses in Google Maps.Earlier this year, Google added a posting feature to Google My Business listings, allowing businesses to post updates directly to their local listing. Now, Google has added a foll...
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