Monthly Archives: February 2018

JEFFREY SZOMBATY JOINS HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI BEACH RESORT AND SPA AS NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF AND INTRODUCES THE BUFFET AT HYATT

Long-time Hyatt Regency chef to lead resort’s food and beverage program, including impressive new dinner buffet

HONOLULU, HI  – Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa’s General Manager Doug Sears announces the appointment of Jeffrey Szombaty as Executive Chef and the timely debut of The Buffet at Hyatt. With close to two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Szombaty joins the resort from Hyatt Regency Vancouver, where he served as Executive Chef for three years. Before his move to British Columbia, Szombaty served as Executive Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency Waikiki from 2010 to 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Szombaty back to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa family,” remarked Sears. “Jeff’s passion for indigenous, seasonal products, as well as sustaining relationships with local farmers and vendors, is evident in his style of cuisine, which focuses on simplicity and clarity of flavors. We are lucky to have Chef Szombaty back on the island to lead our culinary team and to introduce The Buffet at Hyatt.”

In his new role, Chef Szombaty has spearheaded the resort’s newest venue, The Buffet at Hyatt. With a focus on sustainability and delicious, organic options only available in Hawaii, The Buffet will be available from 5:30pm – 9:30pm nightly on the third floor of Diamond Head Tower. Menu highlights include a made-to-order poke station and sushi, Kauai shrimp, fresh local fish, kiawe smoked alaea salt crusted prime rib, southern king crab legs with Hyatt’s famous Singaporean chili crab sauce, certified angus grilled beef, traditional Hawaiian specialties, extravagant dessert selections, and more, with gluten free and vegetarian options throughout and an expanded seafood selection on weekends. Szombaty is committed to offering a unique array of choices for travelers from across the globe, with a special focus on local produce, organic ingredients, and a connection to Hawaiian culture. The Buffet at Hyatt will also feature a selection of curated cocktails, including the Hana Passion (Cruzan Rum, passion fruit syrup, grenadine, orange juice, piña colada mix), Waikiki Mule (Absolut elyx, lilikoi puree, ginger beer), and South Shor (Cruzan Mango, Southern Comfort, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine). The Buffet at Hyatt menus can be found here, and the full drink menu is included here.

A New Jersey native, Szombaty began his culinary career early in life, working in professional kitchens starting at age 16. He first joined the Hyatt community in 2000 as a Cook at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA. He moved up the ranks to Banquet Chef in 2007 and transferred to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago in that same role in 2008. It was from Chicago that Szombaty moved to Waikiki to work as Executive Sous Chef under Sven Ulrich, and it is with great excitement that he is welcomed back to the resort.

About Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Balanced between the idyllic beauty of the legendary Waikiki Beach and the dynamic city center, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a vibrant destination combining relaxation and adventure with true Hawaiian hospitality. Each of the 1,230 guestrooms, including 19 suites, offers Hawaiian elegance and private lanai with panoramic beach, mountain, and city views. With an unrivaled location just steps from world-famous waves, the resort affords effortless exploration of the island’s attractions, from Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium, to world-class shopping, sophisticated dining and expert surfing lessons. Offering endless amenities including luxurious treatments at the 10,000 square-foot Na Ho’ola Spa, StayFit Fitness Center, swimming pool overlooking Waikiki Beach, one of Waikiki’s biggest breakfast buffets at SHOR, steak and island seafood at Japengo, tropical cocktails at SWIM, and more than 60 boutiques on site. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach promises Hawaiian-style excitement paired with the warmth of authentic Aloha spirit.

For more information regarding Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, please contact the resort by phone at (808) 923-1234, or visit the resort website at: waikiki.regency.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.

MinnSPIN is Coming to the Twin Cities March 7

First Daylong Event for Twin Cities Branch

SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network) Twin Cities branch is holding a daylong conference for senior meeting industry professionals on March 7.  The content has been developed to target the busy senior-level planner who needs professional development close to home. “We realize that not all of our members can travel to attend conferences, so we are bringing the education and networking to them,” said Linda Hurtley, SPIN’s Regional Director, Central Region and Advisory Board Member.

“Our team focused on topics that appeal to our audience – folks who have been in the industry for more than 10 years and need that next level of discussion,” remarked Dana Ellis, SPIN:Twin Cities Branch President. Topics to be covered include “Contract Management” with Kelly Everhart, “Stories that Sell” with Phil Gerbyshak, a “Laugh and Learn” session led by the Brave New Workshop Team (venue host), “The Chemistry of Conversations that Build Trust” with Mary Schmid and “Build Efficiency and Fill Your Toolbox” with Sean Schuette.

Registration Open Now

Registration is open to member and non-member industry professionals (planners and suppliers who have at least 10 years’ experience). SPIN:Twin Cities is encouraging SPIN members from other branches who might be in town to sign up too! Register here.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

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SEATTLE SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL TOURISM AUTHORITY SALES MANAGER RECIEVES DISTINGUISHED RECOGNITION BY EVENTS INDUSTRY COUNCIL

Jené Iceberg, sales manager for the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is among an elite group of individuals recently announced by the Events Industry Council as members of the newest class of Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs). The prestigious, internationally acknowledged meeting management certification program is recognized as a badge of excellence throughout the events, meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. Iceberg received her certification after passing a rigorous examination and evaluation based on her professional experience and education. CMPs are considered leading experts in their field.

“We are thrilled that Jené continues to be recognized for her hard work and dedication to meeting planning and management,” said Meagan McGuire, vice president of sales and services of the Seattle Southside RTA. “Jené’s expertise benefits both our key stakeholders in Seattle Southside and the groups and events from around the country that we have the pleasure to host and serve throughout the year.”

In 2017, Iceberg was named “Rookie of the Year” by Meeting Professional International (MPI) and received a Shining Star award for her active community involvement. She served as the chair for the Washington chapter’s annual auction, successfully coordinating a team of volunteers to execute the successful event.

In her two-and-a-half-year tenure with Seattle Southside RTA, Iceberg has focused on bringing meeting and event planners to the region, as well as educating industry professionals on the services a destination marketing organization (DMO) can provide. She works closely with many local industry associations, volunteering her time to various committees.

Iceberg is currently working on obtaining her Professional in Destination Management (PDM) certificate from Destinations International. She is also a founding board member of the Seattle chapter of Young Travel Professionals and has rebuilt the group to provide opportunities for industry professionals to develop their careers, network and continue influencing the travel industry.

About the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for Seattle Southside. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and for meeting and event planners to hold their functions. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call (877) 885-9452.