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Meet Melissa Carroll

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Melissa Carroll was recently hired as head bartender at South Water Kitchen.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as head bartender?

Meet Mike DiNucci

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Mike DiNucci was recently hired as director of sales at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North.

Meet Brian Lang

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Brian Lang was recently appointed area director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Denver and Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Texan Entrepreneurs Announce Devils River Small-Batch Whiskey, Devils River

A recent Gold medalist at the 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition, Devil's River Whiskey is officially the newest small-batch bourbon to be available in Texas.

The namesake Devils River, located in southwestern Texas, is part of the Rio Grande drainage basin. The river earned its name when renowned Texas Ranger John Coffee Hays first saw the river and learned that it was called the San Pedro, named for St. Peter.

Ritz-Carlton Dallas Turns Group Dining into Entertainment

Chris Southwick, chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is cooking up a new banquet menu that expresses his creativity and individuality. Not only does his menu incorporate delicious pasta dishes, family-style meals and his special house-made mozzarella, but he also his innovative dessert options too. Southwick and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas are optimizing its group dining through their new Meetings of the Senses program.

Meet Garrett Kaneshiro

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Garrett Kaneshiro was recently hired as the director of food and beverage for the Stella Hotel in Bryan, Texas.

Winery Adds a Tuscan Flare to Group Events

Texas Hill Country sunsets and beautiful views of rolling vineyards surrounding the Duchman Family Winery provide the perfect setting for a group event. The family-owned venue is located about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Austin and offers unique event spaces with a taste of Italian wine country.

Hilton Announced Newest Initiative at IMEX

IMEX America, an expo for the travel, meetings and events industry, took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 10–12. There, Hilton announced and launched their new initiative, WowMakers, which will help recognize the hardworking professionals in the hospitality industry.

The program is intended to celebrate the 100,000-plus professionals in the industry by sharing their stories and helping them connect with others in the business—giving them the recognition they deserve.

VERTS Mediterranean Grill Expanded to Offer Off-Site Catering

Co-founders Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein launched VERTS Mediterranean Grill in 2011 to bring fastcasual Mediterranean food to locations such as Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Now the restaurants will provide off-site catering at special events throughout Texas. Offerings include a full Mediterranean buffet for up to 200 people, as well as a boxed lunch for smaller working groups.

For a meeting snack that will fuel the brain, as well as the body, try VERTS pita chip spread. 

Cool Tips for Hot-Day Catering

Temperatures in Palm Springs and other desert cities are breaking records this summer, topping out at more than 120 degrees. But Chad Gardner, one of the area’s top event planners and caterers, isn’t breaking a sweat. His companies Chad Gardner Presents, and Dash and a Handful produce corporate events and charity galas for a long list of clients, including Pandora, Calvin Klein, Toyota, Nike, Twitter, VH-1, the Human Rights Campaign and the Annenberg Center at Sunnylands.

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