• Meet Garrett Kaneshiro

     
    POSTED December 11, 2016
     

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.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as the director of food and beverage for The Stella Hotel? Bringing a restaurant to life is more than feeding a guest or pouring a glass of wine. It’s about the passion that crafts that cocktail or grills that steak, the genuine smile that welcomes you in the morning for a cup of coffee, that’s what it’s all about. Being part of the team that brings this to life is what I look forward to most of all.

2. How do you think your past industry experience has prepared you for this role? I’ve been lucky enough to be around some incredibly talented people that taught me the foundations of hospitality. Every role has unique challenges, but the fundamentals of hospitality are the same.

3. What goals do you have in mind for the hotel for this year and further down the line? To create an experience for our guest that they did not know they wanted. Genuine service that motivates our guest to try something different: fresh food that is innovative, yet familiar. A glass of wine that makes you want to travel. A cocktail that you share with friends. 

4. How did you get into the industry? I remember my first shift ever in a restaurant as a busboy—the energy, excitement, people… I was hooked! On the other side of things, I love food, even as a kid I remember helping my parents cook dinner.

5. What do you enjoy most about the hospitality industry? What is there not to like! Be around people that want to be happy…and a great meal with great service in a beautiful setting is a step in the right direction.

 

If there is a better hair-of-the-dog drink than a bloody mary, we sure don’t know what it is. Visit Beaumont shared its recipe for a tasty Sunday brunch cocktail, and they even made it for eight, so you can treat your friends!

 

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.

 

Question: What is your one must-have for business travel?
 

"My Mophie power station so I don’t have to compete for outlets during a flight delay or have that awkward moment of leaning into my neighbor’s lap while trying to find an outlet on the plane."

India Rhodes, CSEP Dallas Partner | Wilkinson Rhodes