Officials with the Made in Oklahoma Coalition have announced the three recipes for April using ingredients from Made in Oklahoma Coalition food manufacturers. This months recipes include creamy dreamy berry trifle, cornmeal pancakes, with bacon and Oklahoma BBQ meatloaf.
Aprils Made in Oklahoma Coalition food manufacturers include Head Country, Shawnee Milling Company, Hiland Dairy Foods, Griffin Foods, Andrew Honey Bees, Choc Beer and Bar-S. The April recipes released by the Made in Oklahoma Coalition would be a great addition to any table. The recipes are:
Creamy Dreamy Berry Trifle
Pound Cake, cubed (see below)
Maestro PMS Users Conference 2015: Ah Ha Moments for Everyone
Maestro PMS wrapped up its most successful and well attended Users Conference April 23. A contingent of nearly 100 of Maestros clients, partners, and Maestro professionals met for 3 days at the Chaminade Resort and Spa on the coast in Santa Cruz, CA. The event provided independent operators with hands-on instruction, new system announcements, and Ah Ha moments that will make their businesses more profitable. Click here to learn more about Maestros solutions for profitability and productivity.
A list of action items to make properties more efficient
This was the best and most organized conference I have attended. I came back to my property with a list of action items that will make our operation more efficient, said Christen Goldie, Revenue Manager at the Apple Farm in the San Luis Obispo wine country. I learned the Maestro Analytics business intelligence module will automate a big part of my job I am doing by hand now. It was valuable talking with operators of independent properties like mine to find out how they run their operations. Maestro provided a relaxed atmosphere where we all learned more about our systems. Many attendees were impressed with presentations on Maestro Web, the new full-functionality cloud ready browser-based Maestro PMS platform.
Clients contribute ideas for Maestro PMS solutions
Warren Dehan, Maestro PMS President said, We host our Users Conference to bring independent operators as much information as possible to help them be more successful. Plus, we want to create a relaxed, fun environment where we can meet and learn from each other. We provided system education, good food, and fun. Our clients provided Maestro with insights on how we can strengthen our systems and our company.
Maestro attendees responded to a Users Conference survey with a strong endorsement of the educational programs and the overall event. One hundred percent of our Conference attendees rated the event and its information as extremely useful very useful, Dehan said. Attendees also gave a 100 percent endorsement that they were extremely likely very likely to recommend the Users Conference to other Maestro users. The events keynote was by widely-respected Daniel Edward Craig on Leadership and Guest Service Excellence for the Modern Hotelier.
The Maestro Users Conference was the most comfortable business event I have attended; this is a very good thing for learning new information. The companys professional team was great and very well informed. I particularly valued the technical breakout sessions. I learned our system had new functionality that we can use to enhance our operation and guest experience, said Cameron Tyer, Director of Lodging at The Resort at Schlitterbahn in Texas. There were some definite Ah Ha moments that will benefit our properties.
Maestro understands independent operators
I am excited about where Maestro PMS is going with new tools for our industry, said Debbie Wardrop, GM of the Port Ludlow Resort on Washingtons Olympic Coast. Maestros team listens to what operators say about the tools they need to do their jobs better. Maestros clients are all unique independents, and Maestros team understands independent operations. Maestro Web will have some new advantages for our property.
For more information on the Maestro PMS or for a demo of the Maestro Property Management Suites more than 20 modules please contact Maestro PMS at 1.888.667.8488 or email info(at)maestropms.com.
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Maestro PMS is recognized in the hospitality industry for its standard-setting Diamond Plus Service and robust integrated Maestro resort hotel software technology. With more than 30 years experience dedicated to developing technology solutions for the hospitality industry, Maestro PMS is a partner who understands you need a scalable, flexible PMS that works the way you do. Maestro applications are engineered for operators who need to manage their enterprise in a real-time environment for the utmost operational efficiency, productivity, control, and profitability.
Stonebridge Companies DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction Hotel Accepting Reservations for Mothers Day Brunch
The DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction hotel is accepting reservations for their annual Mothers Day buffet, available from 11:00am until 2:00pm on Sunday, May 10, 2015. The extensive buffet includes favorites such as smoked Atlantic salmon, made to order omelet and egg station, prime rib of beef, honey glazed pit ham with rum raisin sauce, baked cod with lemon dill sauce, a variety of appetizers, salads, sides, desserts, and much more. Additionally, guests will enjoy the sounds of local pianist Jeannie Thomas throughout the afternoon.
The cost for adults is $ 29.95 plus tax and gratuity, $ 14.95 for children 6-12 years of age, and free for children 5 years old and under. Reservations and additional information are available by calling the hotels special event line at 970-257-8138 or visiting the website, http://www.DoubleTreeGrandJunction.com/mom.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction hotel overlooks the lush valley and beautiful bluffs of the Grand Mesa Plateau. Located minutes from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), the hotel provides guests with easy access to I-70, West Star Aviation, St. Marys Hospital, Colorado Mesa University, local vineyards and wineries and historic Downtown Grand Junction. Hotel amenities include 24-hour, Precor-certified fitness center, on-site recreational activities, on-site playground, heated outdoor pool, business center, room service, free parking, free high-speed wireless Internet access, on-site restaurant and lounge Bistro 743 and much more. The DoubleTree Grand Junction hotel is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.
Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The companys current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse portfolio includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.
Exclusive Fractional Ownership Club Cabo Viejo Luxury Estates and Spa Declare Cabo San Lucas Perfect Destination for Foodies this Fall
Cabo San Lucas is the ultimate tropical vacation destination not just for its stunning scenery and fantastic fishing, but also for the amazing food that the region serves up on a daily basis. Exclusive Fractional Ownership Club Cabo Viejo Luxury Estates and Spa is highlighting some of the fantastic dining options that travelers have to select from when they choose to visit Cabo San Lucas.
One of the first restaurants that Cabo Viejo Luxury Estates and Spa directs food-enthusiasts to check out is Mis Suenos Restaurant. Boasting the self-declared “best breakfast in town,” Mis Suenos also serves up lobster, steak, pasta, and of course, plenty of authentic Mexican cuisine. With large portions cooked to specification upon request, from cilantro sauce to barbeque, Mis Suenos serves diners a fantastic culinary experience. The restaurant also offers diners a great view to enjoy the local charter boats and yachts as they depart and return from their voyages.
Misiones De Kino Pasta Bella and Bar is another great restaurant that foodies should check out. Exclusive Fractional Ownership Club Cabo Viejo Luxury Estates and Spa points out that the restaurant was once an old Baja Mission, and offers diners the option to dine indoors in a traditional Mexican setting, or outdoors in the garden area. The menu at Misiones De Kino features traditional Mexican dishes like fajitas and tacos, as well as antipasta selections, soups, appetizers, and seafood. House specialties include lamb ravioli, baked rigatoni, spicy shrimp and sausage diablo, and more. Misiones De Kino is open Monday through Saturday from 3:30pm to 11pm and reservations are recommended.
A more relaxed dining experience comes in the form of Burrito Surf. Exclusive Fractional Ownership Club Cabo Viejo Luxury Estates and Spa knows that travelers craving a big delicious burrito will certainly enjoy their meal at Burrito Surf. Using only the best hand-picked ingredients, Burrito Surf crafts great burritos for guests. Visitors to the restaurant can build their burrito using sides like meats, fish, vegetables, salsas, and cheese. The restaurant also serves traveler’s favorites like hot wings, salads, quesadillas, and fajitas.
For more information about luxurious accommodations in Cabo San Lucas this fall, visit http://caboviejo.com.
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza announces deal with Macerich to open in the San Tan Village Gilbert, AZ
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Franchise is coming to San Tan Village, located in Gilbert, Arizona after agreeing to a 3rd lease with the Macerich property group. 1000 Degrees also has restaurants under construction in 2 other Macerich Malls one located in Deptford, New Jersey and another at Macomb Mall, in Roseville, Michigan.
“We are excited to join an exciting tenant lineup in San Tan Village, located in Gilbert, AZ and further our business relationship with Macerich properties” said a company spokesman. With a Harkins Theater along with many big box retailers, and an exciting tenant mix including Chipotle, AT&T, The Apple Store more, 1000 Degrees is bringing its crispy Neapolitan style Pizza to Gilbert this summer. The restaurant will be situated adjacent to Chipotle and Charming Charlie’s across from Barnes & Noble and the Apple Store.
“We are very pleased to announce 6 new 1000 Degrees Pizzeria restaurants coming soon to the exciting Arizona market, and over 20 additional restaurant locations opening thru 2015 across 14 states”, he added. The New Jersey based pizza franchise has experienced tremendous growth across the country and aboard. The brand now has signed franchise agreements to develop over 50 additional units across 17 states by the end of 2016.
1000 Degrees has a unique spin on authentic Neapolitan pizza: “We have an extremely unique concept as we bring authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in just 2 minutes to the city of Linden and are proud to be the first authentic hand-tossed fast-casual pizzeria in the Union County Market,” said a company spokesman.
Fired to perfection in just 2 minutes in a custom made 1000 degree oven, the pizzeria brand focuses on the highest quality cheeses, meats, imported flours & freshest vegetables available. Customers can create their own pizza, by selecting their favorite dough, and then choosing from over 40 sauces, cheeses, meats, and veggies, or order direct from their menu of restaurant favorites. Some of the more popular shop favorites include unique pizzas like an “Authentic Margherita” or “The Smokey Pollo,” which features smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, applewood smoked bacon, pineapple, red peppers, red onions, and both mozzarella and blue cheeses.
“With the create your own spin that we offer, you can literally build a completely different type of pizza each time you visit, and they are fired to a crispy perfection, just 2 minutes after ordering,” said a company spokesman.
The Gilbert, AZ neapolitan pizza franchise location will mark the brand’s first location to open in Arizona, with more AZ locations on the horizon, as they also have restaurants either being built in Scottsdale and 4 other Arizona cities. Those interested being part of the 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria brand, or for investment opportunities, should inquire at the company website: http://www.1000DegreesPizza.com.
Chef Mike Smith Joins the Utopia Food & Fitness Team
What is the key Utopia ingredient for client weight-loss? — Delicious, gourmet fresh food to-go. Convenient meals that taste great are what make the Utopia program an easy and delicious way to work towards your weight loss goals. One Utopia client said it best, the meals are so good, I feel like Im cheating!
Well, prepare your taste-buds. The Utopia food is about to taste even better. Chef Mike Smith joined the Utopia team in February as executive chef and his expertise has taken Utopia food from delicious to out of this world. He’s adding dishes to the menu that are so good, its hard to believe they are healthy. Staples like Mexican dishes, Italian, steak, even a bunless hamburger with sweet potato fries.
Chef Mike Smith has had an impressive career with experience at a number of noteworthy Dallas restaurants including Arcodoro/Pomodoro, Thomas Avenue Beverage Company, 2900, The Green Room and The Common Table. He has earned the respect and praise of critics including a Dallas Morning News 4-star rating, an invitation to the internationally renowned James Beard House and numerous accolades from Texas Monthly, The Dallas Observer, and D Magazine.
Mike sprang to the Dallas culinary scene beginning as a sous-chef and with years of dedication and a passion for food quickly moved up the ranks. He served as Chef de Cuisine, partner, owner and Executive Chef for many Dallas restaurants. Mike also has been involved in health-related projects such as his partnership with Abbot Diabetes Care to create a menu of options to help diabetics maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Ultimately, Chef Mike has a big vision that fits perfectly with the Utopia program: he wants to change the way people lose weight. Mike is on a mission to show the world that delicious food and weight-loss are not exclusive of each other. People can lose weight without having to give up delicious, satisfying food and Chef Mike is up to the challenge of proving it.
So Whats Cooking?
Chef Mikes exposure to a variety of international cuisines coupled with his southern roots provides him with an unmatched culinary repertoire. His style has been referred to as modern soul food and Utopia is excited for him to bring his spin to the menu.
Never fear, the Utopia menu favorites will still remain! Everything is just being improved upon. For example, the Turkey Bolognese is a very popular Utopia dish. Chef Mike has taken the Turkey Bolognese recipe and added a signature marinara sauce that he learned to prepare while in training on the island of Sardenia in Italy with a local Italian mentor.
We also want to re-create some staple comfort foods, that people miss when they go on diets, Scott Wilder, Utopia co-owner explained. Recently Chef Mikes patty-melt with sweet potato fries was added to the menu and has received rave reviews from loyal Utopia clients. Also in the works, a quesadilla! Stay tuned for other Utopia menu improvements and additions.
For more information about Chef Mike visit the Utopia Team page. If youd like to find out more about how Utopia Food & Fitness can help you lose weight and get fit visit their website or visit their Plano location: 5805 Preston Rd Suite 594, Plano, TX 75093.
30 For 30: Unbound Sponsors Step Up To The Plate To Help Kids In Poverty
The beginning of April brings Opening Day of baseball season. This year, Americas national pastime could help provide paths out of poverty for children in developing countries.
Jack and Jodi Petrinovich from Lakewood, WA, hatched a fundraising plan called 30 for 30. This season they will visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks to find sponsors for 30 children through international humanitarian organization Unbound.
The couple will drive cross-country from April to July to visit each MLB park hoping to find a sponsor for a child at each venue.
My husband and I went on an awareness trip with Unbound to visit the girl that we have been sponsoring in Merida, Mexico, said Jodi Petrinovich. While we were there we decided to sponsor another young girl as we were so impressed with the work that is happening through Unbound to assist in lifting people out of poverty, giving people some choices in determining their future and providing hope for a better life.
Unbound works with more than 300,000 children, youth and elders in 21 countries. The organization has more than a quarter of a million monthly donors that, through their support, help provide essential benefits such as education, food, health care and livelihood opportunities for families. The families choose the benefits that best fit their situations and meet the needs of their children.
For the Petrinoviches trip, all 30 children waiting for a sponsor through Unbound have a connection to each of the 30 MLB teams, whether its having a name similar to a teams city or being from the same country as a player on the team.
In a troubled world, where we often think there is nothing one person can do to help, a small financial commitment really does make a difference, said Jodi Petrinovich. It also helps create the bonds of lasting peace and unity among people of diverse cultures and faiths.
The Petrinoviches will kick off the road trip with their first game in Oakland, Cal. on April 12, 2015, and then travel around the country, finishing at the Colorado Rockies’ stadium in mid-July.
Visit the Petrinoviches My Outreach page to see how theyre doing or sponsor a child, and follow @UnboundOrg on Twitter for updates.
Unbound is the largest nonprofit in Kansas with more than $ 120 million in annual revenue. Unbound works side by side with people of diverse faiths in 21 countries, bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways.
Unbound distributes direct aid as quickly and efficiently as possible to people who need it. More than 93 percent of Unbound’s expenses go toward program support.
Learn more about Unbound at http://www.unbound.org.
Popular Thai Bamboo Restaurants chooses Videotel’s VP71 industrial digital signage media players
Videotel Digital has announced that Thai Bamboo Restaurant is using the companys VP71 for the extensive menu boards in the restaurant’s four popular locations.
Thai Bamboo is the top-rated Thai and Asian restaurant in the Spokane and North Idaho area, with a diverse menu and elegant atmosphere, including large outdoor patios and a Tiki-style Coconut Lounge at the newest location. Thai Bamboo is committed to using the highest-quality ingredients, including gluten-free soy sauce along with wild fish and Pacific prawns. The restaurant does not use MSG, nor does it use styrofoam for its to-go containers.
Thai Bamboos extensive menu is the perfect match for the VP71 digital signage player which is designed for playing looping, high-definition content. The VP71 features smooth playback of both video and audio, and it displays up to 1,080 lines of vertical resolution with HDMI output. The VP71 seamlessly and automatically plays, loops and repeats content, and the player is built with high-end parts to endure heavy use.
I looked hard for a durable solid state video player for our restaurant menu and advertising TVs, said Thai Bamboo Restaurant Owner Tom Burgess. The Videotel product lineup had just the products we were looking for, and they have performed flawlessly.
About Videotel Inc.
Videotel Inc. is the only company manufacturing industrial looping DVD players. Videotels players smoothly handle video content, digital signage and industrial media for multiple industries. Videotel, headquartered in San Diego, California, has been the industry leader in providing dependable industrial digital solutions and products for more than 34 years.
Videotels players run continuously for years without failing, and the company is the only provider of the auto start, auto play and auto repeat features. The auto features work flawlessly even during power failures, with no user intervention required.
For more information about Videotel Digitals line of top-quality industrial media players and digital signage solutions, please visit http://www.videoteldigital.com/ or call (800) 878-4056. You can also visit Videotel on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or Twitter.
Taco Mac to Open New T.MAC in Cobbs Thriving Cumberland Area
Atlanta-based TM Restaurant Group today announced that it will open its newest Taco Mac location in Cobb Countys growing Cumberland community. Currently scheduled to open to the public on November 10th, the new restaurant will be located in the Parkway Pointe shopping center, at the northeast corner of Cobb parkway and Cumberland Boulevard, just a few blocks away from the site of the new Atlanta Braves stadium.
The Cumberland location will showcase a fresh and exciting look, including the use of the restaurants longtime nickname, T.MAC, while providing loyal Taco Mac fans with the authentic food and craft beer they have grown to love over the last 35 years. The contemporary design of the restaurant is inspired by the cornerstone of the T.MAC experience genuine food, craft beer on draft and sports on HDTVs.
An expansive bar area, featuring a 58-foot solid wood bar top crowned with 10 overhead aluminum beer conduits housing 96 beer lines, provides a visual connection to the constantly flowing selection of 96 beers on draft including a special focus on Georgia and the Southeasts growing number of craft breweries. As a more subtle nod to the T.MAC beer experience, two high-top communal table tops contain remnants of beer bottle glass. In addition to draft and bottled beer, the T.MAC will serve signature cocktails and premium wines.
In keeping with T.MACs tradition of being a great, neighborhood gathering spot to watch sports and drink craft beer, the new location will offer 64 large screen HDTVs to provide optimal sports viewing all day, every day. Other design highlights include a rich palette of millwork, masonry, warm colors and energy-efficient LED lighting.
At nearly 7,000 square feet, the interior space will accommodate 260 guests with a variety of seating options including three European designed circular booths. Accommodating six guests each, the circular booths feature seating that rotates 360 degrees for easy in and out. A spacious and convivial covered and heated outdoor patio provides seating for 54.
The Cumberland T.MAC will open with the full menu of T.MACs signature favorites including its roasted wings, fresh-baked flatbreads, double hand-breaded chicken tenders and sides including oven-baked macaroni & cheese, broccoli queso casserole, green beans and fresh roasted mushrooms. T.MAC continues to use high quality ingredients in all of its offerings and will make its chips, salsa, signature queso, pico de gallo, guacamole, and salad dressings fresh in the restaurant. T.MAC also uses all-natural chicken, USDA American ground beef and a variety of fresh vegetables.
Jason Everett, TM Restaurants Regional Manager comments: Theres been demand for another neighborhood Taco Mac in Cobb for some time, but we hadnt found the right place until now. We cant wait to finally serve the Cumberland area and be a part of the growth and energy thats happening there. We look forward to bringing what we do best to the community genuine food, craft beer and a love of sports.
T.MAC selected award-winning design studio ai3, Inc. to envision and implement the design of the Cumberland restaurant. ai3 has been responsible for the design of many of the restaurants that have shaped Atlantas vibrant dining scene, including Miller Union, 4th & Swift, Holeman & Finch and Lure.
The restaurant will be open Sunday Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving its full menu. For more information, please visit http://tmacrestaurants.com/location/cumberland/.
About T.MAC Restaurants
T.MAC restaurants are casual, neighborhood restaurants serving delicious, genuine food, a huge selection of craft beer on draft, and the best sports watching environment anywhere. Currently with 30 restaurants in three states, T.MAC was founded as Taco Mac in the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta in 1979. Today, T.MAC has become one the Southeasts most beloved places for friends and family to come together and hang out. In every location we operate, T.MAC is dedicated to serving the communities that surround our restaurants.
Spreading the Love: Which Wich Celebrates National PB&J Day with Nation-Wide Spreading Parties
Which Wich, an award-winning, national, fast-casual sandwich concept, plans to feed 100,000 people in need by making and donating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to local organizations across the country on April 2nd, 2015 as part of the brands Project PB&J