The Cornell Hotel Society (CHS), Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter held it’s 10th Annual Hospitality Forum on May 7th, 2019 at The Madison Hotel Washington DC.
As a part of the Faculty Road Show Program, CHS brought SHA lecturer, Christopher Gaulke, to Washington DC to host the panel on Trends in Food & Beverage (F&B). Christopher teaches courses in restaurant management, purchasing and supply chain management, and new product development.
The panel brought together a vibrant mix of F&B industry experts ranging from kitchen designer to award winning restaurateur.
Hollis Silverman ’00, Principal at Woodward Wells Hospitality. As a consultant, she partners with chefs and restaurateurs to clarify their strategic vision, streamline operations, and help them grow their businesses.
Chef Spike Gjerde, Principal at Foodshed and James Beard Award Recipient for Mid-Atlantic Best Chef
Jordan Schlotterbeck ‘14, Director of F&B Development for the Americas at Hilton. He oversees the F&B programs of over 100 hotels in 15 countries. Jordan holds degrees from both the Cornell Hotel School and the Culinary Institute of America.
Katherine Kies ’11, Corporate Director of F&B for PM Hotel Group. At PM Hotel Group, Katherine is responsible for the F&B operations at 25 full service hotels and $100M of annual F&B revenue
Scott Levine, SVP and Founder of the Design Difference. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in kitchen design and as a formally trained chef with experience in restaurant and hotel operations, he fully understands the inner workings of commercial kitchens and laundry facilities and the importance of strategic planning and design.
The panel discussions focused around current trends impacting the F&B industry including sustainable sourcing, use of technology to improve efficiency, mobile ordering and delivery, and labor challenges. The panelists also talked about trends in hotel F&B operations and bringing more innovative restaurant concepts to hotels.
The event was generously sponsored by Hilton Hotels, PM Food & Drink Innovation Group, and Host Hotels.