• Parasole’s Maite Kuhns Receives Hospitality Hero Award

     
    POSTED April 10, 2018
     

    Photo by Justin Cox

Maite Kuhns, a corporate trainer and recruiter for Parasole restaurants has been named the Hospitality Hero award winner for fourth quarter by 2017 by Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. This honor that is nominated by their colleagues, is given quarterly to a member who has made valuable contributions to the image and culture within the Minneapolis hospitality community.

Kuhn’s primary job at Parasole is training new employees who will be working at one of the company’s restaurants. Parasole’s restaurants include Chino Latino, Libertine, and Manny’s Steakhouse. “Maite is a hidden gem in Minneapolis. I wish more people knew about her positivity. She is a great asset to this city,” says Matthew Engel, a former colleague of Maite Kuhns. “Ask any person about Matie and their faces will light up.”

Maite has demonstrated superior hospitality with Parasole restaurants for over eight years. Her contagious positivity has impacted the entire company and this honor is well deserved.

Meet Minneapolis recently presented its Hospitality Hero award to Seng Sengpanya, the sous chef at The Marquette Hotel. This award honors a company or an individual who has contributed considerably to the public image of Minneapolis through exemplary hospitality and service.

Sengpanya has been with The Marquette Hotel since beginning her career there as a housekeeper 30 years ago. Over the years, she has worked her way through multiple departments before becoming the hotel’s sous chef.

 

One day last August, Nicole Liwienski surprised a friend by dropping off a large balloon with tassels attached to it on his doorstep. He had recently completed cancer treatment, and Liwienski wanted to surprise him with something thoughtful. "He was so happy," says Liwienski. "That feeling of giving back and seeing the reaction, I told Jen, ‘let’s start something.’"

 

It was announced in late February that during the month of March uber-restaurateur Stephen Starr would be introducing a unique "Support our Schools" program in his 20 Philadelphia restaurants.

Philadelphia schools have long been a subject of discontent and Starr’s plans to raise $100,000 during the one-month period would help support multimedia labs, elementary school playgrounds and six-week summer internships. Starr’s restaurants average 40,000 customers per week and diners would be encouraged to add a donation when paying their bill.