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Thomas Orbison Creates New Menus as Executive Chef at Lela Restaurant

Lela Restaurant has rolled out new lunch and dinner menus, created by new executive chef Thomas Orbison.

Chef Orbison discovered his passion and talent for cooking following his career in the United States Air Force. “After six years in the military, I developed a passion for cooking and moved to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu, which is like Harvard for chefs,” said Orbison.

Now that he’s back in Minnesota for the first time since 2004, Orbison is excited to launch some new entrees in the southwest metro.

Parasole’s Maite Kuhns Receives Hospitality Hero Award

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.

Kira Musolf of Millennium Minneapolis receives Hospitality Hero Award

Kira Musolf has been named a Hospitality Hero award winner for third quarter by Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. This award is given quarterly to members of the Minneapolis hospitality community. Nominated by colleagues, this honors individuals or companies that have made impressive and memorable contributions to the image and culture of Minneapolis through their hospitality and service.

Two New Hires for Fairmont Austin

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.

Seng Sengpanya Named Meet Minneapolis Hospitality Hero

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.

White Peacock Styled Events Brings Smiles to Twin Cities Residents

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.’"

Stephen Starr & Philadelphia’s Schools

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.

An Introduction

I am beyond honored to rejoin the Meetings + Events team as the new digital content editor. After interning under Ada this past spring, I realize I have big shoes to fill, but I am excited to embark on this journey with all of you.

A Fond Farewell

The time has come for me to begin a new adventure. I've truly enjoyed my time with the Meetings + Events team and getting to know many of you along the way has been the letterpress place cards on the expertly designed tablescape- an unforgettable detail. However, I'm leaving you in very capable hands and it's a pleasure to introduce your new Digital Content Editor, Julianna Fazio.

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