• 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.

 

Cafe and Bar Lurcat in downtown Minneapolis is an elegant, multifaceted haven for food lovers looking to host an event. This chic, yet urban venue offers delectable cuisine and three private event spaces—and for their special events, Cafe and Bar Lurcat partners with D’Amico Catering, a Twin Cities hospitality company that has served the area for over 30 years. 

 

Crafting experiences from the heart, Brian and Sarah Ingram, chefs and owners of Purpose Restaurants, built their brand from the universal truth that great things can happen over a shared meal.  

“We are not just serving food, we are creating an experience through a meal,” says Brian.

With a portfolio consisting of Hope Breakfast Bar in St. Paul and St. Louis Park, and The Gnome in St. Paul, Purpose opened the latest addition, The Apostle Supper Club at The Radisson Hotel Duluth, on May 6.  

 

Since opening in January 2020, Hotel Indigo has become a hub of Rochester and the Mayo Clinic area. The city’s nature is emphasized in all guest rooms, which feature color palettes inspired by the nearby Zumbro River and hiking trails. This “nurtured by nature” theme continues in the indoor atrium, a 15,000-square-foot room full of natural light. “It’s a space where we can set up based on the needs of the group,” says Dawn Vickerman, director of sales at Hotel Indigo-Rochester and Mayo Clinic Area.