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New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants picked the brains of chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from its 70- plus restaurants, bars and lounges across more than 30 U.S. cities to push the foodie envelope for 2017. Here are some trends to look out for at the Kimpton and beyond:

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+ MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED DISHES: Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt

New Seasonal Items Launch at Sprout Salads

It’s the new year, and the Twin Cities are filled with new resolutions, many of which may sound like the following: “I’m going to start eating healthier. I’m going to eat more salads.” Well, if you’re anything like me, creating a salad that substantially qualifies as a meal always begins as a hopeful process but somehow results in a dejected bowl of limp foliage smeared with, you guessed it, ranch. Such consistent salad failures are why I jumped at the opportunity to sample Sprout Salad’s new seasonal menu.

Philly Has Record Year

Just in time for the new year, Center City Philadelphia is right on track to end 2015 with a record hotel occupancy.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:

Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is estimated to hit a record 77.4 percent in up from 75.5 percent in 2014. Visitors to Philadelphia from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms—another record.

Leisure Is One Of Three Major Segments:

Schmooze and Network with MPI New Jersey

There’s no better way to start off your new year than mingling with fellow industry professionals.

The MPI New Jersey Chapter is offering the perfect opportunity to network at their January New Year Meet-Up. You’ll gain face-to-face time with others and nibble on tasty bites and beverages.

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