Church hopes to fill hearts, tummies at annual hunger event
By Tiffany Esshaki
Posted February 8, 2016
BIRMINGHAM — There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup to cozy up a chilly Birmingham night.
On Wednesday, Feb. 10, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham will host its annual Empty Bowls event. Around 40 volunteers will dish out tasty soups from some of the area’s favorite chefs to benefit those who have to go without.
“This is an annual event for our Hunger Committee, which helps various local organizations that (work to solve) hunger,” said committee member Chris Stout. “It’s on Ash Wednesday, and the church holds short services every half-hour, so we usually get a lot of people in.”
This year, nearly two dozen local restaurants have offered to prepare soup and bread for the event, including Sweet Lorraine’s, Mad Hatter Bistro, Red Coat Tavern, Streetside Seafood and more.
Jared Chorney, director of food and beverage operations at […]
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The Townsend Hotel Receives AAA’s Four Diamond Rating
Less than Six Percent of Nearly 28,000 AAA-Approved Hotels Receive Designation
BIRMINGHAM, MICH. – Jan. 20, 2016 – The Townsend Hotel, a luxury property known for its exceptional service and amenities, has again received the coveted AAA Four Diamond designation. The Townsend has maintained this prestigious rating every year consecutively since it opened its doors in 1988.
According to AAA, hotels at this level are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings. They typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services.
The Townsend Hotel is part of a select group of establishments within North America. Currently, just 1,587 hotels hold the AAA Four Diamond Rating.
“AAA is pleased to recognize The Townsend Hotel as a Four Diamond hotel,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “To maintain the exceptional […]
The Townsend Hotel Names New Managers
DBusiness Daily News
Published: January 20, 2016
The Townsend Hotel, a luxury hotel in Birmingham, has added three new managers to its operating team. They are: Daniel Colangelo as food and beverage manager, Ana-Lisa Cervantez as banquet manager, and Kori Reeves as assistant front office manager.
Colangelo, who has more than 10-year working in restaurants, is responsible for the daily operations of the Rugby Grille, The Townsend’s award-winning fine dining restaurant. Previously, Colangelo served as operations manager at Eddie Merlot’s in Bloomfield Hills. Before that, he worked as assistant general manager of Buca Di Beppo in Utica, and was assistant manager at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Southfield. He is a member of the National Restaurant Association.
Colangelo, of Waterford, earned dual associate degrees from Oakland Community College in liberal arts and criminal justice.
As banquet manager, Cervantez brings more than 10 years of hospitality experience and is responsible for executing […]
2016 “FOUR DIAMOND” RATING AWARDS UNVEILED
15 Michigan Hotels Make the Diamond “Cut”
Dearborn, Michigan (January 15, 2016) — AAA Michigan has officially announced the 15 Michigan hotels that have earned the coveted Four Diamond designation. The Four and Five Diamond Ratings are AAA’s highest designations for hotels. Less than 6 percent of nearly 28,000 approved hotels receive this rating. These hotels are part of a select group of establishments within North America. Currently, only 1,587 hotels hold the Four Diamond Rating.
Hotels at the Four Diamond level are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience, attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings and typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services. This is the first time that Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek has attained this prestigious rating.
Firekeepers Casino Hotel (2015)*
The Townsend Hotel (1988)
The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel (2003)
The Henry, Autograph […]
Last week, local food news was buzzing about a news release detailing a decadent burger at Birmingham’s Rugby Grille. Besides being topped with seared foie gras, the menu item was causing chatter because of its price tag: $55.
I decided to take a trip to the Rugby Grille, to see what a $55 burger tastes like.
Located in the Townsend Hotel, the Grille is definitely a special occasion restaurant known for old school style and top-notch service. Entrees, which average around $40, include roasted lamb loin, salmon matelote, duck a l’orange and a variety of steaks. The server’s description of the Dover sole prepared table side was almost enticing enough to make me forget the mission at hand, which was to order the foie burger.
The burger has a rich taste not only because of the seared foie gras (duck or goose liver from a bird that has been specially fattened; a controversial […]