FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE TOWNSEND HOTEL AGAIN NAMED FOUR-STAR PROPERTY BY
FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE IN OFFICIAL 2016 STAR RATING ANNOUNCEMENT
Luxury Hotel Receives Prestigious Rating for Fourth Consecutive Year
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – March 3, 2016 – Forbes Travel Guide recently unveiled its annual Star Rating list, once again naming Birmingham, Mich.’s The Townsend Hotel a Four-Star property for the fourth consecutive year. The Townsend, known for its exceptional service and amenities, is one of only two Michigan hotels to receive the 2016 Four-Star Rating, and will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.
According to Forbes Travel Guide, only properties that meet its hospitality standards – the most stringent in the industry – achieve a Five Star, Four Star or Recommended rating. Forbes Travel Guide’s professional inspectors check into every property it regularly rates, evaluating more than 500 criteria to determine a Star Rating.
“To continually receive recognition from the travel […]
The Detroit News: At home with chef Todd Sabo
In 1986, while attending Aquinas High School in Southgate, Todd Sabo went over to his friend Joe’s house to study for a biology test.
“Joe’s family owned an Italian bakery and they all lived together in the same house. The grandma insisted I stay for dinner. So I sat down to a full meal that to me was a feast, an endless parade of food that included salad, pasta, fish and meat. It was the first time I had my eyes open to food,” said Sabo, today the executive chef of the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.
That experience ultimately led the chef, during the summer of his junior year, to get a job as a breakfast busboy at the Dearborn Inn. “I worked there for two years while still in school, mostly on weekends, and eventually became a fine dining server at the hotel’s […]
Photo courtesy of Joe Vaughn
by Serena Maria Daniels
February 16, 2016 at 4:45 PM
Detroit Metro Times: Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille in Birmingham names new executive chef.
The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, which houses the award-winning fine-dining Rugby Grille, has signed on a new executive chef, Todd Sabo.
Sabo is a native of Dearborn, but he’s spent a long time away from metro Detroit, cooking at a Ritz Carlton in Dallas, where he worked for more than eight years in various roles, including excutive sous chef. At the Townsend, he will be charged with handling the hotel’s culinary operations, the Rugby Grille’s menu, as well as menus for the Afternoon Tea, Townsend Bakery, and the Corner bar.
Sabo brings with him a global perspective, having traveled extensively in Mexico and South America, and studied English Lit and Russian language at the University of Michigan.
Says Steven Kalczynski, Townsend’s managing director in a news release: “Chef Sabo brings so […]
The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille Receives AAA’s Four Diamond Rating
Just Two Percent of More than 30,000 AAA-Approved Restaurants Receive this Rating
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Feb. 15,2016 – The Rugby Grille, The Townsend Hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, has again received the coveted AAA Four Diamond designation, and is one of only five Michigan restaurants to earn this honor. The Rugby Grille has maintained this prestigious rating consecutively since 2001.
According to AAA, restaurants at this level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience and attentive service. Menu offerings are typically distinguished by highly creative chefs using top-quality ingredients.
The Rugby Grille is part of a select group of establishments within North America. Currently, just 683 restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean hold the AAA Four Diamond Rating.
“AAA is pleased to recognize the Rugby Grille as a Four Diamond restaurant,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings. “To maintain the exceptional […]