Detroit Metro Times: Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille in Birmingham names new executive chef

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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

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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 […]

Church hopes to fill hearts, tummies at annual hunger event

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BIRMINGHAM

Church hopes to fill hearts, tummies at annual hunger event

By Tiffany Esshaki

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 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 […]

The Townsend Hotel Receives AAA’s Four Diamond Rating

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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 […]