Crains Detroit: Foie Burger debuts at The Rugby Grille

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Foie Burger debuts at The Rugby Grille

The Foie Burger is available now at The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grill in Birmingham.

The Rugby Grille introduced a new item to their menu: the Foie Burger, priced at $55.

Sold exclusively on the dinner menu at the restaurant inside Birmingham’s The Townsend Hotel, the burger is composed of waygu beef, sweet onion jam, seared foie gras, braised short rib, parmesan aioli, burgundy truffles, Thomasville tomme cheese and is served with a side of burgundy truffle fries.

The Rugby Grille is located at 100 Townsend, Birmingham.

New restaurant in Eastern Market

Stache International, a 2,000-square-foot, 60-seat restaurant, opened Thursday. Starting with lunch, it add hours on the weekends and delivery to local bars to serve the late-night crowd.

The sandwich shop squeezed between Thomas Magee’s Sporting House Whiskey Bar and the Pure Shea Store, will serve bar-friendly food items such as sandwiches inspired by international flavors, charcuterie and appetizers like the Firecracker bites (cheese bites […]

Birmingham Eccentric: Birmingham restaurant introduces the $55 hamburger

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Foie Burger

If you’re tired of steak or lobster, there’s always the $55 hamburger at the Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille in Birmingham.

Chef Damian Yopek is the creator behind the Rugby Grille Foie Burger. Sold exclusively at dinner, the burger is composed of waygu beef, sweet onion jam, seared foie gras, arugula, braised short rib, parmesan aioli, burgundy truffles and Thomasville tomme cheese. It’s served with a side of burgundy truffle fries.

“The $55 hamburger is pretty much an opulent hamburger,” Yopek said. “We know hamburgers aren’t supposed to cost that much, but we wanted to offer something unique with great flavor. It’s gratifying and satisfying and a good conversation piece.”

Yopek said the eight-ounce burger has been on the menu for three weeks and took off right away. The first one to purchase one was a food blogger by the name of Grace D, who gave it a great review on Yelp.

“First time dining […]

Steven Kalczynski – Managing Director

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Executive Portrait

Steven Kalczynski, now a hospitality industry veteran, didn’t know a single soul in all of Asia when he hopped a flight to spend a month there looking for work to bolster his burgeoning resume with international experience.  He ultimately landed in Shanghai, serving as resident manager of the Portman Shangri-La.  Since then, Kalczynski, who has called The Townsend Hotel home since September 2012, added professional pins to Xian, Beijing, Mumbai, Grenada, W.I., Toronto and Doha, Qatar on his world map of global experience.  Stateside, Kalczynski’s more than 30-year-career also has included property management roles in Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, NC and Los Angeles.

Kalczynski’s on-the-job globetrotting taught him a valuable career lesson that he carries with him throughout his daily work at The Townsend Hotel, whether hosting a neighborhood couple for a little luxury staycation, or a foreign diplomat visiting on official business.  “After years of working in many different […]

The Townsend Hotel Welcomes Three New Associates

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Luxury Property Adds New Managers to Front Office, Food & Beverage and Banquet Depts.

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Dec. 28, 2015 – The Townsend Hotel, a AAA 4-Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star and Travel + Leisure 500-rated luxury property known for its exceptional service and amenities, today announced the addition of three new managers to its operating team – Daniel Colangelo as food and beverage manager, Ana-Lisa Cervantez as banquet manager and Kori Reeves as assistant front office manager. The new staff announcement was made by Steven Kalczynski, The Townsend’s managing director.

​“Guests of The Townsend Hotel have come to expect the very best in customer service because we consistently expect the very best work performance from every one of our associates,” said Kalczynski. “Daniel, Ana-Lisa and Kori have joined The Townsend team because they personify that passion for customer service, and I look forward to watching them exceed our guests’ expectations.”

As food […]

C & G News: GivingTuesday comes to Birmingham

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#GivingTuesday comes to Birmingham | C & G Newspapers

BIRMINGHAM — Whoever said giving can’t be a little bit glamorous?

In honor of Giving Tuesday — that’s the new philanthropic holiday that comes right after Thanksgiving and the money-grabbing occasions of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — the Townsend Hotel in downtown Birmingham made a hefty donation of furniture to Habitat for Humanity.

The award-winning luxury hotel gave the nonprofit 24 lounge couches and ottomans, 20 granite-topped dressers, 23 desks, 32 nightstands, 30 bed benches and 56 crystal lamps, plus an assortment of artwork to be sold in Habitat’s ReStore resale shops. The public will be able to purchase the high-end furniture, and the proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Oakland and Wayne counties, which work to build and renovate homes to be turned over to families in need for a no-profit mortgage.

“We’ve been rejuvenating the Townsend […]