Collabs & Crossovers

3-12-2019

Enjoy the blog by our colleague Niek Timmermans from Van Spronsen & Partners hospitality consultants. He blogs about the trendy collabs & crossovers, how hip and popular are they in 2019?

Earlier this year, Leonie van Spronsen wrote a blog about crossovers, how she felt 2019 could have been the year of crossovers. She kicked it off with an example of the Emmy Cheeseburger Dumplings of Mimi Chengs in New York. Two hospitality entrepreneur comrades that created a dish out of their individual bestsellers. We also have an example of this in the Netherlands, the Taiko X FEBO authentic FEBO snack wall in Tunes bar with limited-edition langoustine frikandels and Wagyu burgers specially created by chef Schilo van Coevorden.

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Trends we spotted | Week 48

29-11-2019

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At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about a snowman sculpture trail you can walk in London Bridge this Christmas and start-up Air Protein creates ‘air meat’ using protein-producing microbes discovered by NASA.

Gucci and Massimo Bottura will open the second Gucci Osteria at a rooftop in Beverly Hills and we found an adorable package deal: last summer you could enjoy a ‘puppies & prosecco’ package at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Denver.

US-based Sweetgreen is using Artificial Intelligence tech and personalised service to attract customers to its latest restaurant in New York. And a link to the full list of the 100 Best chefs in the world 2020 according to the French restaurant Le Chef, with 6 Dutch chefs!

Tokyo’s 13th Michelin Guide has been released last week and KFC also tested plant-based chicken in Canada for one-day. They want to introduce plant-based chicken in 2020.

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Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2019 by Christian Louboutin | ‘The Loubi Express’ steams into Mayfair straight from Paris

22-11-2019

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  • Claridge’s Christmas TreeClaridge’s Christmas Tree

Claridge’s, London’s legendary Mayfair hotel has unveiled the Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2019 in the hotel lobby, created by long-time friend and guest, designer Christian Louboutin. Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2019, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is accompanied by The Loubi Express, a glittering red train stationed in the snowy forest clearing of the lobby, with a plethora of wrapped gifts atop the train, making their way from Paris to London to spread festive cheer.

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Trends we spotted | Week 47

22-11-2019

  • trends we spotted this week

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other a link to an article about the new concept of Jamie Oliver, Jamie Oliver Kitchen. The first two restaurants will open this month in Bali and Bangkok. And Coca-Cola System introduces KeelClip to its multipack cans.

Christmas inspiration from London: the ‘over the top’ decorations at restaurant 34 Mayfair and the Narna-themed wonderland outside restaurant Ivy Chelsea Garden. And to remain in the Christmas spirit: an ‘Elf’- inspired suite at the Club Wyndham Midtown New York City.

Delicious news at the website of Eater about the famous Danish Smørrebrød! A couple of chefs are reviving this traditional dish. And the latest news on the ‘Cités des vins et des Climats’ in Beaune,  Burgundy.

A special and very expensive ‘Feeling Pretty’ arrangement of the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. Just a weekend to experience the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ including shopping!

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Mr. Berry’s wants your coffee to taste better ad personal

22-11-2019

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  • Mr. Berry’sMr. Berry’s
  • Mr. Berry’sMr. Berry’s

Mr. Berry’s is an online e-commerce platform where a consumer can discover his or her own personal coffee taste through a machine learning algorithm. A machine learning algorithm? Machine learning is used all around us to allow consumers to make choices. Spotify does it with your music. Youtube works with your related videos. Your bank uses it to monitor your expenses. But the biggest example of this is of course Google.

Mr. Berry’s applies 21st-century technology to an outdated coffee market. An initiative of Floris de Laat who organized the pop-up ‘The Cone Masters’ in 2017. With this pop-up you could, very Instagrammable (#coffeeinacone), drink your coffee from an ice cream cone filled with chocolate. He now wants you to enjoy coffee that suits your taste.

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The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig® | Cocktails, brews, wines and more

18-11-2019

  • The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®
  • The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®
  • The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®
  • The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®

The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig® is a first-of-its-kind appliance that combines innovation and user-centric design, making it easy for consumers to prepare bar-quality cocktails at home with the touch of a button.  The Drinkworks Drinkmaker calculates the precise amount of water and carbonation needed for each proprietary Drinkworks pod, to deliver an exceptional cocktail experience, every time. The Drinkworks pod portfolio features over twenty different recipes crafted with in-house mixologists and beverage scientists including classics like the Moscow Mule and the Old-Fashioned, complemented by newer offerings such as Lemon Bubbly and Whiskey Sour.

The Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig® is at this moment only available in California, Florida and Missouri. We wonder when we will see the first ones in hotel lobbies or rooms and of course in Europe!   

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Trends we spotted | Week 46

15-11-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other a link to an article about Blend 32 Kitchen & Bar in the Hilton Groenplaats in Antwerp, Belgium. And we spotted the Ben Nevis beer by the Northern Monk Brewery, priced at £1,000 for 330ml!

Accor, the world-leading hospitality group and the Alibaba Group recently announced a strategic collaboration to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs to improve the consumer and traveller experience over the next five years. And did you ever taste green caviar?

Barcelona-based Glovo, one of the world’s fastest-growing on-demand delivery players, recently announced that it has acquired Poland’s largest food delivery platform, Pizza Portal. And did you already tried the Rebel Whopper at one of the Burger King locations in Europe?

And a link to an article about The “Restaurant Industry 2030” report, on which the National Restaurant Association partnered with American Express and Nestlé Professional, examined the key indicators shaping the future of the industry. And Heineken joins mayor beer companies with ditching the plastic 6-pack rings.

In Seoul, Stylenanda’s store sells makeup, clothing and accessories in a five-floor space inspired by the hotel and hospitality experience. Deliveroo launched a ‘Pickup’ service in the UK.

For Christmas inspiration we invite you to check these two articles about the ‘floating’ tree at Liberty, London and the Serra Alpina at Eataly NYC Flatiron. Nhow Amsterdam RAI will open its doors in the first quarter of 2020, this month they organized a Nhow Crew Fest!

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Trends we spotted | Week 45

8-11-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the new Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards in New York and Illycaffè will launch aluminium coffee capsules in 2020 in the UK.

Some news from the packaging front, we spotted Nada Grocery Store in Vancouver where you have to bring your own packaging and Nestlé’s Häagen-Dazs brand is partnering with recycling organization Terracycle on a disruptive home delivery service by the name of ‘Loop’. Together they will launch reusable packaging for delivery.

In London MontaMonta collects spent coffee grounds at cafés to creates a scrub! And we spotted an article with video in which Ercan Steakhouse smokes a whole camel!  

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Dubbel Dubbel Toil and Trouble | #PumpkinRescue campaign after Halloween

7-11-2019

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15 million pumpkins were carved but not eaten last Halloween – symbolic of a systemic food waste epidemic. Toast Ale, Hubbub and Brewdog Tower Hill Outpost want to change that. The 4th of November they brewed seasonal beer that tackles seasonal food waste as part of Hubbub’s annual #PumpkinRescue campaign.

Although Halloween isn’t that big yet in the Netherlands we have a lot of pumpkins as well. We already loved the idea of Toast Ale and their initiative for the pumpkin ale, Dubbel Dubbel Toil and Trouble, is another food waste initiative we love to write about!

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The Borough Market Kitchen in London | New communal dining space

5-11-2019

  • The Borough Market Kitchen opens in The Borough Market
  • The Borough Market Kitchen opens in The Borough Market
  • The Borough Market Kitchen opens in The Borough Market

The Borough Market Kitchen will open Monday 18th November at the same day the Borough Market celebrates 21 years as a central pillar of London’s food community. The Borough Market Kitchen will be their new communal dining space, in which they will welcome over 20 food traders dedicated to cooking with the best of the market’s seasonal produce, with familiar favourites such as ‘Arabica’ and ‘Horn OK Please’ sitting alongside newcomers including ‘JUMA Kitchen’ and the all new ‘Batera pintxos bar’ from ‘Mimo London’.

So if you’re going to London in the Christmas season, you’ll have another hip place to have lunch!

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