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New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants picked the brains of chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from its 70- plus restaurants, bars and lounges across more than 30 U.S. cities to push the foodie envelope for 2017. Here are some trends to look out for at the Kimpton and beyond:

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+ MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED DISHES: Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt

Residence Inn by Marriott in West Orange to Offer Three Group Packages to Commence 2017

To celebrate the New Year, Residence Inn by Marriott in West Orange, N.J., will offer three group-geared packages to peak interest in booking a meeting or wedding block at the hotel. The first package, the Meet and Thrive package, offers a 5 percent room rate discount for groups of 10 or more rooms. This package also includes 2,000 additional Marriott Reward Points and a complimentary AM/PM Coffee Break. The Meet and Thrive package is offered from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Philly Has Record Year

Just in time for the new year, Center City Philadelphia is right on track to end 2015 with a record hotel occupancy.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:

Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is estimated to hit a record 77.4 percent in up from 75.5 percent in 2014. Visitors to Philadelphia from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms—another record.

Leisure Is One Of Three Major Segments:

Schmooze and Network with MPI New Jersey

There’s no better way to start off your new year than mingling with fellow industry professionals.

The MPI New Jersey Chapter is offering the perfect opportunity to network at their January New Year Meet-Up. You’ll gain face-to-face time with others and nibble on tasty bites and beverages.

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