Can’t Decide What to Eat? New York Restaurant Puts Menu Items on Instagram

Nowadays, it’s pretty common to see people, especially social media users, at a restaurant whip out their smartphone, take a picture of their meal, upload it to Instagram and finally dig in.

Well now, fans of the Instagram app will surely appreciate the opportunity to put their “food porn” photos to use.

By using the hashtag, #comodomenu, New York City’s Comodo restaurant has gathered an assortment of mouth-watering photos taken by customers to launch an Instagram menu.

CNET.com says that the menu, made up of roughly 55 photos submitted by customers, consist of dishes like seared duck breast, poblano pepper pasta and Comodo’s swordfish ceviche.

“The restaurant has decided to embrace all the Instagram users who snap pictures of their food after it’s delivered to the table,” reporter CNET.com reporter Amanda Kooser wrote. “Seeing the photos may help sway your dining decision one way or another.”

Dishes on restaurant menus across the world posses the creativity and elegance that deserve to be seen, and not just read, and the Comodo Instagram menu does just that!

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InterContinental New York Barclay Rooftop Pumpkin Makes Debut

Just in time for Halloween!

Entering their second year of harvesting on their rooftop garden, the InterContinental New York Barclay’s first and very own pumpkin has made a debut! According to the hotel’s blog, New York Barclay Buzz, the pumpkin “was the hotel’s first experiment with using our on-site compost to enhance the soil from which it was grown.”

“Here at the hotel, we believe in promoting sustainability in both big and small ways,” the blog went on to say. So when it came to building a pumpkin crate, InterContinental New York Barclay’s carpenter built one from recycled wood!

Still growing daily, the Halloween squash currently measures 3 ½ feet in circumference.

The pumpkin will be on display in the hotel lobby during Halloween week. In the mean time, according to the hotel, Chef Serge Devesa and his team from the Barclay Bar & Grill will be sharpening their knives in anticipation of carving the autumn gourd!

McConnell Marketing Clients Make 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards by Condé Nast Traveler

It’s a good week for McConnell Marketing! Many of our clients have made “The Best in the World!” list by Condé Nast Traveler Readers:

InterContinental New York Times Square
Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C.
Hotel Vitale – Joie de Vivre
Ventana Inn & Spa, Big Sur – Joie de Vivre
Shorebreak Hotel – Joie de Vivre
The Saguaro Scottsdale – Joie de Vivre
Mandarin Oriental, New York
St. Regis, New York
St. Regis, Washington, D.C.
Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

According to Condé Nast Traveler, “The 25th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey is available through a secure website. The questionnaire contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Individual candidates are judged by relevant criteria for each. Those that receive a required minimum number of responses are deemed eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award.”

This year, a record 46,476 readers participated and elected a grand total of 1,306 winners ranging in the categories of hotels, islands, cities, cruises and airlines.

Congratulations to all the winners!

When Life Hands McConnell Marketing Lemonade, They Sell It For United Way!

This past Saturday, October 6, the McConnell Marketing team headed to Alliance, Ohio and joined Raider Relief and the Regula Center to participate in Lemonpalooza, a community-wide lemonade sale.

According to the Raider Relief press release, “The goal of Lemonpalooza is to raise funds for the United Way of Stark County while promoting awareness of their presence in Alliance.”

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lemonade stands were set up in front of various businesses along State Street in Alliance. The lemonade was sold for $1 per glass.

Marilyn Miller, Raider Relief member and Lemonpalooza location leader said, “Lemonpalooza is not your average fundraiser. It’s taking a classic childhood pastime and engaging students and the community to help a great cause.”

Together, all volunteers helped raise a total of $1,580.27! The proceeds were dispersed to United Way agencies throughout Stark County.

Raider Relief is a student-driven organization at the University of Mount Union that recognizes the needs of people less fortunate, and helps those in need with passion, love and good deeds.

The Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement was created to support Mount Union’s mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship by being a place where members of the campus and wider community can work collaboratively in service of the greater good.

Great job, team! And a special thanks to Calvin, Olivia and Brennan for helping out, too!

St. Regis Washington, D.C. Named Wedding Destination of the Week

A big congratulations to the St. Regis Washington, D.C.! Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine has featured the hotel as the Wedding Destination of the Week!

Of the hotel, the online magazine said:

“An icon of restored elegance where glamour meets tradition…the gracefully remained St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the hotel of choice for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation’s capital.

The Astor Ballroom is the capital’s most sought after venues for weddings. Soaring palladian windows, handcrafted ceilings and crystal chandeliers create a magical atmosphere that is both majestic and intimate.”

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style is an interactive online magazine that is committed to being “the luxury wedding source and the gateway to helpful, meaningful online planning content for today’s Sophisticated Bride who is ready to tie the knot.”