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Mr. Molloy

Michael Molloy

Executive Chef, Wyndham Grand Jupiter

With more than 16 years of culinary experience, Michael Molloy is now overseeing culinary staff and operations as the executive chef of Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. A key figure in pre-opening efforts for several upscale and luxury properties, Mr. Molloy was brought on to lead the culinary direction for the new upscale hotel in Jupiter, Florida. Most recently, Mr. Molloy was responsible for five food and beverage outlets as executive sous chef of the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, where he also helped develop menus and food concepts at the resort's award-winning deep blu seafood grille. Having earned its reputation as one of Orlando's best restaurants, the deep blu seafood grille concept is now open at Wyndham Grand Jupiter as the property's main restaurant. Influenced by the farm-to-table movement, Mr. Molloy's menus reflect a concentrated effort to deliver outstanding, sustainable dishes that also support local farmers, fish mongers and businesses. He connects to the local culture through his use of simple, fresh ingredients, allowing his flavors to tell the story of the dish and the surrounding area - ultimately focusing on offering unique takes on Jupiter's favorites and providing our guests with an unrivaled dining experience. In addition to his history with the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand, Mr. Molloy's background includes culinary positions at the Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Royal Pacific Resort, a Lowes Hotel, in Orlando, Florida, and The Gaylord National Resort Convention Center in Washington D.C., the largest convention hotel on the east coast. Mr. Molloy earned his associate's degree in culinary arts from The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute before moving to Florida to start his career. Mr. Molloy has worked his way from line cook to executive chef and has experience and skill in all aspects of culinary hospitality, from the basics of operations to serving groups of 10,000 people. He is utilizing his experience and passion to bring Jupiter's culinary scene to life for both travelers and local residents.

Please visit www.wyndhamgrandjupiter.com for more information.

Mr. Molloy can be contacted at 888-215-2756 or michael.molloy@wyn.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.