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Mr. Adams

Skip Adams

Director of Food & Beverage, Windsor Court Hotel

Skip Adams is not your average Food & Beverage Director. Skip's unique style and zest for life are transferred into everything he has accomplished and envisioned for the bright future of the Windsor Court Hotel. Mr. Adams was born and raised by a family of farmers in Hoschton, Georgia and moved to New Orleans to work for the Windsor Court after many years of cherishing the city from afar. Mr. Adams is responsible for maintaining the premier level of service in all of the Windsor Court Hotel's food and beverage outlets, including The Grill Room, the Polo Club Lounge, Le Salon, suite service and all banquet, special event and catering facilities. He oversees over 150 employees. Mr. Adams has worked in food and beverage management for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Windsor Court, he worked for Noble Investments in Atlanta and Raleigh as a Food and Beverage Director for multiple hotels and restaurants. Before that he honed his skills at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort right outside of Atlanta. He has also owned a portion of a farm in Georgia known as Serenity Farms where he harvested silver queen corn that was sold to local restaurants and farmer's markets. “Locally grown produce has always been important to my family as both food source as well as economic provider. My family history in Georgia agriculture started with King Cotton and never diminished. I try to preserve some of my heritage and love of the south through my own practices,” he said. In his free time, Mr. Adams practices urban farming in the historic Treme neighborhood. He harvests seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that he uses both for home cooking and sharing with his friends and neighbors. Mr. Adams also sponsors the Museum of the American Cocktail through the Windsor Court Hotel. His profession often translates into a pastime as he is often found brewing his own beer or scouring the city for the next pearl of information regarding the history of cocktail or beer culture in New Orleans.

Mr. Adams can be contacted at 504-596-4623 or Sadams@windsorcourthotel.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.