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Ms. Dolecki

Leigh Anne Dolecki

President, The Northern California Concierge Association

Leigh Anne Dolecki joined the hospitality industry after a 20 year career in the world of theatre production. Since becoming a concierge in 2000 she has served as vice president of the Northern California Concierge Association; at the end of 2007 she completed her two year term as president of the NCCA. She represented a membership of over 160 concierges throughout the Bay Area as far south as Monterey and Carmel, and as far north as Healdsburg. As president, Ms. Dolecki provided educational opportunities for the members by planning meetings and events, as well as building relationships with service providers throughout northern California, keeping NCCA members on the forefront of guest services. She remains on the current board of directors as past president. As a member of Les Clefs d'Or USA, Ms. Dolecki most recently attended the Panamerican Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the International Congress in Copenhagen Denmark, as well as the National Congress in New York City. She has made numerous presentations on the Northern California Concierge Association's response to concierge outsourcing. Ms. Dolecki provides guest service as chef concierge at Campton Place, a Taj Hotel. Located in downtown San Francisco, just off Union Square, the 110-room luxury boutique hotel is the third Taj Hotel in the United States along with The Pierre and the Taj Boston; it is also a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. Ms. Dolecki continues her work as the lead for food in the San Francisco mayor's outreach program for the homeless, Project Homeless Connect.

Ms. Dolecki can be contacted at 415-955-5552 or ladolecki@gmail.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.