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Mr. Silvestri

Sebastien Silvestri

Vice President of Food & Beverage, The Venetian

Growing up in the south of France with a French mother and Italian father, Sebastien Silvestri learned both languages fluently and developed an appreciation for food and beverage at an early age from his uncle, a successful restaurateur in the Italian Riviera. Mr. Silvestri attended Esitel in 1993 where he studied culinary arts and hotel management and graduated with honors in 1997 after successfully completing the leadership program. Mr. Silvestri's career began at the Lanesborough Hotel in London, England where he served as a restaurant manager. He was then transferred to the United States to become the F&B Manager at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas where he worked with celebrity chef, Dean Fearing. After a successful four years with Rosewood Hotels, he welcomed his first daughter, Amelie, and relocated with his family to Tahiti in the French Polynesia where he became the Director of F&B at the Orient Express Hotel, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa. In 2005, Mr. Silvestri was recruited to open the new spa tower at Bellagio in Las Vegas and served as the General Manager at Sensi. After the birth of his second daughter, Angelique, in 2006, he relocated with his family to Newport Beach, Calif. to become the Director of F&B at The Island Hotel. Currently, Mr. Silvestri is the Vice President of Food & Beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas where he oversees the properties' casino and pool beverage departments, in-suite dining department and refreshment center. He also works with several of the properties' joint venture partners including celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali. Mr. Silvestri enjoys spending time with his friends and family, traveling and enjoying a wide array of the world's best food and wine.

Mr. Silvestri can be contacted at 702-414-4477 or sebastien.silvestri@venetian.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.