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Mr. Anderson

Carl Anderson

Director, Food & Beverage, The Modern Honolulu

Carl Anderson is Director of Food and Beverage at The Modern Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Mr. Anderson is responsible for all food and beverage operations, including enhancing the hotel's on-property dining options, in-room dining, and banquet and catering services alongside Executive Chef Scott Toner. Before joining The Modern Honolulu, Mr. Anderson managed progressive restaurants, outlets and catering concepts in both Chicago and Hawaii. After graduation from Lewis University with a degree in Business Administration, Mr. Anderson began his professional career in the hospitality industry running small nightclubs and soon found himself at the Hotel Intercontinental Chicago as a Food and Beverage Manager in 1997. At the upscale, 4-star property, Mr. Anderson managed all F&B elements, including each of the hotel's outlets, menus and entertainment concepts. In 2002, Mr. Anderson accepted the position of Director of Weddings at The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago hotel. In 2003, Mr. Anderson was named Senior Sales Manager for Wolfgang Puck Events, where he refined his skills in the marketing and events realm by planning and executing large-scale events. In Wolfgang Puck's quest to produce Oscar-level events across the country, Mr. Anderson oversaw large-scale Chicago-based events such as Oprah Winfrey's on-air 50th birthday, the Children's Memorial Gala, The Steppenwolf Gala, the Butterfly Ball, the star-studded event 'Roger Ebert Day' and even Chicago's most prestigious event, the Millennium Park Opening Gala. From 2005-2012, Mr. Anderson created several Chicago-based boutique restaurant concepts to media acclaim, overseeing all food and beverage direction for Between Boutique Cafe & Lounge, Sushi House I-II and Usagi Ya. Mr. Anderson relocated to Hawaii in 2012 and to serve as Department Head of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay prior to joining The Modern Honolulu team as Director of F&B in late February 2013.

Mr. Anderson can be contacted at 808-954-7427 or modern@jpublicrelations.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.