ROAD TO THE SHOW: Hotel F&B concept to be highlighted on trade show floor

NEW YORK—Pivot Point, a foodservice concept designed by Christensen Consultants of San Jose, CA, has been chosen as the feature for the HX360° Innovation Zone Food & Beverage area, and will debut in a 900-sq.-ft. working model at HX: The Hotel Experience, November 12-13, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here.

Christensen Consultants has been involved in many types of foodservice design projects—such as independent and chain restaurants, and hotels—and clients include Westin, Holiday Inn, Marriott and The Grand Sierra Resort.  

“Pivot Point is a clever design, applicable for any type of hotel property, and fulfills the show’s promise to present unique ideas that improve the guest experience,” said Phil Robinson, VP/group show director of event producer Hospitality Media Group (HMG).

Pivot Point utilizes a “dual personality” to adjust to the needs of hotel guests throughout the day. During daylight hours, Pivot Point makes food its primary focus. This setup allows for refrigeration, light cooking appliances, and coffee and espresso services to take center stage, giving guests a wide variety of dining options.

At night—in a change that can take less than a minute—the evening “personality” emerges and beverages take the lead. The key is the unique ability to pivot the back bar refrigeration, glass and bottle displays, taps and more into prominence, according to Christensen Consultants. The pivot maneuver is accomplished by placing the back bar areas on a large turntable that rotates the bar. Rotation can be handled by a single employee, is manual, and does not require machinery to function. 

The concept’s guest-responsive, multifunction innovation is perfect for hotels with limited amenities or as a specialty area for larger destinations, according to Robinson. It will also embrace enhanced technology with smartphone and tablet ordering, and will utilize the latest sustainability initiatives.

HX360° Innovation Zone Food & Beverage is one of three innovation zones to be presented at HX 2017. Other zones promoting Spa & Wellness and Hotel Lobby & Bar will also be offered.

HX: The Hotel Experience—presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) and co-located with Boutique Design New York (BDNY)—has roughly 400 exhibitors and expects 10,000-plus industry professionals, including hotel owners, GMs and property executives from casinos, resorts, independent and branded hotels, management and purchasing companies and more. HB

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