Thursday, April 24, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Friday, April 25

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Friday, April 25, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Sun and clouds, some showers in the afternoon. Low 60s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Amanda Hall!

Flags of the Day
Cape Verde
Alabama

This Day in History
On April 25, 1917, jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia. She was called "The First Lady of Song," an honor whose meaning is captured in a compliment paid to her by the great composer Ira Gershwin: "I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them." Quite apart from the quality of her voice, there was a warmth and intelligence behind it that gave even melancholy songs a plausible tilt toward optimism.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

We have recently made a few additions to the hotel -- some new mirrors to add sparkle to some of our function rooms.  Here are some photos so you can see for yourself (yes, pun intended!)

In Sophia's Function Room, between the two doors.


In the Grand Ballroom

In the Grand Ballroom
I hope you enjoy seeing these enhancements to our lovely hotel.

Juli

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Thursday, April 24

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Thursday, April 24, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Looking for a delicious way to celebrate Spring? Stop by the Tavern on the Green and try our cocktail of the week, the Peach Margarita! This delightful cocktail includes Patron tequila, peach puree, triple sec, sweet & sour mix and a splash of grenadine, yum!!!

Weather Forecast   
Sunshine with some wind, temperatures in the low 60s.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Thomas Corvetti!

Flags of the Day
Ireland
Wyoming

This Day in History
On April 24, 1916, on Easter Monday in Dublin, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, a secret organization of Irish nationalists led by Patrick Pearse, launches the so-called Easter Rebellion, an armed uprising against British rule. Assisted by militant Irish socialists under James Connolly, Pearse and his fellow Republicans rioted and attacked British provincial government headquarters across Dublin and seized the Irish capital's General Post Office.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

REVISED Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ April 21 through April 27, 2014

West Virginia

Monday April 21 Burundi and Washington  
Tuesday April 22 Cambodia and West Virginia
Wednesday April 23 Cameroon and Wisconsin                       
Thursday April 24 Ireland* and Wyoming                       
Friday April 25 Cape Verde and Alabama   



Burundi


Saturday April 26 Central African Republic and Alaska                            
Sunday April 27 Chad and Arizona           

*Denotes special request 


FAQs about our Flag Program

Q.  Why do we have a "flag program" here at the Hawthorne Hotel?

A.  Our owner instituted this program as a way to encourage anyone who comes in contact with us here in Salem, or at our hotel, to think more globally, rather than parochially, about the world we live in.  He believes that the world would be better off if we all thought about the fact that there are other places, other cultures, to understand and appreciate.

Q.  How long has this program been in existence?

A.  While I do not have the exact date it was started, I know that it was fully operational when I arrived at the Hawthorne Hotel as General Manager in the Spring of 1999, so likely at least since 1998 and possibly longer.

Q.  Where are the flags flown?

A.  The country flag flies to the right of the front door as you face the hotel, and the state flag flies on the left.
Q.  How are the flags chosen?

A.  The Hawthorne Hotel owns all of the flags of the member nations of the United Nations, so we fly those flags for the "country" flag, in alphabetical order.  The hotel also owns all of the flags of the states and related protected entities of the United States, and those are also flown in alphabetical order.

Q.  Are there any exceptions to which flags are flown on a particular day?

A.  Yes, we take special requests from guests who will be staying in the hotel, having a function in the hotel, from our staff members, and even from people in the community.  If someone calls us with even a mildly compelling request, we generally honor that request, on a first-call basis.

Q.  What about "Old Glory" -- the flag of the United States of America?

A.  That flag is always flying on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel.   One day a woman marched into my office and gave me a huge piece of her mind along the lines of how dare we fly the flag of XXX country instead of the flag of the USA.  She ranted on and on for a few minutes before I could interrupt her to tell her that the flag of the USA was the largest flag we own, and was clearly flying on the roof of the hotel.  She quickly mumbled "never mind" and walked out of my office as quickly as she had walked in.

Q.  Does the program ever create controversy over the flag(s) that are flying?

A.  We have had coincidences of flying flags in our normal alphabetical order, when a flag of a country with which the US had previously been at war, and was now in peace with, was flying on a particularly historic date.  For example, one year on December 7, we were flying the flag of Japan.  We got a few phone calls that day scolding us for our recognizing that country on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day.

Q.  What kinds of good things have happened that you can share?

A.  In addition to having our guests happily surprised and delighted because we have honored their special requests, we have also had some nice "happy coincidences" where we have inadvertently been flying the flag of a country when we have been visited by a particular group of people who are from that country, and they just happened by.  Many photographs have been taken in the front of the Hawthorne Hotel with a special flag.

Q.  If I want to request a particular flag or flags be flown, how do I go about making that request?

A.  Please call us at 978-825-4444 or 978-825-4322.  If you reach our voicemail, leave us a message with the details of your request and we will make every effort to honor your request.  Remember we can only fly the flags we have, which are all the flags of the member nations of the UN, and the flags related to the United States of America (states, territories, protectorates, etc.)


We hope to see you here!

Juli

Our Top Six Travel Tips

Here is a short list of things you should know when staying at our hotel, or most any hotel.

Allergies:  If you have any allergies, let the hotel know when you make your reservation.  Some hotels take pets.  Like so many hotels these days, the Hawthorne Hotel proudly welcomes pets, and we do our best to keep them on certain floors.  Some hotels still allow smoking in some of their rooms, especially in hotels in other countries such as Europe, so be sure to ask if that is an issue for you.

Arrival Time:  If you know your arrival time, let the hotel know in advance.  That can help in how the room assignments are made, making things smoother for a lot of reasons.  If you do not know your arrival time, do not fret -- it is just a helpful thing if you do, and you communicate it.


Directions:  Do not rely on your GPS as the only way to get to us.  Check out our directions on our website for the customized directions to our hotel.  Those lovely men and women whose voices we listen to our our GPS' don't always know the best way to get to our hotel.  We do so we know what is under construction, what streets just crawl along, and what the most scenic route might be.  If you cannot get to our website, to get our directions, we encourage you to give us a call to ask us to send you good directions.  We want you to have a good trip, and getting here is part of that process.

Payment:   When you reserve your room be sure to give a credit card and not a debit card.  And when you arrive, do the same thing, even if you want to pay with the debit card or cash on check-out.  There are some tricky differences that are mandated by the companies that issue debit cards that don't make them good for things like hotels, restaurants and car rentals, so get a "regular" credit card and use that when you are traveling.  Upon check-out you can easily pay with a debit card or cash instead of the credit card if that is your preference.

Problems.  Issues.  Complaints:  Call them what you will, hotels want your stay to be right, so if something is not right, please let us know right away.  You do us a great service when you bring things to our attention while we can at least try to make them right.  Please, don't wait until you are on your way out the door to mention something in passing that we could have corrected right away.  This goes the same for our restaurants.  Really, any restaurant worth their salt wants to hear from you right away if something is not quite to your liking.

Special Requests:   We want your stay to be special.  If you ask us in advance for whatever it is that will make it be just that, it is highly likely that we are going to be able to help you.  Please feel free to make requests.

We trust these thoughts are helpful to you.  If you have any advice for other travelers, we would love for you to share it in the comments section below.

I hope to see you here.

Juli




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Guest Newsletter for Wednesday, April 23

Here is the Hawthorne Guest Messenger for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.



Hotel Notes
Making Mother’s Day plans? We offer a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in our Lobby on Sunday, May 11th. Enjoy a delicious meal with your family, friends, or anyone. Call 978-825-4311 for reservations and more information.

Weather Forecast   
Clouds in the morning leading to sunshine. Windy near 60.

What’s Happening in Salem this week
Join the Peabody Essex Museum for California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way.
More than 250 examples of midcentury modern design reveal the distinctive role California had in shaping material culture from 1930-1965. Featuring a diverse array of furniture, textiles, fashion, industrial and graphic design, ceramics, jewelry, metalwork, film and architecture, this exhibition celebrates the innovation and pervasiveness of midcentury modern design.
Stop by the Front Desk for directions!

VIP of the Day
The Hawthorne Hotel would like to welcome their VIP of the day, Mary Forde!

Flags of the Day
Cameroon
Wisconsin

This Day in History
Historians believe Shakespeare was born on this day in 1564, the same day he died in 1616. Although the plays of William Shakespeare may be the most widely read works in the English language, little is known for certain about the playwright himself. Some scholars even believe the plays were not written by William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon but by some other well-educated, aristocratic writer who wished to remain anonymous.



I hope to see you here!

Juli

Spring and Early Summer Menu at the Garden, at PEM

At the Garden Restaurant at PEM we change the menu seasonally and now is the time that we have switched to our Spring and Early Summer Menu.  Here it is, along with some photos of the new items which have * next to them.

If you love a good chopped salad, adore braised short ribs, appreciate a perfectly cooked piece of salmon, or have a penchant for lovely and unusual vegetarian soups, there is something on this menu for you.

SOUPS & STARTERS
                                                                                       
NEW ENGLAND-STYLE CLAM CHOWDER
with crispy leeks     cup   6.5       bowl   8

* VEGETARIAN GINGERED CARROT
AND COCONUT BISQUE
with crispy ginger and toasted, flaked coconut
cup   6      bowl   8



SOUP OF THE DAY     cup   6       bowl   8
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

WARM GORGONZOLA AND ALMOND STUFFED FIGS
with a petite, honey vinaigrette-dressed
arugula salad     10

SEASONAL CHEESE AND FRUIT PLATE
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

SALADS

            add chicken 3.5
            add poached salmon 6
                       
MIXED GREENS SALAD
julienned cucumber, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot and red pepper strips, white balsamic vinaigrette    
demi-portion     7         full    10.5

CAESAR SALAD
Parmesan cheese and house-made croutons
demi-portion     8         full    12

RASPBERRY SALAD WITH CHICKEN
raspberries, Mandarin oranges, spiced pecans, mixed greens, raspberry vinaigrette
demi-portion     11        full    14

POACHED SALMON NIÇOISE
with chilled potatoes, Kalamata olives, haricots verts, cherry tomatoes and hard-cooked egg with romaine and mesclun greens, sherry-mustard vinaigrette    
demi-portion     12.5       full    16

* SPRING-INSPIRED CHOPPED SALAD
with iceberg and romaine lettuces, pepper-crusted bacon, spring onions, bell pepper, French breakfast radishes, asparagus, yellow grape tomatoes, garbanzo beans and crumbled Great Hill blue cheese,
creamy herbed vinaigrette
demi-portion     12        full    15



SANDWICHES

WARM CHICKEN SANDWICH
served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Dijon mustard    12

FOCACCIA AND ROASTED VEGETABLE STACK
with roasted zucchini, winter squash, red onion,
tomato and eggplant, served hot with melted
Boursin cheese on grilled, herbed focaccia    11

* SOUTHWESTERN-STYLE CRABCAKE
served on a grilled brioche roll with sliced tomato,
Bibb lettuce and Cajun-inspired aioli    14


* DRY-RUBBED BRAISED SHORT RIBS
served on a brioche roll with caramelized onions and strawberry-chipotle compote   14


PANINI OF THE DAY
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

VEGETARIAN PANINI OF THE DAY
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection

ENTRÉES

SOUP AND SALAD COMBINATION
your choice of a bowl of soup and a demi-portion Caesar or mixed greens salad    15

SOUP AND SANDWICH COMBINATION
your choice of a bowl of soup and a half vegetarian or meat panini of the day  15

QUICHE OF THE DAY
see daily specials sheet for today’s selection
served with your choice of a demi-portion mixed greens salad or sliced fruit 

*BRAISED SHORT RIBS
mashed, molasses-sweetened orange yams, steamed
asparagus and truffled double jus     16


ROASTED, SEARED SALMON
citrusy wheat berries, petite carrots and spring peas and rhubarb-peach chutney     16



please see our daily specials sheet
for additional offerings



For reservations, please call 978-825-4311.  Remember, you do NOT need to purchase admission in order to eat in this jewel-box of a restaurant.  You can access the restaurant through the main door of the museum (PEM) and just tell the desk agent that you need a pass to the Garden Restaurant -or- you can simply enter through the garden gate off of Essex Street.

We hope to see you there

Juli

Mother's Day at the Garden Restaurant, at PEM

If you want to make your mother very very happy, consider Mother's Day Brunch at PEM

FIRST COURSE

NEW ENGLAND-STYLE CLAM CHOWDER
with crispy leeks    

CAESAR SALAD
Parmesan cheese and house-made croutons

ASPARAGUS VICHYSSOISE
with chive oil & crispy asparagus garnish

MIXED GREENS SALAD
julienned cucumber, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot and red pepper strips
and white balsamic vinaigrette

FRUIT PLATE
with vanilla-infused honey


SECOND COURSE

PEAR, GRUYERE & PROSCIUTTO
OR  SWISS, TOMATO AND CARAMELIZED ONION, 
POTATO CRUSTED QUICHE
with fruit or a petite green salad

PISTACHIO- PESTO-CRUSTED BAKED HADDOCK
with lemon-sorrel beurre blanc, lemon-roasted fingerling potatoes & petite carrots

PAN-SEARED STATLER CHICKEN BREAST
with spring peas and wild mushroom risotto, rhubarb and orange-infused demi glace

PETITE CRAB CAKE ON A BED OF MESCLUN & ROMAINE GREENS
avocado, watermelon radishes, edamame, grape tomatoes & grapefruit segments
with a creamy lemon-dill dressing

WARM QUINOA SALAD
with roasted asparagus, roasted red & yellow peppers, grilled rapini, baby spinach,
roasted cherry tomatoes & chickpeas in a zesty tomato vinaigrette, topped with optional feta cheese


DESSERT

TRIO PLATE
Choose three of the following:

Chocolate Mousse in a Spoon with Strawberry-Lime Coulis

Tiny Wedge of Chocolate Decadence with Salted Caramel Drizzle 
                
Mini Vanilla Bean Cupcake    •     Pistachio Chocolate Truffle   •   Lemon Square
        
Tiny Scoop of Blood Orange Sorbet    •    Lemon Verbena Chocolate Truffle
  
3 Courses  $38
Seatings begin at 11 am



For reservations, which are imperative, please call 978-825-4311 as soon as possible.  This will sell-out very early.  If you take your receipt for your Garden brunch into the Museum Gift Shop you will be treated to a gift from the shop.

We hope to see you here, or there.

Juli

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter at the Hawthorne Hotel

Here are a lot of photos that we took yesterday of our Easter Grand Buffet.  Our Mother's Day Grand Buffet is coming soon, so if you do not already have reservations, you should call soon.  978-825-4311









Our Chefs:  Maggie Johnson, Banquet Chef: Rhiannon Nowak, Hawthorne Catering Chef; Ken O'Keefe, Executive Sous Chef; and Steve Nelson, Executive Chef








So many of our customers have become friends over the years, never missing any of our Grand Buffets.

Lee White with Mrs. Bunny
 
Such a cutey pie!

Jasmina Conley, Assistant Dining Services Manager with Mrs. Bunny

Angie Agolli and Lindsay Otis with a getting-pooped Mrs. Bunny

Nick Nealon poses with Mrs. Bunny

Claire Kallelis, Assistant General Manager with our bunny.

What to choose!

Can Bunnies pay the piano?



Bunny striking a "pose"

This photo is just for Mr. H.

Isobel Rosario and the Bunny

Liz Dube, Banquet Manager, with Mr. Bunny
I hope you enjoy seeing all these photos of our special day yesterday.  If you came for the Grand Buffet and we took your photo, here is the link so you can get your photos too.  Easter 2014 Grand Buffet and Guests Photos

I hope to see you here on Mother's Day, May 11.

Juli