Thursday, August 31, 2006

Amy Jacobson named Hawthorne Hotel's Manager of the Second Quarter, 2006

Today at the Managers Meeting, we honored Amy Jacobson, our Offsite Catering Manager, as our Manager of the Quarter for 2006.

Amy works for us at the Peabody Essex Museum, handling all of the events that we do over there, as well as taking charge of all off-site catering bookings, whether at the House of the Seven Gables, the Cotting-Smith Assembly House, Hammond Castle, or Hamilton Hall, as well as private residences and other locations.

She joined the Hawthorne team in the fall of 2001, and has held progressively more responsible positions since that time.

Amy has a self-motivated, take charge way of getting things done, and we can always rely on her to do her work with meticulous attention to detail.

If you wish to book an offsite function, be sure to call her directly at her office in the PEM, 978-745-9500, extension 3156. While you are at it, please join us in congratulating her on this well-deserved award.

Thanks, Amy, for your dedication and great work!

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Nathaniel's Dinner Menu features Demi-Portions



Here is one of the new menu items on Nathaniel's dinner menu -- this dish shown is our Tamari-glazed Swordfish, with pineapple-macadamia nut relish, Asian stir-fried vegetables, and lotus root chips. It is delicious and good for you at the same time.

This and many other of our entress are available in this demi-sized portion, so you can create your own multi-course menus, or choose a demi-portion as an appetizer if you wish.

We hope to see you here soon. For the direct reservation number for Nathaniel's, phone 978-825-4311. Reservations are not required, but are always a good idea.

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North Shore Music Theater Schedule for this Fall

Are you planning a visit to Salem? Or simply looking for information about things to do? The North Shore Music Theater is one of the best values in New England, for the best in entertainment. Here is their current schedule:

Cinderella August 22 – September 10, 2006 Tickets: $70 - $35
Created by the legendary team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this magical musical will charm you and your whole family with its classic tale of love and transformation and dazzling special effects. Plays: Tue – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees Wed at 1:30pm, Sat and Sun at 2pm. Tickets: www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915. Related free events: 8/29: Meet the Theatre, post show audience discussion with the artists; 9/3: Spotlight on History, a free pre-show discussion focusing on historical issues related to the performance; 9/7: Out at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post show reception; 9/9: Meet the Theatre after the 2pm performance, post-show audience discussion with the artists.

Jesus Christ Superstar September 19 – October 8, 2006 Tickets: $70 - $35
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera that changed the face of musical theatre forever. Plays: Tue – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees Wed at 1:30pm, Sat and Sun at 2pm. Tickets: www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915. Related free events: 9/26: Meet the Theatre, post show audience discussion with the artists; 10/1: Spotlight on History, a free pre-show discussion focusing on historical issues related to the performance; 10/5: Out at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post show reception; 10/7: Meet the Theatre after the 2pm performance, post-show audience discussion with the artists.

Hairspray October 24 – November 19, 2006 Tickets: $75 - $40
Regional Theater Premiere of Broadway’s big fat smash hit musical about Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big dreams and even bigger hair. Plays: Tue – Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, matinees Wed at 1:30pm, Sat and Sun at 2pm. Tickets: www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915. Related free events: 10/31: Meet the Theatre, post show audience discussion with the artists; 11/5: Spotlight on History, a free pre-show discussion focusing on historical issues related to the performance; 11/9: Out at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post show reception; 11/11: Meet the Theatre after the 2pm performance, post-show audience discussion with the artists.

Concerts

Peter Frampton October 11, 2006 at 7:30pm Tickets: $60 & $50
Legendary rocker makes his NSMT Debut. For Tickets www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

Loretta LaRoche October 12, 2006 at 7:30pm Tickets: $58 & $50
Laugh at life and live longer. For Tickets www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

Trisha Yearwood October 13, 2006 at 8pm Tickets: $75 & $65
Country music recording star. For Tickets www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

John McDermott October 14, 2006 at 8pm Tks: $40 - $35
One of the original “Irish Tenors” returns to NSMT. For Tickets www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
October 15, 2006 at 7:30pm Tks: $45 - $40
Stars of “Whose Line Is It Anyway”. For Tickets www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

Kathy Griffin October 30, 2006 at 7:30pm Tickets: $42 & $32
A night of a thousand laughs skewering all things pop-culture as only Kathy can. For Tickets www.nsmt.org, (978) 232-7200, or in person at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

We hope to see you here (or there!)

Juli

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Special Evening Viewing of Painting Summer in New England

On Thursday, August 31, the PEM is opening late for all of us to be able to get a last look at Painting Summer in New England. Since we are the food service providers at the PEM, we are offering a special evening menu in the Atrium Cafe for that one evening only. Here is that menu, which sounds delicious:

Painting Summer After Six

Appetizers

Shrimp Cocktail with Lemon and Cocktail Sauce
Twelve Dollars

Pate and Terrine Plate with Apple Chutney,
Whole-Grain Mustard and Cornichons
Eleven Dollars

Cheese Plate with Grapes and Berries
Six Dollars

Red Pepper Hummus with Crostini
Six Dollars

Marinated Mingling Olives
Six Dollars

Root Vegetable Chips with Truffle Dip
Six Dollars

Entrees
Beef and Root Vegetable Stew
Eight Dollars

Coriander-Encrusted Tuna with Cold Soba Noodles and Asian Slaw
Sixteen Dollars

Sliced Lamb Loin with Feta, Grape Tomatoes,
Red Onions and Pistachios over Baby Spinach
Sixteen Dollars

Raspberry and Chicken Salad with
Mandarin Oranges, Spiced Pecans,
and Raspberry Vinaigrette over Mixed Greens
Eleven Dollars

Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan,
Mushroom Crostini and White Anchovies
Thirteen Dollars
In addition, cocktails will be served in the Atrium. So this will be a festive evening at our wonderful world-class museum, with a spectacular look at summer art. I hope to see you there.
Juli

Monday, August 28, 2006

Hawthorne Hotel ~~ Flags of the Week, August 28 through September 3, 2006


Monday , August 28 ~~ Ghana and Ohio
Tuesday , August 29 ~~ Indonesia* and Pennsylvania (these two flags are both by request, although not by the same requester)
Wednesday , August 30 ~~ Greece and Oklahoma
Thursday , August 31 ~~ Grenada and Oregon
Friday , September 1 ~~ Guatemala and Oregon
Saturday , September 2 ~~ Guinea and Pennsylvania
Sunday , September 3 ~~ Guinea-Bissau and Puerto Rico

*We are flying the flag of Indonesia to welcome the new Salem Rotary Exchange student, Isni Khasanah, to Salem, and to her first Rotary meeting on this date, here at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Juli

Our guests really seem to love us. . .

Today I was asked to come out to the lobby to meet with a guest, Linda, who wanted to see the manager. I was pleased to hear from her that the reason for her request was to pass on her compliments to me regarding the actions of one of our dining services managers, Marianne Stewart.

The guest had left behind her credit card when she dining in the Tavern this weekend, and she let me know that the manner in which Marianne handled her lost card was far beyond her expectations.

It's always nice to hear from our happy guests.

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The following is a guest email that we received regarding our client appreciation party. I thought you might like to read that as well:

Carol,

I wanted to thank you and Susan, Christine, and everyone there, for a terrific time on Thursday evening. You folks REALLY know how to create fun! The costumes and décor were fabulous, and the food, as always, was delicious. My favorite was the gazpacho.

It was great meeting some new people. Two women at my table were from Endicott College, and they remembered my daughter Becky from several years ago. Small world!

Thanks again.

Best regards,

Shirley


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I hope you are planning a trip to the Hawthorne Hotel soon, so we can make some happy memories for you as well.

Juli

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fall Harvest Wine Dinner, September 13, 2006

Approximately five times each year, we offer a very special evening for wine and food lovers, in Nathaniel's here at the Hawthorne Hotel. If you wish to see prior menus and photos, simply do a search on our blog for "wine dinners" and you will see all of the earlier events which are there since we began this blog, over 18 months ago.
I will be there, and I hope to see you there as well.
Juli
The Hawthorne Hotel Presents an Evening of
New England’s Finest Locally Grown and Harvested Foods
Featuring some unique wines from Gallo and Sebastiani Vineyards
“Uncommon Food and Wine, on the Common in Salem, MA”


Reception
Vermont Quail Wrapped in Apple Bacon
skewered with pearl onions
Curry-Seared Yellowfin Tuna Crisps
on hand-made potato chips with sweet corn relish
Roasted Eggplant-stuffed Mushrooms
sautéed leeks and local goat cheese
Vermont Rabbit in Filo Purses
braised with red wine and garlic, in a clay pot
2003 Bridlewood Syrah, Central Coast
2004 Bridlewood Reserve Viognier, Central Coast

Dinner
Roasted New England Cod, Fresh Thyme and Bacon
local summer beans and baked spaghetti squash,
2005, Frei Brothers Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Rare Sliced Duck Salad
roasted native beets, cranberries,
aged balsamic and extra virgin olive oil, served over Savoy cabbage,
topped with crispy duck cracklings
2002 Bridlewood Estate Syrah, Santa Ynez

Braised Short Rib of Beef 500 Farms
reduced with onion, turnips, leeks and French shell beans,
served with wild mushroom-stuffed potatoes, spiced cider glazed delicata squash
2004 Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

New England Dessert Sampler
warm apple crisp, Indian pudding and gingered pumpkin ice cream
2005 Sebastiani Vineyards Symphony, Sonoma Valley

Wednesday September 13, 2006 at 6:30pm
$75 Per Person including tax and gratuity
For ticket information please call (978) 825-4311

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Cry Innocent, Old Town Hall



Without doubt, the one thing virtually everyone who recognizes the name "Salem, Massachusetts" says is "oh, the witch trials".

"Cry Innocent" is a play which is presented by History Alive, as part of Gordon College, and which depicts the People versus Bridget Bishop on trial, where the audience plays the part of the jury.

This play is presented in Old Town Hall, just a few blocks away from the Hawthorne Hotel. Performances are scheduled from June 19 through August 21, and then on Saturdays only in September. In October the performances again run daily at times during the midday period.

For more information, you can go to www.cryinnocent.com -- there is very complete information there.

Please tell them that Juli from the Hawthorne Hotel sent you because you read about them on our BLOG.

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Friday, August 25, 2006

Our Client Appreciation Party, August 24, 2006

Every year the Hawthorne Hotel hosts a party to thank our corporate clients for the business that they have given us in the past. It is always a fun event, presented as a themed party, with entertainment, decor, food and beverages all working around the theme that we choose.

Here are the photos of last night's annual party, which was a Roaring Twenties party, complete with a "Tea Room" that required a secret phrase to enter, and drinks served in tea cups, dance lessons in the dances of the twenties, a terrific band, a live radio broadcast announcing the prize winners, and a photographer who brought vintage clothing so our guests could dress up for a sepia-toned souvenir photo.

If you want an invitation to next year's event, you only need to become one of our valued corporate clients. Please call the sales office, at 978-825-4359 to see if you have what it takes to make this exclusive guest list!

I hope to see you here.

Juli

Mike Harrington, Susan Babine and Karen Cotton

Mary and Peter Buckley, and Sue Roberts and Kathy Delena
Pam and Peter Valles


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Leonette Strout, Diane Charette, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Carito, and Patricia Lowd



A happy group from Weir Valves



Rick DeFrancesco and Sabrina Carpenter



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Gary Young, Helen Watson-Felt, John Flaherty


Julie McConchie and Jay Finney



Derek Beatrice with Dan and Holly Doiran







Posted by PicasaMike O'Meara of the Hawthorne Hotel makes old-fashioned root beer floats laced with banana liqueur, a highlight of the dessert station.

Kathleen L'Italien and Bob Spylchalski




Lisa and Bill Drown -- we already received this email thank you from them -- they were the winners of our grand prize -- a trip for two to Chicago to stay at the Hotel Knickerbocker, an HHA hotel, and a travel voucher for airfare.
Carol: I cannot tell you how EXCITED we are about our big win last night! We were feeling so lucky, we stopped and bought a scratch ticket on the way home (we didn’t win)! You were right, the hotel looks gorgeous in the brochure. I’m still giddy about the whole thing. Bill commented that it was a great birthday party: good food, good drink, dancing, prizes and a room full of nice people and none of the usual family-party politics! LOL! We’ve got a good friend who grew up in Chicago so we’ll pick his brain about best time of year and sites to see, etc. I’ll be sure and keep you posted.

Thanks to the whole staff for a fun evening!



Kristy Cormier, Andrew Walker, Dan and Sasha Moen





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Karen Jonaitis, Joanne Waldner, Joan Powell, and Shirley Warren



Tory Stevens, Adria Garneau and Theresa Acler


Swing Express played fantastic twenties-style music for our event.



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In the mood of the Roaring Twenties


Juli "The Lighthouse" Lederhaus and Frank "Big Guns" Campbell


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Belinda Lane and Corinne Felton cutting a 20's figure on the dance floor.
Kelly Newell, Karen Cotton and Susan Dodge
Shannon Civitarese, Shirley Warren and Susan Babine


Voted "most fun" were the great group from Weir Valves


Top to bottom, Kathy Leosz, Joanne Gordon and Dot Elwin

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Meet one of our new managers -- Shaela Riley

Shaela was recently promoted to the position of Front Desk Manager. She has worked at the Hawthorne Hotel for several years, beginning as a front desk clerk, then the night audit, and most recently as a storekeeper/receiver. During this time, Shaela was twice honored as employee of the month.

Among the interesting things that Shaela has done in her life was that she was a commercial fisherwoman and still has and uses an active lobster license. She has a son who is in sixth grade, and is very proud of her 12-week old niece.

We are very happy to welcome Shaela back to the front desk, and into the ranks of management here at the Hawthorne.

Please be sure to stop by or call her to wish her well in her new position. Her direct line is 978-825-4322.

Congratulations, Shaela!

Juli


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Lourdes Gonzalez de Reynoso, Our Part-time Employee of the Month for July 2006

 
Here you see me, Lourdes, Karla Melendez (Housekeeping Supervisor) and Shannon Civitarese at the presentation of the part-time employee of the month award that we made to Lourdes today.

We went to the employee breakroom at break time, and she was already back up in the rooms, working. That is the kind of staff member Lourdes is. So a ruse was perpetrated by Karla, and we were able to surprise her in front of all of her co-workers, and all of the managers who voted for her.

Lourdes made the most detailed and touching speech about her work here for the past year, since she arrived from the Dominican Republic. She said she was fortunate to be part of our team, but we think we are the fortunate ones to have her with us.

Congratulations, Lourdes, and thank you for all you do!

Juli
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