Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ June 1 through 7, 2009

Monday , June 1 ~~ Kiribati and South Carolina
Tuesday , June 2 ~~ Democratic Republic of Korea and South Dakota
Wednesday , June 3 ~~ Kuwait and Tennessee
Thursday , June 4 ~~ Lao People's Democratic Republic and Texas
Friday , June 5 ~~ Kyrgyzstan and Utah
Saturday , June 6 ~~ Latvia and Vermont
Sunday , June 7 ~~ Lebanon and Virginia

No special requests (at least so far) for this week.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Espresso and Cappuccino at the Hawthorne Hotel

A large group of Spaniards happened by the hotel earlier this week, seeking some "coffee". In a quick conversation, we learned that they were really seeking espresso and cappuccino.

We were happy to oblige, and with the aid of our new machine, we served all 22 of them in a record 12 minutes. Here is Rosa, cleaning up the aftermath of this whirlwind of activity in Nathaniel's.

Did you know we have great espresso and other coffee drinks right here? You can enjoy them in either of our restaurants, Nathaniel's and the Tavern.

We hope to see you here.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Cute "Pet of the Week" at the Hawthorne Hotel -- Silky Terrier

Meet Cajun, the Silky Terrier, who was here visiting from Brewster, New York.

Besides being such a sweet and cute dog, we were interested to learn that Cajun is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina.
It's nice to see that he is so well taken care of now!

Mr. and Mrs. Miller were happy to pose with their beloved Cajun!

We get to meet the nicest guests here at the Hawthorne Hotel, and some of them just happen to have four legs.

We hope to see you here.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

UP comes to Cinema Salem!!!

Here is the newsletter from Cinema Salem. I thought you might be interested, especially since UP opens this week.


Now Playing: UP (PG); Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG); Angels & Demons (PG13); and Tulpan (NR)

Dear Juli,

If you love movies, this is one of the best weeks of the year: when the new Pixar movie opens! This year's product of the genius factory is UP, which Emmanuel Levy has already crowned "the best picture of the year". Time Magazine writes, "extending the patented Pixar mix of humor and heart, Up is the studio's most deeply emotional and affecting work," while the Hollywood Reporter simply adds: "Pixar again raises the bar to wondrous new heights."

Starting on Friday, UP (PG - 100 minutes) will play at (4:50), 7:15 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50) and 7:15; and Monday- Thursday at (4:50) and 7:15.

Also opening this Friday in the Screening Room is TULPAN, which believe it or not, has a slightly higher freshness rating than UP at! The Toronto Star is giddy: "With Tulpan, his first feature film, Kazakhstani director Sergei Dvortsevoy has crafted a sweetly gentle story about life in this barren place." Ditto the San Francisco Chronicle: "A tender, unforgettable comedy about a vanishing way of life." But perhaps the most amusing review comes from the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "Equal parts deadpan romcom and National Geographic special, Tulpan certainly the funniest movie about Kazakh sheep herders that you will ever see."

TULPAN (NR - 100 minutes) will screen Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:10.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 (PG - 105 minutes) returns for another fun week at CinemaSalem sporting admiring raves from the British press. "It's a gag-packed, fast-paced, FXladen romp which will provide plenty of entertainment for all ages. Great stuff," writes the Sunday Mail. The Observer agrees: "The special effects are astonishing, the spirit of a "can do" America suffuses the enterprise, and it's superior to its predecessor."

NATM will play Friday at (4:00), 6:30 and 8:45; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:30 and 8:45; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:30;

Finally, Ron Howard's ANGELS & DEMONS (PG13 - 125 minutes) impressed the New York Post: "Angels & Demons has some exciting sequences, a spectacular ending with a terrific twist and a grounding in the debate about science versus religion that could hardly be more timely." Equally enthusiastic was Rolling Stone: "Without pretensions to profundity, the movie can be enjoyed for the hell-raising hooey it is."

A&D will play Friday at (3:45), 6:45 and 9:40; Saturday at (12:15), (3:45), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:15), (3:45) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:00.
On your way in and out of the movies this week, why not stop and pick up a delicious item from the CinemaSalem Café. If the weather's warm this weekend, I'd recommend a delicious mango smoothie!

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Paul Van Ness

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel Names Stephanie Myrie Employee of the Month

Stephanie Myrie was selected as our Part-time Employee of the Month for April. Stephanie works for us a captain/server in our Nathaniel's Restaurant most mornings for our breakfast service. She is someone we can really rely on to always do an excellent job for our guests. Stephanie received numerous positive comment cards because she is always smiling, does an effective and efficient job, while being polite and accommodating to everyone.

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

Here you see us surprising Stephanie as she finishes up her sidework after serving breakfast yesterday. Left to right, above, Claire Kalleis, Director of Food & Beverage; Jamie Scranton, Payroll and HR Manager; Juli Lederhaus, General Manager, and Stephanie Myrie.

(Above) Claire Kallelis, Stephanie Myrie, and Danny Matias, Dining Services Supervisor

I hope you have the opportunity to experience Stephanie's outstanding customer service soon.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chef Steve Offers a Cooking Class

As part of Art Salem's upcoming festival, we are participating in Salem Main Street's event on Thursday, June 4. Here is the post from the Salem Main Street's newsletter.

Nathaniel’s at the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square N.
Interactive Cooking Demonstration - Join Executive Chef Steve Nelson as he demonstrates Dueling Crabs! Watch as he prepares these local Maine crabs in front of you and shows you the tricks of the trade. Then he will prepare a cold Crab and Avocado salad. He will show you how to cut the avocado, prepare the mold, use fresh micro-greens to arranges the salad and then how to make the dressing. We will be using local and organic flavors for these dishes. Learn from a pro! Chef Steve has been featured on Channel 7’s The Dish and in many magazines for specialties like his Pumpkin Bisque and Seafood Chowder. There is a per person fee – check with the Hawthorne for details.

To sign up, call 978-825-4311, or 978-825-4360 and leave a message there if you don't get right through, so we can call you back.

I hope to see you there.


Crete and the Greek Isles -- Isle of Dreams

We received these two thank you notes as we got ready to post the last of the photos from the event that we hosted for Catholic Charities of the North Shore.

Here is the last of the islands featured in our Isle of Dreams special event. I hope you enjoyed seeing a little insiders view of the work of the Hawthorne Hotel catering, banquet and culinary departments.

Island of Greece

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Stuffed Grape Leaves
Lamb Skewers with Pistachio Mint Sauce


Roasted Haddock with Lemon, Olives, and Ouzo
Pilaf, Long Grain Rice with Mushrooms and Paprika
Briam, Oven Baked Vegetable Casserole
Salata Marouli,
Romaine Salad with Dill and Scallions Dressed with Vinegar and Olive Oil


Greek Cookies

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If we can host a special event for you, call us at 978-825-4358.


More on our Historic Preservation Award

Salem's Burke gets preservation award
By Tom Dalton
Staff writer, Salem News

May 26, 2009 05:45 am

SALEM — Chris Burke got to know Salem Woods when he moved here in 1992. From his neighborhood in Pickman Park, he took long walks in the woods, a 160-acre sanctuary of plants, trails and wildlife.

That same year, he attended a community meeting that troubled him. Golfers and their supporters wanted to expand nine-hole Olde Salem Green into an 18-hole municipal golf course. The expansion would extend into neighboring Salem Woods.

Burke, a lawyer, joined The Friends of Salem Woods and soon became its president, a post he has held, off and on, ever since. The group had to fight again about six years ago when new interest surfaced to expand the golf course.

With the aid of Mayor Kim Driscoll, who was then a city councilor, and other councilors, steps were taken to protect the woods against future encroachment. Once again, The Friends of Salem Woods — and Chris Burke — were in the middle of the action.

For his efforts, this week Burke received the Hawthorne Hotel's 2009 Historic Preservation Award in a ceremony at the hotel.

"Chris has been pivotal to the protection and preservation of Salem Woods for nearly two decades, both through his individual actions and as a leader in The Friends of Salem Woods organization," said Kristie Poehler, regional director of sales and marketing at the historic hotel.

Past award recipients include former Mayor Sam Zoll, noted architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, and neighborhood activists Alice and Delores Jordan.

Salem State College shared the 2009 award with Burke for its support of preservation efforts in the woods and its work on a new trail guide. Cited were professors Alan Young and Marcos Luna, graduate student Jennifer Sumael, and resident Jeanne Stella, who cataloged plants growing in Salem Woods.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Manhattan Island -- Isle of Dreams

Here is another view of the special event we did for Catholic Charities two weeks ago. There was so much to it, I decided to divide it into separate posts. I hope you enjoy seeing more of our food, and reading more of our specialty menus.

Isle of Dreams

Manhattan Island -- New York

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Mini-Manhattan Clam Chowder (Manhattan is tomato-based chowder)
Mini-New York City Rueben sandwiches
Chinatown Fried Shrimp Rolls


Mini-Coney Island Hot dogs
Potato Knishes
Mustards and Relishes
Big Apple Waldorf salad


“Sailing for New York Harbor” Steamship of Beef with Five Burroughs of Sauces


Assorted New York Style Cheese Cakes

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hawthorne Hotel's Flags of the Week ~~ May 25 through 31, 2009

Here are this week's flags. There were no special requests as of today.

Monday , May 25 ~~ Israel and North Dakota
Tuesday , May 26 ~~ Italy and Ohio
Wednesday , May 27 ~~ Jamaica and Oklahoma
Thursday , May 28 ~~ Japan and Oregon
Friday , May 29 ~~ Jordan annd Pennsylvania
Saturday , May 30 ~~ Kazakhstan and Puerto Rico
Sunday , May 31 ~~ Kenya and Rhode Island

Call us at 978-825-4322 if you have someone staying with us, or an event with us, and have a special request for them.

I hope to see you here.


Trevor is a Fan of our Flag Program

Trevor outside the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA. He loves the... on Twitpic
Trevor lives in the area, and loves our rotating flag program. I recently learned about his passion through Twitter, and have gotten connected to him through his mom on that social connection website.

Trevor has drawn several of the flags of different countries, and we have scanned those drawings and will be posting them here on the appropriate week, as the particular country's flags are scheduled.

We love having a special place in the Salem community, and are so happy for connections like this.

I hope you enjoy learning more about the daily life of the Hawthorne Hotel here in Salem, MA.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Still Looking for More Opinions

If you haven't already voted, we would love to hear from you, fair blog-reader, on whether you prefer the taller trees in the big green planter boxes, or the lower bushes.

Please give us your thoughts!

Thank you so much.

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Ireland - The Emerald Isle -- Isle of Dreams

Here are more photos and the menu for the event we hosted for Catholic Charities recently. I hope you enjoy seeing our staff creativity.

If we can help you with an event that needs that special touch, please call our catering department at 978-825-4358.


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“The Emerald Isle”

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Irish Smoked Salmon with Chive-Sour Cream Tartlet
Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese with Apple Compote Crust
Bangers and Guinness Mustard


Beef Pot Roast with Aromatic Vegetables
O’Brien Potatoes
Bacon and Cabbage


Salmon Wrapped In Pastry with Dilled Hollandaise


A Station of Fresh Scones and Teas
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Bit of Napa Valley in Downtown Salem?

Raspberry Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Spiced Pecans

The Garden Restaurant in the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) recently received new cushions for the outdoor chairs, and new umbrellas. As I was dining there this week, I remarked to my dining companion that it felt just like I was having lunch at some nice alfresco restaurant in the Napa Valley.

Oddly enough, today while I was there taking these photos, some guests were saying nearly the same thing to our service captain, David Pagano.

We will let you decide for yourself, and we would love to hear your comments right here on this blog post.
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And the Winner Is. . . . .

This is where I need music on the blog, so I can have a drum roll please!

The photo above appeared on our blog about a month ago as a Photo Caption Contest. We had many excellent entries, but the one that seemed to please all of the judges the most was "Stop smiling! I really gotta go!!"

We love this photo, and hope you enjoyed our little contest, as well as the fact that we are such a pet-friendly hotel.

Congratulations to Ann Johnson, the winner of an overnight stay at the Hawthorne Hotel! Ann is also eligible to become the subject of a future blog post, if she so desires. We look forward to meeting our most clever guest.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

PEM Atrium a Beautiful Setting for a Reception

The Atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is so breath-taking, and it was certainly all of that this past weekend when we catered an event there. I snapped this photo from the walkway above the Atrium, and thought you might like to see it.

If you are planning an event for a large number of people, this is the perfect venue. To find out more, contact Lindsay Otis, our Offsite Catering Manager, a 978-825-4363.

I hope to see you here or there!


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