The Betsy Hotel Expands Food & Beverage Offerings to Include Artisan Pizza, Gelato, Crepes, & Panther Coffee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 3, 2017) The Betsy Hotel, Travel and Leisure’s Top Resort Hotel on Miami Beach (2017) in partnership with celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel announces the opening of The Alley, a new destination on South Beach for travelers and local residents to enjoy casual dining options that include a pizzeria (serving artisan pizzas, pasta specials, other Italian themed culinary options, and a full bar) and a ventanita (serving fresh crepes, gelato, waffles and Panther cold brew). These new venues are adjacent to two major Betsy installed works of public art, The Betsy Orb and The Betsy Poetry Rail. Danny Ganem is Executive Chef.

About The Alley
The Alley includes a classic Italian Pizzeria + Gelateria situated in the 14th Place breezeway connecting Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. The Alley is a destination where family and friends can share a perfect pizza, enjoy other Italian specialty dishes, experience wine, spirits and a selection of international and local beers, revel in the preparation of freshly made crepes, and gelato, right in the heart of South Beach, just steps from the beach and Lummus Park.

The Alley Pizzeria – The Betsy’s new trattoria-style Italian pizzeria is located at 14th Place between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive offering elevated renditions of brick-oven pizzas with unique toppings inspired by the local landscape, and daily pasta specials. (Casual Dining – $$)

The Alley Ventanita – Nestled into a little corner where 14th Place meets Collins Avenue, The Betsy’s Ventanita offers the area’s best freshly prepared crepes, gelato and waffles, as well as Nitro (cold brew Coffee on Tap) by Panther Coffee. (Grab and Go-$)

The Betsy Orb – Architect Shulman and Associates connected The Betsy’s two historic properties with the exquisite use of a large orb, creating a bridge that is not visible from either Ocean Drive or Collins Avenue. Pedestrians must venture mid-way to Espanola Way at 14th Place and peek into the restored alleyway to experience the piece which doubles as a canvas for the projection of art.

The Betsy Poetry Rail –  The Betsy Poetry Rail, conceived by Betsy owner Jonathan Plutzik and designed in partnership with Shulman and Associates and graphic designer Kevin Coster, is an AIA-award winning feature that immortalizes the region’s history through the words of 12 writers that have worked and lived in the region, including Langston Hughes, Richard Blanco, Donald Justice, Gerald Stern, Julie Marie Wade, Adrian Castro, Gerald Stern, and Hyam Plutzik, three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and father of Betsy owner, Jonathan Plutzik.

About LT Steak & Seafood – Open since 2016, and located in the Lobby of The Betsy Hotel, LT Steak & Seafood by Chef Laurent Tourondel, serves a seasonally inspired menu combining the beloved aspects of steak and seafood housed together under one roof. With diverse dishes that draw inspiration from the distinctive energy of Miami, the fine dining restaurant accommodates 120 guests with extensive beach facing outdoor and private dining options. Danny Ganem, a longtime partner of Laurent Tourondel, is Executive Chef. (Fine Dining – $$$)

About The Chefs – Laurent Tourondel has been The Betsy Hotel’s Culinary Partner since 2009, providing visionary leadership – and receiving high accolades for all Food and Beverage programs. Current venues include LT Steak and Seafood, and (soon to open) The Alley Pizzeria and Ventanita. In 2007, Bon Appétit magazine named Tourondel Restaurateur of the Year. Danny Ganem is a longtime partner of Tourondel’s and as Executive Chef on property will lead The Betsy’s culinary program that includes LT Steak and Seafood, The Alley Pizzeria and Ventanita, as well as an exciting new property wide coffee program featuring Miami-based Panther Coffee. He became Executive Chef at The Betsy Hotel (for the 2nd time) in summer 2017.

About The Betsy-South Beach: The Betsy-South Beach is the only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond rated boutique hotel in Greater Miami. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, The Betsy’s unique luxury hospitality model champions the power of community through its dedicated PACE (Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, Education) program by weaving those brand pillars into the guest experience.. The Betsy boasts 130 guestrooms with 25 suites, three food and beverage outlets under the direction of famed Chef Laurent Tourondel, a 3,000 sq. ft. rooftop pool complex, dedicated library, and 17,000 sq. ft. of new meeting and event space welcoming a wide variety of important social and corporate events. Celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel is property culinary partner. Property owners are Jonathan Plutzik and Lesley Goldwasser.

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Congratulations to our Hospitality Leadership Winners!

Our 7th Annual Hospitality Leadership Awards was an incredible tribute to our hardworking hotel managers. GMBHA Board of Directors and I would like to congratulate the 160 hotel employee nominees and the 30 winners. With over 400 in attendance to include over 40 hotels represented, the room was electric and tearful as we all celebrated the “heart of our hotels”… OUR HOSPITALITY LEADERS. 

Teodora Raytor - EAST Miami

Teodora Reytor, EAST, Miami
Outstanding Manager of the Year – Over 200 rooms

James Anderson, Dream South Beach

James Anderson, Dream South Beach
Outstanding Manager of the Year – Under 200 rooms

  • Catering Manager (over 200 rooms): Mabel Ramonas, EAST, Miami
  • Catering Manger (under 200 rooms): Sylvia Corlett, W Miami
  • Culinary Manager (over 200 rooms): Jorge Lei, St. Regis Bal Harbour
  • Culinary Manager (under 200 rooms): Sebastian Benitez, Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Engineering Manager (over 200 rooms): Luis Fernandez, The Confidante
  • Engineering Manager (under 200 rooms): Mandela Xavier, Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
  • Executive Steward: Alberto Alom, JW Marriott Miami
  • Finance Manager (over 200 rooms): Reinol Rodriguez, EPIC Hotel
  • Finance Manager (under 200 rooms): Emilio Cataquet, Shelborne Miami Beach
  • Food & Beverage/Banquets Manager (over 200 rooms):Kelly Holden, 1 Hotel South Beach
  • Food & Beverage/Banquets Manager (under 200 rooms): Jane Klymenko, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami
  • Housekeeping Manager (over 200 rooms): Carlos Mendez, Hilton Miami Airport
  • Housekeeping (under 200 rooms): May Chelala, The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
  • Human Resource Manager (over 200 rooms): Sherline Aurelus, Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • Human Resource Manager (under 200 rooms): Deverre Jeffers, The Surfcomber Hotel Miami Beach
  • Recreation/Spa Manager (over 200 rooms): Stephanie Hensel, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
  • Recreation/Spa Manager (under 200 rooms): Jessica Sanchez, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
  • Revenue Manager (over 200 rooms): Michael Knapp, Four Seasons Hotel Miami
  • Revenue Manager (under 200 rooms): Rachel Hofer, Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Rooms Division/Front Office Manager (over 200 rooms): Natasha Mairena, Mandarin Oriental, Miami
  • Rooms Division/Front Office Manager (under 200 rooms): Lynn Eckroth, The Setai Miami Beach
  • Sales/Marketing/PR Manager (over 200 rooms): Linda Villafane, Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • Sales/Marketing/PR Manager (under 200 rooms): Chelsea Hildreth, Clevelander & Essex House
  • Security Manager (over 200 rooms): Elio Cervera, InterContinental Miami
  • Security Manager (under 200 rooms): Bernardo Paz, The Setai Miami Beach
  • IT Manager (over 200 rooms): Peter Nicolosi, Mondrian South Beach
  • IT Manager (under 200 rooms): Jean Bessard, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
  • Assistant General Manager: Patrick Fernandes, Faena Hotel Miami Beach
  • Manager of the Year (over 200 rooms): Teodora Reytor, EAST, Miami
  • Manager of the Year (under 200 rooms): James Anderson, Dream South Beach


Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO visits Dragonfly Expeditions and two Young Leaders of the Americas interns

Visiting with the Dragonfly Expeditions family, including two Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) State Department Fellows interning with the company as part of a special five week program


From left to right Charles J. Kropke, CEO , Drai Cabello (YLAI Fellow – Venezuela), Wendy Kallergis…., Thais Rosa Pinheiro (YLAI Fellow – Brazil), Alison Klapper León, Managing Partner; Sari Govantes, Director of Business Development


Frontier Airlines launches flights from MIA to nine cities


Frontier Airlines launches flights from MIA to nine cities
Frontier Airlines to announce promotional sale in celebration of the launch


WHAT:         Officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and Frontier Airlines will celebrate the launch of service to nine cities by Frontier from Miami International Airport – three of which are new routes for MIA – with a press conference and ribbon-cutting. Providence, Milwaukee and Islip are new MIA routes, while Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia are currently served by other carriers at MIA. Frontier service to Trenton, New Jersey – another new route for MIA – will launch on October 6, and will be followed by other new service launches by Frontier in November and December. Frontier will also announce a promotional sale at the event. Frontier carried more than 575,000 passengers to and from Miami in 2016, making it MIA’s seventh-busiest passenger airline.

WHO:             Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González and Frontier Airlines Director of Pricing Timothy Keeny will be making remarks and be available for media interviews.

WHERE:        Miami International Airport

Frontier Airlines ticket counter, Concourse G, Second Level

WHEN:          Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. (arrive by 9:45 a.m. for staging)

The hotels of Miami Beach are celebrating October

The hotels of Miami Beach are celebrating October

From its popular beaches to its thriving nightlife, Miami has plenty to offer travelers

Miami_beach_aerial_view_Lisa-Blue_Getty_Images_largePhoto (c) Lisa-Blue – Getty Images

After a close brush with Hurricane Irma, Miami Beach hotels have rolled out the welcome mat with a number of October enticements. If you were planning to wait until next year to make a visit, it might pay to move up your arrival.

Florida has some great beaches, but Miami Beach may be the most well-known. It sits astride natural and man-made barrier islands with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Biscayne Bay, (separating the beach from the City of Miami) to the west.

In addition to its white sandy beaches, Miami Beach is also known for its famous hotels that have drawn visitors from all walks of life for decades.

The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority says, with the passage of the hurricane, the city is back in action.

“We are so thankful that Miami Beach weathered the storm well,” said Peggy Benua, Chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority.

Benua is also general manager of Dream South Beach, a famous Miami Beach hotel. Dream South Beach currently provides incentives for booking directly on its website, including a discount of up to 30 percent.

It also welcomes guests who arrive after 3:00 pm with a complimentary drink and free room upgrade, if available. Guests may also check out as late as 2:00 pm.

In the Art Deco District

Dream South Beach is located in the middle of the city’s famous Art Deco District, occupying the shells of two iconic hotels from a bygone era — the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House.

Five blocks away is Delano South Beach, offering its own enticement to travelers. A three-night stay Sunday through Thursday can get you up to 25% off on a luxury suite and a complimentary breakfast for two.

Book your suite online through the hotel’s website and you can get a $50 food and beverage credit.

Other hotels along the city’s famous oceanfront include the Fountainebleau, completely restored to reflect its rich history; Loews Miami Beach, a South Beach icon which just underwent a $50 million renovation; and the Redbury South Beach, a boutique hotel featuring 69 rooms and suites.

Many of Miami Beach’s famous hotels are located on Collins Avenue amid restored art deco buildings that earned the district a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the buildings that make up the Art Deco District were built as Miami Beach became a tourist Mecca between 1923 and 1943.

The South Beach club scene

The ocean may be Miami Beach’s main attraction, but there are plenty of other things to see and do, including South Beach’s thriving night life. According to the Greater Miami Visitors and Convention Bureau, LIV, located in the Fountainebleau, is the place to see and be seen against the backdrop of the music of world-renowned DJs.

South Beach night life doesn’t have to end with the sunrise. At Mango’s Tropical Café, you can start with breakfast, party through lunch, take a quick break for dinner, and stay all night enjoying the tropical and Reggae beat.

Getting there

Miami Beach is served by Miami International Airport. In addition to serving just about every domestic airline, Miami International is a gateway from the Southern Hemisphere.

The airport, a major American Airlines hub, took a hit during Hurricane Irma but is back at full capacity. The airport is about a 30 minute drive from Miami Beach.