InterContinental Hotels Brings Bloggers Behind The Kitchen Scene
It's not often one can get inside a hotel's kitchen, much less influence what's going to be on the menu, so InterContinental Hotels' new “Kitchen Passport” program is a fun twist that lets non-cooks go behind the scenes.
The program, which started this month, invites bloggers and online editors to work with some of IHG's top chefs and mixologists to create a few new food and drink specials and recipes that can be downloaded via the brand's InterContinental Kitchen Cookbook iPad app mid-October.
The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta began the experience this month and invited editor Anne Dolce of "The Daily Meal" to work with celebrated chef (and Oprah Winfrey favorite) Art Smith, head of the hotel's Southern Art restaurant. Together, they came up with a new appetizer (Southern Oysters Rockefeller), entrée and dessert. Dolce also paired up with Arianne Fielder at the Buckhead’s Bourbon Bar and helped design two specialty bourbon cocktails to go along with the new dishes.
Southern Oysters Rockefeller: a new dish on Art Smith's Southern Art restaurant menu
In November, the InterContinental San Francisco will invite a blogger to develop recipes and drinks in its restaurant Luce, Bar 888, and the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco’s Top of the Mark Lounge. December marks the program's finale, fittingly, at the InterContinental Miami’s new Toro Toro restaurant, which opens in late October. The guest chef will assist chef Richard Sandoval to create tapas-style plates and cocktails using top-shelf Latin spirits.
[Photos: InterContinental Hotel Group]