FOOD & SPIRITS
World's first Lounge by Topgolf concept features indoor experience with virtual sporting games powered by Topgolf Swing Suite technology, premium hospitality, craft cocktails and locally curated dishes
KIRKLAND, Wash., Jan. 22, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- This week, Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment leader, introduces the world's first Lounge by Topgolf. The new, indoor Lounge concept is the first of its kind, featuring an upscale bar and restaurant with an elevated, virtual gaming experience.
Lounge by Topgolf
With the first venue opening in Kirkland, Wash., the Lounge by Topgolf will house a 9,200 square foot upscale restaurant, bar and indoor lounge with an expansive outdoor patio offering panoramic views of Kirkland. The venue includes four entertainment bays and a VIP bay – all powered by Topgolf Swing Suite technology – as well as a private event space and innovative digital sky.
"Lounge by Topgolf demonstrates Topgolf's constant pursuit of the unexpected with an all-indoor, virtual experience different from anything else we've created," said Topgolf Entertainment Group Executive Chairman Erik Anderson. "With Greater Seattle being a center for all things tech, I can't think of a better location for the first Lounge by Topgolf. We use proprietary Topgolf Swing Suite technology to bring our Guests exciting virtual games, all while enjoying locally curated food and beverage selections under a digital sky. Being a proud Seattle-area native, I am excited we're opening the first venue of this concept in my backyard."
This innovative bar and restaurant concept focuses on premium hospitality, craft cocktails and locally curated dishes and spirits offering an elevated experience for all occasions. From the Beignet Shake Up and Tableside Nachos to the Truffle Chicken and Pig Pile, there's a dish for every taste. The cocktail list features fun, surprising twists on cocktails, such as the smoky Lit Punch and tri-colored Magic Trick.
The new venue sits at the epicenter of Kirkland Urban, a new 1.2 million square foot mixed-use residential and retail development in the heart of downtown Kirkland. Lounge by Topgolf is located at 425 Urban Plaza, Kirkland, Wash. 98033 in Suite 200 on the second floor and above the flagship QFC. Four-hour validated parking is available in the garage for all Guests. Other retailers joining Lounge by Topgolf include Mudbay, Bright Horizons, Power Hour 360 and many more.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lounge by Topgolf to Kirkland Urban," said Andrea Lachmann of Kirkland Urban. "Our region has been missing a high-end entertainment destination that families and the late-night crowd can all enjoy. Lounge is also perfectly positioned at Kirkland Urban to offer our office tenants a convenient location for post-work happy hour, corporate events and more."
Technology Innovation at Lounge by Topgolf
Powered by proprietary Topgolf Swing Suite technology, Lounge by Topgolf includes digital screens and a selection of exciting, digital multi-sport games and experiences that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of skill level. Guests can choose from more than 80 digital championship golf courses using a microchipped golf ball and simulator screen. Other games are available, including fan-favorite Zombie Dodgeball, hockey, baseball and football challenges, and popular carnival games.
Leaderboards, a superior full-venue sound system, and a Digital Sky video ceiling create prominent audiovisual elements throughout, placing Lounge by Topgolf at the forefront of recreational innovation. Private events and a VIP bay can take advantage of the state-of-the art technology exclusively offered at the Lounge.
To learn more about Lounge by Topgolf, visit loungebytopgolf.com and follow Topgolf on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Concept Combines Retail, Bar, and Private Dining
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 15, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Pullman Wine Bar & Merchant by David Machado Restaurants brings a new concept to Portland's Lloyd District. Located in the southwest corner of the boutique Hotel Eastlund, also designed by Holst, Pullman occupies a formerly empty retail space facing the Convention Center. To accommodate a range of functions—retail shop, tasting bar serving small plates and wine by the glass, private dining room, and prep kitchen—the design reclaims further square footage from the hotel parking garage. The sequence of spaces progresses from public to private and creates a range of experiences in less than two thousand square feet.
The wine shop sells bottles as well as ships by the case nationally, while the bar focuses on select wines from the Pacific Northwest. The wine inventory is developed and maintained by award-winning wine consultant, David Holstrom.
Custom mahogany millwork, raw steel, slate tile, and polished concrete bring a modern aesthetic to the feeling of a rustic wine cellar. The materials were chosen for their ability to wear well and develop a patina over time. Open storage for cases and bottles, along with a state of the art, self-service, commercial cruvinet system, enable patrons to peruse and explore Pullman's wine offerings on their own. Locally manufactured custom tables, an intimate bar, and the private dining room welcome a range of groups of locals and visitors.
The private dining room seats twenty-four guest in a wine cave-like room that channels a European, old-world aesthetic with vaulted ceilings and a dark, moody color palette. The slope of the sidewalk outside enhances the feeling of descending into an underground wine cave. Pullman's novel concept and thoughtful design have combined to create a new attraction in the burgeoning Convention Center neighborhood.
401 NE Holladay Street, Portland, OR 97232
Holst Architecture, Architect and Interior Designer
HVAC Incorporated, Mechanical Designer
Safety Electric Incorporated, Electrical Designer
Commercial Plumbing Consulting & Design, Plumbing Designer
Restaurant Equipment Consultants, Equipment Designer
Froelich Engineers, Structural Consultant
Pacific Crest Construction, Contractor
Bedrosian Black Pearl Floor & Wall Tile
9 Wood 7000 Wood Coffers Modern Molding Coffered Ceiling
Custom mahogany millwork
Portola Paints Lime Wash (private dining room ceiling)
Corian Solid Surface Calacatta Natura (bartop)
Restoration Hardware Boule de Cristal Single Cord Pendant
Rejuvenation Edendale Clear Glass Pendant
Restoration Hardware Kinetic 2-Tier Chandelier (above bar)
Restoration Hardware Spencer Hoop Chandelier (private dining room)
Senso Latona Recessed Lighting
Charter Furniture Dining Chairs with DesignTex Cloud Velvet Slate Fabric
Speke Klein Bar Stools with DesignTex Cloud Velvet Slate Fabric
Custom dining and café tabletops on FlatTech table bases
Rejuvenation Alderwood Hand-Knotted Rug (private dining room)
Napa Technology WineStation Cruvinet System
Since late November, thanks to agreements reached with some US importers and distributors, the distribution has started in stores.
CHICAGO, Dec. 31, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Cantine Europa wines arrive on the US market for the first time. This result has been made possible thanks to an intense wine promotion campaign that has seen several participations in trade fairs, targeted promotion actions and B2B meetings with importers, distributors, retailers and Hotels, Restaurants and Catering groups. The promotional campaign is co-financed by the European Union under Regulation No. 1308/2013.
Cantine Europa is a cooperative of wine growers founded in Sicily in 1962. One of the most important productive wineries in southern Italy, today it can count on over 2,000 members, 11,000 acres of vineyards scattered in three provinces of Sicily (Trapani, Agrigento and Palermo), 500,000 hl of wine produced every year. The winery bottles different varieties of wine produced with indigenous Sicilian and international vines and is able to ensure high standards and constant quality over time.
Three product lines are offered for sale in the US market:
In conjunction with the presence of the wines in the stores, tastings of the products at the points of sale have been started so that consumers can get to know and appreciate them at their best. The tastings will be carried out throughout 2020 in several states.
BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 16, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Many of us look forward to celebrations during the holidays, yet it is also a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year. Some will suffer adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes. Sadly, we often put ourselves and others at risk because we don't understand how alcohol affects us during an evening of celebratory drinking.
Despite the potential dangers, myths about drinking persist, which—for some—can prove fatal. Scientific studies supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provide important information that challenges these widespread, yet incorrect, beliefs about how quickly alcohol affects the body and how long the effects of drinking last.
Alcohol's Effects Begin Quickly, Before You Know It!
Holiday revelers may not recognize that critical decision-making abilities and driving-related skills are already diminished long before a person shows overt signs of intoxication.
Initially, alcohol may appear to act as a stimulant, so people who drink may feel upbeat and excited. But don't be fooled. Alcohol decreases inhibitions and judgment, and can lead to reckless decisions.
As we consume more alcohol, reaction times get longer and behavior becomes poorly controlled and sometimes even aggressive—leading to fights and other types of violence. Continued drinking causes the slurred speech and loss of balance that we typically associate with being drunk.
Alcohol can also cause blackouts—which are gaps in a person's memory while they were intoxicated. These gaps happen when a person drinks enough alcohol to temporarily block the transfer of memories from short-term to long-term storage—known as memory consolidation—in a brain area called the hippocampus. At higher blood alcohol concentration levels, alcohol acts as a clear depressant, which can cause people who drink to pass out if the dose is high enough. At even higher levels, people who drink face the danger of life-threatening alcohol overdose due to the suppression of vital life functions.
Even When Drinking Stops—Alcohol's Effects Do Not Stop
During an evening of drinking, it's also easy to misjudge how long alcohol's effects last. For example, many people believe that they will begin to sober up—and be able to drive safely—once they stop drinking and have a cup of coffee. The truth is that alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long after the last drink has been finished. Even after someone stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream, resulting in impaired judgment and coordination for hours.
Before You Celebrate—Plan Ahead
Of course, we don't intend to harm anyone when we celebrate during the holiday season. Yet, violence and traffic fatalities associated with alcohol misuse persist, and myths about drinking live on—even though scientific studies have documented how alcohol affects the brain and body.
Because individuals differ, the specific effects of alcohol on an individual will vary. But certain facts are clear—there's no way to make good decisions when you are intoxicated and there's no way to sober up faster.
So, this holiday season, do not underestimate the effects of alcohol. Don't believe you can beat them, or they may beat you.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you host a holiday gathering:
Myth: Drink coffee. Caffeine will sober you up.
Fact: Caffeine may help with drowsiness but not with the effects of alcohol on decision-making or coordination. The body needs time to metabolize (break down) alcohol and then to return to normal. Also, when caffeine wears off, your body will need to deal with post-caffeine sleepiness, which adds to alcohol-induced sleepiness. There are no quick cures—only time will help.
Myth: You can drive as long as you are not slurring your words or acting erratically.
Fact: The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before you show signs of intoxication and your reaction time is slowed. Plus, the sedative effects of alcohol increase your risk of nodding off or losing attention behind the wheel.
Myth: The warm feeling you get from drinking alcohol insulates you from the cold of winter. When you're drinking, there's no need to wear a coat when it's cold outside.
Fact: Alcohol widens the tiny blood vessels right under the skin, so they quickly fill with warm blood. This makes you feel warm or hot, and can cause your skin to flush and perspire. But your body temperature is actually dropping, because while alcohol is pulling warmth from your body's core to the skin surface, it is also depressing the area of your brain that controls temperature regulation. In cold environments, this can lead to hypothermia. So, wear a coat when it's cold outside, particularly if you are drinking alcohol.
Have a safe holiday season!
For more information on celebrating your holidays safely and tips for cutting back, please visit: https://www.RethinkingDrinking.niaaa.nih.gov
Looking for Stress-Free Holiday Dining? Denny's Has Guests Covered with Delicious Family-Style Meals to Enjoy at Home or in the Diner
In addition to being open on Christmas Day, Denny's is offering a family-style turkey dinners for guests to order in advance and carry-out to enjoy at home
SPARTANBURG, S.C., Dec. 16, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- If your one wish this year is a seamless holiday dinner with the family, then Denny's has you covered whether you are hosting at home or looking to reconnect over dinner in a signature red booth. To celebrate the holidays, Denny's is offering a family-style Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack, providing guests with a carry-out dining option for a stress-free holiday dinner at home. The new meals are made with the same high-quality, flavorful food that guests have come to expect from Denny's without blowing your holiday budget.
Beginning Wednesday, December 18, and concluding on Tuesday, December 24, customers can order the dinner pack online at Dennys.com, which comfortably feeds four guests.* Each dinner pack is prepared ready to heat and serve and features delicious holiday staples: tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, red-skinned mashed potatoes and one additional side. Guests can pick up their orders from Thursday, December 19, until Wednesday, December 25.
Want to skip the cooking all together? Denny's locations nationwide are welcoming guests Christmas Day and New Year's Day and will offer delivery via Denny's on Demand.
"At Denny's, it's important to us that guests feel like family. During such a meaningful time as the holidays, Denny's welcomes guests to share a Christmas dinner with us or enjoy one of our festive holiday meals at home with their loved ones," said John Dillon, chief brand officer for Denny's.
For more information and locations, and to order Denny's on Demand, please visit www.dennys.com.
*Turkey & Dressing Dinner Packs must be ordered online at least 24 hours before the desired pickup time. This special dining option is not available for dine-in and is offered at participating Denny's locations for a limited time.
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