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“a radical activist”
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I know, LOTS OF WORDS…
Stay with me though. Radical to me is the adaptation of out of the box thinking.
Do you ever talk to people not in the industry and they think what people do in hospitality is COMPLETELY NUTS!
Let me break it down with a little story. So, my FAVOURITE part of service was always putting on events. I loved doing off site events and people always thought I was nuts because it is so much extra work! I used to get it all the time from my family and friends. How can you want to sign up to work for 16 hours for 3 days in a row? Why don’t you get more people to help? Why do you even offer off site events if they are so much work?
Because I LOVE IT..
I love seeing the people hosting the event get to serve their family and friends or colleagues at the highest level and have everything behind the scenes taken care of by our team. I LOVE pulling a team together to work extra hard and see something literally be created from nothing just to have it be taken down again and the site left like nothing even happened.
One of my favourite examples of this was a housewarming that we did once for a very high-end client that wanted to host a pig roast in their back yard. But this was not your typical pig roast. This event had all the details of a fancy dinner-party in Vegas. We were outside, with lights, and tables and multiple pigs roasting in massive BBQ’s. There were multiple bars set up with fancy cocktails and champagne by the bucket load.
One of the best feelings in the world is doing something that other people say is impossible, or crazy.
But it is my firm belief that it is the radical thinkers of the world that say “Yeah, we can do that!” Before even seeing the event space or hearing the totality of the vision. If hospitality just stopped looking for new and innovative ways to bring the best elements of service to their customers we wouldn’t have molecular gastronomy or even great tasting Non alcoholic Bubble!
Hospitality is all about pushing the boundaries.
And I am through and through a hospitality diehard.
So my radical mission you ask?
To change the game!
Hospitality has been booze focused for too long. And I think that is sad for 2 reasons.
It not only discounts what amazing Chefs are creating and serving, by deadening our palettes and numbing our senses.
But it takes the social reality of the situation and numbs it as well. People are less connected, less interested and less engaged when they are drunk. Hospitality was designed to host travelers in a safe and social engagement to provide experience that would entice them to come back or recommend your service to others.
In my opinion many hospitality venues have lost sight of this mandate and are solely focused on happy hour, daily drink features and getting people to overindulge in alcohol so they spend more money. When did an industry that was built on the ideals of keeping travelers safe end up supersizing every drink portion on the menu?
But there is hope.
There are a growing number of business owners that are seeing the benefits of pivoting their booze heavy offerings to include options for the Sober Curious crowd that want to partake in less alcohol but still engage in social events and have options for an ADULT Beverage without the booze.
So here I am, a voice in the crowd to stand up for the radical and progressive decision to capitalize on Non Alcoholic Beverages in an industry that is booze soaked and to be honest a little judgmental of people choosing not to drink.
It’s time for a change, and I think radical thinking is the only thing that is going to save an industry that is forced to operate at half capacity because of ridiculous government mandates!
So welcome the new and improved thinking of Radical Dan to the party because together we are going to change the face of hospitality.
One non alcoholic beverage at a time!
You are going to hear a lot of radical thoughts coming your way this month as I step into my new identity of far out thinker and visionary. Keeping hospitality moving forward into the future, and doing what’s right for guests everywhere.
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All my best in this crazy world,