Hotel Duval Strengthens Community Connections Through Food and Beverage Changes
(Tallahassee, FL) Hotel Duval is resurrected from the 1951 place to “see and be seen.” The Autograph Collection hotel has made changes to better connect with and feature Tallahassee. The hotel now offers Sunday Brunch, cocktail menus and coffee service that feature local and regional farmers and merchants.
“We want Hotel Duval guests to experience more of what the area offers. My staff and I all live here and are proud of what Tallahassee has to offer. In 2015, seventy percent of our guests were business travelers. Local foods tend to create strong connections to an area’s culture very quickly. We wanted our out-of-town guests to appreciate a part of what makes Tallahassee so special, while also offering our local friends and neighbors a choice of local and creative food and beverage options,” said Hotel Duval General Manager, John McCarroll.
Executive Chef Nik DelMonego, McCarroll, and the Food and Beverage Manager Stephen Whitson, worked with Orchard Pond Organics, Bradley’s Country Store, Lucky Goat Coffee, Sweet Grass Dairy, and local sources of Gulf-caught Lionfish. These locally-sourced products and foods are worked-in to tasty dishes and delicious beverages throughout each of the hotel’s restaurants and bars that are open to both hotel guests and the public.
McCarrol and DelMonego worked with their head mixologist to create a new Sunday Brunch food and cocktail menu with Southern and Tallahassee favorites taken to a new level.
The Pan Seared Lionfish, a recently invasive threat to the Gulf’s ecosystem, has been freshly caught in the Gulf of Mexico and prepared delectably with a serving of Bradley’s sausage and cheese grits and quick skillet greens. The Fried Chicken & Johnny Cakes is an exquisite twist on Tallahassee’s favorite brunch dish. DelMonego’s version is brine and buttermilk marinated chicken breast atop pan-fried cornbread pancakes with a house-made spicy maple honey-butter drizzle.
Those who brunch for the cocktails have a selection of freshly crafted and unique eye-openers to choose from; including the staff’s favorite, the Tomatillo Bloody Mary, serving verde salsa flavors into a fresh and tangier take on the typically-red brunch favorite. Hotel Duval Sunday Brunch – is served from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The hotel’s coffee and food on-the-go shop, previously LeRoc Bistro, changed its name to LeRoc Lounge; the name of the 1951 Hotel Duval’s cocktail lounge. Hotel Duval is Proudly Partnered Lucky Goat Coffee location, the first hospitality group to serve their coffee outside of a Lucky Goat store. “We wanted to offer our downtown neighbors Lucky Goat in walking distance, and our hotel guests a local favorite,” explained Whitson. “We knew Ben and his team’s high standards at Lucky Goat were a perfect fit for Hotel Duval. The process has taught us more than we imagined – they have true passion and pride in their process and end products.” LeRoc Lounge opens at 6:30 a.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. weekends, and closes at 2 p.m. throughout the week. Several dishes and cocktails throughout the hotel incorporate Lucky Goat as well.
Level 8 Lounge, the first roof-top bar and balcony in the region, offers hand-crafted cocktail features six nights of the week. This summer, they launched a 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour to provide local professionals a beautiful, comfortable place to watch the sun set on downtown Tallahassee while enjoying reasonably priced drink and food specials. Level 8 Lounge is open from 4 p.m. until midnight Sunday through Tuesday, and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Shula’s 347 Grill, one of the Shula’s Steak House dining concepts, instills top quality from their SHULA CUT® Premium Black Angus Beef® and extensive wine selection to their elite staff. Shula’s 347 Grill–Tallahassee is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and closes at 10 p.m. the remainder of the week.
Hotel Duval is an Autograph Collection boutique hotel in Tallahassee, Florida. The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. Only Autograph Collection hotels offer the rich experiences of an independent hotel stay with all the benefits of Marriott Rewards®, the award-winning loyalty program that enables guests to earn and redeem points for free nights and flights across the globe. For more details about the collection, visit AutographCollectionHotels.com. For Hotel Duval menus as well as additional hotel, food and beverage information, visit hotelduval.com or call 850-224-6000. Find, like and follow Hotel Duval, Level 8 Lounge and Shula’s 347 on Twitter and Facebook for promotions and announcements.
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