Archive for the ‘Joie de Vivre Restaurants’ Category

One Bourbon, One Scotch

March 11, 2010

There are a number of American whiskey (not to be confused with Scotch whisky) types and Bourbon is perhaps the most storied among them. As part of the domestic whiskey family, Bourbon’s name comes from its birthplace: Bourbon County, Kentucky.  And while Bourbon proper can’t be distilled in California, we can be part of its appreciation society. Grange Restaurant & Bar has taken its appreciation to a new level by working with Kentucky Bourbon distiller Woodford Reserve to create its own signature Bourbon blend. Grange Special Blend Woodford Reserve will make its debut during a special five-course Southern-inspired dinner on March 19. (more…)


Grange Days

February 22, 2010

(Photo of the dining room at Grange and Executive Chef Michael Tuohy by Frankie Frankeny)

Interesting piece in the Sacramento Bee last week featuring Grange as part of an exploration of how growing demand for local food from local farms is goosing Sacramento’s economy. Executive Chef Michael Tuohy, a longtime Slow Food devotee, blogs about local food here.

We’d Like to Thank…Vous!

February 2, 2010

We’re pretty excited today about being named 2009 eMarketer of the Year at last night’s Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards Gala in New York. The honors (elegantly double fisted by our own Linda Palermo) were given by TRAVELCLICK® and HSMAI in recognition of best online marketing practices for the hospitality industry. Joie de Vivre is the first company to win this prestigious award twice (first in 2006).  We hope it’s not boasting to share our very genuine excitement for this honor, particularly because it speaks to the importance we place on engaging with our guests (and would-be-guests) in ways that matter to them. From Facebook Fridays and Twitter Tuesdays offering fans great last minute hotel deals to micro-essay contests like “Five Little Words,” we’re dedicated to our mission of creating opportunities to celebrate the joy of life and grateful to everyone who’s stayed on the ride with us. To more joie in 2010!

By the Sea

January 21, 2010

Sunset magazine’s fantastic travel blog featured Joie de Vivre’s Ventana Inn & Spa today. Travel editor Lisa Trottier enumerated “5 Things I Love About Big Sur’s Ventana Inn.” It would be really hard not to love Big Sur. I mean, it doesn’t get more California iconic than the rugged Highway 1 coastline, and Ventana’s perch 1,200 feet above the clouds (and on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean!), combined with its understated luxury and the warmth of its staff, make it a true Zen oasis. (more…)

The Whole Picture

January 21, 2010

Conde Nast Traveler recently ran a great Q&A with Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey. In recent years, Mackey has been a bit of a controversy magnet, but agree or disagree with his interesting stances, he always seems to speak his mind, and Whole Foods’ contribution in creating a market for healthier, more sustainable food is hard to deny.

He gives Joie de Vivre a nice shout out in the piece, along with some other travel companies we admire for their service ethic. His explanation of “conscious capitalism” and serving people’s deeper needs for fulfillment resonates with Joie de Vivre’s own mission: to create opportunities for our guests to celebrate the joy of life at our hotels, restaurants, and spas.

Celebrating the joy of life is something we actually do talk about (a lot, actually) in the course of our days at Joie de Vivre in trying to determine how to bring a little “joie” to the guest experience. Our Joie of Life campaign launched in the fall talks about the idea and gives people ways to create (and share) their own joy (it has some great hotel deals, too).

Not surprisingly, Joie de Vivre’s founder and CEO Chip Conley writes about the pursuit of joy and happiness a lot (and he’ll be speaking about them at the TED Conference next month), and posits that perhaps the elusive “happiness” rests in the intangibles: more of contentment and being grateful for what we have; less of seeking the elusive “more” from things that in the end may not actually meet our needs. Or via Chip’s “emotional equation”: 

Happiness = Wanting What You Have divided by Having What You Want

As we move into a new year, and for us here in San Francisco, the sloshy, rainy season, we’re thinking about how we can create our own joy this year, and as always how we can find new ways to share it.

The Americano Way

December 31, 2009

Bubbles (the tiny effervescent ones, in a Champagne flute) are as synonymous with New Year’s Eve as the 11,875-pound Waterford crystal ball that drops in Time’s Square at the stroke of midnight. Whether the wine in your glass is true Champagne, sparkling, or Prosecco, there are few elixirs that bring more joie (until the next morning anyway, when Mimosas, coffee, and eggs banish the vapors!). (more…)

Feeling Punchy

December 18, 2009

Here’s Miss Pearl’s Jam House’s take on the classic holiday party drink, punch. There is something about punch that conjures memories of grade school holiday classroom parties with frosted cupcakes, miniature candy canes and, well, punch. Everyone needed to hit the nap mats after the rush of sugar and excitment, and you may too if you drink too much punch. You don’t need a punch bowl for this, just a tall glass for each drink. Happy holidays! (more…)

West With the Nog

December 17, 2009

People either seem to like eggnog or vehemently dislike it. Personally, combining dairy products with bourbon, whisky (yes, that is the Scotch spelling) or rum has always seemed like a good idea to me.  This heady nog recipe from West Restaurant & Lounge doesn’t limit itself to just one spirit, and in fact eggnog, which heralds from England, has historically been made with everything from sherry, brandy, Madeira, whisky, bourbon, and rum. This version contains vodka and kahlua, the potent partners usually found in a White Russian, and your choice or rum or Frangelico. It truly is a wonderful life. (more…)

Mele Kalikimaka

December 16, 2009

midi is a hop and a skip from our home office here in San Francisco, and we’ve found ourselves lucky enough to be there twice thus far in the holiday season to sip the fabulous Aaron Paul’s holiday cocktail invention, the island-inspired Mele Kalikimaka. The drink derives its spicy, subtly sweet holiday cheer from rum, pineapple, Nocino walnut liqueur, brown sugar, cloves, and a pretty piece of fresh pineapple rolled in cinnamon for a garnish. Enjoie! (more…)

Hot n’ Cold

December 15, 2009

Matt Carbajal of Swank Cocktail Club sent us the perfect cocktail for sitting in front the fire while watching your favorite retro holiday special. Matt is recently arrived at Swank and in addition to his way with spirits, he’s a repository of quotes from the likes of Nick Charles, the epitome of male savoir faire and better half of Nora Charles in “The Thin Man” film series (and of course the books by Dashiell Hammett). Any mixologist who quotes such characters from 1930s cinema is one you can trust to mix you a mean drink. Thanks, Matt! (more…)