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Introducing Brick and Brine

It’s with great excitement that we’d like to officially introduce the newest Greenleaf Hospitality Group restaurant, Brick and Brine, opening fall 2021 in Downtown Kalamazoo on the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center lobby level!

Brick and Brine will feature seasonal New American fare, masterfully crafted cocktails, a variety of seating options, and a warm social atmosphere with an open-air concept – the first of its kind in downtown Kalamazoo.

Learn more and stay in the know on the latest Brick and Brine happenings by visiting brickandbrinekz.com and following Brick and Brine on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center Earns Three Distinguished Awards 

Radisson Hotel Group Americas, one of the world’s largest hotel collections, awarded the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center with three prestigious awards during a celebration on March 25, 2021. The Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center is owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group.  

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, senior leaders at Radisson Hotel Group Americas felt it was more important than ever to celebrate hotel owners and team members and their exceptional efforts and achievements throughout 2020. The Radisson Hotel Group Americas senior leaders brought the Awards Ceremony celebration directly to hotel teams by going virtual. 

“Celebrating and honoring hotel owners and team members is extremely important to Radisson Hotel Group Americas. These people are the ones making a difference in the lives of their guests and serving as the heart of their community,” said Jim Alderman, chief executive officer, Radisson Hotel Group Americas. “The individuals recognized have shown the world the true meaning of hospitality and what real strength looks like in uncertain times. After reading through hundreds of award nominations, I am truly inspired and reminded how wonderful human beings can be when called to selflessly help their friends and neighbors.”

RHG Americas Hero Award

The RHG Americas Hero Award sponsored by the American Red Cross, was presented to Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center. The hotel hosted 10 blood drives in 10 months and collected enough lifesaving blood products to help up to 1,600 lives. 

Back in March of 2020, during the early stages of the pandemic, the American Red Cross was in desperate need of places to hold Blood Drives. Over 160 Blood Drives had already been cancelled and the need for these events was dire. 80% of blood donations come from blood drives. The American Red Cross, was understandably, concerned about how they would maintain their blood supply. The team at Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center stepped up, offering vacant banquet spaces as areas for the American Red Cross to host their much needed blood drives.

“Community is so important to Greenleaf Hospitality’s approach to business. With the pandemic negatively impacting our business, we found ourselves with the ability to strengthen our relationship with American Red Cross by hosting more frequent blood drives. The results speak for themselves and GHG is just happy we could be a partner,” said Tim Rayman, chief executive officer, Greenleaf Hospitality Group.  

Hospitality Excellence Award  

The Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center was one of four Radissons in the United States recognized for the hotel’s commitment to excellence out of 149 Radisson branded hotels in all of the Americas. This recognition is awarded based on positive guest experience scores and guest feedback. Since 1975, the Kalamazoo Center has been an integral part of Downtown Kalamazoo. Soon after, the Radisson began providing guests with exceptional service and amenities.

General Manager of the Year Award

Craig Davies was presented with the General Manager of the Year award for his leadership, community involvement, and brand engagement. Davies has been with the Kalamazoo hotel for two years. He is from Kalamazoo and a graduate of Western Michigan University. 

“I’m thrilled that the Radisson Hotel Group has recognized Craig Davies as General Manager of the Year. His partnership with RHG through COVID-19 best practices, partnering with the brand on new hotel room pilots, and his general leadership made him the front runner for this prestigious award. It’s exciting to see the brand recognize the great leadership that Craig provides GHG and our Community on a daily basis,” said Rayman.

 

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ABOUT GREENLEAF HOSPITALITY GROUP 

Greenleaf Hospitality Group offers an unmatched choice in world class hospitality through a variety of offerings from hotel lodging and events, to dining, retail and entertainment. The Kalamazoo-based company owns and operates the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, Wings Event Center, Wings West, and Kalamazoo Wings. https://greenleafhospitalitygroup.com/

ABOUT RADISSON PLAZA HOTEL AT KALAMAZOO CENTER 

Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center features 340 modern guest rooms, over 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces, four onsite restaurants, Starbucks, a fully equipped athletic club, full-service salon + spa, comprehensive wedding service and venues, catering, and shopping for regionally inspired and locally produced items and travel needs. https://radissonkzoo.com/

ABOUT RADISSON HOTEL GROUP

Radisson Hotel Group Americas represents Radisson Hotels brands in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Combined with Radisson Hotel Group, representing Radisson Hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group Americas is one of the world’s largest hotel collections with eight distinctive hotel brands and more than 1,500 hotels in operation and under development in 120 countries. 

The Radisson Hotel Group Americas portfolio of brands includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, brought together under the overarching Radisson Hotels Americas name. 

Radisson Hotel Group Americas takes pride in its Every Moment Matters brand promise to always provide guests with exceptional experiences. In addition, the Radisson Rewards loyalty program delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments and outstanding loyalty benefits for guests, meeting planners, travel agents, and business partners. 

 Radisson Meetings Americas treats every meeting or event as more than just a date on the calendar with three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics of the signature Yes I Can! service spirit and being uniquely 100% carbon neutral. 

 More than 100,000 team members work at Radisson Hotel Group Americas, Radisson Hotel Group, and the hotels licensed to operate in its systems. https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/brand/radisson

Greenleaf Hospitality Group Gratitude Calendar

During this time of change, Greenleaf Hospitality Group (GHG) encourages you to get curious and learn more about gratitude! To help, we’re inviting you to participate in our 30-Day Gratitude Challenge starting Monday, April 14.

The attached calendar is for your reference – print it, save it, and share it if you’d like! You’ll see a variety of activities noted including wellness, reaching out to old friends, doing arts and crafts, writing cards, reading, and more.

We will continue to post weekly reminders on the GHG Facebook Page asking how you’re doing practicing gratitude, daily.

Print your calendar here!

GHG Gratitude

Greenleaf Hospitality Group’s Mary Hoppe Highlighted in KVCC Apprentice Program Segment

Greenleaf Hospitality Group’s very own, Mary Hoppe – Eng HVAC Apprentice, was recently featured on a segment highlighting Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program.

View the full story here.

K-WINGS ACHIEVE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ TITLE

Kalamazoo officially recognized for largest lightsaber battle in history, set November 2 at Wings Event Center during Star Wars Night.

 

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, announced Tuesday that the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS officially recognized the organization as the Title Holder for the largest lightsaber battle in history.

The record attempt was held during the first intermission of the K-Wings’ Star Wars Night game November 2 at Wings Event Center. Fans received a lightsaber upon entry to the game and were encouraged to remain in their seats at the end of the first period. The lightsaber battle lasted three minutes and 45 seconds and featured 3,889 participants, achieving the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title.

View the official record page HERE.

Those interested in obtaining an official Certificate of Participation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS specific to the largest lightsaber battle record attempt may purchase one HERE.

Please direct all media inquiries, including interview requests, as well as requests for pictures or video from Star Wars Night to Wings Director of Public Relations, John Peterson, at jpeterson@kwings.com.

The Kalamazoo Wings face the Cincinnati Cyclones at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Wings Event Center in the team’s first-ever Lavender Ice game. The K-Wings are partnering with the National Hockey League and Hockey Fights Cancer, and a portion of the proceeds from the team’s Hockey Fights Cancer 4-Packs, as well as mystery pucks sold on the concourse will benefit Cancer Families United.

K-Wings 3-Packs are on sale online NOW! Reserve your tickets for the three biggest remaining games in the best seats with the best eats. Visit KWings.com for details.

Single game tickets for all 27 remaining home games at Wings Event Center are on sale and available for purchase HERE.

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Kalamazoo to Host 2019 USA Curling National Championship

Kalamazoo, MI (October 2, 2018) – The USA Curling National Championship returns to Kalamazoo February 9-16 for the 2019 tournament. The teams will be competing for the USA Championship title and a chance to represent Team USA at the subsequent World Championships.

USA Curling and the Kalamazoo Curling Club will partner with Wings Event Center and Discover Kalamazoo to host the championship tournament at Wings Event Center.

The weeklong event will feature:

  • The top men’s and women’s teams in the country
  • Members of the 2018 Olympic Gold Medal team
  • Themed fan days
  • Education day – Learn curling basics
  • Patriotic Day – Show your USA pride
  • Craft Beer & Curling Festival Night – Local beer and spirit sampling

“From the first time we took the USA Curling Nationals there in 2010, Kalamazoo has been an exceptional destination for these championships,” said Rick Patzke, USA Curling chief executive officer. “As the Kalamazoo slogan says, ‘You’ll be Back. We Promise.’ With Discover Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Curling Club as core partners again, coupled with the dedicated staff at Wings Event Center, I have no doubt that these Nationals will be even better than the first two held there.”

With the collaboration of the Kalamazoo Curling Club, Wings Event Center, USA Curling, and Discover Kalamazoo and the heightened interest in curling since the 2018 Winter Olympics, Wings Event Center expects the 2019 USA Curling National Championship to draw a substantial crowd. Wings Event Center is passionate about providing athletes from around the nation with a true Kalamazoo experience.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10 am at the Wings Event Center box office and etix.com.

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The United States Curling Association is the National Governing Body of the sport of curling in the United States and has its national office in Stevens Point, Wis. As the NGB for the sport of curling, the USCA strives to grow the sport and to win medals in world championships and Olympic Games. The USCA is a member of the World Curling Federation and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the Kalamazoo Wings hockey team and is a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.

Starbucks and Beauty Lounge Opens at Radisson Plaza Hotel!

Kalamazoo, MI (April 17, 2018) – Centrally located downtown Kalamazoo, Radisson Plaza Hotel is adding to the hustle and bustle of Spring with the additions of a beauty lounge for wedding parties, a full-service Starbucks, and an option to order online from Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill.

  • Starbucks Grand Opening is May 4, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • It will host members of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO).
    • It is an official stop of the Kalamazoo Art Hop.
    • The space will offer a variety of seating options, totalling 68 seats.
  • Beauty Lounge by Blush is a private space for wedding parties to get hair and make-up done before a wedding ceremony.
    • The grand opening is May 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. and members of the Blush team will be there to answer any questions guests may have.
    • The space will host an artist from the Kalamazoo Art Hop.
    • Beauty Lounge is currently accepting reservations for 2018 and beyond.
  • Online Ordering at Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill is available starting Thursday, April 26, 2018.
    • It will only be offered at the downtown Old Burdick’s location.
    • The goal of online ordering is to create a more convenient means to order food on the go, especially for those who work and live downtown.

These additions, as well as others in the community, pair well with the Kalamazoo’s dedication to provide local and visiting guests with a small town feel, but big city entertainment “These three adjustments to our Greenleaf Hospitality Group Radisson property are a few of the great examples of our dedication to our hotel guests and our passion of bringing people downtown to contribute to Kalamazoo’s overall growth,” said Chief Executive Officer, Tim Rayman.

Locally owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group (GHG), Radisson Plaza Hotel is passionate about providing a home away from home for both local and non-local guests and is excited to see how these amenities can serve the Kalamazoo community. To learn more about Radisson Plaza Hotel and it’s amenities, visit www.radisson.com/kalamazoo.

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Kalamazoo chef to compete in International Culinary Olympics

It’s the honor of a lifetime for a chef to compete in the international culinary Olympics. This month, two chefs from west Michigan are making the trip to Germany to cook for the title. Tom Giles is the Certified Executive Chef at Western Michigan University and will be competing with the Michigan’s Great Lakes Culinary Team.

It’s Tom’s second international competition. He competed in Luxembourg at the Villeroy & Boch Culinary World Cup in 2014 receiving a Bronze Medal. Also competing is Nate Shaw, the sous chef of Webster’s Prime in Kalamazoo.

http://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-chef-to-compete-in-international-culinary-olympics

Greenleaf Hospitality recognized as a Gold Level Fit Friendly Worksite

The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change. Worksites throughout the

nation can be part of the initiative by making the health and wellness of their employees a

priority. Greenleaf Hospitality Group was recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life.

  • Offering employees physical activity support.
  • Providing/increasing healthy eating options at the worksite.
  • Promoting a wellness culture.
  • Implementing at least nine criteria as outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture.

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