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health and wellness

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables and tubers are some of the season’s most nutritious, versatile, and fun vegetables. Make sure to eat a variety of them to get a full selection of nutrients. Try turnips, yucca (cassava), Jerusalem artichoke, yams, beets, or radishes.

Human Resources Department Benefits – would like to remind you that February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Be sure to check your Guest Services’ e-mail, or the Benefits Corner for more info! If you are a Unit Manager, please share this information with your team.

Food Show 2020 – 10th Annual

This year’s 10th annual Food Show featured plant-based meats, safety processes and sustainable packaging and container storage. Team members from across the country met with a variety of vendors, heard from Guest Services, Inc. leadership and sampled delicious tastings at the venue.

State of the Onion

Before the presentations and meetings with vendors could commence, Mr. Gabrys mentioned that Guest Services had one of the best years financially in the history of the company! Along with new team members and new businesses on the horizon, Guest Services’ future is bright.

We Brought on New People

“We brought in a new Chief Financial Officer this year Dan Stolzfus. We have a new head of our sales team Heather Guay Yoo. Laura Sherman was promoted to Vice President of Hospitality… [Also] We have a new Senior Living division and Shawn Rose was hired to head up that operation.”

Congratulations Nico

“In terms of personnel changes during the year, we’ve promoted Nico Foris to Chief Operating Officer. I think when the time comes that he takes over the future is very bright; because in my opinion I think he will be the best CEO that this company has ever had in their history. ”

Lancaster Foods

Effective February 14, 2020, our Lancaster Foods subsidiary was sold. This sale will, among many other benefits, give Guest Services the ability to focus our management and capital resources on our core operations: food service, lodging, recreation, other hospitality services, and the senior living subsidiary, as we grow in our second century.  It puts Guest Services in a very strong position to pursue the many new, exciting opportunities which will further elevate our presence throughout the United States.

Industry Trends

What are some new industry trends? Or, how do those trends impact our food industry in the short vs long term?

We interviewed some of our vendors, Stillwater, High Liner Seafood & Gehl Foods, Tyson – Hillshire & Meats and they mentioned that the new name of the game is creating new plant-based products.

“People are looking for products that are vegan, gluten-free. Especially now we really see more allergies- nut allergies. So we’re making new facilities that are nut-free and gluten-free because we want to avoid cross-contamination issues,” said a Tyson representative.

Check your local grocer in the freezer section for Purdue’s Chicken+ (40% vegetable – chickpea and cauliflower) and other exciting plant based products.

People Spotlight: Jennifer & Kathleen

Jennifer Miller, Director of Revenue Management.

Jennifer has been with Guest Services for close to 15 years serving at the Doubletree Naples, Paradise Palms and the Hospitality Division. Under her leadership, the Hospitality Division has opened a Call Center and building a team for our Lodging units, Houseboats, camping and PWC rentals generating $3M in revenue in 2019. “Jennifer will continue to grow the department as we acquire new units and locations over the next several years,” says Laura Sherman, Assistant Vice President of Hospitality.

Kathleen Wood, Black Canyon Willow Beach

Kathleen has been in the industry as a raft pilot for 30 years, some for the previous owner John Mont before Forever Resort. Kathleen is a woman of integrity, fairness, and balance. “I would like to acknowledge Kathleen Wood with the Black Canyon Willow Beach/Black Canyon Adventures. She is my rock, my mentor. She is a no-nonsense trainer of what is right and how to run a great river trip, so the guest’s experience a once in a lifetime experience! Thank you for allowing me to say this!” says Russell Patrick Kelley, Raft Pilot and CDL Transportation Specialist at Black Canyon Willow Beach.

Women’s History Month

Women are under-represented throughout history.

Around the globe, we are present in every industry and facet of life.

We’ve had to fight for our rights.

Thanks to the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women for celebrating the first “Women’s History Week” in 1978!

Then in 1987, Congress designated March as “Women’s History Month,” and since then, the National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme.

2020’s Women’s History Month theme is Valiant Women of the Vote.  The theme honors women who fought to win suffrage rights for women and for those who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.

Treat Yourself

  • Bear Mountain, NY: Be kind to yourself – feeling stressed? Take a breathe and slow down

Traveling to escape the city? Bringing your pet? Celebrate 2020 with 20% off your lodging accommodation for two or more nights and 20% off one lunch or dinner in Restaurant 1915, located in Bear Mountain Inn. Room discount available on accommodations in the Overlook Lodge or Stone Lodges. To reserve, please call the hotel directly at 845.786.2731 or Bear Mountain Inn.

  • The Lodge at Wakulla Springs, FL: Prioritize time with yourself, organize your to-do list

Enjoy a unique stay beside the world’s deepest freshwater spring. Hiking trails, boat tours, swimming. Visit The Lodge at Wakulla and book now!

  • Big Sur, CA: Spend time alone – journal your thoughts, walk in nature or enjoy a cup of tea

Use your vacation day to unwind and experience nature. Take a weekend out to visit “mini-Yosemite”! As a Lodge guest, you receive a complimentary day pass to all three state parks in Big Sur: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Check room availability here.

 Facts about Females

  • The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu.
  • The first country to grant women the right to vote in the modern era was New Zealand in 1893. It wasn’t until 1920 that women got the right to vote in the USA.

Neighbors become friends, friends become family

Guest Service has been with Kingsbridge for 25 years.

Kingsbridge Retirement Community is a not-for-profit senior living community, with a reputation for superior service and reinvesting in their Atlanta, GA community. They aim to bring the joy of living in a community, with the freedom of Independent Living, and support of Assisted Living.

With the ever-changing needs and desires of residents, Kingsbridge ‘s staff continuously meets and exceeds the demands.

“I enjoy leading this team to success,” says Michelle Flower, General Manager of Kingsbridge. “I love managing because everyone shares the same vision and dedication. I enjoy helping the staff achieve their goals. Guest services is truly a wonderful company to work for. I hope to continue delivering excellent services for this company.”

Along with the new development at Kingsbridge’s bistro, they also make a point of celebrating work anniversaries!

“James Pettiway is a team player always willing to help and learn new things. He’s understanding and patient.  James has made a positive impact on the cooks.”

James is celebrating 12 years working for Guest Services at Kingsbridge. “We [make an effort to] celebrate work anniversaries. James Pettiway is a lead cook. He helps Donna Jackson, Production Manager. Donna won employee of the year here at Kingsbridge, might I add(!).”

The Kingsbridge team’s passion is to create a nurturing senior living environment where neighbors become friends, and friends become family.

Celebrating Our Heritage

In honor of African-American History Month, we’d like to take the time to acknowledge a distinguished African American, Jefferson Evans. He was the first African-American graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, class of 1947. He has been called the Jackie Robinson of culinary arts, in part because Evans was a student at the CIA’s original campus in New Haven, CT before Robinson ever played a game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Georgia native spent a lifetime working in various restaurants, finally opening his own, “The One ’N’ Only,” in New Haven in the 1980s. Mr. Evans died at Yale New Haven Hospital last year, in the same city where, as a student, he broke down color barriers and began a successful culinary career. During this month, Guest Services honors all the men and women who came before, and continue to inspire us in all that we do.

Valentines Day

Here at GSI

We appreciate your time

Be our valentine

Valentine’s Day, or St Valentine’s Day, is celebrated every year on February 14. It’s the day when people show their affection for others by sending cards, flowers, or chocolates with messages of love.

But where did valentine’s day come from?

Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. In jail, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February, he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine.”

Enjoy a Sweet Treat!

  • Traverse, Breckenridge, CO

Take a trip to the Centennial State! You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and spectacular romantic sunsets as you dine on delectable dishes that are prepared fresh daily. Make a reservation today 😊

  • Restaurant 1915, Bear Mountain, NY

Not interested in the big apple? Keep on going past Manhattan, past Yonkers, and you’ll reach the wooded Bear Mountain State Park. Enjoy a tasty piece of locally sourced meat at Restaurant 1915 & Blue Roof Bar.

  • Homestead Restaurant, Big Sur, CA

When you dine at our Restaurant and Bar, you dine surrounded by redwoods. You can enjoy either inside or while relaxing with a glass of local California wine or craft beer on the outdoor patio that overlooks the Big Sur River. Redwoods are waiting!

  • Sculpture Garden, Pavilion Café, DC

Come hungry, leave happy 😊. Whether you’re hungry for snacks, meals or shareable plates, we have it all! Come and grab a bite before you walk around the National Mall. Call us at 202-289-3361

Valentines Around the World

Wales – Residents of Wales celebrate St. Dwynwen’s Day on January 25. St. Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and men traditionally gift women with hand-carved wooden spoons. The tradition is based on the notion that Welsh sailors carved designs into wooden spoons while at sea to bring back to their lovers at home.

Japan – In Japan, women make the first move on Valentine’s Day. They give men gifts; a popular gift being honmei-choco, homemade chocolate. Men return the gesture on March 14. Known as White Day, men give women white chocolate and other white gifts as a sign of their affection

Work Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

It’s no secret that the U.S. is ranked 30 on the work-life balance index, check it out here.

But it’s more than that. We need a little more balance in our lives.

Today’s “always-on” mentality has serious consequences.

But achieving a work-life balance is hard.

There may be times in life when you’re focused on career and personal development, and other times when your focus turns to family or a favorite hobby. Work-life balance can (and should) look different for everyone, based on what’s most important to you. So, hang on to your mobile, we’ve got some tips to help you find the work-life balance that’s just right for you!

 Tip 1: Work-Life balance matrix

Step 1: Create a list of 4-6 categories that most contribute to your satisfaction in life. You can use anything that helps to your satisfaction, from hobbies to career, family, spirituality, or volunteer work.

Step 2: Assign a percentage for your current satisfaction in each category. Go through each group and give an honest rating with how satisfied you are with that area of your life.

Step 3: Analyze the results. Determine which areas of your life are causing the most dissatisfaction. What steps can you take to change that?

 Tip 2: Stop multitasking – Instead, prioritize the tasks and check them off as you go.

 Tip 3: Use your 50% Guest Services Inc discount & treat yourself!

Need an upgrade? Feel free to shop Dell products at, www.dell.com/mpp/dellbusiness, to use the Guest Services discount. You may also call 888-243-9964 and mention your company name or Member ID: GS27171962

Are you looking to switch phone providers? You could be saving up to 12% on qualifying AT&T services! To purchase online, visit att.com/wireless/guestservices. If you visit an AT&T store, please have proof of eligibility (employee badge, paystub or student ID). Mention FAN: 5210139

Heart Health Month

No April rain…No flowers bloom…. No wedding Saturday within the month of June…But what it is, is something true… Made up of these three words that I must say to you: New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s February, how are you coming along with your new year’s resolutions?

As American Heart Month, we have a few ideas of heart health intentions that may inspire you for the rest of 2020. Feel free to visit your local health centers and hospitals since they hold free screenings and heart health awareness events.

  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and most canned foods (they are usually very high in sodium).
  • Read food labels. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want it in your body.
  • Cut Out Unhealthy Vices: Quit smokingor avoid second-hand smoke. Drink alcohol in moderation—one drink per day for women, two for men.

Just a month has gone by since we’ve been in 2020 with our new intentions. We planned to sleep better, work out more, and put boundaries on social media. If you’re on track with all your intentions, congratulations, keep up the good work, and pat yourself on the back.

If not, here are some words of encouragement to keep you going from now and through the rest of the year.

Throughout the month, try out a few different variations of your goals, dip your toe in the water, and use the time to see what works for you. For example, is three times a week to exercise doable? Is it too much or too little for me or my schedule? What time of day works best?

  1. Go easy on yourself
  2. Review your intentions
  3. Lessons Learned