Local Workers Compete in 2nd Annual Hospitality Summer Games

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Photos: Fritz Olenberger

By edhat staff

Following one of the biggest holiday weekends in the hotel industry, Memorial Day, local employees competed in the 2nd annual Hospitality Summer Games on Tuesday.

Employees from Belmond El Encanto, Hotel Californian, Four Seasons The Biltmore, Harbor View Inn, Hilton, Hotel Indigo, Hyatt Centric, Kimpton Hotels, Hotel Milo, Ramada, Santa Barbara Inn, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, and Visit Santa Barbara all competed to be the best of the best. 

The fun events included servers attempting to hold trays of full glasses and champagne flutes while running through an obstacle course, culinary specialists racing to decorate a cake in record time and a taste test competition, maintenance workers quickly tightening screws while building a bicycle, employees trying to make the perfect hotel bed with hospital corners and win the toilet paper toss, and the final event was a talent competition. 

Talent show judges included Santa Barbara City Council member Jason Dominguez, La Boheme Dance Group founder Teresa Kuskey Nowak and Old Spanish Days President Barbara Carroll with DJ Darla Bea providing music and Drew Wakefield serving as the emcee. 

The Biltmore took home first place in the cake war, Santa Barbara Inn won the bed making contest, Santa Barbara Adventure Company won bike building, Hilton Beachfront won the blind palette taste test, El Encanto won the recycling contest, Hotel Indigo won the server obstacle courseSanta Barbara Sailing Center won the toilet paper toss, Visit Santa Barbara had the spirit award and Kimpton took home first place in the talent competition.

The event aims to promote camaraderie within the hospitality industry while helping the community. Workers bought raffle tickets to raise money for the Santa Barbara City College Hospitality and Culinary Program. In addition, the assembled bicycles were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara.

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a-1559278575 May 30, 2019 09:56 PM
Local Workers Compete in 2nd Annual Hospitality Summer Games

Looks like a good time was had by all. Congrats to all the winners.
To Edhat Staff:

A palette is a thin board artist's use to hold and mix paints. There is also a "palette" of colors. When you write "blind palette taste test" are you talking about food or painting? I don't think anyone was tasting paint, were they? You need to spell the word "palate," not "palette."

EastBeach May 31, 2019 01:10 AM
Local Workers Compete in 2nd Annual Hospitality Summer Games

My company used to participate in the local Corporate Challenge. The funnest game was "Human Foosball". Players were literally strapped to large poles and could only move sideways as we kicked the ball down-field.

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