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Nellie’s Southern Kitchen

 Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, a Jonas family experience honoring their matriarch’s timeless recipes, has officially opened the doors to its first West Coast location at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Helmed by Denise and Kevin Jonas, Sr. – the parents of Kevin II, Joe and Nick (the Jonas Brothers) and Franklin – in partnership with TLI Bedrock LLC, Nellie’s welcomes guests to a seat at the Jonas family table with nightly live music, generous hospitality and timeless Southern comfort food.

MGM Grand is the second restaurant location for Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, which began in Belmont, North Carolina. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen is a celebration of Nellie, Kevin, Sr.’s grandmother, who lived in Belmont working in the cotton mills by day and cooking delicious meals for her loved ones by night. Nellie combined music and food into nightly rituals around the table, forging the tight-knit traditions the Jonas family continues to this day. 

The opening celebration included appearances by Denise and Kevin Jonas, Sr., all four Jonas brothers and Danielle Jonas. Entertainment was provided by Jonas Group Entertainment artists including Olivia “LIVVIA” Somerlyn, Bailee Madison, Lanie Gardner, Hayley Orrantia, Hello Sisterand Terri Jo Box along with special guest Daniella MasonFollowing the party, the Jonas Brothers took the stage down the street at Dolby Live theater at Park MGM for their residency performance.

Authentic, Comforting Southern Cuisine

Nellie’s welcomes guests to a seat at the Jonas family table to enjoy recipes passed down from Grandma Nellie, and reimagined favorites from executive chef Mario Nichols, who was raised in North Carolina and began cooking soul food with his family at a young age.

  • Appetizers – Guests will feel right at home with a mix of Southern staples and delicious takes on favorites to kick off their meal. The Collard and Artichoke Dip with collards, artichoke and parmesan is an extra savory version of the beloved starter. A Las Vegas exclusive, the Southern Rolls feature BBQ chicken, creamy mac and cheese and collards rolled in a crispy fried egg roll, served with Nellie’s signature sauce. No meal is complete without a basket of Grandma Nellie’s famous pillowy Biscuits with cinnamon-honey butter and jam.
  • Entrées – Fans of traditional homestyle dishes will be enchanted by Nellie’s Chicken and Dumplins, a must-try Jonas family dish featuring chicken and house-made dumplins in a rich broth served over silky mashed potatoes, gravy and collard greens. For a unique variation on a seafood staple, guests can opt for Chef Nichols’ Shrimp and Grits with fried grit cakes and blackened shrimp topped with Cajun cream sauce and fresh pico de gallo. Guests also can enjoy fresh Fried Catfish filets, salt-and-pepper fried and served with coleslaw, french fries and house-made remoulade.
  • BBQ Essentials – Bringing backyard favorites to the dining table, Nellie’s offers an assortment of burgers, steaks and sandwiches served with classic sides. The Hawg Hill Pulled Pork Sandwich features pecan-smoked pulled pork tossed in a tangy sauce and served on a soft brioche bun with coleslaw. Guests looking for something heartier will enjoy the Carolina Burger made with specialty blended beef and served with chili, slaw, onion and mustard; as well as the Chef’s Choice Steak, featuring Chef’s selection of chargrilled steak and the option to add shrimp or lobster tail for a full surf-and-turf experience.
  • Lighter Fare – For those opting for something lighter, Nellie’s serves up scrumptious salads including the Nellie’s Cobb Salad with chopped romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, diced bacon, bleu cheese and a boiled egg; as well as protein-packed plates such as the Grilled Shrimp Plate with grilled or blackened shrimp and grilled veggies. Other dishes include the Molasses Glazed Salmon, featuring wild-caught salmon tossed in a special South Carolina molasses glaze paired with roasted potatoes and green beans; and the Cajun Chicken Bowl with blackened chicken breast served with roasted potatoes and trinity corn.
  • Dessert – For the perfect send off, guests can indulge in Nellie’s rich Banana Pudding, which ismade with fresh bananas, layered and topped with whipped cream, then garnished with wafer cookies.

Transporting Belmont to Vegas

The folkloric aesthetic of Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, designed by OLY Studio’s Kate McIntyre, transports visitors to Kevin, Sr.’s upbringing in Belmont. The charm of small-town North Carolina is recreated through weathered barnwood, white shiplap cottage walls, and unique handmade furnishings and artwork inspired by the beautiful Smoky Mountains.  

Design highlights include:

  • Entrance – Guests enter through a sculptural hallway inspired by the quilts Grandma Nellie collected and are welcomed with her towering portrait, which celebrates Nellie’s simple-yet-remarkable life. Amongst other references, cotton from the mill is transformed to diamonds in her hair. A banjo and spoons at the front of her dress represent Nellie’s lifelong love of gathering friends and family around music and her home cooking.
  • Front Porch – The Front Porch invites diners to a bright space reminiscent of Grandma Nellie’s front porch, punctuated with birdhouses and hanging flowerpot-inspired chandeliers overhead. Table legs take on the form of tree trunks, signifying the beauty of the Belmont region beyond the cotton mills.
  • Bar(n) – Nellie’s bar area features playfully designed tables that sit atop horse legs, as if guests just pulled up to the stable. Kevin’s uncle always joked if he ever opened a restaurant, he would need a reserved table for knocking back a couple of beers after work – so Kevin and Kate fashioned tables that could give him a ride home, too.  
  • The Meadow – Private dining rooms evoke Belmont’s blissful meadows. Memories of running through freshly laundered sheets blowing in the wind inspire the wavy, cloud-like roof. Walls are adorned with merry paintings of blue skies, billowy clouds and green landscapes that complement the blues and greens in the rooms’ lush furniture.
  • Night Owl – Featuring live music nightly, Nellie’s moody back room is built around a state-of-the-art performance stage and A/V system designed by the same companies who oversee the Jonas Brothers’ concert experience. A captivating full moon light fixture juxtaposed with chandeliers emulating dew drops on blades of grass define the seated section, which is watched over by large owl portraits. Cozy couches with colors and textures inspired by nature offer a comfortable lounge vibe for both dining and enjoying music.

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen Partners Share Their Excitement:

TLI Bedrock LLC Principal Andrew Siegel: “It’s an incredible moment to finally introduce Nellie’s Southern Kitchen to the Las Vegas Strip. We’ve been proud to support the Jonas family in bringing their vision to life, and to work with the entire MGM Grand team led by the outstanding Mike Neubecker to deliver a truly fresh concept to Las Vegas.”

Kevin Jonas, Sr.: “My Grandma Nellie’s greatest desire was for people to enjoy themselves around her table and on her front porch; everyone was welcomed. We’re so proud to celebrate the opening of Nellie’s Southern Kitchen in Las Vegas, where we can share her time-honored recipes and gracious Southern hospitality to visitors from around the world.”

Denise Jonas: “Grandma Nellie was a special lady who prided herself on making sure everyone felt welcome and well taken care of.She would love thatwe’re keeping her traditions alive and providing guests from all walks of life a place that feels like home.”

Kevin Jonas II: “Nellie’s Southern Kitchen is a perfect reflection of our family’s passion for food and music. And the fact that we introduced Nellie’s the same weekend our Las Vegas residency kicked off couldn’t be better.” 

Joe Jonas: “Our family’s connection to Las Vegas has always been strong as we’ve performed here many times over the years, and it feels very special to now have a permanent piece of our family history in the city for everyone to enjoy.”

Nick Jonas: “In many ways, Nellie’s is a celebration of what people love about Las Vegas – amazing food, great vibes and entertainment. We’re excited to officially open the doors to share all of this with our fans while commemorating our Great-Grandmother’s legacy.”

Franklin Jonas, said, “Having worked at Nellie’s Belmont location for several years, I’ve had a first-hand look at the warm community it creates for both guests and employees, which makes everyone feel welcomed. When you add Great-Grandma Nellie’s recipes and live music, there’s a level of comfort and fun that makes Nellie’s feel different from every other restaurant.”

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen is located in The District opposite the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It is open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Reservations are available on OpenTable and MGM Grand’s website.

ABOUT NELLIE’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen is a family friendly dining and entertainment experience celebrating the comfort food, hospitality, great music and Southern charm of the Jonas family’s 1769 roots in North Carolina. The inspiration for Nellie’s Southern Kitchen comes from Nellie Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sr.’s grandmother, who lived in Belmont, North Carolina until she passed in 2011. Belmont is Kevin, Sr.’s hometown and the restaurant’s original location, which opened in 2016. Nellie’s second location is now open at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The restaurant is a partnership between the Jonas family and TLI Bedrock LLC, a New York City-based investment firm. For inquiries or more information, please contact info@nelliessouthernkitchen.com

ABOUT JONAS GROUP

Back in 2005, while Kevin Jonas, Sr. was managing his sons – GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum-selling group, Jonas Brothers – he formed what would later evolve into Jonas Group Holdings, LLC.  Offering a diversified portfolio of entertainment, marketing and development services, including talent management, music publishing, branding partnerships, as well as audio, television & film production, the Jonas Group family of companies is a globally recognized force, helping all kinds of talented individuals realize and harness their full potential in all areas of their career.  The dynamic company values quality over quantity with the belief that authenticity, vision and hard work are key to success.  Leading these efforts alongside Kevin is Phil Guerini, Chief Executive Officer of Jonas Group Entertainment and George Kreis, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer of Jonas Group Holdings, LLC.

ABOUT MGM GRAND

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s International Smoke, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three star restaurant Joël Robuchon and Morimoto Las Vegas. In addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot conference center, the resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas. MGM Grand is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit HERE, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog.

ABOUT OLY STUDIO

OLY Studio is a San Francisco Bay Area-based company, owned and operated by Kate McIntyre and her design partner Brad Huntzinger. The two have been creating elegant designs and crafting high-end furnishings for consumers, design customers and hospitality for over 20 years. OLY Studio designed and furnished the original Nellie’s Belmont and is excited to again collaborate with the Jonas family and its partner TLI Bedrock LLC, exclusively designing and crafting the furniture, lighting and décor for Nellie’s Las Vegas. Find OLY at Olystudio.com and on Instagram @oly.studio.

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Lute – Gold Mouf Deluxe

After crafting an entrancing debut, headlined by his gripping issues with anxiety and self-doubt, North Carolina MC Lute quenched fans’ thirst for more music with his deluxe release of Gold Mouf, including “Luther’s Freestyle,” “Run It Back,” and “Like Wine.” The latter receives the visual treatment from 12VY as GRAMMY-Award winner DJ Drama bolsters Lute’s lyrical exercise with his braggadocios adlibs. Standing in front of a fleet of cars, including a cherry red BMW, Lute’s confidence reigns supreme as he barks at his detractors with a series of jabs: “Shit, so fuck who ain’t believin’ me/ Can never say I’m wack, ’cause you rap niggas never seein’ me.” “Like Wine” comes on the heels of Lute’s recently released videos “Eye to Eye” and “Changes.” Check out Lute’s latest offering HERE

The GRAMMY-nominated rapper’s newest project is just one of many exciting developments in recent weeks. Lute performed at the long-awaited return of the annual Dreamville Festival last month, with his set praised in a shoutout from Complex. He also joined his labelmates for two cuts on the D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape compilation, which debuted in the top 5 of Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts. 

With Gold Mouf Chronicles, Lute gets vulnerable about his battle with anxiety, and the toll it had on his family.  He also shares his bout with open-heart surgery that left his future up to fate. While the procedure was successful, Lute’s experiences have a lasting mental and physical impact. But rather than succumb to his fears, Lute valiantly wears his vulnerabilities on his sleeves, advancing his skills as an MC and deepening his connection with his fans

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES

Human trafficking can be defined as “a crime that  involves the exploitation of a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.” 

The illegal ring of human enslavement primarily for sex acts has been a problem in the United States for quite some time. The popularity of social media combined with the ongoing stresses from the COVID-19 pandemic have only furthered the presence of human trafficking in the country.

Human enslavement has been a rampant problem often stemming from the Midwest, expanding through the rest of the country. The Midwest serves as the epicenter for trafficking endeavors for several reasons. First off, the number of federal interstates that are common make it easier to transport victims. Commerce tends to be high in areas such as St. Louis and Chicago, simplifying the traveling process of victims. The Midwest has, too, been regarded as a safe part of the country, which masks the existence of human exploitation in this part of the country.

Although servitude of humans has great linkage to the Midwest, it has an intense correlation to the Black community, specifically Black woman. According to the FBI, 53% of all children involved in juvenile prostitution arrests are Black.

This linkage stems back to the racism and oppression prevalent in US history, combined with sexualization of people of color. The Center on Poverty and Inequality generated a study to investigate this point, and found that adults generally regarded Black girls as “less innocent and more adult like than white girls.” Black women continue to be targeted, predominantly by white men. A 2012 research study found that about 85% of people who purchased sex online were white men.

These prejudices impact perpetrator motives, as they are statistically more likely to go after Black girls/ women. A two-year review of alleged enslavement occurrences found that 40% of sex trafficking victims were Black women.

The pandemic and the rise of social media, too, has played its factor in the rise of human subjugation. With many individuals suffering from economic and social deficiencies, trafficking systems have grown exponentially. The victims tend to be vulnerable, often children, in search of some form of attention. Victims often are coerced into enslavement with false promises of jobs or stability.

The growing commonness of human trafficking in the US is alarming and must come to a stop. One of the key problems that prevents victims from being identified is that they often do not believe they are victims. Victims cannot comprehend or see what they’re going through to be considered exploitation, as they often form trauma bonds with their abusers, are hidden in plain sight.

Common signs that can help us identify human trafficking:

  • Physically appearing malnourished
  • Physical injuries
  • Avoidance of eye contact, social communication; primarily with law enforcement
  • Rehearsed replies in social communication
  • Lack of identification documents
  • Staying at hotels/motels with older males
    • Victims refer to males as boyfriend or “daddy” – street slang for pimp
  • Young children serving in family restaurants
  • Individual not allowed in public alone, often spoken for

Trafficking cases continue to grow in numbers, with victims regularly becoming younger and younger. A North Carolina woman was recently sentenced to over 19 years in prison for sex trafficking a 13-year-old girl. This NC proceeding provides insight into common patterns that occur in human enslavement circumstances. It highlights the dominance of social media used in trafficking acts, the susceptibility that victims face and how perpetrators are typically somewhat close to victims.

Authorities were made aware of this case on January 1, 2020, when a 23-year-old girl was a believed victim of sex trafficking. They were able to uncover that from December 2 to the 25 of 2019, Simone McIllwain had been sex-trafficking the young girl in the Charlotte area.

The girl met McIllwain through a shared relationship, when McIllwain started advertising the girl online for commercial sex. She arranged that the 13-year-old girl would perform sex acts in her own hotel room, while she obtained segments of the profits.

She pleaded guilty of sex trafficking of a minor in April 2021, when she was placed in federal custody. Now, she has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888

SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

Website: http://humantraffickinghotline.org/.

Written By: McKinley Franklin 

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Boston Manor Tour Dates

Boston Manor has announced they will be headlining their first North American Tour this year with support from Trash Boat and Higher Power. Tickets are on sale now HERE.

They have also released an acoustic rendition of their recent single “Algorithm.” It’s a delicately lush, piano-led iteration of the track which is a rumination of the burden to perpetuate “content” beyond art, that creators are laden with these days. Fans can listen to the new acoustic single HERE.

Boston Manor 2022 North American Tour Dates

April 4 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground

April 6 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom

April 7 – Boston, MA – Crystal Ballroom

April 8 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater

April 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Foundry

April 10 – Baltimore, MA – Ottobar

April 12 – North Carolina – Blind Tiger

April 13 – Orlando, FL – Abbey

April 14 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum

April 15 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

April 16 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

April 18 – Dallas, TX – Dada

April 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

April 20 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live!

April 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel

April 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room Highland Park

April 24 – Orange County, CA – Chain Reaction

April 26 – Berkley, CA – Cornerstone

April 28 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

April 29 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theater

April 30 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne

May 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock

May 3 – Denver, CO – Marquis

May 4 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

May 6 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

May 7 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick

May 8 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland

May 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird

Boston Manor relished their return to live music in 2021, delivering incendiary sets at the landmark Download Pilot, Reading & Leeds, and Slam Dunk Festivals. They also made it back out to North America as main support to Neck Deep with a setlist for both new and old fans alike.

Along with their headline North American 2022 tour, Boston Manor is also set to headline the UK in February at some of their biggest shows to date and this summer will see the band return to Download Festival, as well as playing Rock Am Ring, Graspop, and more.

The original version of “Algorithm” features on Boston Manor’s Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures EP which was released in October 2021 via SharpTone Records. The EP is now available on 10″ vinyl, following its digital and cassette tape formats.

Desperate Times, Desperate Pleasures marks a concerted step into the future for Boston Manor. It’s the coining of a bold, bright new sound, building upon the bruising pop-punk of their earlier work and the big moves of their last album GLUE, to compose music that’s both heavier and more unabashedly accessible than that which preceded it. Hook-laden, coherent, blackly witty, and with a molten emotional core, it’s the opening of a new chapter, hinting at even greater brilliance to follow. This latest collection sees Boston Manor tapping into teen influences of the late 90s—The Cardigans, the Cranberries, later-era Depeche Mode. They recorded their new material at Stu Stu Studio in Brixton with Larry Hibbitt.

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LISTERIA OUTBREAK

If you are a frequent buyer of bagged salad or vegetable greens items, you will want to proceed with caution during consumption for the next few weeks.

Dole Fresh Vegetables announced on December 23, 2021, that there would be a recall of 180 different packaged salads due to probable contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects nine different brands, including Dole-branded salads, Ahold, Lidl, Kroger, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature’s Promise and Simply Nature. 180 products were spread through 25 states in total.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an announcement stating there is an investigation underway to examine the listeria outbreak that connects to two separate packaged salads produced by Dole. Research is ongoing to determine if more products may be affected.

The recall is directly linked to Dole’s Bessemer City, North Carolina, and Yuma, Arizona, production facilities. Listeria monocytogenes were discovered in a Dole-branded Garden Salad package at the site in North Carolina, as well as a package of shredded iceberg lettuce from the Yuma location, via the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Operations at both spots have been halted to ensure cleaning and sanitation procedures are followed through.

Products in the recall lot

  • Packaged products consisting of mixed greens, garden salads, Caesar kits and varying types of salads in bags or clamshells
  • “Best if used by” dates from November 30, 2021, to January 8, 2022
  • Product lot code begins with the letter “N” or “Y” found in the upper-right corner of packages

A full list of recalled products can be found HERE.

To stay safe…

Dispose of recalled packaged salads and follow cleaning procedures to ensure your space is clean.

Call your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms following the consumption of packaged salads:

  • Pregnant individuals encountering fever, fatigue and muscle aches. Listeria can result in pregnancy loss or premature birth, as well as serious illness or death in newborns.
  • Non-pregnant individuals may suffer headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, paired with fever and muscle aches.
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RED Hospitality and Leisure

RED Hospitality and Leisure is a leading provider of resort services including destination services, watersports, beach and recreation operations, destination management services and transportation. Their clients include premier brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Westin, and leading hotel REITS in North America and the Caribbean. Their company motto is “Exceptional Experiences by Exceptional People.” RED specializes in providing critical guest-facing departments with subject matter experts, passionate associates, and dedicated management.

With a vertically integrated model, it allows them to provide an end-to-end, highly curated guest experience, driving increased guest satisfaction and revenue for our hotel partners. We work closely with clients to ensure seamless and transparent integration of brand standards. The RED team is made up of hospitality professionals dedicated to turning revenue negative or neutral departments, such as recreation and concierge, into profitable and engaging areas of our client hotels.

Last week, 360 Magazine got the opportunity to speak with Jason Campbell who is responsible for leading RED’s five markets and its subsidiary businesses. With over twenty years of experience in hospitality – focusing on hotel integration, opening project management, guest service standards, and organizational capabilities – Jason provided a lot of insight and useful information to understand the industry.

What brought you into the hospitality industry?

I couldn’t wait to get my work permit when I turned 14 and my first position was at Chesapeake Bagel Bakery in Northern Virginia. I got a thrill out of managing the ‘rush’ each day and the ability to put a smile on someone’s face by providing them genuine service. I went on to study Hotel Management in high school and after competing in DECA, I was confident I would make my passion for hospitality my profession. I later joined Great American Restaurants and learned the importance of team service, which transformed me into thinking more about ‘we’ and less about ‘me’. There was so much more we accomplished together than as individual contributors, which became a part of my management philosophy thereafter. One afternoon we toured a nearby full-service, Marriott hotel and it opened my eyes to all the positions you could learn in the hotel business – from accounting, management, events, food and beverage, front office, valet, concierge, retail, and spa, it put me on a path to seek out a company which I could grow within to learn as much as I could. I started with Marriott as a pool server in Orlando at The World Center hotel, our biggest property at the time, and worked my way up to a Senior Director at their Corporate office in Bethesda leading various teams of operational subject matter experts.

What would you say helped get you where you are?

I was fortunate to start working early and understanding how organizations function. This allowed me the opportunity to be groomed by incredible mentors early in my career. I had a ‘fire in my belly’ which kept me curious to learn more and push beyond my comfort levels which accelerated my learning. Reading books like ‘Setting the Table’ by Danny Meyer broadened my perspectives on how other companies were building their success and created inspiration for me. Throughout my career, I would raise my hand to take on a new project or move into unknown territory. I found I enjoyed projects which required the ability to work well in ambiguity, innovate ideas and test hypothesis, then refine and document processes and procedures to drive sustainability of those initiatives. These projects then presented themselves more frequently and I’ve been thankful to be able to write my own job description for the past decade of my career, focused on building organizations moving from the startup phases of a company’s lifecycle, into to their adolescence and growth stages.

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced/currently facing?

The hospitality industry is one of many industries experiencing a labor shortage right now, further compounded by the return of unprecedented demand it’s going to be a constraint over the upcoming quarters as the workforce resets and restabilizes post-COVID. We’ve turned this challenge into a strength by focusing on the development of our current employees, up and down the organization. Our philosophy is if we can recruit the best and invest in their continuous development, we will be able to build our bench over time and capitalize on the human equity which differentiates us from our competitors. We have been allocating resources to not only respond to the weekly demand and provide quality products and services, but to further enhance the training tools and resources we have available to our team members. Additionally, we provide various coaching programs for our management team, making them more versatile, compassionate, and effective in their roles, as well as consistency driving the company’s culture across five marketplaces. This will continue to translate to us having low turnover than industry averages, and a solid foundation to build momentum behind. We run a fast-paced business with high expectations, and if we can show someone a path to continue to grow their career, the future opportunities are endless.

How would you describe your efficiency of operations?

We lead our business units by empowering our managers and employees to make decisions which they believe are in the best interest of the customer, our clients, and the business. This allows us to be more productive as an organization and gives us the opportunity to admit when we make a mistake, which is really a win-win, in that it encourages continuous improvement in a comfortable, trusting environment. We would rather our teams try and fail, than fail to try. If we do fail, we fail fast, learn what didn’t work, pivot, and try again. We are thankful in that our teams are highly committed and highly motivated individuals, who have embodied this framework, which has allowed us to launch new initiatives such as retail operations on land and at sea, developing and accrediting a new sailing academy, creating marine biology expositions to teach guests about local marine life, and activating community programming events to support the neighborhoods we do business in.

Any exciting collaborations in the future?

This quarter, we will be launching a social media management strategy, including a once in a lifetime position to hire a brand ambassador who will travel and experience our brands around South Florida and the Caribbean, curating the content they create to share our company’s story and the first-hand experiences our customers and employees experience. We recently engaged a Public Relations agency who is helping us identify additional opportunities to participate in and sponsor industry conferences, guest speak on discussion panels, and network with lifestyle companies in similar spaces to support the fast rebound of travel.

We’re fortunate to have incredible partners in the luxury and boutique hotel space today, which really resonates with our customers and our brand. From a guest perspective, our goal is for our teams to be in differentiated from the hotel employees, and because RED employees share similar core values, ethical alignment and exemplary hospitality skills as the hotels and brands we work with, this is another advantage of both parties. We operate as an extension of their executive teams, leading and supporting departments they can depend on, which results in the continued collaboration of group efforts to coordinate and plan special events such as unique Festive Season offerings.

Any advice for those working in the hospitality industry?

More of a thank you. This downturn has had the worst impact to our industry in history. I’m inspired by those who double downed and had faith in the recovery of travel and the tenacity to see through what an accelerated return to business demands is now. There are still challenges which lie ahead and I think those who have invested in themselves and their company’s success over the past year are going to have many opportunities to grow into their next roles. A shared benefit to those who have stayed engaged and been fortunate to remain a part of a company, have adapted to wear many hats and understand the intricacies of other parts of the business, the connectedness and importance of each of those disciplines. The human equity which RED has produced over the past year is one we will continue to cultivate as we build our bench strength, deploying our top performers into more complex markets and higher visibility opportunities, such as the launch of new markets and properties next year.

How did COVID impact RED?

RED, like all travel companies, had to significantly consolidate operations when demand evaporated at the start of Covid. Interestingly, the closure of international borders created a change in domestic traveler’s preferences, and encouraged them to seek homeland destinations, often gravitating to the sun and sea. This summer, we had record demand with travelers from Texas, New York, Florida, and North Carolina being the first to return, most notably to our Sebago offerings in Key West.

The pent-up demand led to travelers staying in destination for longer, and often spending more than years prior, because they had more expendable income after foregoing their annual vacation the year prior. RED offers outdoor experiences, which were in high demand as guests returned, and we continue to see stronger than anticipated demand through September and October which are our typical shoulder slower months. This is encouraging to us, and we predict a busy year lies ahead, especially as inbound international travel returns.

Any plans for expansion?

Indeed. It’s one of our company goals for the next year. We launched our first international market and operations at The Ritz-Carlton in Turks and Caicos in June, which we plan to expand upon very soon. We also expanded to two new hotels in Key West and signed a new contract to launch at two new hotels by the end of 2022.

There are many hotel owners who reinvested in their properties during the pandemic and are preparing to reopen operations in the upcoming quarters. Over that same period, RED has further solidified its value proposition, which provides owners and operators a turnkey solution to their recreation, tour and activity and watersport experience offerings. Our background in preopening project management, operational execution and building high performing work teams with exemplary service and technical watersports skills tells a compelling story. We will continue to look for clients we can build more of these symbiotic relationships with.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

There is a specific competency and skill set we’ve begun to speak about internally and are starting to see gain traction in social and training platforms, which is Emotional intelligence. The recovery from this pandemic is one which has impacted everyone in the world and has provided a common experience amongst all of us which didn’t exist before. Although each of us may have experienced it differently, it is something which we hope can bring us back together and teach us to be more empathetic to one another, building on those connections amongst us. Of course, we recommend one of the best places you can have those conversations is onboard one of our catamarans with a beverage in hand, watching the sunset fall off the horizon. Safe travels to everyone and thanks for the time. We hope to see you soon.

More on RED Hospitality and Leisure here.

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Ranked Teams Battle on ESPN Networks

Nearly a Dozen Ranked Teams Slated for ESPN Networks, West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma Featured on ABC’s Saturday Night Football

Key matchups: West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma, Rutgers at No. 19 Michigan, Tennessee at No. 11 Florida, No. 25 Kansas State at Oklahoma State, No. 9 Clemson at NC State

Week 4 of college football across ESPN networks sees several ranked teams in action, including four of the top five in this week’s AP Top 25. ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One features West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. ET, with AT&T SkyCast available on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Holly Rowe will call the matchup between the host Sooners and the Mountaineers, who look to upset their second straight ranked opponent after knocking off then-No. 15 Virginia Tech last week.

In a rematch from last year’s triple-overtime thriller, Rutgers and No. 19 Michigan, a matchup of undefeated teams, meet at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, as Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, and Molly McGrath announce the action from Ann Arbor. Also on ABC Saturday is a noon Big 12 battle between Texas Tech and Texas. Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, and Tom Luginbill will be on the TV call, with Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones, and Ian Fitzsimmons providing commentary on the ESPN Radio broadcast.

An intriguing SEC showdown on Saturday is Tennessee at No. 11 Florida on ESPN and ESPN Radio, with the visiting Vols looking for their first victory in the Swamp since 2004. Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, and Katie George will handle announcing duties on the ESPN telecast at 7 p.m., with Marc Kestecher and Ben Hartsock on ESPN Radio. The matchup will have additional programming on ESPN3 and the ESPN App with SkyCast and the Great Clips Command Center.

ESPN also welcomes another trio of cross-conference clashes to its Saturday slate in No. 9 Clemson at NC State, LSU at Mississippi State, and Arizona at No. 3 Oregon. The all-ACC action, this week’s 4K Game of the Week, is set for 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III and Quint Kessenich on the call. The SEC contest between the Tigers and the Bulldogs kicks off ESPN’s CFB schedule at noon, with Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, and Kris Budden life from Starkville. In this week’s Pac-12 After Dark matchup, the third-ranked Ducks take on Arizona at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, and Stormy Buonantony calling the action from Autzen.

ESPN College Networks – Week 4
A quartet of ranked teams are slated for ESPN’s college networks in Week 4, including No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia, No. 21 North Carolina, and No. 25 Kansas State.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide host Southern Miss at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network, with the SEC Saturday Night trio of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, and Cole Cubelic on the call. Earlier in the afternoon on SECN, the second-ranked Bulldogs venture to Vandy, with Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, and Alyssa Lang calling the matchup in Music City.

On ACC Network, No. 21 North Carolina goes down I-85 to take on Georgia Tech at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The ACC Network Primetime contest features Roy Philpott, Tim Hasselbeck, and Kelsey Riggs announcing the action in Atlanta.

On Big 12 Now on ESPN+, No. 25 Kansas State takes on Oklahoma State in a Big 12 battle. Shawn Kenney, Ryan Leaf, and Shane Sparks are set to call the showdown in Stillwater at 7 p.m.

College Football Original Series on ESPN+

Eli’s Places – Episode 3: “Nick Saban” follows Eli Manning to Tuscaloosa where he spends his “spring break” at Nick Saban’s lake house. Eli talks with the Alabama head coach about The Process, reminisces about Saban’s storied coaching career and tries to hang on as Saban takes him tubing on the lake. Episode 4: “The Only Autograph That Matters” debuts tomorrow, when Eli examines the evolution of recruiting with renowned talent analyst, Tom Lemming. Big brother Peyton also chaperones Eli’s recruiting trip to LSU, where Head Coach Ed Orgeron gives the full-court press to get Eli to become a Tiger.

Our Time: UCF Football – Available to stream now on ESPN+, Episode 2 “Making Moves” follows the Knights’ first win of the season, while UCF Football is buzzing after the school makes a decision that impacts their program’s future. Each episode of Our Time: UCF Football offers an inside look at the start of the Gus Malzahn era in Orlando, taking fans behind the scenes with Malzahn, other Knight coaches and UCF players who are mic’d up for various segments. New episodes debut every Thursday throughout the season.

SMU Football: The Hilltop – “The Team from Denton”, the third episode of SMU Football: The Hilltop, features freshman wide receiver Roderick Daniels, Jr., a Dallas native living out his dream playing for his hometown Mustangs, and takes fans into the locker room during halftime before SMU’s 28-point second-half explosion on their way to a big 35-12 win over North Texas. New episodes of The Hilltop will be available to stream every Thursday during the season.

Additional ESPN Networks – Week 4 Highlights

Wake Forest at Virginia: Friday at 7 p.m., ESPN2

Talent: Mike Morgan, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra

South Florida at No. 15 BYU: Saturday at 10:15 p.m., ESPN2

Talent: Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Dawn Davenport

UMass at No. 17 Coastal Carolina: Saturday at 1 p.m., ESPN+

Additional college football updates will be forthcoming, and the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

The full schedule and on-air talent grid can be found here.

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Toosii × Head Over Hills

Toosii, a member of the 2021 XXL Freshman Class, is back with a brand new song, “head over hills.” While his previous record found his “heart cold” after a break-up, a renewed sense of hope infuses “head over hills,” as Toosii delivers a moving declaration of love and devotion, accompanied by emotive keyboards and a soulful guitar. The track was produced by ThatBossEvan (Lil Durk, YXNG K.A) and Rocky. Download / stream HERE. View the official video HERE.

The Syracuse-born, North Carolina-raised rapper who has surpassed one billion combined global streams across all of his songs  will return to the road next Friday, July 23, with an opening day performance at Rolling Loud Festival. He’ll launch his first-ever U.S. headline outing in the fall. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Being selected as a member of the 2021 XXL Freshman Class has given Toosii a new platform for creative expression. Earlier this week, he and fellow freshman Blxst shared this cypher. In hisFreshman Freestyle, he took the opportunity to pay tribute to his mother.

Released earlier this month, “heart cold” was included in Uproxx’s round-up of “All The Best New Music From This Week.” Brooklyn Vegan said, “[Toosii’s] croon sounds great on this catchy, melancholic song” and Okayplayer hailed the accompanying visual as one of the “Best Rap Videos of the Week.”

Toosii’s early 2021 mixtape, Thank You For Believing (South Coast Music Group/Capitol Records), earned praise from critics and tastemakers alike, including The Fader, Complex andThe Source. HotNewHipHop observed, “He’s one of the strongest young faces rising in the rap game, impressing the masses with his emotional melodies and his raw storytelling.” XXL hailed “55” ft Latto as one of the “Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2021 So Far.”

Propelled by his gift for drenching real lyrics in rich emotion, Toosii has proven himself to be one of rap’s most relatable rising stars, able to touch hearts and minds with his honest tales of street life and lost love, detailing his journey from a lost kid surrounded by tragedy to a national sensation full of promise.

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Lindsey Stirling’s Official Music Video – Masquerade

Ahead of this weekend’s official launch of her cross-country headlining Artemis U.S. Tour, platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer Lindsey Stirling, known all over the world for her unique, futuristic violin-driven electronic music and exquisite live show, has gifted fans with a new music video for the song “Masquerade,” off her latest chart-topping studio album Artemis. Inspired by early 20th century silent films, the new visual for the instrumental track was filmed at The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and co-directed by Stirling and Stephen Mallett (Pentatonix, Logic, CHVRCHES). Press here to watch.

“While I was writing the song ‘Masquerade,’ I knew immediately that it would be about a wealthy over-the-top aristocratic woman,” shares Stirling. “The song has such a comedic feel to it, which made the music video really, really fun to plan and make.”

The Artemis U.S. Tour marks the first time Stirling will be performing the tracks off Artemis as well as her current single “Lose You Now” in front of an American audience. The 35-date outing, featuring special guest electro-pop artist Kiesza, kicks off this Saturday, July 3rd in Kansas City, MO and will stop in most major markets across the country including New York City (August 2nd at the Beacon Theatre), Los Angeles (August 30th at the Microsoft Theater), Denver (July 7th at Red Rocks Amphitheatre), Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, and many others, before wrapping September 10th in Milwaukee at Summerfest. See below for full list of tour dates. Visit Lindsey Stirling’s website for all ticketing details including special VIP packages that are also available. Press here to watch the official promo video “First Tour In Forever.”

Stirling has also launched a national contest with Fandiem for the ultimate VIP experience at her San Diego show on August 31st. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two plus two-night hotel stay, premium reserved seats in the first 8 rows, meet & greet photo opportunity with Lindsey, lunch at Lindsey’s favorite restaurant, merch, and more, along with a 45-minute helicopter tour of San Diego courtesy of Imagine Jets. Proceeds from entry donations will support Stirling’s nonprofit charity outreach program The Upside Fund, helping families and individuals affected by Covid-19. Press here to enter.

“Lose You Now,” Stirling’s emotive pop hit about loss and grief with artist, producer, and songwriter Mako, stems from the instrumental-only track “Guardian” off her Artemis album. Since its release earlier this year, “Lose You Now” (BMG) has amassed over 9 million global streams, including over 3 million views on the song’s beautifully moving music video, as well as featured placements on American Idol and “Train Tracks” on SiriusXM The Pulse. Press here to watch the official music video for “Lose You Now.” The duo also issued an acoustic version of the song this spring, stripping it down to just piano and a full string accompaniment – Press here to listen to “Lose You Now (Acoustic).”

Artemis, Stirling’s fifth studio album released September 2019 via BMG, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 15 combined weeks. The 13-track album, which has racked up over 200 million total global streams, features the singles “Underground,” “Artemis,” “Sleepwalking,” “Between Twilight” and “The Upside” featuring Elle King along with “Love Goes On and On” featuring Amy LeeArtemis has also been turned into a successful comic book series, with the sixth edition coming this summer. Press here to listen to Artemis and press here for info on the comic books.

Lindsey Stirling Tour Dates

Artemis U.S. Tour with special guest Kiesza

Saturday, July 3 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

Monday, July 5 – Dubuque, IA @ Five Flags Center

Tuesday, July 6 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena

Wednesday, July 7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Thursday, July 8 – Vail, CO @ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Friday, July 9 – Grand Junction, CO @ Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park

Saturday, July 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre

Friday, July 23 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Saturday, July 24 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Monday, July 26 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre

Tuesday, July 27 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amphitheater

Thursday, July 29 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater

Saturday, July 31 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater

Monday, August 2 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

Tuesday, August 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met

Wednesday, August 5 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap

Friday, August 6 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion

Saturday, August 7 – St. Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park

Monday, August 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory

Tuesday, August 10 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Wednesday, August 11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheater at White River State Park

Thursday, August 12 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

Saturday, August 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Monday, August 16 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, August 17 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

Wednesday, August 18 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

Monday, August 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater

Tuesday, August 31 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre

Wednesday, September 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre

Friday, September 3 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion

Saturday, September 4 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre

Monday, September 6 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center

Tuesday, September 7 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater

Thursday, September 9 – Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater

Friday, September 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

About Lindsey Stirling:

Since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the Arizona-raised, Los Angeles-based artist has racked up tens of millions of followers worldwide and more than 3 billion total views on YouTube. Stirling’s sophomore album Shatter Me was certified Gold by the RIAA, after debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and holding the #1 spot on the Classical Albums Chart for 21 consecutive weeks. Her third studio album Brave Enough, featuring guest appearances from Dan + Shay, Christina Perri, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew McMahon and others, earned Stirling her second Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” Stirling closed out 2020 with her all-new, live-streaming holiday special “Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays,” which she independently created, produced, and financed. The hour-long ticketed special, which drew over 100,000 views from tens of thousands of fans and families worldwide, featured performances to seasonal favorites off Stirling’s chart-topping holiday album Warmer In the Winter in addition to the breathtaking performance of her hit “Crystallize,” where Stirling hung by her hair for a captivating Cirque du Soleil inspired aerial display – press here to watch. Additionally, Stirling co-wrote The New York Times best-selling book The Only Pirate at the Party with her sister Brook S. Passey, was the runner-up on Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars” and has appeared on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Toosii – f**k marry kill

Today, the Syracuse-born, North Carolina-raised rapper Toosii shares a luxurious video for “f**k marry kill,” a single from his latest project Thank You For Believing, out now via South Coast Music Group/Capitol Records. The visual – which follows a similarly lush clip for “Red Die” – finds the rising rap star embracing opulence, surrounded by beautiful women, glimmering jewels, and an inviting pool. Watch here.

The “f**k marry kill” video offers Toosii a chance to celebrate his recent successes as he lives large in a lavish mansion, surrounded by women in bikinis. It’s a fitting pairing for the track’s floating melodies and effortless cool.

The video is appropriately celebratory given that Toosii has recently marked some huge career milestones. His relentless work ethic and undeniable run of vivid, emotional tracks earned him a spot in the 2021 XXL Freshman Class. It’s a coveted honor for any rapper, and it speaks to the growing acclaim for Toosii across the industry. Thank You For Believing garnered praise from critics and tastemakers like The Fader, Complex, The Source, UPROXX, HotNewHipHop, and more.

Tickets are on sale here for the Thank You for Believing tour – Toosii’s first-ever U.S. headline outing. He will also perform at numerous festivals, including Rolling Loud, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

Toosii also recently surpassed one billion combined global streams across all of his songs, proof that his music is resonating with listeners too. Between the release of Thank You For Believing, the staggering success of its singles, and his appearance on XXL’s 2021 Freshman Class, Toosii is already well on his way to becoming a superstar. But he’ll be the first to admit that all of this hustle is just the beginning.