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Aloft Receives the Award for Highest Guest Satisfaction in 2017

We are excited to announce that Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne has received the Highest Guest Satisfaction Award for all Aloft Hotels in the world for 2017! Congratulations and thank you to the Aloft team for providing great service to our guests every day.

Staybridge Suites Hosts Open House

Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne hosted a successful open house on April 18 with food, drinks, property tours and more. View more pictures from the event, and stop by the property to see the new look!

Rick Limpert Highlights Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne on LinkedIn

Rick Limpert, sports writer and author of “The Fam Trip Field Guide,” wrote about his stay at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne in an article on LinkedIn. Rick highlighted several unique aspects of Aloft that are perfect for the business traveler and featured Aloft Groups & Events Manager Alex Refalo in the article.

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Memorandum

DATE: April 13, 2018
TO:  Ballantyne Employees
FROM: Garrett Merck, Executive Chef, The Ballantyne
RE: La Tasha McCutchen

La Tasha McCutchen
La Tasha McCutchen

I am excited to share that La Tasha McCutchen has been named sous chef at Gallery Restaurant. La Tasha brings creativity, passion and enthusiasm to the role, and I can’t wait to collaborate with her on continuing to elevate Gallery Restaurant’s offerings. As sous chef, La Tasha will be responsible for planning and directing food preparation in the kitchen, including quality control, consistency and driving efforts to exceed guest expectations.

Winner of “Hell’s Kitchen” season 13, La Tasha most recently served as executive chef of her own private catering business. Before that, she served as head chef of Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill in Atlantic City, NJ. La Tasha has also been a brand ambassador for Banfi and Excelsior Wine Company, hosting cooking demonstrations and promoting “Hell’s Kitchen” featured wines in select venues across the country.

La Tasha began making an impact in the culinary industry throughout an eight-year stint in South Florida. She worked at 3030 Ocean Restaurant, a chic dinner bistro at Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort & Spa I Fort Lauderdale. During this time, she grew under the mentorship of Paula Da Silva, “Hell’s Kitchen” season 5 finalist and Adrienne Grenier, champion of Food Networks’ “Chopped.” La Tasha gained extensive experience, including opportunities to work at the legendary James Beard House in New York City and invitations to participate in numerous Food & Wine Festivals and events.

La Tasha began her culinary career with Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Originally from Lake City, SC, La Tasha earned two degrees in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami and Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, SC. She is very involved in community work and created Baby Cakes Foundation, a nonprofit in memory of her grandmother to provide educational scholarships for underprivileged teens.

Please join me in welcoming La Tasha and wishing her success in her new role!

Beware of "Phishing" Scams Regarding Healthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has notified us that some of their customers have received fraudulent phone calls. The callers are "phishing" for personal information. None of our insurance carriers will contact you in this way, and they will not ask for your Social Security number over the phone.

If you receive one of these calls, DO NOT give them any information. If you are unsure whether you are speaking with Blue Cross NC, hang up and dial the number on the back of your insurance card. The calls are coming from various places including Miami, Florida and New Jersey. There are also calls from international phone numbers.

If you have experienced one of these calls and would like to make a fraud report, you can contact the BCBSNC Fraud Hotline at 1-800-324-4963.

The Ballantyne Featured in Carolina Bride

A beautiful fall wedding at The Lodge at Ballantyne was featured in Carolina Bride's wedding story section. View the feature.

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Northwood Retail Launches Website Redesign

Northwood Retail has launched the redesign of its website, www.northwoodretail.com. We hope you enjoy the new look!

The Peloton Bike Now Available at Aloft

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne has added The Peloton Bike to Re:Charge, its 24/7 fitness center. The Peloton allows in-house guests to enjoy live studio cycling with world class instructors and live on-demand classes. It offers a total immersive experience with an interactive touchscreen.

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