Wyndham Hotel Group’s extended-stay brand, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, introduced Homemade @ Hawthorn, a new chef-driven in-room cooking program designed for guests to feel at home when hitting the road for long stretches.
“With a lot of unsatisfying and unexciting food options out there, it can be tough to stick to your routine on the road,” said Larry Hambro, brand vice president, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham. “For travelers who are on the road for three weeks or three months, like many of our guests, a hotel stay isn’t a vacation – it’s life. Homemade @ Hawthorn gives them the ingredients they need to feel settled, at home, and on track with delicious, easy-to-make meals that can be created right in their hotel suite.”
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham tapped acclaimed culinary minds Chef Hari Nayak – a New York-based chef, restaurateur, author and culinary consultant – and Chef James Rigato – former Top Chef competitor and owner of the award-winning The Root Restaurant & Bar and Mabel Gray in Michigan – to create exclusive flavor-driven recipes designed for hotel living that anyone can make, even when away from home.
Each chef crafted seasonal recipes featured in the program’s e-cookbook available at www.hawthorn.com/homemade. Currently, the e-cookbook contains fall and winter dishes, and as the seasons change it will update with spring and summer plates. All meals – such as sloppy joe tostadas, rigatoni with kale and pecorino, and salad with chickpeas, broccoli slaw and coconut – were designed to be easily prepared in Hawthorn Suites’ fully equipped in-suite kitchens.
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A recent survey from Hawthorn Suites uncovered 66 percent of Americans, including 84 percent of millennials, agree being able to cook in a hotel room would make them feel more at home when traveling.
“We know this is something travelers are craving, and we’re satiating the demand,” Hambro continued. “With the convenience of our in-suite kitchens and simple recipes bursting with distinct flavors, we’ve made home-cooking on the road easy and accessible. We’re dedicated to long-term travelers and this is how we make sure they stay better when they stay with us.”
What do travelers hunger for most? The same survey found comforting and familiar foods topped the list with 38 percent of respondents longing for baked goods, followed by pasta (31 percent) and salad (27 percent) – all of which can be found in the Homemade @ Hawthorn e-cookbook alongside health-conscious dishes for the 54 percent of Americans who believe a healthy meal is harder to find when traveling than a room with a view.
The Hawthorn Suites survey also found:
- Across all generations baked goods such as pies and cookies ranked first among all cravings for millennials (43 percent), Gen Xers (44 percent) and boomers (31 percent);
- Women wrestle with the good-bad angels on their shoulders: baked goods (41 percent) and salad (32 percent) are their go-to choices; and
- Men dive into baked goods (36 percent) and pasta, such as lasagna or spaghetti (32 percent).