Thanks for joining us on Episode 21 with our guest Allison Kafalas, Director of Beverage, Americas at Hilton Hotels. The Traveling Podcast is hosted by industry veterans Dan Sherman and Ryan Barth, CMP.
In this episode we'll touch on the top stories in group business travel, live events, hospitality and sports (subscribe to the Market in a Minute newsletter). In addition, our guest Allison Kafalas will share what makes a hotel brand stand out, her vision for creating an immersive food and beverage experiences, searching for the next big cocktail or spirt, how entrepreneurs can gain a foothold with buyers and much more..
Directory of Beverage, Americas
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Allison Kafalas is the Director of Beverage, Americas, for Hilton Hotels. In her role, Allison is responsible for anything and everything beverage-related within the full service and luxury brands within Hilton (including Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Canopy, Hilton, Embassy Suites and Double Tree).
Allison started her professional career in hospitality working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. During her 10 years with Starwood, she moved across departments and disciplines including Operations, Marketing, Brand Management, and Food & Beverage. In her role as Director of Food & Beverage, North America, Allison ran the National Beverage program for the 9 full-service brands under the Starwood umbrella. As well, she was responsible for marketing initiatives and Banquets & Catering projects.
After Starwood, Allison switched hospitality channels and entered the airport space. She held the title of Director of Beverage for OTG Management, an upscale, design-led airport concessionaire company that spanned 10 airports with over 100 unique full-service restaurant concepts.
Allison earned her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University in Hotel & Tourism Management. She resides in NYC with her husband and very spirited 2 ½ year old son.