Cookie for a Coat Drive

Cookie for a Coat Drive:

The DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport, and DoubleTree by Hilton Campbell-Pruneyard Plaza have come together to host a “Cookie for a Coat” Drive! Starting TODAY, February 23 – March 31, we will be collecting coats (men, women, and children coats) at the three DoubleTree by Hilton properties and in return, we will be giving the donators a delicious DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie! Once the event has been completed, the coats will be given to the One Warm Coat Foundation, where the they will be given to those in need.

Please take a moment and look over the details below…

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Throwback Thursday: Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s #ThrowbackThursday is a double feature of decedent and delicious desserts!

1893: At the direction of Bertha Palmer, the first American “brownie” is created in the kitchen of Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel. It is served at the Columbian Exposition World Fair.

1920s: Red Velvet Cake is invented at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Blogger Audrey McClelland shares these two original Hilton dessert recipes and highlights the history behind them in her recent article! Enjoy!
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The Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Hilton History: The first reference to the “brownie” in America appears in the Sears Roebuck Catalog published in Chicago in 1898. Specifically at the direction of Bertha Palmer to be served at the Columbian Exposition World Fair in 1893, the brownie was created in Palmer House® A Hilton hotel kitchen in the late 19th century.

Hotel: The Palmer House a Hilton Hotel Chef: Bertha Palmer
Preparation:
Melt chocolate with butter in a double boiler. Mix dry ingredients into mixing bowl, except walnuts.

Mix chocolate with dry ingredients, 4-5 min.

Add eggs.

Pour into 9”x12” baking sheet, sprinkle walnuts on top,
press walnuts down slightly into mixture with your hand, and bake in a preheated oven at 300˚F for 30-40 min.

The brownies are done when the edges start to become a little crispy and they have raised about ¼”.

*Note; even when the brownie is properly baked it will test “gooey” with a toothpick in the middle due to the
richness of the mixture.

After removing from the oven allow to cool about 30 min before spreading a thick layer of the glaze with a pastry brush.

Glaze: Mix together the water, preserves and unflavored gelatin in a saucepan, mix thoroughly and bring to a boil for 2 min. *Special Tip: The brownies are easier to cut if you place in the freezer for about 3-4 hours after glazing.

Serves 12-18.

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Next up?

Red Velvet Cake

Hilton History: Many people think that Red Velvet Cake was created in the Southern United States, but, although it has gained popularity in the South, it actually originated as a signature dish at the Waldorf Astoria in the 1920s.

Red Velvet Cake Hotel: Waldorf Astoria New York
Ingredients: Ingredients for the cake
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 c granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1½ c vegetable oil
1½ tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
2¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1½ lb canned beets, drained, puréed
1 tsp red food color
Ingredients for the icing
2 c heavy cream
12 oz cream cheese, room temp.
12 oz mascarpone cheese
½ tsp vanilla extract
1½ c powdered sugar, sifted
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter and line three 9-inch round cake pans with waxed paper.
Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water.
Meanwhile, mix the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and continue to mix on low speed until everything is incorporated.
Add the melted chocolate to the mixture while mixing on low speed.
Add the puréed beets and food coloring. Continue to mix on low speed.
Evenly divide the batter between the 3 pans and bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes or until the center of the cake is done.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
Let cool for 10 minutes in pans, then turn the layers out onto the rack and let cool completely.
To make the icing, pour cream into a bowl and whip to soft peaks. Place in the refrigerator. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until it is soft and smooth.
Add the mascarpone and continue to mix on low speed until the cheeses are well combined.
Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix.
Turn off the mixer and fold in the whipped cream by hand with a spatula.
Using a serrated knife, trim the top of each layer of cake so that it is flat.
Top each slice with icing and repeat until all the layers are covered, and then ice the top and sides of the cake.

Valentine’s Day Dinner 2015

Join us this Valentine’s Day for our annual Valentine’s Dinner at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops San Jose, located inside the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose. Reservations fill up fast every year, so make sure you’ve saved a table for you and your loved one! More information and reservations can be made at OpenTable or at 408-437-2170.

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Throwback Thursday 1/29/15

Our founder, Conrad Hilton, really knew how to travel with purpose. In 1958, he visited children at a local orphanage while he was in Berlin for the opening of a new property. #ThrowbackThursday

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Stop Hunger Now Update!

Stop Hunger Now Update:

A few months ago, the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose partnered up with other Hilton properties around the Bay Area to package meals for Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now is a great program that helps feed those that are suffering in other countries. Yesterday, we were told that our packaged meals were sent out to the counter part in Cambodia. Please see below…

 

Friends of Stop Hunger Now,

We are delighted to announce that the meals from your respective meal packaging event have been shipped in a container totaling 285,120 meals from our Northern California warehouse. 

The meals will be received by our in-country partner Salesian Missions in Cambodia.

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Salesian Missions is a network of 34,000 Priests, Brothers and Sisters around the world who work to enable poor and suffering children to live better lives and build brighter futures. The Salesians of Don Bosco operate 5,000 schools and technical training centers, 23 colleges, 216 clinics and hospitals, 225 orphanages and shelters, and run a wide variety of social and economic development activities throughout the world. In each country, the Salesians combine the aspects of an orphanage, a school, a church, and a children’s recreation center, in addition to varied social programs.  Since the late 1980s, the Salesians have been providing vocational education to Cambodian refugees living in camps along the Thai-Cambodia border. In 1993, at the invitation of the government of Cambodia, the technical school in Phnom Penh was established to write, translate and republish books and educational documents that were destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Soon after, the school expanded and the Salesians partnered with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Education to open a total of seven vocational training centers across the country. Approximately 1,300 youth ages 16-21 are preparing for their futures in one and two year vocational training programs in Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, Toul Kork, Teuk Thla, Battambang, Kep, and Poipet. With their diplomas, students take with them skills in mechanics, welding, computers, printing and communication – as well as the hope for a new Cambodia. Stop Hunger Now meals are provided five days a week for lunch to the young adults attending the seven technical schools. Meals are also sent to two kindergartens that are supported by the Salesians in Kep City along with other programs supported by the Don Bosco Children’s Fund. 

Breakfast with Santa 2014

Breakfast with Santa 2014

Our team members at DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose we’re lucky to meet SANTA last month for Christmas. Team members were able to bring their families to have breakfast and do crafts with Santa and Santa’s elves! We all had a great time!

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New Year’s Eve 2015 Celebration

New Year’s Eve 2015 Celebration

Dinner | Midnight Countdown | Music

Join us at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops San Jose for an amazing New Year’s Eve Celebration! Enjoy a nice night out with dinner, drinks, live music, and a midnight countdown! Reservations will be taken from 5:00pm-9:00pm, with 48 Wine Bar available for before and after cocktails. See menu below…

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FOUR COURSE PRIX FIXE
STARTER‏
Chanterelle & Wild Mushroom Bisque
chervil and brandy crème fraiche
SALAD
Mizuna Slad
upland cress, gorgonzola, roasted beets, candied pecans, heirloom cherry tomatoes and cranberry champagne vinaigrette
ENTREES‏
Choice of
84.95
Filet & Lobster
center-cut filet‏ mignon, butter poached lobster, asparagus
64.95
Cedar Plank Salmon
roasted fingerling potatoes, sautéed root vegetables, tarragon butter
79.95
Spencer’s Rib Eye
14oz USDA prime boneless rib eye, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach
59.95
Lobster Ravioli
blistered grape tomatoes, asparagus, lobster nage
DESSERT
Choice of
Apple Tartlet
vanilla bean ice cream, salted caramel glaze
Chocolate Fantasy Cheesecake
half new york style cheesecake, half chocolate cake, nutella-brushed, berries and cream

DoubleTree San Jose in the Community

DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose in the Community

The DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose C.A.R.E. committee has made quite the footprint in the San Jose community in 2014. From organization walks to packaging meals, be sure to look for the DoubleTree by Hilton team at various events around Silicon Valley.
Global Soap Project:
In September 2014 the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose joined forces with the Global Soap Project with the intentions of improving health and personal hygiene in all countries around the globe. The United States alone discards an estimated amount of 2.6 million soap bars from hotel rooms on a daily basis. The goal is to prevent over 1.4 million deaths each year by hand washing with soap. The DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose has shipped over 400lbs of soap to Las Vegas as they sort, reprocess, and remold into new bars. “The Global Soap Project collects discarded soap from hotels and reprocesses it into new bars that are given to vulnerable populations throughout the world. Partnering with organizations that have existing operations in these communities, the Global Soap Project ensures the soap is distributed to those in need, with the goal of improving health through personal hygiene” (http://www.globalsoap.org/).

Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk:
On October 25th, the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose team joined the Silicon Valley community as they participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. As the contributors gathered at the Arena Green Guadalupe River Trail, the DoubleTree team took the opportunity to honor those who are battling breast cancer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) is the one of the most robust networks of breast cancer awareness in the nation. Raising awareness about what we can do to reduce breast cancer risk is only one of the many benefits from this event. Be sure to look at the “American Cancer Society” website to see when the next upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, so you can help fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms from women who need them.

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Stop Hunger Now Event:
On October 30th , the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Airport Hotel teamed up with various Hilton properties around the Bay Area to package 6500 meals for Stop Hunger Now. Properties such as DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport, Embassy Suites Santa Clara, and Homewood Suites San Jose ventured to the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose property in groups of 5-10 team members, all volunteered to help stop hunger around the world. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been around since 1998. With a total of 171,318,373 total meals packaged, Stop Hunger Now has served over 65 countries and has saved millions of lives. Each packaged meal includes items such as rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Their mission is to “end hunger in our lifetime by providing flood and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources” (http://www.stophungernow.org/mission-history).

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Happy Veterans Day 2014

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day from all of us at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Airport hotel! We’d like to take a moment and thank each man and woman who has (or is) serving our country. Thanks to you we are FREE! San Jose, CA will be honoring those who served with a Veterans Day Parade in Downtown San Jose today at noon, starting at Santa Clara Street and Delmas. The route goes east on Santa Clara and south on Market to San Carlos Street. The reviewing stand is at Park Street, across from Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The parade will be proceeded by a memorial ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez at 11 a.m.

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CARE Hero – November 2014

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