True Hospitality

We love seeing stories like this from Hilton Properties! Reminds us of what a great company Hilton Hotels is. Keep it up team!

The housekeeping team at The Franklin Hotel, Curio — A Collection by Hilton recently discovered a note with a special request from one of their guests – to make a pillow fort when refreshing the room. And that’s exactly what they did!

Our Team Members are always going above and beyond to make our guests feel at home! What a great example of hospitality.

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One Warm Coat Drive

Cookie for a Coat Drive

Our “Cookie for a Coat” drive officially ended on Wednesday, April 1st and it was a SUCCESS! Our hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, partnered with DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport and DoubleTree by Hilton Pruneyard-Campbell hotels to collect as many coats as possible for the One Warm Coat foundation! Our hotel alone collected 217 coats and dropped them off at Sacred Heart Community Service yesterday. We are so please that the event was successful and that we helped those in need in our area. Keep your eyes peeled for more events like these in the past!

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Earth Hour 2015

Earth Hour 2015

This last Saturday, March 28th, our DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Airport property participated in Earth Hour! Not only did we dim our lights in all public areas of the hotel, but we featured sustainable & local wine and food in our outlets, provided games (including board games, card games, and more), and encouraged our guests to turn off their lights in their rooms and join us in the lobby for Earth Hour fun! Thank you to all who participated in Earth Hour! Every last minute/household counted! More pictures of the event to come.

 

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2014 Environmental CARE Award for Living Sustainably

2014 Environmental CARE Award for Living Sustainably

The DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose Airport hotel is excited to announce that our property has won the 2014 Environmental CARE Award for Living Sustainably! Our Green efforts, which include water saving programs, recycling programs, and much more! Take a look at our list of initiatives below!

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Wellness: Nutrition & Fitness Apps

MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
Good Health at Your Fingertips

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Check out these FREE nutrition and fitness apps to help you live a healthy lifestyle. To find the app, just type the name into the app store on your smartphone.

Do you have a favorite wellness or fitness app? Share it in the comments section!

Nutrition Apps
Farmstand. Dedicated to eating local? This app will help you eat the freshest fruits and vegetables in season by finding farmers’ markets near you.
Fooducate. Let the bar code scanner on Fooducate make grocery shopping easier. Scan the label on any food to find out its Fooducate health grade.

Exercise Apps
Nike+ Training Club. A personal trainer is at your fingertips! This app guides you through visual and audio full body workouts hosted by celebrity athletes like Serena Williams.
RunKeeper. Track your steps, pace and distance for all types of indoor and outdoor activities with RunKeeper. This app comes with audio commands, goal tracking and even workout plans.

Nutrition + Exercise Apps
Argus. Use the built-in pedometer and reach your nutrition goals with the food photo diary. See your progress over time and connect with others who are striving to live a healthier lifestyle, too.
Lose It! Stay motivated to Lose It! Track your exercise, meals and health goals while receiving inspiration from the millions of fellow participants.

Your good health is in your hands and at your fingertips!

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.