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A Feast for Foodies: Americans Place Their Order for Trendy New Menu Options at Hilton Garden Inn

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With all the votes counted, "Sophisticated Bites" contest yields
three tasty new items that reflect an emerging food and beverage
renaissance for today's travelers

America has spoken – more than a quarter of a million times. And with
all the votes tallied, three new and delicious on-trend items are being
added to the tantalizing dining menu this fall at Hilton
Garden Inn
, Hilton's
(NYSE:HLT) award-winning, global, upscale brand of hotels.

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Actor and director Judy Greer and celebrity chef Dan Churchill hosted the Hilton Garden Inn Sophisti ...

Actor and director Judy Greer and celebrity chef Dan Churchill hosted the Hilton Garden Inn Sophisticated Bites exclusive first taste event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 22nd. (Photo: Getty Images)

Earlier this summer, consumers were asked to vote on 11 contenders in
the "Sophisticated Bites" contest in the categories of small plates,
handcrafted cocktails and sweet treats. The winning fan favorites are:

  • Sticky Finger Ribs – Bib alert! These low and slow baby
    back ribs, with whiskey-soy barbecue sauce, crispy onion and
    scallions, are a lip-smacking delight. (Small Plates category)
  • Cherry BlossomAn homage to the craft cocktail
    movement, it's a tempting blend of Hornitos Reposado Tequila,
    lime juice, grapefruit juice and grenadine. (Handcrafted Cocktails
    category
    )
  • Mason Jar Chocolate Fudge Cake – Taking a "cheat"
    day? Give your spoon-arm a workout by digging into layers of decadent
    chocolate cake and rich chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream and
    caramel sauce. (Sweet Treats category)

Award-winning actor, director and Hilton Garden Inn spokesperson Judy
Greer, along with celebrity chef Dan Churchill, host of Genius Kitchen's
"Feast with Friends," revealed the food and beverage winners at a menu
tasting event last night at Hilton
Garden Inn Burbank Downtown
.

"The voters made three outstanding menu choices that reflect the
culinary trends and options that are important to today's modern
traveler," said Chef Churchill, who helped launch the campaign in June
during Summer Squad Live, a Food
Network Facebook Live
event that has garnered more than 5.6 million
views and 5,000 shares to date. "I know guests will find the new menu
items to be delightful additions to the brand's eclectic menu, which
continues to resonate with consumers."

Added Greer: "My taste buds are on high alert every time I enter a
Hilton Garden Inn, and these trendy new menu items are a dream for a
foodie like me! I travel all the time, and I really appreciate that
Hilton Garden Inn gives its guests the simple things they need to unwind
– superb hospitality and deliciously amazing food."

The online Sophisticated Bites contest was part of an ongoing evolution
of the Hilton Garden Inn menu, an extension of its 2017 global brand
refresh focusing on dining updates, new regional hotel prototypes and
brand culture enhancements.

Other key food and beverage additions include Welcome Bites, a
delicious, bite-sized, cranberry apple oatmeal cookie offered to guests
at check-in in the U.S. and Canada; a new, open-display kitchen for
signature cooked-to-order breakfast dishes; and a more social setting
for restaurant and bar service. The latter includes a comprehensive
array of handcrafted cocktails complemented by small plates, dinner
entrees and shareable desserts – all of which are freshly prepared.

"The overwhelming response to our Sophisticated Bites program shows that
consumers want convenient and flavorful options, especially when
traveling," said John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. "As a
longtime food and beverage trend-setter in the upscale hotel category,
we are at the forefront of a culinary renaissance in the hospitality
industry, and we can't wait to bring these three new items to our guests
around the country."

Hilton Garden Inn offers upscale, light and airy hotels featuring modern
guest rooms perfect for work and comfort. Guests may unwind in a
relaxing social setting, enjoying handcrafted cocktails; varietal wines
and craft beers*; small plates; dinner entrees and shareable desserts.
The Shop, a 24-hour, grab-and-go retail space, provides a mix of
healthy, indulgent and locally-sourced fresh foods.

All Hilton Garden Inn hotels are part of Hilton Honors®, the
award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel
brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton
channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment
slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points
and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can't be
found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular
digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton
Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose
their room and access their room using a Digital Key.

For more information about the Hilton Garden Inn Sophisticated Bites
program, including links to the Sophisticated Bites videos featuring our
new menu items, please visit our online
Newsroom
. For more information on Hilton Garden Inn, please visit www.hgi.com.

*Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal
drinking age.

About Hilton Garden Inn

The award-winning Hilton
Garden Inn
brand provides business and leisure guests upscale, yet
affordable accommodations and modern amenities for a comfortable stay.
The Hilton Garden Inn Promise affirms the brand's goal to make each
Guest's stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members at nearly 790
hotels in 38 countries around the world ensure today's busy travelers
have a bright and satisfying experience, starting with the first hello.
As a recognized F&B leader, Hilton Garden Inn serves locally sourced
food and beverage at its full-service restaurants and bars, featuring
everything from cooked-to-order breakfast, handcrafted cocktails, and
on-trend small plates. Hilton
Honors
members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels
have access to instant benefits. For more information about Hilton
Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or newsroom.hilton.com/hgi, and
connect on Facebook,
Twitter,
YouTube,
and Instagram.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE:HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a
portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties
with nearly 880,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton
is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world's most hospitable
company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every
guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels &
Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts,
Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton,
Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden
Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2
Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an
award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors
members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access
to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows
members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an
exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else, and free
standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for
more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook,
TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

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