Hyatt at Olive 8 launches: Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served.




An industry-leading, global effort and new philosophy to provide sustainable and responsible food and beverage for guests and associates

SEATTLE, WA– Hyatt at Olive 8 today announced the launch of Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., Hyatt’s global philosophy focused on sourcing and providing healthy food and beverage options for Hyatt guests and associates and that are good for the local communities in which they reside and good for the planet.
Embarking on the journey to become the first global hospitality brand to make an effort of this magnitude, this philosophy will guide Hyatt at Olive 8’s food and beverage planning from the operational level to the guest experience. With this long term strategy, Hyatt at Olive 8 will work to anticipate and satisfy the evolving preferences of its guests, ensuring that travelers have more options to fit their needs and lifestyles while staying in Seattle.

Driven by insights and in-depth research, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. is grounded in three pillars. The first pillar is focused on healthy people, and is implemented by providing portion controlled, balanced offerings and natural ingredients prepared with nutrient preserving cooking techniques. Examples include reducing the hamburger size from 8 oz to 7 ozof meat; mandating gluten free and vegetarian options on all menus; offering Stay FitCuisine menu items on full-service brand menus; and providing natural bacon, organic produce and hormone free milk as menu options.






The second pillar is focused on a healthy planet by ensuring sustainable purchasing andoperational practices which are intended to improve the long-term health of people andthe planet. Examples include sourcing sustainable seafood; planting chef’s gardens on property; introducing recycling programs that include repurposing wet waste to feed forlocal farmers; and using new to-go containers and packaging.  The final pillar is intended to support healthy communities by sourcing from localsuppliers as well as sharing knowledge at schools and actively supporting farmers’markets and other community events. Examples include hosting farmers markets; sponsoring local culinary schools to participate in competitions; and mandating that five local ingredients be utilized on the menu.





“At Hyatt at Olive 8, we want to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising what’s best for future generations. We believe we have a responsibility to ensure that our dishes are thoughtfully sourced and carefully served,” said Andy Bishop, Seattle area sales andmarketing director for Hyatt. “This new philosophy and effort to support the health of our guests, planet, and the local community is at the core of every food and beverage decision that wemake at Hyatt at Olive 8. We are evolving the way we purchase and serve food. We believe it’s what our guests deserve.”




Implementation of the philosophy, which began in the U.S. in mid-2011, includes sourcing andserving meat without supplemental growth hormones or antibiotics, cage-free eggs, sustainable seafood, and fresh local ingredients that reflect the season and local flavors. Hyatt at Olive 8 is also reducing the use of ingredients with high amounts of sodium and additives and serving beverages with natural sweeteners such as agave nectar.

Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. is a key component of the health and wellness pillar of Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform designed to enable thriving communities.



As an out growth of the company’s core values, Hyatt properties will continue to partner with local community groups and organize volunteer efforts and fund raising support in an effort to improve the economic future of the people and businesses in the communities where Hyatt hotels are located. From providing cooking skills courses in local schools to supporting and hosting farmers markets, Hyatt will also continue to make an effort to support the health of guests, associates and people in the local community.  To further demonstrate its dedication to Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., Hyatt has joined forces with Partnership for Healthier America (PHA), which will hold Hyatt accountable for continuously improving the nutritional profile of children’s food menus at full-service managed Hyatt properties across the U.S. over the next 10 years. This pledge marks the first of its kind by a hospitality company to PHA.


About Hyatt at Olive 8
A striking addition to the Seattle skyline, the landmark Hyatt at Olive 8 is Seattle’s firstcertified “green” hotel, awarded LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council in July 2009. Co-designed by Seattle architecture firm Mulvanny G2 and renowned New York architect Richard Gluckman, the state-of-the-art Olive 8 building features striking design elements, including a sleek glass façade and one of thecity’s largest living rooftops.  A total of 346 luxury guest rooms and suites occupy the 39-storybuilding’s first 17 floors (condominiums are housed above), and the world-class property offers a range of on-site amenities, including 11,000 square feet of green meeting space, the eco-conscious Elaia spa, a 65-foot lap pool, a 2,400 square-foot StayFit @Hyatt facility, environmentally sound housekeeping and dry-cleaning services, valet parking and 24-hour room service.  Additionally, the ground floor is home to Urbane, a 108-seat downtown Seattle restaurant and bar serving fresh Northwest cuisine to Seattle residents and guests alike., introduction of new brand concepts; changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets where we operate; outcomes of legal proceedings; changes in federal, state, local or foreign tax law; foreign exchange rate fluctuations or currency restructurings; general volatility of the capital markets; our ability to access the capital markets; and other risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which filings are available from the SEC. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release.  We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Written by Charles

Charles Koh founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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