Monday, December 8, 2008
Looking for a green way to increase check averages? Appeal to environmentally conscious customers with the eco-initiative One Bottle = One Tree from Trinity Oaks Vineyards, out of St. Helena, Calif. For every bottle (four glasses) of Trinity Oaks wine sold, the company will plant a tree in collaboration with Trees for the Future. Program support includes the Web site with a rolling ticker of trees planted, a ticker widget adaptable for partner restaurant Web sites, certificates of achievement and corks that display the message, "You just planted a tree." The program runs until June 30, 2009.
This month, Bombay Club in Washington, D.C., is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The restaurant (from restaurateur Ashok Bajaj) is well-known as power-dining location, showcasing authentic Indian fare in the nation's capital. With this important birthday, Bombay Club is unveiling a new 24-seat private dining room and an inviting new bar and lounge, designed by Harry Gregory of London-based ARA Design. A new menu by executive chef Nilesh Singhvi has also been unveiled. Bajaj opened Bombay Club, which is situated steps from the White House, in 1988 as D.C.’s first sophisticated Indian restaurant. Over the years, it has served many presidents, celebrities and dignitaries, including President-elect Barak Obama. (Photo credit: Michael Colella)