H.O.S.T. Summit + Social

March 2, 2020

We recently had the pleasure of participating in the first H.O.S.T. Summit + Social event at the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. H.O.S.T. (an acronym for Hospitality. Operations. Services. Technology.) was an in-person adaptation of Shari Bayer’s All in the Industry podcast on Heritage Radio Network. Hospitality leaders from around New York City came together to discuss all aspects of the industry in today’s fast-paced environment. Informative panels included topics from risk management and real estate, to branding and retail space design. These countless moving parts are often overlooked when it comes to executing flawless presentation in the hospitality industry, so it was great to hear from a variety of perspectives.


We greeted old friends and met new and interesting people throughout the day. Some hospitality highlights were guest-speakers Glen Coben, Drew Nieporent, and JJ Johnson. We served our Kenya Mitutu and Guatemala Asdelflor coffees to keep guests energized as they exchanged ideas in the common area between presentations. We also had our trio of refreshing ready-to-drink beverages on tap for all to try. At the end of the day we partnered with Our New York Vodka to create a Sparkling Cascara cocktail that was served at the closing reception.

The event was a total success in bringing behind-the-scenes hospitality to the forefront of the discussion. We hope to return next year to learn more from our peers in the hospitality business, and share our own insights as we grow at Afficionado. We hope you’ll continue to follow us on our journey.