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Grand Del Mar sales manager earns designation

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Amy Butterfield, national sales manager for The Grand Del Mar, has earned the Convention Industry Council's Certified Meeting Professional designation.

According to Kimberly Miles, CMP, senior vice president of industry relations for the American Hotel and Lodging Association and chair of the CMP board of directors, this credential is recognized throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry, and demonstrates Butterfield's expertise in meetings management.

To earn the designation, Butterfield underwent a comprehensive two-part process consisting of a detailed application and a rigorous certification examination -- which tests knowledge of all functions of meeting management -- administered and monitored by an independent testing agency. Eligibility to take the exam is based on an extensive review of professional qualifications. Candidates must have three years' employment in the meetings industry and demonstrate responsibility and accountability for successful meetings.

According to Rob Stirling, The Grand Del Mar's director of sales and marketing, Butterfield's CMP moniker not only demonstrates her proficiency in meetings and convention management, but is also a testament to her hard work and relentless dedication to her job.

A hospitality industry veteran with more than 20 years of catering and sales experience in local and convention markets, Butterfield has been with The Grand Del Mar for nearly three years, and helped open the property in the fall of 2007. She was previously the director of catering and convention services for the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, where she worked for 15 years. Prior to her tenure with Hyatt, Butterfield was the catering manager at the Marriott La Jolla.


Barona honored

For the fourth consecutive year, Barona Resort & Casino was recently honored with a prestigious "Gold Medallion Award" for Best Casino Dining by the CRA San Diego Chapter. The winners were selected by members of the chapter, which is comprised of the city's top restaurant and hospitality professionals.

"We are extremely honored that our restaurants have been recognized by our peers and industry leaders," said Dean Thomas, executive chef at Barona Resort & Casino. "We strive to produce quality dishes and outstanding service at each of our diverse dining venues to create memorable moments for each of our guests."

Barona also boasts a nationally-recognized staff of culinary professionals, including Thomas, recipient of the California Taste of Elegance Award, Governor's Seafood Representative and Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation, San Diego Chapter. Executive sous chef Jim Phillips recently won the Southern California Taste of Elegance and executive pastry chef Loic Laffargue was awarded as Western Regional Pastry Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation.


Taste of Gaslamp next month

The 16th annual Taste of Gaslamp presented by Samuel Adams will be held June 13-14 from 1-4 p.m. on the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. Since last year's event, several new eateries have joined the Gaslamp family and guests will have the opportunity to sample at more than 25 different locations each day.

Participating Gaslamp restaurants showcase their house specialties with a two- to four-ounce sample for each ticketed patron. Guests will also receive a numbered ticket and walking map to chart out their day. Patrons also enjoy a copy of the Taste of Gaslamp recipe book. Guests 21 and older (with valid ID) will also enjoy a beer garden where they can relax and sample Samuel Adams beverages.

Participating establishments include but are not limited to: Acqua Al 2 Ristorante, Bandar, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Bondi Australian Beer & Food, Dakota Grill + Spirits, Gelateria Frizzante, Henry's Pub, House of Blues, La Puerta, Las Hadas, Lou and Mickey's, Marble Room, McCormick and Schmick's, Rock Bottom Brewery, Royal India, Soleil @ K, Stingaree, Sushi Itto, The Cheese Shop, The Field, The MerK Bistro Italiano, Urban Bar and Grill, Yogotango, Café Sevilla, Donovan's, Fred's Mexican Café, Ghirardelli, Hennessey's Tavern, Nobu, Palm Restaurant, Red Pearl Kitchen and Whiskey Girl.

Tickets are $25 per person per day. To purchase tickets visit gaslamp.org.

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