Friday, July 10, 2015

Au'loni Magazine Presents: NEXTgeneration Marketing Gala

It has been a while since the last post but I'm back and better than ever! As you can imagine I have been very busy with work and balancing everything on my plate. I was so honored to be asked to be a guest speaker at an upcoming industry event, NEXTgeneration Marketing Gala on August 20, 6:30 p.m. in Philadelphia. Sign up to show some support! 

Hurry, tickets will not be available at the door! Click here to sign up. I will be discussing the importance of networking, seizing all opportunities and always being ready to take the next step in your career as an entrepreneur. The marketing and public relations industry in Philadelphia is an expansive community and I am flattered to be called upon as an influential member of this niche market. 

In a nutshell success is all about relationships because you never know who you will meet and the impact they will have on you. I look forward to meeting new professionals on August 20th and hope you will be one of them! 

What great timing too! I have become very familiar with becoming an entrepreneur as I just enrolled as a Consultant of Rodan + Fields. It is a new opportunity that I'm ready to take on so stay tuned for more about that on my blog Always a Brunette. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Get a Taste of Brulee Catering in Philadelphia

Come on out to get a taste of Brûlée Catering by ChefJean-Marie Lacroix this Saturday, December 13, (12/13/14) at the Independence Seaport Museum! 

It has been over six months since I posted but I’m back and better than ever. This March I started a new position as Marketing Manager at Brûlée Catering in Philly. I love it so far and have met very interesting people, attended fantastic events and of course tasted delicious cuisine by their talented chefs. 

This Saturday is the SportsRadio 94WIP Tailgate Throwdown Finale with Brûlée Catering’s Executive Chefs as ‘Coaches’! Join us this Saturday, December, 13, 2014 at 1:00 – 3:00pm at the Independence Seaport Musuem to sample the six winning tailgate recipes and vote for your favorite one!

Over the course of the last six weeks, six amateur chefs selected to team up with our Executive Chefs and hosts of SportsRadio 94WIP; Angelo Cataldi, Al Morganti, Rhea Hughes and Glen Macnow. One team will be crowned the winner and receive prizes including Vermont Castings 5 Burner Gas Grill from Dreifuss Fireplaces and a Big Green Egg Smoker from Queen Appliances.

Below is a preview of the recipes going head-to-head at the Tailgate Throwdown Finale! I hope to see you there so you can get a taste of Brûlée Catering!

Recipe #1 – Mexican Cheesesteak Tacos
Finalist: Jay Carlson  Chef-Coach: Jennifer Salhoff, Executive Chef, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Recipe #2 – Sticky Sweet Sriracha Wings
Finalist: Dave Koller (Philadelphia, PA) Chef-Coach: Thomas McMullen, Executive Chef Off-Premise Catering, Brûlée Catering

Recipe #3 – Suzie Q’s Dr. Pepper Infused Ribs
Finalist: Lemond Adams (Hockessin, DE) Chef-Coach: JC Nunez, Executive Chef Off-Premise Catering, Brûlée Catering

Recipe # 4 – “Concrete Chuck” Roast Sliders
Finalist: Peter and Shelia Kurilla (Philadelphia, PA) Chef-Coach: James Rodebaugh, Executive Pastry Chef, Brûlée Catering

Recipe #5 - Buffalo Chili
Finalist: Ed Hourigan (Philadelphia, PA) Chef-Coach: Guillermo Veloso, Executive Chef, Brûlée Catering at Please Touch Museum

Recipe #6 – This is a secret until it is unveiled on Thursday morning’s WIP show.
Finalist: Liz Grover (North Wales, PA) Chef-Coach: Matt Levin, Executive Chef, Brûlée Catering at National Constitution Cent

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fabulous Birthday Celebration

My friends and I had a fabulous time at my 30th birthday celebration! I took this time to reflect on the wonderful memories I have already created over these past three decades. It is a time to celebrate what means the most to me in my life and one of those are my friendships! 

In other words, turning 30 is a reason to party! Saturday night friends from near and far joined me in South Philadelphia at my namesake restaurant, Nina's Trattoria on 9th Street in the Italian Market. I love that I share the name with this great restaurant! 

My two best friends took the lead with planning things but since I just love party planning,  I had to get involved so I ordered fun decorations from One Stylish Party. A giant confetti balloon and a custom glitter banner with butterflies were the perfect additions to the cozy warm atmosphere of the Italian restaurant. As you can tell from some of the photos below we are never too old for party hats! 

Thanks to all of my friends for making my transition from my twenties a blast! I look forward to more years of friendships.  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Memorial Moments as a Travelista

For nearly three years I have been a part of the marketing team at AMResorts and gained not only more stamps in my passport but experiences that have enriched me both professionally and personally! I truly enjoyed the experience and met many fascinating people and saw beautiful destinations. I'd like to share some memorable moments with you as I make a transition in my career. My knowledge of the travel and hospitality industry has developed immensely and I will take it with me as I advance my career in hospitality marketing.
Secrets The Vine Cancun
I took on the Twitter persona @TravelistaNina! The word ‘Travelista’ can mean a lot of different things but for me it has meant that I was in-the-know about where to go, what to do and of course what luxurious resorts to stay at. I shared these insider tips through social media and connected with people around the globe. 

AMResorts is a fast-growing resort brand management company with award-winning properties located in Mexico, Jamaica, Curaçao and the Dominican Republic.  I love seeing ideas come to life! For instance when we launched the new resort Breathless Punta Cana many suggestions  for exciting restaurant and bar names were needed- even the pool. Several of my ideas were selected including Spumante Italian Restaurant, Wink Lobby Bar, Deep Swim-up Bar and Freestyle Swim & Entertainment and I think that is so cool! have witnessed first-hand the company's growth over the past few years.  There were 23 resorts and five brands when I started as a Marketing Coordinator in June of 2011 and as of today there six brands are 34 resorts currently opened and operating. I look forward to keeping up with the news of AMResorts' new developments and of course keep in touch with the friends I made along the way. 
Admiring the view

Below are some of my favorite memories as a Travelista! 

1.) Traveled to Dominican Republic for the first time

2.) Toured the coast of Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum. Browse  photos here.
3.) Experienced Unlimited-Luxury® when I stayed at several Secrets, Dreams and Now   Resorts & Spas in the Riviera Maya and Dominican Republic.   
 4.) I had a taste of Endless Privileges® at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita. After a site inspection and prepping a production crew for a video shoot I enjoyed one of my favorite meals at the resort! The culinary team is amazing and attention to detail is something they do very well.  
5.) I put my toes in the sand on one of the best beaches in the world! Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is situated on what the Travel Channel dubbed as ‘The World’s Best Beach’ and I had the pleasure to visit during a FAM trip. 
6.) Enjoy an authentic Mexican feast at Dreams Puerto Aventuras and even ate the worm at the bottom of the tequila!   
7.) Seeing the Island of Cozumel like a local is an experience I will never forget! 
8.) I met the RCI Guy, Dan Debenham! I worked closely with the resorts' affiliation with RCI and wrote scripts for some of the RCI TV videos. 
9.) Had the most fantastic view during a spin class at Secrets The Vine Cancun looking out to the Caribbean Sea! One of my favorite resorts was Secrets The Vine and I hope to be back.  

10.) Been a part of a milestone moment with Unlimited Vacation Club as they hit the mark of 20,000 members in just three years of operations. 

View from Spin Class at Secrets The Vine

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
Caribbean Sunset

Thursday, February 27, 2014

2014 Philadelphia Flower Show Coming Soon

Art comes to life at this year's PHS Philadelphia Flower Show with the theme "ARTiculture"! The Flower Show kicks off this Saturday, March 1, 2014 and will continue until Sunday, March 9, 2014.  I have a feeling this will be my favorite flower show yet because of my love of the arts! Artists are the inspiration of the creative floral arrangements making this a very unique show. The concept is brilliant and I'm looking forward to checking it out soon! 
There are photos posted on Instagram with a sneak peak of the main entrance exhibit of “ARTiculture”.  It includes  20-foot-high, flower-adorned frames. It will also include digital projections, three-dimensional special effects, and interactive elements to engage visitors and have a modern twist. Many acclaimed art museums, organizations and institutions from throughout the nation will be partnering with PHS to collaborate exhibits in the show. 

Get your tickets in advance online here.

Times of the show are listed below: 

Saturday, March 1; 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 2; 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday - Friday, March 3-7; 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 8; 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 9; 8:00 am - 6:00 pm