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Allison Mack

Allison Mack

corporate communications

Allison joined Hyatt in 2014 as the Corporate Communications Coordinator. She has called Illinois her home for the past three years, but was born and raised in the dairy state aka Wisconsin (NOT California). The items at the top of her travel bucket list include: South Africa, Peru and Tahiti.


July 23, 2014
Memorable Moments

DIY Napkins with Grand Hyatt New York

Throwing a party? Looking for the elaborate napkins you see at Hyatt hotel events?  We reached out to our team of experts at Grand Hyatt New York and asked them to give us tutorials on napkin-folding tricks. Since New York City hosts some of the most festive events in the world, our experienced colleagues at Grand Hyatt New York were a natural fit for these fun, instructional videos. Try your hand!

The Standard Fold

Standard Fold Instructions 

  1. Lay the square napkin flat, with a flat edge facing you.
  2. Take the side nearest you and fold it in one third of the way.
  3. Take the opposite side, and fold that in one third of the way (this layer should lie evenly on top of the other fold).
  4. Turn the napkin so it is vertical.
  5. Fold the bottom edge in one quarter of the way; fold it over one more time.
  6. Fold the top edge in one quarter of the way; fold it over one more time.
  7. Flip the whole napkin on its back, with a folded/rounded edge facing you.
  8. Take the folded edge nearest you and pull it back just past the top edge.
  9. Let the napkin fall into three tiers.

The Fan Fold

  1. Lay the square napkin flat, with a flat edge facing you.
  2. Fold the napkin in half by taking the left side of the napkin and carrying it over to the right side.
  3. Take the bottom edge and make a one inch fold
  4. Then take the newly-folded, one inch section and fold it under the napkin (accordion style).
  5. Repeat the process until you have about 3-4 inches of space left at the top of the napkin.
  6. Flip the napkin on its back; be careful not to undo your folding.
  7. Fold the napkin in half by carrying the left side over to the right.
  8. Turn the folded napkin horizontally so that the accordion edge is on your left.
  9. Take the top right corner and pull it to the opposite corner, folding it underneath the accordion portion.
  10. Turn the napkin on its side, and let the accordion fold fan out and both sides.

The Bishop’s Hat

  1. Lay the square napkin flat, with one corner pointed at you (it should look like a diamond).
  2. Take the corner nearest you and drag it to the opposite corner.
  3. Take the corner on your right and drag it up to the top corner; outside edges should align.
  4. Repeat the same step with the left corner.
  5. Take the new bottom corner and pull that towards the top corner, but only pull it about one quarter of the way up.
  6. Take the corner that you just pulled up, and fold it back so it touches the flat outside edge.
  7. Flip the entire napkin onto its back; be careful not to lose any of your folds.  The napkin should still resemble a diamond shape.
  8. Take the left half of the napkin and pull it towards the right half, but only pull it one third of the way; make sure that the bottom edge aligns with the current bottom edge.
  9. Take the right corner and fold it in about one tenth of the way; the corner should almost meet up with the other corner that was folded in.
  10. Take the current right half of the napkin and pull it in to the left part of the napkin; fold the entire bottom of the right side into the left corner of the napkin (the left corner piece is also the top most layer on the napkin).
  11. Flip the entire napkin on its back; make sure everything is flat and that the center lines are aligned with one another.
  12. Stand the napkin up on the table, and gently squeeze the outside edges in so that the napkin resembles a cylinder.
  13. Gently pull the two outside layers halfway down the napkin.


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June 30, 2014
Food & Beverage, Our People

British Curry Comes to Park Hyatt Hyderabad

For 10 days in June, the Park Hyatt Hyderabad and Curry Life Magazine proudly hosted the Taste of Britain Curry Festival. This is the tenth year that the festival has been held, but the first time it has come to Hyderabad. I connected with the team at the Park Hyatt Hyderabad to learn more about the unique celebration and was amazed to find that the culinary team, led by renowed British chef Dominic Chapman, served more than 80 dishes to festival goers! 80 dishes!

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piano lesson

May 28, 2014
Food & Beverage, Memorable Moments

A Grand Culinary Contribution to Cannes

Executive Chef Christian Sinicropi

Executive Chef Christian Sinicropi

Every spring, film lovers from around the world flock to southern France for beautiful weather and one of the most celebrated festivals in this picturesque region: the Cannes International Film Festival, which just wrapped up on Sunday. The cobble streets fill up with film stars and the team at Grand Hyatt Cannes – Hotel Martinez prepares for one of their busiest times of the year (just take a look at this graphic that shows all the food, staff and labor needed to get ready!) and biggest culinary events: the exclusive Dinner of the Jury.

Each year, Executive Chef Christian Sinicropi prepares a dinner that is hosted for and inspired by the career of that year’s President of the Jury. The invited-only event is held at La Palme d’Or, the Grand Hyatt Cannes – Hotel Martinez’s two Michelin star restaurant. Overlooking the Bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea, invited guests are seduced by the view and the inventive cuisine that has garnered La Palme d’Or the highest accolades in France.

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Allison at HR Chicago

May 27, 2014
Art & Design, Our People

Hyatt Through the Eyes of a New Hire

How much do you know about Hyatt?  If you’re a new hire like me, you’ve still got a lot to learn. I recently joined the Corporate Communications team in Chicago, and part of my training has involved touring the Hyatt hotels right here in the city.  From General Managers to Sales Coordinators, all of my Hyatt colleagues have been eager to step in and show me around their respective hotels.  Along the way I took plenty of notes and wonderful, weird selfies, so I thought I’d share my first impressions as a Hyatt newbie.

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Park Hyatt New York pool

May 14, 2014
Hotel Openings & Development, Our People, Park Hyatt

Checking In on Soon-to-Open Park Hyatt New York

Left: A unique in-room amenity that was designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Right: The Park Hyatt New York building, designed by award-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc.

Left: A unique in-room amenity that was designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Right: The Park Hyatt New York building, designed by award-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc.

The snow has finally melted here in Chicago, and that can only mean one thing: we are that much closer to the grand opening of Park Hyatt New York.  As you heard, our flagship hotel in a prime location across from Carnegie Hall and designed by award-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc is set to open this summer. The 210 luxurious guest rooms will also be among the largest in the city, with a staff that is committed to offering its guests a sophisticated experience with the distinct, regional character of New York.

Lynne Bredfeldt, director of public relations at Park Hyatt New York, is right in the thick of the action, so we asked her to give to give a sneak peek of her beloved hotel and dish!

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Market Minneapolis KIH

May 9, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Regency

Fresh Take on Hotel Markets Picks Up Speed

Freshness & availability: these are two keywords that helped to inspire the gourmet “Markets” popping up at more and more Hyatt Regency hotels.

A place to grab a coffee or a snack isn’t new to hotels, but Kristine Rose, vice president of brand experience, said the Hyatt Regency brand heard a need from today’s travelers for fresh, on-the-go fixes available above and beyond traditional mealtimes.  As a result Hyatt Regency hotels have been adopting a fresh take on F&B outlets: one that’s available both early and late and incorporates fresh food and local products. A number of Hyatt Regency hotels included new markets with their recent renovations, including Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

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Students at Chavez

April 23, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Thrive

Hyatt Gives Back: Healthy Eating with Alice Waters

If there is one thing we take seriously at Hyatt, it’s our food. Over the last several years, we have worked hard to use ingredients that are good for our guests, good for the community and good for the planet.

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