You may have slept on high-thread-count hotel sheets before – but the ice cream bed that may be found in Manhattan’s Omni Berkshire Place Hotel in May – well, it really takes the cake. . All you have to do is enter the contest by tomorrow May 10and.
The ice cream bed with a whimsical headboard of scratch-and-sniff citrus fruits and a wall of edible treats behind – is the culmination of the exciting and unprecedented new flavor suite that is the result of a partnership between the McCormick spice brand and the famous Omni Berkshire Place hotel. The adorable Flavor Suite is actually a redesign and redecoration of the New York hotel’s famous Rodgers & Hammerstein suite – where the famous duo wrote the Broadway hit “Oklahoma.”
For the first time in Flavor Forecast’s 22-year history, McCormick will bring its trend report to life with a groundbreaking pop-up experience. The Flavor Suite is a dynamic reimagining of the hotel experience that infuses Flavor Forecast themes into every corner. In partnership with Omni Berkshire Place, the iconic and historic hotel just steps from Central Park, McCormick will transform the luxurious 1,000 square foot Rodgers & Hammerstein Suite into a creative, multi-sensory destination with interactive interior design and whimsical yet tasty amenities. McCormick will also be offering Flavor Adventurers a chance to win a two-night weekend stay — valued at nearly $5,000 — from May 20, 2022 through May 22, 2022, including one night in the Flavor Suite.
In April, McCormick unveiled the 22nd edition of Flavor Forecast, the brand’s annual report on the latest trends influencing the way we cook, season and eat.
From the moment guests step into the new Flavor Suite, they will find eye-catching décor, intricate textiles and vibrant colors inspired by Egypt and India, two countries with rich culinary histories. To create this immersive environment, McCormick enlisted the expertise of two female chefs who inspired this year’s Food Stories trend with their special interpretations of regional foods: Monica Saxena, founder of award-winning Indian restaurant aRoqa in New York, and Iman Moussa, a pioneer of plant-based Egyptian cuisine at Koshary Corner in Clarksville, Maryland. McCormick’s chef, Kevan Vetter, said: “We were inspired by these women as restaurateurs and wanted to showcase them and their kitchens, which they transformed.
The Flavor Suite for two lucky travelers will also feature quirky and wacky amenities to showcase this year’s Flavor Forecast themes.
A retro bedside phone will offer Sundae service at the push of a button, delivering ice cream on demand with a special Plus Sweet-inspired toppings bar. Adventurers can mix and match toppings like gomashioa Japanese condiment made with sesame and salt, or chamoy, a Mexican sauce made with pickled fruits and peppers for kids, for complex and unpredictable layers of sweetness. (Make my hot fudge sundae!)
the Time Out Hotel Minibar (free, of course) will serve conscious cocktails and mocktails to showcase the power of time. As guests sip blood orange and beetroot margaritas and other infusions, the aromas of green tea and lemongrass promote a relaxing experience.
The novel bed of ice cream (totally Instagrammable with the photo booth set up in the suite) will deliver with adorable dessert-inspired bedding and a scratch-and-sniff citrus headboard with a big spoon.
A edible wall will encourage customers to broaden their horizons and palates as they sample delicious regional snacks pinned on a world map.
“For more than two decades, the world has been eagerly awaiting McCormick’s Flavor Forecast for major emerging trends in the culinary world, and we are thrilled to take it to new heights,” said Jill Pratt, Chief Marketing Officer. “The trends identified this year highlight the people, flavors and ingredients from here and abroad that are so often forgotten. Through the Flavor Suite, we hope to not only create a fun experience, but also whet the appetite for the world of flavor.
Some of the Egyptian snacks will include:
Knafeh – A dreamy Egyptian pastry that is equal parts sweet, crunchy, gooey, and delicious. Often dipped in rose water or sweet syrup
Baklava – Crispy layers of phyllo dough welcome the spicy flavors of ground cinnamon and honey-sweetened cardamom
Qatayef – Stuffed, fried until crispy and dipped in sweet syrup, these are mini Arabic pancakes filled with figs and walnuts
Kahk – An aromatic butter cookie
And the dates, of course!
Some of the Indian snacks will include:
Pink Cham Cham – Often made with rose water and cardamom
Maharaja/Bombay Mix — A popular Indian snack made with spicy, dried ingredients such as nuts, lentils, chickpeas, puffed rice and fried onions.
After the pop-up Flavor Suite disbanded in May, travelers can still enjoy its themes at Berk’s Bar in the Omni Berkshire Place, for a Blood Orange-and-Beet Margarita, or a Sipping Sour.
It all sounds like the perfect fine dining experience. And what about this year’s flavor predictions? What can you please your taste buds in 2022?
After a year-long research process, McCormick discovered three themes in this year’s 22nd Flavor Forecast:
Culinary stories celebrates the power of women in food and flavor – from professional chefs to grandmothers who pass on their recipes.
Softer shows how sweetness finds new dimensions through subtle and unexpected flavor combinations.
Time as a luxury ingredient shines a light on the irreplaceable and precious minutes and hours, especially after periods of isolation and reflection.
You can enter to win the contest through tomorrow, May 10, via McCormick’s Flavor Maker app, available on iOS and Android, or by visiting the McCormick site. For more details on the Flavor Suite and a deeper dive into this year’s trends, visit flavorforecast.com.
Where’s my spoon?
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