Orchids at Palm Court, located in Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, features modern American food using French technique created by director of food & beverage and Executive Chef Todd Kelly. The menu is updated weekly based on the availability of the freshest ingredients, using local and organic products whenever possible, including the hotel's rooftop beehive and herb garden and Chef Kelly's local farm.
"We are extremely excited about receiving this award from such a prestigious and reputable international reviewing organization," said Chef Kelly. "We are continually striving to find new ways to exceed our customers expectations. This award truly quantifies all of the work we execute on a daily basis."
"Our goal is to recognize the hotels, restaurants and spas that are committed to delivering the finest guest experiences worldwide," said Michael Cascone, president of Forbes Travel Guide. "These properties focus on serving the consumer, and that's our primary mission as well. We're proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list."
Forbes Travel Guide has defined the standard of excellence in hotel, restaurant and spa experiences since 1958. The rigorous rating process begins with a facility inspection that considers every aspect of the property, including its overall cleanliness, condition and location. To achieve Forbes Travel Guide Four and Five Star status, properties must meet or exceed the bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by Forbes Travel Guide's expert inspectors.
Orchids at Palm Court has also been awarded AAA Four-Diamond award for the seventh consecutive year. Chef Kelly is an American Culinary Federation "USA Chef of the Year" and Pastry Chef Megan Ketover was a "chef'testant" on Bravo's most recent season of Top Chef Just Desserts. Orchids has also been awarded #1 restaurant in the city by Zagat for the third consecutive year, one of the top 100 restaurants in the USA by OpenTable for the third consecutive year and Cincinnati Magazine #1 restaurant in Cincinnati for five consecutive years (2009-2013).