“The focus of entertaining is impressing others; the focus of true hospitality is serving others”

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Hospitality creates a feeling you get when you have been cared for, in some cases generously. Cordial, respectful and courteous employees who have a “servant’s heart” serve our guests well. These employees aren’t trained to be hospitality driven, but naturally receive guests with warmth and authentic compassion.

Our newest endeavor epitomizes the idea of hospitality and the American Spirit. Baseball, cold beer, friendly people and hotdogs…what could be better? Our new partnership is an exciting chapter in the life of Sedona Productions. Our brand continues to expand because we are open to opportunities and we are being recognized for creating remarkable experiences for our guests. I hope you love our new logo as much as I do.   am sure you noticed the pineapple and thought to yourself, why the pineapple – that has nothing to do with baseball or fan experiences. The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and I found a great article explaining the history…happy reading!

“Hospitality is love in action. Hospitality is the flesh and muscle on bones of love”

Alexander StrauchThe Hospitality Commands

Patricia S. York

The rise of the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality in Colonial times no doubt came about because of its rarity. But the tropical fruit had a long journey before it found its present-day purpose as a refreshing cocktail or the ever-popular upside-down cake.

Introduction of Pineapples To Europe The first recorded encounter between a European and a pineapple occurred in November of 1493, when Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage to the Caribbean region, went ashore to inspect a deserted Carib village. Among dense foliage and wooden pillars carved with serpents, his crew came upon piles of freshly gathered vegetables and strange fruits. The European sailors ate, enjoyed and wrote about the curious new fruit, which had an abrasive, segmented exterior like a pinecone and a firm interior pulp like an apple.

Refined cane sugar and fresh fruit were expensive rarities when Columbus returned to Europe and introduced the sweet pineapple. It was an instant hit among the royal court, but it took almost two hundred years before gardeners were able to perfect a hothouse method for growing a tropical pineapple plant. Even in the late 17th century, the pineapple remained so uncommon and coveted that King Charles II of England posed for an official portrait in an act that was symbolic of royal privilege — receiving a pineapple as a gift.

Across the Ocean In the small towns and sparse communities of the American colonies, two things worked together to solidify the pineapple’s reputation as a status symbol: sparse supply and high demand. Trade ships brought in preserved pineapple sweetmeats–pineapple chunks candied, glazed and packed in sugar, while the actual whole fruit was even more costly and difficult to obtain. Most of the fruit rotted during the hot, humid, and slow sea voyage from the Caribbean to the colonies. Only the speediest ships, aided by the best weather conditions, could deliver ripe, wholesome pineapples to the confectionery shops of cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Annapolis and Williamsburg.

The Tradition The ability of a hostess to have a pineapple adorn her dining table for an important event said as much about her rank in society as it did about her ingenuity. These beautiful fruits were in such high demand, but so hard to get, that colonial confectioners would often rent them to households by the day. Later, the same fruit was sold to other, more affluent clients who actually ate it. While fruits in general–fresh, dried, candied and jellied–were in great demand, the pineapple was the true celebrity. Its rarity, expense, and striking beauty made it the ultimate exotic fruit. Visitors confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by a hostess who obviously spared no expense to ensure her guests’ dining pleasure. In this manner, the image of the pineapple came to express the sense of hospitality characteristic of gracious home gatherings.

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The Legend The sea captains of New England traded among the Caribbean Islands, returning to the colonies bearing their heavy cargoes of spices, rum, and a selection of fruits, which sometimes included pineapples. According to the legend, the captain would drop anchor in the harbor and see to his cargo and crew. Once his work was done, he would head home, stopping outside his house to spear a pineapple on a fence post. This would let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.

As the tradition and legend of the pineapple grew, colonial innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs and advertisements, and bedposts carved in the shape of a pineapple were a common sight at inns across the colonies. It is not surprising that this symbol of friendship and hospitality became a favorite motif of architects, artisans and craftsmen. The Shirley Plantation of Virginia, a bastion of Southern hospitality since 1613, has a pineapple finial atop its roof, and the motif appears as an architectural element throughout the home. This tradition continues today, for pineapples are still popular motifs for gateposts, door knockers, and beautiful serving pieces.

Pineapples share a colorful piece in the social history of our country. So which story do you prefer? Do you like the story of a proper Colonial hostess honoring her guests with an elaborate food display anchored by the elusive pineapple? Or perhaps you prefer the story of a swashbuckling sea captain returning from a voyage, nonchalantly spiking a pineapple worth a small fortune on his gatepost, signaling his friends to stop by for a pint and some stories?

In colonial days, pineapples were usually available only in August. But oranges, limes, and lemons from Bermuda and the West Indies were available in the wintertime.

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Amy Shackelford

CMP, CTA | President