PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 28, 2015

Kimpton’s Canary Santa Barbara Appoints Elizabeth Duffy as Director of Catering

Passionate Catering and Event Planning Professional to Lead Team at Kimpton’s Luxury Boutique Hotel

Santa Barbara, Calif.—Sept. 17, 2015—Kimpton’s Canary Santa Barbara announced today the appointment of Elizabeth Duffy as director of catering. In her new role, Duffy will be responsible for leading the catering team, event planning and new business development.

Prior to joining the Canary this summer, Elizabeth served as an area catering sales manager for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, overseeing the Boston, Mass. region. Her previous roles include serving as a catering sales manager at Kimpton’s Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass. and an assistant banquet manager at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, Mass. She also spent time as an event coordinator for Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival.

“The Canary Santa Barbara hosts some of the world’s most memorable weddings, social and corporate events,” said Elizabeth Duffy. “Not only is it an all-around beautiful venue, with stunning 360-degree rooftop terrace views, but its locally-sourced cuisine and incredible wine list make it a perfect destination for any occasion. I’m really looking forward to working with the team here and providing our guests with the ultimate Santa Barbara experience.”

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and Hospitality Management from the University of Mississippi. She also studied Hospitality Management at Apicius Culinary Institute of Florence.

When she isn’t busy planning couples’ dream weddings or ensuring a one-of-a-kind catering experience for Canary guests, Elizabeth can be found rooting for her favorite Chicago sports team, traveling and enjoying Santa Barbara’s rich food and wine culture.


The Canary Santa Barbara is enviably situated in the heart of downtown, steps away from the city’s beaches, bistros, and world class shopping. The 97-guestroom boutique hotel offers postcard-perfect views from the rooftop pool and terrace, locally sourced cuisine and a world-class wine list to create an inviting retreat with unmistakable local flavor. The hotel caters to social and corporate events with more than 7,300 square feet of flexible event space and full catering and banquet services from its famed Finch & Fork Restaurant. For more information, visit


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” six times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world’s largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit


Anna Crowe, Crowe PR

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