Last month I told you about Lehigh Valley's newest hotel, the Hyatt Place Bethlehem. Well, last Thursday I attended the Hyatt's ribbon cutting celebration.

The invitation from Posh Properties and Meyer Jabara Hotels, the folks that run the Hyatt Place, stated "lite fare and libations" but then mentioned "catering by Shula's." I only wish I hadn't had such a big lunch at The Tavern on Liberty earlier in the day. Boy, these folks can throw a party!

The food was nothing short of fabulous! There was a raw bar, a huge display of shrimp and giant crab claws, and of course steak morsels so tender I thought they'd fall off my fork. I didn't even get to the carving or pasta stations (pictured) or to the various other delicious-looking side dishes.

The "Who's Who" of Lehigh Valley were all there and cameras flashed all night. Guests were treated to tours of the property and could sign up to win one of several wonderful prizes, including overnight stays at the Hyatt Place and its sister properties, the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Breinigsville and the new Courtyard by Marriott in Bethlehem.

I was lucky enough to win one of the prizes, a Bethlehem Tartan scarf, compliments of Donegal Square. In spite of my Polish last name, I'm Irish so I know I'll love my souvenir of the opening. But what I will really treasure most is the opportunity to celebrate this happy occasion with my friends in hospitality. Here's to your success!