Andrew Zimmern Eats Sea Urchin With Foodie Friends in Renaissance Hotel’s Video Series

Giving business travelers some local flavor

Stuck in a new city on a business trip with nothing to do? Renaissance Hotels has you covered with its new video series featuring the best—and most unexpected—local food experiences in New York, Chicago and Nashville.

Launching today with six episodes, The Navigator's Table is hosted by a guy who knows a thing or two about exploring the world through local food: chef and Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern.

Zimmern hosts roundtable dinners with chefs and food insiders at Renaissance properties in each city. His culinary adventures include eating deep-dish pizza and sea urchin with restaurateur Billy Dec in Chicago; squirrel and seafood gumbo with The Chew host Carla Hall in Nashville; and duck tart flambé with chef Daniel Boulud in New York. The experts also offer advice on the best neighborhood haunts for food and drinks.

"It's getting people's perspective on what makes Chicago, Chicago," said Dan Vinh, Renaissance Hotels' marketing vp. "Andrew's able to pull in so many interesting characters that give different angles on the city and the food."

The hotel chain also released a Navigator app, which provides a list of neighborhood finds near its 170 locations. And it's featuring local ingredients in bar menus at each of its properties. 

The app and videos are a modern concierge service, of sorts, for business travelers seeking to explore the city they're in. "Even if they're only staying with us for one night, we want to help people really see the city," Vinh said. "Andrew Zimmern is a perfect fit for that because he's a world traveler, he eats bizarre foods and he makes time to really dig in to the city and understand its underbelly and culture."