Never believe that a few caring people cannot change the world. Indeed, for that is all who ever have. Margret Mead
A number of years ago while serving as the General Manager of the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Fairbanks, Alaska, we struggled to interest concept restaurants in opening in the new hotel. We were the first truly custom SpringHill with space for a full service restaurant. No concept restaurants would look at Fairbanks. Then out of the community appeared Cafe de Paris Catering Company. Kathy Lavelle and her husband Frank Eagle agreed to consider opening a restaurant in the hotel. Frank's vision of a fine dining wine oriented establishment along with Kathy's culinary and wine expertise created Lavelle's Bistro. Over the past 7 years, the restaurant has grown into the Interior's finest dining establishment with the largest commerical wine cellar in the State of Alaska. Annual gross revenues have now exceeded $3 million. The true test of the success is in the return guest base. The Washington Post recently wrote an article about the quality of this establishment in the far north of Alaska. Numerous programs have been put into place for wine education and each year we are honored by Wine Spectator awards. I no longer work as a Hotel Manager, but have joined Lavelle's. Now here's a job that's fun!
Years in the Industry
Hospitality Industry 25 years
Comment Wall (9 comments)
You need to be a member of FohBoh to add comments!
What a great site!! Thanks for inviting me. Can't wait until I really have some time to check it out more thoroughly. Lunch WAS great! Hope the tasting last night went well, too. Have a fabulous (and hopefully not much more snowy) day! Janelle :)
Thank you for taking the valuable time you have to answer my questions. Yes indeed, if only we had more time to plan, direct, coordinate and to think...the challenges would seem so easy! Again, thank you for the input which I am collecting, collating, compling and computing.......when I have the time, of course!
Many thanks again and warm regards to our fellow Alaskians! Marc :)
Hi there and welcome to a great food network!
I joined back in Jan 11th and have enjoyed meeting a lot of great people. Please take a look around and start posting replies and comments to all the discussions and blogs. I would even start some based on your areas of interest and expertise! I know that I have learned a lot so far.
You can also join different groups. I started one call Pacific Northwest Food Network.
I have also sent you a friend request, please accept it! I will add you too! Again, thanks for joining. I know you will have a great time!
Adam R. Cox
Hello Susan! Welcome to FOHBOH! There are some awesome resources and people on this site. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Check out the group Leadership located on the main page. We would appreciate your thoughts and opinions!
I'm glad you've joined our community. Our visitors are from over 100 countries and all interested in communicating and connecting. Check out our Rewards Program where you earn stock in FohBoh as you participate. There are hundreds of groups to join, discussions to take part in and blogs to read, as well as many great photos and videos to check out. If you have questions our FAQ doesn't cover, please don't hestitate to contact me.
Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.
Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.
Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.
If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.
Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.
Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."
Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.