Susan Motter
  • 61, Female
  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • United States
  • Lavelle's Bistro
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  • Janelle Fleming
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General Manager
Lavelle's Bistro
What best describes my company
Fine Dining
Discovering new food, Discovering new wines
Personal Quote
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

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At 2:45am on May 10, 2008, peter Kazalas said…
Hi Susan
Welcome, Hope your having a great day.
Peter Kazalas
At 2:12pm on April 30, 2008, Janelle Fleming said…
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 :)
At 5:41pm on April 23, 2008, Kristen Siqueiros said…
Hey Susan! My name is Kristen and I just wanted to introduce myself and say hello :o)
At 2:46pm on April 23, 2008, Marc said…
Hi Susan!
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 :)
At 9:33pm on April 22, 2008, Adam R. Cox said…
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
At 3:10am on April 21, 2008, Andy Swingley said…
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!

Thanks and have an awesome day!
At 7:05pm on April 20, 2008, Marc said…
Hi Susan!
Welcome to FohBoh, a wonderful place to exchange ideas and network with others in the same industry!

So what would you consider your biggest challanges of the day? Rising food costs? Delivering top notch service? Employees?
Hope to see you stop by with your input!
Welcome aboard! Marc
At 6:09pm on April 20, 2008, Susan Motter said…
Hi Susan,

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.

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At 6:09pm on April 20, 2008, Susan Motter said…
Hi Susan,

Welcome to FohBoh! We are the leading social-business network for the global restaurant industry and growing fast. Thanks for joining.

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