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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!
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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 :)
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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.
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