Five appointments in F&B

Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton will open later this summer and include three onsite dining venues. Photo credit: Carté Hotel

Hotels in Texas, Hawaii, Colorado, California and New York have made new appointments in food and beverage recently. Here’s the latest.

The 183-key Hall Arts Hotel, set to open in Dallas this fall, named Bhuvanesh Khanna F&B GM and Eric Dreyer executive chef of its upcoming restaurant Ellie’s. Khanna brings 19 years of leadership and hospitality management experience to his new role. Over his career, he has assisted with the opening of more than 12 hotels and led F&B teams at Harrah’s Casino New Orleans, the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, The St. Regis Aspen Resort in Colorado and, most recently, the Bobby Hotel in Nashville. Dreyer, who joined the luxury hospitality business 20 years ago, has led kitchens for The Ritz-Carlton and Grand Hyatt hotels. Most recently, he served as executive chef of Promised Land, a California estate belonging to Oprah Winfrey.

Hawaii's Mauna Kea Resort, comprised of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, chose Todd Oldham to oversee all F&B operations at its eight bars and restaurants as director of F&B. Oldham brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role, including as director of F&B at Sheraton Kauai Resort, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Fairmont Kea Lani, all in Hawaii.

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Matthew Ellis. Photo credit: White Lodging

White Lodging appointed Matthew Ellis assistant manager at Le Méridien Denver Downtown and AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown, placing him in charge of the two properties’ four F&B outlets. Most recently, Ellis served as brand director for Denver’s Park Burger Group. Over his career, he has worked with several restaurant groups, specializing in systems implementation, new store openings and project management.

Ahead of its opening later this summer, Carté Hotel San Diego Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton appointed Chans Rock director of F&B. Rock brings more than 25 years of F&B experience to his new role at the 246-room hotel, where he will lead the culinary and front-of-house teams at its three onsite dining venues. Before his appointment, Rock worked as GM of the Hotel Erwin in Venice, Calif., and opened the Vintage House and Villagio Hotel in Yountville, Calif.

Upstate New York hotel Troutbeck named Gabe McMackin executive chef. McMackin, owner and chef at the Michelin-starred Brooklyn restaurant The Finch, brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role at the Amenia, N.Y., hotel. Troutbeck, a member of Design Hotels, is located two hours north of New York City and features 36 rooms and suites, a restaurant and meeting space.

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