Hershey Lodge, Devon Seafood Grill and Houlihan’s Welcome New Additions
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) recently made three additions to its culinary and food & beverage teams. Hershey Lodge added Jeffrey Weller as food & beverage director, Chef Gregg Graham joined Devon Seafood Grill in downtown Hershey as executive chef and Chef Christopher Emlet was promoted to executive chef at Houlihan’s, also in downtown Hershey.
Weller started as food & beverage director at Hershey Lodge in January. He graduated from University of Florida with degrees in marketing and accounting. Most recently, Weller was in a consulting role in the food & beverage department with The Hotel Hershey. Weller also held positions throughout the United States with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.
In February, Chef Graham joined Devon Seafood Grill as executive chef. He graduated at the top of his class from Central Pennsylvania School for Culinary Arts. Prior to his position with Devon Seafood Grill he was executive chef at Houlihan’s, also located in downtown Hershey and operated by HE&R. Graham held previous culinary posts throughout central Pennsylvania including Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg, Liberty Forge in Mechanicsburg, Felicita Resort in Harrisburg, Hilton Harrisburg and The Hotel Hershey.
On March 31, Chef Emlet officially moves to executive chef at Houlihan’s. He started at the restaurant when it opened in 2006 as line cook and has moved up through lead cook and, most recently, sous chef roles. Emlet’s graduated from York Technical Institute’s Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts program in 2007 and his career began at Houlihan’s.
“We are delighted to expand our teams at Hershey Lodge, Devon Seafood Grill and Houlihan’s,” said John Lawn, vice president of operations at HE&R. “Jeff, Chef Gregg and Chef Christopher have a wealth of knowledge and will challenge our culinary teams to expand our food & beverage offerings at both venues.”
HE&R operates more than 20 unique dining venues that include everything from casual coffee shops to late-night cocktails, family-friendly dining to four-star cuisine and everything in between. HE&R offers culinary events throughout the year. These include wine dinners; holiday celebrations; Restaurant Week in spring, The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival in fall; and Chocolate-Covered February, a month-long, town-wide celebration of everything chocolate.
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