Jordan Swiler has been appointed executive chef for Salmon Falls Resort, an intimate full-service waterfront resort in Ketchikan, Alaska, and Hamodi Siam has been appointed executive chef at its sister property Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina. Swiler and Siam will oversee the culinary operations, development and programming at Salmon Falls Resort and Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina, respectively.
“We are thrilled to welcome these talented new additions to our team,” said Liz Johnson, Director of Sales & Marketing at Salmon Falls Resort and Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina. “We take great pride in ensuring that our food and beverage offerings rival the spectacular scenic beauty of Ketchikan, and we’re pleased to share some exciting culinary updates for our loyal guests and the local community.”
Prior to joining Salmon Falls Resort, Swiler served as the executive chef at Café and Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis since 2016. Previously, he helped open The Continental in Naples, Florida, where he spent two years as an executive sous-chef. Swiler started his career as a line cook and sous-chef at Café and Bar Lurcat. Throughout his career, Swiler has garnered extensive skills in culinary and hospitality management. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in food science.
Swiler is already underway with new menu items at the resort’s signature restaurant, Timbers. The restaurant is a favorite gathering spot for families and couples pre- and post-outdoor adventures. The menu features an array of locally sourced Alaskan seafood and other seasonal specialties. New standout dishes include Hump Island Oysters; seafood chowder with lemon and breadcrumbs; smoked whitefish toast with cucumber, celery, fresh herbs and pickled red onion; and Alaskan salmon with warm Yukon Gold potato salad, sauteed spinach and beurre blanc.
Siam brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina. Most recently, he served as the dining room manager at Fellowship Square in Tucson, Arizona. Throughout this career, Siam has worked at several notable resorts, including Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, and Boulders Resort and Spa Scottsdale. In addition, Siam has been involved in all aspects of personal catering and has serviced clients such as Governor Fife Symington, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Dr. Dre, and more. He has also taught at Scottdale Culinary Institute and the Arizona Culinary Institute. Siam graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute with top honors.
Salmon Falls Resort is open seasonally and will re-open for the 2021 season on June 1. In addition to the resort’s popular guided and self-guided fishing excursions, Salmon Falls Resort will offer new adventure, culinary, and cultural experiences for guests. Standout offerings include fishing expeditions to remote locales, flightseeing float plane tours to the Misty Fjords National Monument and salmon cooking demonstrations paired with local microbrews. All-inclusive room prices start at $350 per night.
Salmon Falls Resort’s sister property, Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina, is located 15 minutes away in the downtown Ketchikan area and is open year-round. Rates start at $180 per night. Popular activities for both resorts include hiking, kayaking, bear spotting, rainforest ziplining, whale watching and shopping from local artisans.
Guests of Salmon Falls Resort have access to the Timbers on-site restaurant and lounge, also open to the public, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm seven days a week. For reservations and more information on Salmon Falls Resort, please call 800-247-9059 or visit www.salmonfallsresort.com. Follow Salmon Falls on Facebook at Facebook.com/SalmonFallsResort and Instagram at @SalmonFallsAK.
Edgewater’s on-site restaurant is open to guests and the public. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 6:00 am to 10:30 am and lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is also open for dinner from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and is closed on Sunday nights. For reservations and more information on Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina, please call 907-247-2600 or visit www.ketchikanedgewaterinn.com/. Follow Edgewater Inn on Facebook at Facebook.com/KetchikanEdgewaterInn and Instagram at @EdgewaterInnAK.
Salmon Falls Resort and Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina are owned by Caliber and managed by Highgate.
About Salmon Falls Resort
Salmon Falls Resort is an intimate full-service resort in Ketchikan, Alaska, situated at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s iconic Inside Passage, located just 90 minutes from Seattle. The 51-room resort has catered to discerning travelers for more than 30 years and offers Alaskan adventures paired with warm hospitality. Salmon Falls Resort is best known for its majestic setting and world-class salmon fishing. Guests enjoy access to Timbers restaurant on-site, which is open to the public, and features an array of delectable Alaskan seafood specialties paired with wines, microbrews and live music five nights per week. Flexible indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces are ideal for corporate incentive groups and breathtaking weddings. The resort is open seasonally, typically from June through September.
About Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina
Edgewater Inn Restaurant & Marina features charming Ketchikan, Alaska-inspired hotel rooms ideal for family vacations, group retreats and business travel. Located just minutes from downtown, the hotel offers a host of modern amenities surrounded by breathtaking ocean and Alaskan landscape vistas. Guests enjoy dining at the waterfront restaurant on-site and accessing the dock and marina for fully guided or self-guided fishing and sightseeing excursions.
Highgate is a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in major U.S. gateway cities including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu, with a growing Caribbean and Latin America footprint. The hospitality forward company provides expert guidance through all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven record of developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company utilizes industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, Miami, and Seattle. www.highgate.com.
Founded during the depths of the 2008-09 recession, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based real estate investment firm now manages approximately $400 million in assets with another $550 million in development—including multi-family, commercial, hospitality, self-storage, medical, and in federally designated opportunity zones across the Southwest. Caliber is a six-time consecutive honoree of Inc. 500|5000 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.” www.CaliberCo.com