The Advenire, Autograph Collection — a luxury boutique hotel located in Greater Zion, Utah — appoints Sam Walters as Chef de Cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant and bar, wood.ash.rye.


Walters brings extensive hospitality and culinary experience to The Advenire, Autograph Collection having spent over 15 years in Austin’s thriving culinary scene. As Chef de Cuisine at wood.ash.rye, Walters will oversee the day to day operations including menu curation and execution, hotel events, and room service.


“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Walters to the team, his exceptional culinary expertise and experience will be a great asset to The Advenire and wood.ash.rye,” says Hank Van Orden, General Manager, The Advenire, Autograph Collection. “We look forward to his vast knowledge and talent further elevating the award-winning culinary offerings and service that has made wood.ash.rye a top destination for locals and visitors to Greater Zion alike.”


Walters has an expansive career having served as Head Chef and Sous Chef at some of Austin’s most notable restaurants including Jeffrey’s, Otoko, Justine’s, Uchico, and Lenior working along-side world renowned chefs Tyson Cole, Paul Qui, and Yoshi Okai. Walters was most recently a Corporate Development Chef for Clark Cooper Concepts in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas.


“I am thrilled to be joining the incredibly talented team at wood.ash.rye and I look forward to cultivating relationships with the area’s local purveyors and farmers to create seasonal dishes that feature fresh ingredients and the spirit of Southern Utah,” says Sam Walters, Chef de Cuisine, wood.ash.rye, The Advenire, Autograph Collection.


Located just inside The Advenire in historic downtown St. George, wood.ash.rye utilizes regionally sourced ingredients to create one-of-a-kind dishes that change with every season. Featuring a warm and welcoming environment, the menu features a unique and rustic spin on American cuisine along with a wide selection of unique, hand-crafted cocktails, microbrews, and new world wines.


The Advenire, Autograph Collection is managed by In-Group Hospitality: A PEG Company and is Utah’s second Autograph Collection Hotel. Located at 25 W St George Blvd, St. George, UT 84770.  Visit for more information. Follow on Facebook and Instagram @TheAdvenireUtah @wood.ash.rye. For reservations at wood.ash.rye call: (435) 522-5020


About Autograph Collection Hotels:

Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 160 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 30 countries and territories. Each is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or follow along to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.  Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit


About In-Group Hospitality: In-Group Hospitality, A PEG Company was founded on the belief that enduring success begins with the experience it delivers to the guest, fostered by the relationships it builds with top-quality associates and development partners. In the more than five decades since the Pearson family founded what would become In-Group in 1959, the company has grown to include a portfolio of more than 30 properties in 13 States with nearly 1,000 associates. As an innovative and efficiency-integrated hospitality company, In-Group counts its expertise in hotel management, investment, and development as the pillars to continued growth and equity-holder satisfaction. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah and helmed by CEO Graydon Pearson, In-Group manages over 3,000 keys under some of the most recognized hotel brands including those from Hilton Hotels Group, Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, and IHG.