Tue, Jan. 28

Michael Steinhart appointed director of food and beverage at L'Auberge

Michael Steinhart is the new director of food and beverage at L’Auberge de Sedona.

Marcos Casillas, the resort’s general manager, said Steinhart will oversee sales and operations of the award-winning L’Auberge Restaurant and the Orchards Bar and Grill.

He will also supervise all catering and banquet activities for the resort, which has seen its reputation enhanced as a site for scenic weddings and receptions as well as for corporate retreats. He will assist the sales department in the servicing of all group and incentive functions, as well as be responsible for off-premise catering activities.

Steinhart will be involved in the extensive renovation program planned for the resorts in 2002, with a complete re-design of L’Auberge Restaurant.

"Michael’s organizational and training background is impressive, and we look to him to develop a new creative momentum for our culinary program and to hone our restaurant service delivery systems. As he did at Disney and his other associations, we expect that he will provide mentorship and direction for our entire food and beverage team on property," said Casillas.

Steinhart joins L’Auberge de Sedona after three years at Pete’s Boca Raton where he was director of operations of the 500-seat, Five Star Diamond award-winning restaurant and accompanying catering/banquet division. He was previously director of food and beverage at the Sundial Beach and Tennis Resort on Sanibel Island, Fla.

From 1995 to 1997, he was at Walt Disney World's five-star Yacht and Beach Club Resort as an area manager and director of food and beverage, pro tem. His background also includes a position with the California Cafe Restaurant Corporation of San Francisco as general manager of the renowned Napa Valley Grille in the heart of California wine country where he also served as the company assistant wine buyer.

For the nine years prior, he was general manager, and then owner, of the elegant Charlemagne Restaurant in Aspen, Colo., where under his tutelage, the staff garnered four stars from the prestigious Mobil Guide.

Steinhart has established a goal with his staff to make L’Auberge Restaurant the premier dining room in Sedona and to establish it as the favorite restaurant of a Sedona resident clientele by providing five-star service and food, a welcoming ambience and a patron recognition program.

New designs for the restaurant, as well as for the cottage and lodge accommodations, have already been submitted by the design firm of Wolf and Associates. A spa is also in the plans as well as expanded banquet facilities. Completion of the renovations at L’Auberge de Sedona is expected by the fall.

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