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Culinary Services Director
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77 Okemo Ridge Road
Okemo Village offers an affordable option for larger groups or families and is just a short walk (150 yards) from the Clock Tower base area. One of the original condominiums at Okemo, these units offer spacious units with 3 levels of living for maximum privacy... more.
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Food & Beverage Director, Okemo Mountain Resort
LUDLOW, Vt. - Okemo Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the promotion of Ellen Demers to the position of Vice President of Culinary Services, and the promotion of Chef Scot Emerson to the position of Resort Executive Chef.
Demers has been with Okemo Mountain Resort for 13 years. She was hired as operations manager and promoted to director the following year. She is a graduate of Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. Demers grew up in the restaurant and catering business; working summer jobs through high school and college. The restaurant where she worked during college offered her a management position upon graduating. Afterward, she worked for several corporate restaurants including 99 restaurants and TGI Fridays before getting her lucky break with a Vermont ski area. Demers worked at Stratton Mountain Resort for two years prior to her arrival at Okemo. "Combining my love for skiing and my passion for the food industry was a dream come true," said Demers, "and I have never looked back. The philosophy of Ellen in her departments has always been about providing the best culinary options to our guests while providing top-notch and friendly service. As the vice-president of culinary services, Ellen will continue to maintain the high quality her departments are known for, while at the same time looking to make the resort experience the best possible every day."
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Ellen Demers, Okemo's culinary director since 2001, said her department is able to employ more persons year-round now.
She is also able to employ 50 food-service workers in summer - 35 of them full-time - and said the banquet department employs another 10 persons. "Banquet work is more consistent thanks to the tremendous growth seen since the addition of Jackson Gore," she said. "Our executive chef, Michael Breen, has created varied menu packages for functions and weddings that offer tremendous variety and value," said Demers. "The Okemo Difference Dinner costs $29 per person for a buffet that includes two salads, entrée (single choice of meat, seafood, or poultry), pasta, vegetable, starch and dessert. With two entrées, it would be $35. Our chef offers great food and the resort has a special ambiance that makes our prices exceptionally reasonable." That value has also contributed to the resort's growth in its conference, function and wedding business, Demers said.
"I understand you're trying to serve everyone, but we're trying to pull a lot of people from Rutland," said Ellen Demers, culinary services director for Okemo Mountain Resort.Demers said the last bus leaving Okemo — 4:30 p.m. based on the proposed schedule — was too early for many Okemo employees.Lifts stay open until 4 p.m. so many lift operators would not be able to make the bus and there are many people working in restaurants on the mountain in the evenings, she noted.
However, it was the creative brainchild of Okemo's Culinary Services Director Ellen Demers, to dress the greeters in black-and-white-striped referee uniforms as a way to add a little levity and amusement to the enforcement of the new policy.Some of the greeters even wear whistles around their necks for added effect."Change can be difficult," says Demers."The new policy implementation is going really well," said Demers.