Certified Executive Chef Terence Reis and wife Lori Denney bought the restaurant formerly known as Turn 2 on July 1, 2009.
Terence S. Reis, Owner and Certified Executive Chef
Terence S. Reis recently held the position as General Manager at the Drake Restaurant in Burlington, Iowa.He is also the current chef/owner of the Yarmouth Cafe in Yarmouth, Iowa.Before moving to Iowa in the summer of 2004, he was a Culinary Arts Instructor at the Art Institutes International Minnesota, and is a "Certified Executive Chef" with the American Culinary Federation.His past culinary experience serving as Executive Chef with Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson hotels and private clubs where he has defined and cultivated his culinary and ice carving skills.He is a member of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which organizes the renowned St. Paul Winter Carnival, a 100 year old event.For the past 10 years, Mr. Reis has been the Coordinator of the Ice Carving Competition held in Rice Park as part of the Winter Carnival celebration.
This popular event draws highly acclaimed ice carvers on an international level to compete for the best in ice sculptures.
Mr. Reis has also worked with the Minnesota Film Board where he has created ice sculptures for the movie "Jingle All the Way", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and "Mighty Ducks Two".
Mr Reis' talents have been spotlighted on local TV as well as recently featured in "National Geographic Explorer", "Sports Illustrated", "International Titanic Exhibit", and "Good Morning America".
He was featured in "Minnesota Monthly Magazine" January 2002 issue, and received the "Chef's Professionalism Award" in December of 2002 from the American Culinary Federation St. Paul chapter.
In 2003, he was certified as a "Professional Master Ice Carver" and "Competition Ice Carver" with the National Ice Carving Association in Chicago.
Terry looks forward to offering his ice carving skills for various functions and events in Southeast Iowa!
Terence Reis has joined The Drake, 106 Washington St., as executive chef/food and beverage director.Reis, who most recently resided in Minneapolis, is a certified chief with the American Culinary Federation and has taught at Art Institutes International Minnesota.His past experience includes serving as executive chef at Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton and Radisson hotels.
Terence Reis still is trying to put his finger on the culinary pulse of the area, but he's starting to feel the beat.
The executive chief at The Drake, 106 Washington St., has created a new menu at the restaurant, which opened in June 2003 on the Burlington riverfront. Gone are the steaks priced by the ounce, while additions include baked pasta dishes and a variety of seafood options. "We try to offer something no one else has in town," said Reis, who came on board as chef about five months ago. Reis is a certified executive chef and certified culinary educator with the American Culinary Federation, most recently teaching cooking at Arts Institutes International in Minnesota. He relocated to Burlington with his wife, Lori Denney, who will be serving as assistant general manager at the Comfort Suites being built on Burlington's south side. Reis said popular items such as elk and buffalo remain staples on the two-week-old menu, noting that the revamping of steak pricing has already made them a more popular selection. "It was confusing for the customers," he said."Now, we can hardly keep up on the broiler." Reis has teamed with Ron Kastner, Joe Jolin and John Russell to head up operations at the restaurant since the departure of Doug Coyle, a longtime Burlington restaurateur who was among the founders of the restaurant.
Reis said creating a niche in the southeast Iowa customer base takes some getting used to.Unlike the steady stream of customers he was accustomed to in Minneapolis, the Burlington restaurant sees its dinner business comes in spurts. But the lunch crowd, Reis said, has been steady, noting there are a fair number of regulars at The Drake. Reis also plans to use his education background in the coming months.
Terry Reis, Chef Instructor, The Art Institutes International MinnesotaChef Reis and two culinary students were featured on this program, geared toward teens.The segment focused on culinary arts as a career for those coming out of high school.
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But ice is best under the hands of a sculptor like Terry Reis.
The top chef at The Drake, Reis is a founding member of the National Ice Carving Association and previously helped organize the famous St. Paul (Minn.) Winter Carnival. His sculpting talents will be on public display beginning around 6 p.m. today on the patio at The Drake, 106 Washington St., Burlington.The exact time is uncertain, depending on when temperatures drop to safe ice-carving levels. Over the years, Reis' carvings have been seen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie "Jingle All the Way," and he has been featured in "National Geographic Explorer", "Sports Illustrated", and "Good Morning America."
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