New faces at the Inn: Julianne Greenberg
...Julianne, new director of Catering and Conference Services for the Gasparilla Inn and Club, moved to Boca Grande last month ...
"It felt like coming home," she
Julianne's road to Boca Grande began years ago, when she
education in business management and culinary arts. After graduating with a degree in business management from the University of Florida, Julianne "wanted to postpone 'real life' as long as possible," she laughed.She
decided to attend the renowned Culinary Institute of America
in upstate New York.
"I've always had a passion for drawing and creating things, so I think culinary arts was a natural progression for me," she
said.After graduating from CIA, Julianne did a fellowship at the American Bounty Restaurant, an on-campus establishment that gives students real-world experience and knowledge in the food and beverage industry.
One day at the restaurant, Julianne
got an important phone call.
It was the food and beverage manager of the Greenbrier Resort
, one of the nation's premier resort destinations, calling to say they were recruiting new managers.Julianne accepted a position with the Greenbrier, and eventually became manager at the resort's fine dining Tavern Room.
When the season ended that year for Greenbrier, Julianne
boss, "Please give me something exciting for the winter."
The manager told her
, "We've got this great property down in Boca Grande," and in October of 2002, Julianne
arrived to start her
new life as an assistant manager for the Boca Bay Pass Club
"I fell in love with the area," she
said, and added that working and living in Boca Grande "was a challenge, as a young woman."
started looking for a change, and she
got a big one - a job in the Bahamas. The Greenbrier
had a property on the east end of Grand Bahama.It was an island just two miles long and a quarter of a mile wide.
"They specialized in bonefishing … we had accommodations for about 24 people," said Julianne
.She took a position as an interim manager, and settled into her life as an island girl once again.
"It was just completely an island experience," said Julianne
After a hurricane passed through the area, Julianne
stood in the ocean, next to docks uprooted by fierce winds, and re-assessed her
"I remember standing there thinking to myself, 'Julianne, what am I doing here?'" she
also remembers thinking, "I miss my friends, I miss shopping, I miss having a social life ...Julianne next moved to Athens, Ga., where she worked for two years as club house manager for a new start-up golf club and residential community.
While working there, Julianne
heard that Jack Damioli, who had been general manager of the Greenbrier
worked there, was moving to Boca Grande to head the Gasparilla Inn and Club
"When I heard Jack was coming (to Boca Grande), I called to congratulate him," said Julianne
"I was really impressed with his
demeanor," said Julianne
, remembering Damioli back when they both worked for the Greenbrier
commands a lot of respect," she
sent her resume to Damioli, who saw not only her years of related education and experience, but also her prior relationship with Boca Grande.
The career move was a natural next step for Julianne
."It goes hand in hand with my food and beverage management experience," she
said, and added, "I like making people happy, and I like working with people and developing relationships," she
Coming back to Boca Grande was a homecoming for Julianne
, who started her
job with the Inn on October 1 this year.
"It is so nice to see familiar locations, and see what's changed," she
Being at the Inn has been a new adventure, and Julianne
greatly appreciates her
co-workers and working environment.
"We have a new team here, and everyone's just so excited and enthusiastic about the season," she
will certainly have "a lot on her
plate" this season, with the ability to use 18 different venues to host special events.
"It's taking my career in a new direction," said Julianne
, excited about her
role of generating conference business at the historic Inn."The whole season looks promising," she
While not working, Julianne
spends time pursuing her
many varied interests and hobbies, including travel, tinkering with her
saltwater aquarium ("My anenomes and snails are having babies"), eating and cooking great food, and watching the spectacular sunsets in Boca Grande.
Living as a young woman in Boca Grande can be somewhat of a challenge socially, but Julianne
seems to be managing pretty well.
"I maintained some of my friends here (from the first time she
lived on-island)," she
said, and added that sometimes she
likes to go dancing at South Beach. Julianne
is a "hands-on" person who is also passionate about her
"I like to do stained glass," she
said, "and pottery has been my new love."Of course, being a trained chef, Julianne also loves to cook.
"I love trying out new recipes," she
As for a "man in her
is devoted to her
beloved 15-pound schipperke, Lambic, who she
said looks like a "black pomeranian on steroids."
"I just fell in love with the breed," she
With Julianne's passion for island life and the sea, Lambic is the perfect addition to her
loves being out on the water, loves boats ...
For a girl born in Montreal, raised in Boca Raton, and transplanted between areas spanning New York to the Bahamas, Julianne
is perfectly content being right here in Boca Grande, always an island girl at heart.
"It's just a part of me," she