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Mr. Nedeau

Mike Nedeau

Food & Beverage Director, Geneva National Resort & Club

Inspired by making others happy, Mike Nedeau, pursued a career in food and beverage. "I feel there is no better way to evoke smiles than through food and wine, beer or spirits."

For the past 17 years, gregarious grins have been Mr. Nedeau's goal, whether he working as bus boy, prep cook, sous chef, server, wine director, restaurant and tasting room manager, or sommelier.

Well-traveled and with such a refined palate, many would presume Mr. Nedeau's favorite meal to be a foie gras or Bordeaux wine, but the Elkhorn, WI-bred epicurean notes, "While I love a gourmet meal, just give me a bottle of Champagne alongside fried chicken and bacon, and I'm happier than a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert."

In his current position as the Director of Food and Beverage for the luxury golf resort, Geneva National Resort and Club, he personally oversees five outlets within the Food and Beverage sector to include beverage carts/snack bars, Banquets the Grill Room restaurant, off site catering delivery service, and the Hunt Club Steakhouse. Mr. Nedeau is responsible for seven managers including chefs, sous chefs, restaurant managers and assistants, with the responsibility of 170 indirect reports in peak season.

Mr. Nedeau is a certified Sommelier, holding the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET 3 advanced certification, and the Society of Wine Educators “certified specialist of wine (CSW). A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in health and nutrition, Mr. Nedeau also holds a Master's in Business from Amberton University.


Please visit http://www.genevanationalresort.com for more information.

Mr. Nedeau can be contacted at 262-245-7000 or inns@gnresort.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.