Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge Welcomes Executive Chef Stephen Demarco

USA, Pembroke, Virginia. April 12, 2024

Mountain Lake Lodge is celebrating a new culinary tradition as it welcomes Executive Chef Stephen DeMarco to the award-winning resort. Long a visionary leader in the area's culinary scene, DeMarco brings sumptuous, inventive fare and the highest culinary standards to resort guests and area residents alike, overseeing culinary operations at Harvest Restaurant, Stony Creek Tavern, Salt Pond Pub, themed weekends, meetings and special events.

Following a grand 10-year association with The Hotel Roanoke, Chef DeMarco's classical training and innovative style feature menus rich in locally sourced ingredients, freshly prepared and with exciting flavors and options to suit every palate.

"We are excited to welcome the talented Chef DeMarco to Mountain Lake Lodge," said Heidi Stone, president and CEO. "His passion for inventive culinary experiences celebrates the flavors of southwestern Virginia and appeals to the generations who savor delicious food in a comfortable setting."

"Harvest stays true to the freshest farm-to-table experience to celebrate this region's agricultural heritage and community," says Chef DeMarco, "now with a modern twist, but still keeping its rustic and approachable quality, as menus rotate throughout the seasons." DeMarco is committed to environmental stewardship and takes an active role in building community through food.

During his 30-year career, DeMarco has served as executive chef for several top Manhattan restaurants including Asia de Cuba. He opened the Capitol Grille's first location in New York in the Chrysler Building, then served as executive chef for Roots Steakhouse and the Harvest Restaurant Group. He earned his degree from Johnson and Wales culinary college.

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