September 13, 2006
Rhys Lewis named executive chef of Williamsburg Lodge
Colonial Williamsburg announces the appointment of Rhys Lewis to the position of executive chef of the Williamsburg Lodge. Lewis is returning to the Colonial Williamsburg hospitality business having previously served as sous chef at the Williamsburg Inn for six years. Most recently he was with the American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis., in positions ranging from executive chef to director of food and beverage.
Chef Lewis is responsible for all Williamsburg Lodge culinary operations, including conference food services, as well the new restaurant and lobby bar. “We are excited to have Rhys return to our staff,” said Colonial Williamsburg Culinary Director and Executive Chef Hans Schadler. “Rhys is an exciting, passionate culinarian. His energetic and professional leadership combined with his excellent culinary talent will be inspiring and support the quality product our guests have come to expect.”
“The entire culinary team is working on menus for the new restaurant,” said Lewis. “Some old Lodge favorites will return, and we’ll be introducing some new specialties sure to become favorites, too.”
The menu will reflect fresh seasonal markets, with influences from the Chesapeake and Virginia. Regional wines and microbrews will be offered.
Chef Lewis is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He began his career as sous chef at the Inn at Huntington in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. He has held culinary positions at the Frankfort Intercontinental Hotel in Frankfort, Germany, and the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt., and was executive sous chef at the Williamsburg Inn until 1989. Lewis has received numerous honors and awards from his peers and from national publications, including Wine Spectator magazine’s “Best of Excellence” award for the wine list in the Wisconsin Room restaurant at the American Club Resort.
The Williamsburg Lodge is nearing completion of a two-year renovation. The Ashby and Custis Guesthouses opened in the summer of 2005, and the Tyler and Nicholas Guesthouses will open October 5, 2006. The Conference Center, including the 12,000-square-foot Virginia Room overlooking the Colonial National Historical Park, opened September 5. The main Lodge building, including the new restaurant and renovated entrance, lobby and lounge, will open around the end of the year.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates more than 1,000 guest rooms, 10 restaurants and 66,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns and The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com or www.goldenhorseshoegolf.com.