Kimberly Esch – Catering Sales Manager

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Kimberly Esch, corporate catering sales manager for The Townsend Hotel, didn’t exactly arrive to her new role in June 2013 via the “traditional path,” but that’s precisely what makes her so qualified. Esch grew up on a farm, which she says taught her the value of hard work, dedication and selflessness – characteristics that are… Read more »

Andrew Alcid – Rugby Grille Chef de Cuisine

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“Methodical” is a word one might use to describe the culinary career of Andrew Alcid, the chef de cuisine of The Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille since April 2013.  He prides himself on a self-described, “carefully gauged” job progression, which allowed him opportunities to work for nearly a decade in the kitchens of various high-profile eateries… Read more »

David Brown – Rugby Grille and In-Room Dining Manager

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David Brown, a certified sommelier, is the manager of The Townsend Hotel’s fine dining restaurant, The Rugby Grille, and the property’s in-room dining services.  He also is one of the industry’s early champions of Michigan wine.  In fact, Brown, who joined The Townsend in April 2013, is credited with the original development of the now… Read more »

Jared Chorney – Food and Beverage Director

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Jared Chorney, a “foodie” both professionally and personally, is The Townsend Hotel’s food and beverage director.  Since winter 2013, Chorney has been responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hotel’s food and beverage department, including the award-winning Rugby Grille, The Townsend Bakery, The Corner and the property’s banquet operations. Prior to joining The Townsend,… Read more »