• Wine Country Welcomes New Director of Catering and Conference Services

     
    POSTED May 23, 2018
     

The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley, California has expanded their culinary team by appointing Katie Cotten as director of catering and conference services. Cotten brings 13 years of experience in luxury events, including celebrity weddings and television shoots, to her new position, where she will manage and assist meeting and event planners in the execution of their functions. Cotten specializes in setting goals with her clients and working with them closely to ensure a successful and unique event.

“We are thrilled to have Katie Cotten lead our catering and conference team at The Estate Yountville,” said Steve Davino, general manager of The Estate Yountville. “Her extensive luxury hospitality experience will prove to be extremely valuable as we are seeing a large increase in event bookings at The Estate since its recent transformation of The Venues."

Cotten and her team will be offering new catering menus created by executive chef Greg Wiener for all events that take place at ‘The Venues at The Estate.’ The Venues make up a total of 55,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including The Pavilion, The Groezinger, The Barrel Room and a new addition opening in Summer 2018, The Gallery. Highlights from the catering menu include: Light and healthy dishes with local, seasonal ingredients, and customizable options which Cotten will personally accommodate for every group if need be.

"Since Napa Valley offers a wonderful backdrop for any size event, Katie and her team can help with the details that make any occasion a memorable one,” added Davino.

The Estate Yountville, a 22-acre property, is currently undergoing a transformative change to redefine wine country hospitality in a modern way. Completed in Fall 2017, Vintage House channels the spirit of the wine country with 80 intimate bungalow-style rooms. Arriving Summer 2018, Hotel Villagio will showcase 112 luxurious guest rooms and 22 suites, a spa, executive conference center, lounge for drinks and a pool.

The 235-room stylish boutique Kimpton Solamar Hotel announced the appointment of Arizona native, Devin Mahoney as general manager.

 

With more than 20 years of diverse culinary experience, Chef Greg Wiener will be fulfilling his lifelong dream of returning to Napa Valley, overseeing food and beverage operations as executive chef at The Estate Yountville for the recently-renovated Vintage House, soon-to-be completed Hotel Villagio.

 

Thomas J.W. Voss has just been appointed managing director of the 1,048-room-Fairmont Austin, opening the summer of next year. He will be responsible for overall operations, performance and strategic direction for the newest and largest Fairmont hotel in the U.S.

With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Voss has held a number of positions, including executive roles with Starwood Hotels.