Oak Brook Hills Resort, a Chicago resort known for events and golf, announced the hire of new executive chef, Carol Buckantz, as well as conference services and banquet team members.
"Under Executive Chef Carol, this property will continue to delight and impress the community, guests and event planners while bringing back many of the treasured traditions Oak Brook Hills Resort has been known for in its rich history," said Dennis Marcinilk, director of operations for Oak Brook Hills Resort.
The Johnson & Wales University graduate comes to Oak Brook Hills with over 13 years of experience in leadership and executive chef positions around the country. In her new role, Buckantz will oversee all food and beverage operations including events, conferences and the destination's five restaurants. She has plans to incorporate more farm-to-table menu items, to bring a Farmers Market to the property every week this summer, and to offer group culinary classes and team building sessions for organizations.
Buckantz joins Oak Brook Hills Resort along with Mara Xenos, the new director of conference services and Normon Wongnew, the new banquet manager. Xenos will oversee all planning and catering arrangements within the resort, including corporate events, weddings and social celebrations. Wong comes to the position with more than 20 years of experience in highly respected hospitality companies in restaurants including his latest term with J.W. Marriott, Chicago.
The new team members have a total of over 73 years of experience in their respective fields, and are excited to continue leading hospitality services at Oak Brook Hills Resort.