Meet Your Innkeeper
Jefferson Brechbühl leads the guest services team and provide oversight for all communications and marketing. Jeff owned a health food and catering business for seven years in Washington, D.C.; as a board member, he led all marketing and events for a D.C. Main Street organization for six years; and he has led the development of the ECO Studio Regional Directory for Sustainable Living as his own community service initiative since 2007 while also raising $14 million for D.C. regional nonprofits. He has also held operation management roles at two highly recognized D.C. nonprofits. Jeff speaks German, Portuguese and Spanish and spends his free time running on trails, bicycling country roads, gardening and planning family excursions.
Meet Your Chef
Bruce R. Barnes is our chef proprietor. Until recently, he was the senior executive chef at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., a top account for his company, Restaurant Associates, where he oversaw daily food service for more than 6,000 guests, including royalty and heads of state. Over 14 years, he earned top chef status at Restaurant Associates, leading accounts at renowned cultural institutions and top corporations in New York City and Washington, D.C., and winning the “Chef of the Year” title in 2012. He has often been a guest chef at high-profile events, including D.C. Cultural Tourism’s Embassy Chefs’ Challenge; on “Good Morning America,” he won the Polar Bear Chef’s Challenge in 2003. In the 1990s, he owned the popular Harvest and Universal Grill restaurants in New York’s East Village. During Harvest’s heyday, Velvet Underground leader and solo artist Lou Reed closed the restaurant for private Thanksgiving dinners with his wife Laurie Anderson. Bruce gained his early culinary training from chefs in Provincetown, Mass., and NYC. He has regularly worked with food stylists and developed a cookbook for the Mitsitam Café at the National Museum of the American Indian.
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