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Director of Sales & Events
After relocating back home to the idyllic Finger Lakes region of New York, Stephenie has found new verve in the Sales & Events Departments at the Inn at Taughannock Falls. Stephenie brings versatility to every project and ensures our guests and clients see their vision come to fruition. "I'm delighted to be working at this magical location that regularly brings the most ambitious of event desires to realization, with our clients coming from all around the globe. Working at the Inn at Taughannock Falls and helping to develop the impact of this business within the event industry will be among one of my proudest achievements."
Prior to event planning, Stephenie was a Global Security Analyst and devoted much of her free time to Community Development where she specialized in media relations, fundraising and volunteer management for a variety of community organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Diplomacy and Human Rights from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Science in Terrorism and Political Violence from Kingston University in London.
Clem studied Fine Arts at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Abroad in Italy, he fell in love with food when he bought a peach from a fruit stand in the Campo de'Fiori in Rome and tasted—for the first time—the sun and the soil found in every bite. Clem was the owner/chef of the Rose and Kettle Restaurant in Cherry Valley, NY for eight years, from 2002 until 2010, where he worked hand-in-hand with local farms to enhance his menus and elevate the cuisine. Moving then to Syracuse and working for many years as the chef at Otro Cinco, the Spanish restaurant most famous for its paella and tapas menu.
Clem brings a collaborative spirit to his kitchen, and always seeks to work with others who share his passion for great food. He is inspired lately by plant-based cuisine, the growth of fermentation as a practice in the industry, and by the Finger Lakes Regions growing distillation culture. His ultimate goal is to make soulful food that makes good on the promise of that first peach.
Director of Hotel Operations
Michael began his career in hospitality with Hilton Hotels, while earning his hospitality degree from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While exploring business opportunities on a trip to Nashville, TN, he was contacted by an associate and offered a position at Cornell University. Though the Finger Lakes region was previously unknown to him, two weeks later he relocated and fell in love with the surrounding area.
Throughout his hospitality career, Michael has had the pleasure of being a part of some of the area's most well established businesses, including Cornell University, Maxie's Supper Club, Dano's Heuriger on Seneca Lake and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. Michael has held positions as Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Director, Wine Educator, Event Planner and General Manager. This unique combination of roles gives him a very well rounded understanding of the hospitality field. He is now excited to bring his experiences and knowledge to help provide our guests with the most unforgettable memories possible. In his home life, Michael spends his time with his amazing wife and six incredibly quirky children.
Tania-lynn has a long-held passion for event planning, having been raised in the Finger Lakes she is eager to combine the vast amenities and activities that the area offers with the production of luxury events at the Inn at Taughannock Falls. Tania-lynn is detail oriented and excels at taking the complex layers of a client's dreams and turning them into a solid, structured reality. "I really love helping people bring their vision to life - no matter the scale of the occasion!" Outside of work you can find Tania-lynn taking care of rescue animals and coaching children on local cheer teams.
Gigi MacTaggart is an experienced event planner and food and beverage manager. Previously Gigi managed large-scale events in Palm Springs, at Big Horn Golf Course as well as other large volume outlets. Gigi brings passion to event planning, and in particular a desire to develop design and bring complex designscapes to fruition. Gigi, an alum of Ithaca College, relocated back to New York and previously worked with us as a Restaurant Manager. Gigi believes, "Events should be representations of the host's desires and dreams," and always errs on the side of ensuring an event's personal touch.
Dining Room Manager
David brings fundamental passion to the hospitality field. David's career in fine dining began from the ground up, securing his first position as a Server's Assistant when he was first old enough to join the workplace. Since then he has had a dynamic development, bringing charm and charisma to every position he had held since then. He delights in interacting with guests and customers, and is only too happy to go the extra mile to ensure they have the best possible experience. David looks forward to the growth and continued vitality of the restaurant and hopes to deliver a slate of new and exciting ideas to our restaurant guests and our dining community.