Lydia Damian Becomes Director of Hospitality and
Special Events at Long Meadow Ranch
November 20 , 2003, St. Helena, CA
Accomplished hospitality industry professional Lydia Damian will become the Director of Hospitality and Special Events at Long Meadow Ranch Winery effective immediately. The former general manager of The Restaurant at Meadowood, Damian will assume responsibility for planning and coordinating hospitality events for both consumer and trade visitors to Long Meadow Ranch.
Born in Michigan, Damian has long experience in the food and beverage industry. She began when just eighteen years old as a caterer creating private dining experiences in her hometown. Her catering expertise and abiding interest in fine food ultimately took her to Chicago where she was became a manager for Levy Restaurants, a 10-restaurant group that also manages the food concessions for the luxury suites in Chicago's most prominent sports venues. Damian eventually graduated to become an operations manager for Wolfgang Puck where, among other assignments, Damian opened Puck's restaurant in the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Armed with broad managerial experience in demanding environments, Damian next joined the team that opened the Las Vegas venue of New Orleans' famous Commander's Palace Restaurant. Located in the Aladdin Casino, Damian was the opening restaurant manager, a challenging task typically reserved for the industry's most capable professionals.
After a successful launch in Las Vegas, Damian was attracted to wine country by the opportunity to assume overall responsibility for the Meadowood Resort's fine dining room. There she gained a reputation for her upbeat demeanor and for outstanding service quality in the dining room. With the recent indefinite closing of The Restaurant at Meadowood, Damian has now turned her talents to helping manage one of the Napa Valley's favorite gathering places, Bistro Don Giovanni. In addition to assuming her responsibilities at Long Meadow Ranch, Damian will continue in her role at Bistro Don Giovanni.
Damian will help create new special events and will oversee the ranch's established special event schedule that has featured in recent years, among other things, celebrity chefs such as Charles Dale, Nancy Oakes, and Pilar Sanchez and concerts by outstanding jazz recording artists, such as Dmitri Matheny and Clairdee. She will also help create events for the LMR Corral Club, the ranch's consumer affiliate program that provides special access to wine, olive oil, beef, and other products produced in Long Meadow Ranch's diversified organic operations.
Over the coming year, Damian will help design, develop, and implement an exclusive program for trade and club visitors to tour the ranch's large and diverse operations (by four wheel drive vehicle and on horseback) and at the same time enjoy a wine and food experience that features the ranch's many products.
"We have attracted an outstanding team to Long Meadow Ranch. In every area we have sought outstanding persons with distinctive knowledge and experience. Not surprisingly, many members of our team also work in their own operations and/or for other clients. In this way, we can capture the greatest specialized expertise and stay close to the state-of-the art. Lydia is a perfect example of our approach," said owner Ted Hall. "This is just one more of the moves we are making to sustain the high standards that we have set for ourselves," he added.
Long Meadow Ranch has been known as such since 1872 when it was established as an original "patent grant" ranch signed over by President Ulysses S. Grant. Having been home to a variety of uses during its long history, Long Meadow Ranch continues to grow and prosper through Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall's stewardship. Long Meadow Ranch is an integrated farming system that relies on each part of the Ranch contributing to the health of the whole.
The Halls continue to restore and preserve the historic olive groves, as well as add new plantings of olive trees and vineyard. They produce premium wine and olive oil, organic vegetables and eggs, plus free-range, grass-fed Highland beef. Appaloosa horse breeding, along with an extensive composting operation, round out the integrated activities at the Ranch.
"Excellence through responsible farming" is the motto of Long Meadow Ranch, bolstered by the belief that world-class products can be produced using simple sustainable farming methods. Long Meadow Ranch does not use herbicides or pesticides and its products are organically grown and produced in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.
Contact: Monty J. Sander