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 Ric Reichert Appointed as Executive Chef at
Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort 
DEATH VALLEY, CA – May 14, 1999 - Cal Jepson, General Manager of the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort recently announced the appointment of Chef Ric Reichert, an ACF certified chef, as Executive Chef of the resort. In his new position, Chef Reichert will oversee the planning and food preparation for the restaurant and catering functions at the historic 4-diamond Furnace Creek Inn and for the two restaurants at the Furnace Creek Ranch. With over 20 years of experience in the culinary arts world, Chef Reichert has worked with some of the most respected chefs in the United States including Charlie Trotter, Michel Richard and Certified Master Chef Hartmut Handke.

Chef Reichert comes to the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort from another AmFac property, Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center in Cambridge, Ohio, where he also served as Executive Chef.  He was the creator of that resort’s annual “Chocolate Fest Weekend,” a special event which culminates in a dinner where chocolate is used in each and every course. 

Prior to Salt Fork Resort, Chef Reichert served as Executive Chef at Michael’s Finest Market in Columbus, Ohio.  There he developed and directed production of recipes and menu items for the highly rated Market.  Before that, Chef Reichert was the Chef/Owner of LA Cheers Restaurant at the Kenyon Inn Hotel in Gambier, Ohio, where he transformed the hotel’s outdated dining room into a restaurant featuring contemporary cuisine with a daily-changing menu.

Chef Reichert plans on updating the menus at Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort and incorporating some newer concepts including tasting menus.  “The menus will be eclectic,” Chef Reichert said, “to appeal to the broad spectrum of guests that visit Death Valley National Park.” 

Possibly the most uniquely situated resort in the United States, the Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort is located in Death Valley National Park, California, just two hours northwest of Las Vegas and 4 ½ hours northeast of Los Angeles.  The resort offers a multitude of activities including two spring-fed swimming pools, a recently renovated golf course, lighted tennis court, volleyball and basketball courts, three restaurants, two lounges, a gift shop, general store, and a service station.  Hiking and horseback riding are also available mid-October through mid-May.

Death Valley National Park, one of our country’s newest and largest National Parks, is the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere and is surrounded by towering mountains and wrinkled canyons.

L. Leigh Oldach
 Victoria King Public Relations Inc. 
 Telephone: (310) 207-5175
Also See: Zion Lodge Prepares to Reopen Restored Western Cabins / Mar 1998 
Newly Constructed Old Faithful Snow Lodge Opens at Yellowstone National Park / July 1998 
El Tovar Hotel and Grand Canyon National Park to Reopen after $1 Million Renovation / Mar 1998 

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