BENCHMARK® Names Tyler Alden Wine Director and Restaurant Outlets Manager for Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington

/BENCHMARK® Names Tyler Alden Wine Director and Restaurant Outlets Manager for Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington

BENCHMARK® Names Tyler Alden Wine Director and Restaurant Outlets Manager for Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington

|2019-08-13T14:23:58-04:00August 12th, 2019|

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, August 2019 … BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has named Tyler Alden wine director and restaurant outlets manager for Willows Lodge and its signature restaurant, Barking Frog. A member of the Gemstone Collection, the award-winning property is located in Woodinville, within Washington State’s renowned wine country. Denny Fitzpatrick, managing director, made the announcement.

“We are thrilled to have Tyler join us,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick, “and to innovate and lead our extensive wine program here at Willows Lodge in beautiful Woodinville Wine Country. “From everyday pairings in Barking Frog and the Fireside Lounge, to special events like our winemaker and brewer dinners, Tyler’s knowledge and experience will support and further enhance our F&B program here at Willows Lodge as one of the very best in the region.”

An advanced sommelier, Tyler Alden was previously the assistant wine director for Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Seattle. He has also served as education and service director for Heavy Restaurant Group.

Tyler Alden is an expert on craft brew pairings and holds the title of Certified Cicerone, a certification program for beer similar to sommelier in the wine world. In August of 2013, he passed the rigorous three-day Advanced Sommelier exam by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, adding his name to an elite list. Mr. Alden is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He resides in Seattle.

About Willows Lodge

Willows Lodge, a Northwest style lodge located in Woodinville Wine Country just outside of Seattle, features 84 luxury guestrooms, a full-service spa and high-tech equipped meeting space. Executive Chef Bobby Moore’s American regional cuisine at Barking Frog reflects the seasonal and organic produce found in Puget Sound, and is artfully paired with an extensive list of Washington wines. Willows Lodge also boasts Fireside Lounge, offering a casual and sophisticated atmosphere tucked away in the lobby with an outdoor patio overlooking the expansive surrounding landscape.

Contact: Anne Taylor Hartzell

[email protected]/(206) 850-6501

About Gemstone Collection

The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence. A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine. To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at, on Instagram at, and on Pinterest at

Contact: Ken Ellens

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