The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, located in southeast Ohio’s stunning Hocking Hills region, announced today that Doug Manfrin has joined the Inn as Executive Chef. Manfrin will oversee all food and beverage operations at the award-winning country Inn, which is nationally known for its culinary focus. Manfrin will work with Inn gardener, Kellie Hutchison, to expand the Inn's on-property gardens, developing menus and recipes based on produce and foraged ingredients produced on site or from local farms, forests and suppliers.
Residing with his wife, Melissa, on a 47-acre Hocking Hills farm, Manfrin says living on a farm gives him a truer understanding of and respect for how the best ingredients are produced.
"Just as a chef shepherds the kitchen, it takes a lot of work and passion to take a farm or garden where you want it to be,” Manfrin said. “I love growing ingredients that I can use both in my home kitchen and in recipes for the Inn's guests.”
Innkeepers Ellen Grinsfelder and Terry Lingo expressed elation at the addition of Manfrin to the Inn’s culinary staff.
“Doug brings the perfect blend of both experience and passion to our team,” said Lingo. “He will be an asset to the restaurant and our entire business and we look forward to showcasing his fine food to our guests as he grows the Inn's already-strong culinary offerings.”
Most recently, Manfrin served as Executive Chef for Sushi Rock Restaurant in Columbus' Short North Arts & Entertainment District. In that role, he was responsible for creating and executing the menu, and supervising a staff of 10+ employees. Previously, Manfrin served as Sous Chef at Spagio in Columbus, as well as at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. In addition, he worked as Executive Chef for the Sandstone Restaurant in the 1990s and has served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Manfrin attended Hocking College from 2009-2013, graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts and Baking. He is also proficient in technology, having attended Belmont Technical College.
A Hocking Hills Tourism Association Certified Green destination, The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is located ½ mile above Hocking Hills’ scenic Cedar Falls. The region offers a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, canoeing and fishing, as well as exquisite photo opportunities. The Inn’s pampering spa offers a full complement of spa services, including couples massage, girlfriend getaways, bridal parties and group events. Fine American cuisine is the specialty at the Inn’s dining room and meals are prepared with the finest organic herbs, produce and ingredients. The Gathering Place at The Inn at Cedar Falls caters to weddings, family reunions, business retreats and organizational brainstorming sessions of up to 50 guests. Reservations and complete information on the Inn, Spa and Gathering Place are available at www.innatcedarfalls.com or 1-800-653-2557 (1-800-65-FALLS). The Inn is a member of Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America.