SOURCE: Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

November 09, 2011 11:00 ET

Alderbrook Resort & Spa Names Lucas Sautter as Executive Chef

Veteran Chef and Loyal Member of Alderbrook's Culinary Team, Sautter Brings Modern Style and Experience to the Historical Restaurant

UNION, WA--(Marketwire - Nov 9, 2011) - Alderbrook Resort & Spa is pleased to announce Lucas Sautter, a valued employee in the Restaurant at Alderbrook since 2005, has been promoted to Executive Chef. Sautter, a French trained chef who began his career in the kitchen at age sixteen, will oversee menu development, ordering, teaching and training of staff, and overall supervision of the Restaurant. Additionally, Sautter will bring his fresh culinary style to menu planning for special events such as weddings and seasonal five-course winemaker and Brewmaster dinners.

"Alderbrook is known for savory, high-quality dishes featuring locally harvested seafood and seasonal produce, and Chef Lucas is the perfect candidate to bring the Restaurant to an even higher level," said Mike Carnovale, General Manager for Alderbrook Resort & Spa. "We look forward to his vast experience and culinary expertise to offer diners a fresh spin on our classic menu."

A veteran in the Alderbrook kitchen, Sautter started out as Lead Line Cook and worked his way up to Lead Banquet Chef, and now, the appointed Executive Chef. Prior to Alderbrook, he was the Executive Chef of Basilico Ristorante Italiano in Olympia, Washington, Sous Chef at Thaifoon in Scottsdale, Arizona and has worked at four star restaurants such as The Tack Room in Tucson, Arizona. Sautter's culinary interest began at the age of sixteen while working as a dishwasher in his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Instantly coveting the white hats he saw on the chefs, he continued on the culinary path and graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona. Sautter plans to update the menu, highlighting seasonal produce and local ingredients while focusing on great flavor and a beautiful presentation.

"I've been with Alderbrook for more than six years, and I am extremely honored to be promoted to Executive Chef," said Sautter. "The Restaurant has always created first-rate fare, and I'm looking forward to incorporating my style and philosophy to enhance the menu and overall dining experience for resort guests and the local community."

Sautter has already integrated his style into the dinner menu with more than fifteen new dishes that feature Pacific Northwest favorites with seasonal flavors and ingredients. Some of the new offerings include:

  • Stuffed Peppadew -- sweet peppers stuffed with boarsin cheese, bacon and chives
  • Arugula Winter Salad -- with frisee, endive, cucumber, lemon, truffle oil and parmesan
  • Chicken Saltimbocca -- chicken with prosciutto, fresh sage and white wine pan sauce served with fontina and rosemary bread pudding and sautéed spinach
  • Mediterranean Lamb T-Bones -- with mint charmoula sauce and served with roasted garlic and olive oil mashed potatoes and bacon braised brussels sprouts
  • Crispy Skin Red Snapper -- with cherry tomato relish and served with pancetta and gruyere risotto and spinach

Boasting sweeping views of the water and Olympic Mountains, The Restaurant at Alderbrook is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information or to make reservations, call 360-898-5500 or visit

Gourmet fare aficionados looking to sample Chef Lucas' culinary creations in Seattle can reserve a spot this Dec. 8 at FareStart, Seattle's culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged men, women and families. Chef Lucas will host Guest Chef Night, a weekly program that allows FareStart students the chance to work with Seattle's premier chefs to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests. Menu offerings include Dungeness crab stuffed prawns, Duroc pork chops with Chanterelle mushroom cream sauce or roasted beet couscous and, for dessert, caramel brownie a la mode. For more information or to make reservations call 206-267-7601 or visit

About Alderbrook Resort & Spa:
The Alderbrook Resort & Spa evokes the calming spirit of the Hood Canal. Less than two hours west of Seattle, yet a world away from the everyday, the resort is nestled on the scenic south shore of Hood Canal and offers an ideal getaway or conference retreat. Featuring 77 luxury guest rooms and 14 private one and two-bedroom cabins, the Alderbrook Resort & Spa's thoughtfully appointed amenities include premium linens, soaking tubs, a world-class full-service Spa, a waterfront pool, and a welcoming stone fireplace and library in the lobby, as well as access to the 54-foot luxury Lady Alderbrook cruise boat, the Hood Canal Marina and a neighboring PGA-class golf course and clubhouse. Named one of the "Top 150 U.S. Mainland Resorts" by Condé Nast Traveler in November 2011 and "Best Northwest Destination Wedding Site" in 2009 by Seattle Bride, the resort also houses The Restaurant at Alderbrook, which specializes in the region's best local seafood and world-class wines. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

    Margo Helgen
    Duo Public Relations for Alderbrook Resort & Spa