Stewarding The Ship

Bubu hugs Chef Thor. Credits: Bubu at GSH

One of the most overlooked elements of a hotel is the importance of the back of the house. The unsung heroes of a business, in a part of the operation that the customer never sees, are imperative to its success. A guest cannot be served in a restaurant or banquet setting without the support of the stewarding department.

No employee embodies the work ethic required for this better than The Grand Summit Hotel’s Chief Steward Joseph “Bubu” Geese. Bubu has been a fixture in the hotel’s banquet kitchen since his arrival at the hotel in 1994.

While the hotel prides itself on long-term employees, Bubu takes pride in the fact that he has been in the kitchen longer than many who comprise the kitchen management team -- an impressive fact when you consider that the average kitchen manager at the hotel is in excess of 15 years. He is not shy to let them know about it, and is quick to introduce new employees and managers to The Grand Summit way.

Sign Up for E-News

“We consider it a luxury to have someone like Bubu who is so important to what we do on a daily basis,” says long time Executive Chef Charles Burke. “He knows what we are thinking, as we are thinking about it, and works in lock step with my culinary team to ensure we have what we need, when we need it, in the condition we need it in.”

Bubu’s responsibilities go beyond just overseeing the dish machines. He can be seen assisting with plate up on Saturday nights during large weddings assisting the culinary team. He is also a big part of ensuring the hotel staff has lunch and dinner available to them in the employee cafeteria seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Bubu resides with his wife in West Orange and is the proud father of four children. He makes time to visit family he has in both Haiti and Canada. Bubu takes great pride in his reputation as one of the most fashionable people at the hotel. When Bubu puts on a suit, his fashion sense is nothing short of tailor made. “Bubu has a wonderful sense of style,” says long time Executive Sous Brigham Smith. “We always look forward seeing Bubu dressed for an important event, because his style is so on point.”

Director of Purchasing Brenda Hartman oversees a staff of seven stewards who perform what many consider to be one of the most integral roles on the hotel/culinary team. “We consider ourselves very lucky to have employees like Bubu who come to work every day focused on the task at hand and willing to do whatever the day throws at them,” said Hartman.  “Bubu has been that employee that I can always count on for years, someone I trust in my absence, and someone I know will do the job right.”

With 149 guest accommodations and over 10,000 square feet of recently-renovated event space, The Grand Summit Hotel -- the shining star in the town of Summit -- remains one of the area’s most prestigious addresses for social and corporate events.

The hotel’s culinary reputation is unmatched in the area and has been extended to the wildly popular HAT Tavern in the hotel’s lower level. The management team built on this success recently with the grand opening of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar serving private label coffee and espresso, Ironbound Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee, a selection of hard to find craft beers, and wine.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey 07901. For more information call the hotel at 908-273-3000 or visit our website at   

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Tue, February 20, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Mother Goose

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education


Tue, February 20, 10:00 AM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Mother Goose

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education


Tue, February 20, 7:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Family STEAM Club

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education

Summit Fire Department Blotter

12/16/17 7:42 am     FD dispatched to DE FOREST AVENUE and MAPLE STREET for a strong odor of natural gas in area. On arrival found an outside odor of natural gas. PSEG was requested and responded to the scene. Readings of 7% natural gas were found in the manholes in the center of the intersection. CVS was checked and zero readings for natural gas were found. Summit FD was released ...

Summit Police Blotter

February 12, 2018

2/1 - At 0955 hours a report was taken for a theft of a street sign. The unlawful incident occurred between an unknown time frame on Pine Grove Avenue. Value of the street sign was not immediately available at the time of the report.

2/5 - Roberto C. Noel-Berman, 23, of Summit was arrested and charged with possession of CDS. Mr. Noel-Berman was released with a pending court date.

2/5 - ...

Assistance Programs Available for JCP&L Customers to Help with Winter Heating Bills

February 16, 2018

As the cold weather continues, financial assistance programs are available for Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying JCP&L customers is available through the Lifeline, Universal Service Fund (USF), Weatherization, Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) and New Jersey SHARES programs.

Lifeline ...

Video: Point View's Deitze Tell CNBC Fed is 'On Track' for March Rate Hike

Point View Wealth Management's Founder, President and Chief Investment Strategist, David Dietze, live on CNBC on how to position your portfolio despite more volatility:

For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and comprehensive ...

Doing Well While Doing Good

The new tax law is predicted to reduce significantly the number of taxpayers who itemize deductions.  That has some concerned about charitable giving. There are ways for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions to give to charity and still receive some tax benefits.

Give from your IRA. Those aged 70-1/2 or older, who must take required minimum distributions from retirement accounts, can ...


AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

Movies! Movies! Movies! - Three Ways to Enjoy Movies

Most people who use the Summit Free Public Library are familiar with our video collection: thousands of DVDs and nearly 800 BluRays -- and growing!

In addition to recent box-office hits and Hollywood classics, we have foreign films, anime, and musical performances from Aida to ZZ Top. Binge-watch a must-see TV series, discover a new one, or introduce your kids to your childhood ...