SUMMIT, NJ - The Grand Summit Hotel has appointed Madeline Carlson as restaurant manager, responsible for developing memorable dining experiences for hotel guests and local patrons of its full-service restaurant, The Hat Tavern.
 
Carlson joins the Hilltop City's historic hotel after serving as food & beverage manager for a 173-room hotel and executive learning and development center managed by Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. Her responsibilities there included increasing employee satisfaction and team morale. During her tenure, she created a training program for the property’s services and bartenders.
 
From 2016-18, Carlson was food & beverage director for two hotels managed by Valor Hospitality Partners: Delta Hotels by Marriott Basking Ridge and Somerset Hills Hotel, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Warren. She was responsible for meeting financial objectives, hiring, training and coaching the food & beverage staff and managing social media for The Tap Room restaurant.
 

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Earlier in her career, she was food & beverage administrator and food & beverage supervisor for Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch, and food & beverage supervisor for the DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center, Somerset.
 
Carlson studied business and science at Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey, and earned a ServSafe manager certification.

More than 150 years after the hotel’s founding in 1868, The Grand Summit Hotel's original guest rooms have been renovated to 21st century standards while retaining the boutique style and charm that distinguish them from the sameness of branded franchised hotels. The independent hotel’s family owners are committed to providing friendly, individualized service in the tradition of the founders.
 
Specializing in catered corporate and association meetings and social events, including weddings, anniversary celebrations, bar and bat mitzvahs, class reunions and baby showers, The Grand Summit Hotel's ballroom can accommodate up to 150 attendees for corporate meetings, 225 for social events and 350 for trade shows and receptions.