With over 25 years of experience in fine dining, Thomas brings a passion for service, a love of local ingredients, and a desire for excellence to his position as General Manager of the Ryland Inn. He has extensive experience as a consultant, general manager, and maître d'hôtel in many leading NYC and NJ restaurants, including (NYC) The Russian Tea Room, The Rainbow Room, Asia De Cuba, Heartland Brewery, The Globe, (NJ) Elements, Agricola, Brick Farm Tavern, and President Prospero Services, LLC. Thomas also has experience in theater as co-artistic director of the award-winning “The Mirror Repertory Company” in NYC.
Danielle is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with a degree in Hospitality Management.
Upon graduating, Danielle began her career with Marriott Hotels and Resorts at The Newark Airport Marriott and The Saddle Brook Marriott, where she held the positions of Catering Services Supervisor and then Banquet Manager. Overseeing events ranging in size from 25 to 500 allowed Danielle to learn and understand the Operations portion of the events and wedding industry, which gave her the knowledge needed to further her career.
Danielle joined The Ryland Inn in 2012 prior to the completion of our Grand Ballroom, which offers our couples a rustic wedding but with “Refined Country Elegance”.
From as early as she can remember Lara has always felt affected by food, travel and culture. She pursued these interests at James Madison University. From the moment she entered the dynamic industry of hospitality, she felt passion in serving others and creating an unmatched experience. Over the years, Lara has worked in nationally acclaimed restaurants as well as boutique hotels, planning special events. Lara is both thrilled and humbled to be working at the Ryland Inn alongside such an extraordinary group of industry talent. Having grown up in the area and possessing an equestrian background, she also feels quite at home on the historic grounds.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in ’96, Christopher Albrecht honed his craft at the acclaimed Gramercy Tavern for 6 years with James Beard Award Winning Chef Tom Colicchio. From there he opened Colicchio’s Craft before moving on to Craftsteak New York. Chef Albrecht completed a 12 year run with “Top Chef`` Colicchio and in the following years continued to operate award-winning restaurants including Eno Terra, Canal Farm, and Park and Orchard. As a professional chef, Albrecht has brought together a community of chefs, farmers, and diners for decades. From continuing education classes at the Princeton Adult School, to a TED talk, and countless Farm to Table Dinners throughout the state, Chef Albrecht is committed to engaging the immediate community of Hunterdon County and the greater central Jersey area in the ongoing discussion of the Future of Food.