Meet Birch Hill Management, Culinary and Event Leadership Team
Steven grew up in his family’s Restaurants in the late sixties and seventies. Visiting his father and grandfather involved going to the restaurants to “help out.” After school Steven would help out at all of the family restaurants, Herbert’s, Daddy-O’s, Mall Mart, Dadd-O’s Party Place, Snack Shack and Albany Business College Food Services. Steven opened his first restaurant, Dadd-O’s North in Lake George, following his high school graduation. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Steven has always immersed himself in the family business. He likes to say he grew up with “Russian Dressing in my blood.” Steven has been there for many of the changes over the years. From relocating Herbert’s due to the fire in 1974, to the acquisition and renovation of Birch Hill in 1987, Steven has been a driving force of the growth for the family businesses. From managing events of 55,000 people to small intimate weddings, Steven has seen and done it all over the years. He is excited about his daughter Valerie following in his footsteps, and looks forward to continuing to grow Birch Hill Catering while working side-by-side with her in the years to come.
Like his father before him, Blake Feldman was born and raised in the world of catering and hospitality. But unlike Steven, whose penchant for food and service followed a more traditional path, Blake’s passion for innovation and the applied sciences led him first to attend Clarkson University where he graduated with a dual degree in Engineering and Management. Following his studies, Blake sharpened his engineering skills at General Electric, where he eventually left to fulfill his role as the fourth generation Feldman to advance the Birch Hill legacy. Shortly after beginning his duties as Vice President of Birch Hill, Blake soon realized his two passions–food and technology–were not so dissimilar after all, as he continues to find ways to marry technology into the catering process, keeping this 80-year old company at the forefront of what’s new and trending. When he is not working, you’ll find Blake either building computers or playing with his Australian Shepard, Bleu.
Growing up in the tourist-driven Lake Placid region, Jordan started working in restaurants and hospitality at a younger age than most. From his first job bussing tables at an airport cafe, Jordan used his drive for success to continue learning and growing, working in each and every facet of the industry from dish-washing, to bartending, and then finally to management in 2001. His aptitude for restaurant management combined with his wanderlust for travel, took him to the county’s finest restaurants–from North Carolina, to Las Vegas, and then finally back to his home in upstate NY. In February 2016, Jordan joined the Birch Hill family as head of operations management, where he continues to incorporate his energetic and motivating personality into making each and every event here an event to remember.