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  1. Meet The Team: Baylee Seaman

    Name:  Baylee SeamanBaylee Seaman Meet the Team

    Title:  Catering Coordinator

    Hometown: Omaha, NE

     

    1.How long have you been with Hotel Julien Dubuque?  

    I started with Hotel Julien on August 1st 2022.

     

    2. What path brought you to Hotel Julien Dubuque? Please share a little bit about your professional background and what led you to this industry.

    In college, I worked at Eagle Ridge’s Golf Courses doing the Beverage Cart and fell in love with serving people. So getting into my career after college, I wanted to do some type of Event Coordinating or Planning to help people with special moments in their lives.

     

    3. What are you most passionate about professionally?

    I love helping people plan events that are important to them. The whole process of getting to meet new people, listening to their ideas for the event, and then helping create the bigger picture to turn their ideas into lifelong memories is something I enjoy being a part of.

     

    4. What are you passionate about personally? What is your favorite way to spend a free weekend?

    I like to travel; I recently visited Thailand and got to experience a lot of new cultures, food, and met a lot of new people. I am always looking for new places to go and visit! Some other things that I like to do during my free time is hanging out with my friends and watching a new movie or reality TV.

     

    5. What are some of your favorite things to do in the Dubuque area?

    One of my favorite things to do is go hiking with my dog, Tito, in Swiss Valley or Mines of Spain. We love going during the fall and getting to see all the leaves change colors and other dogs out and about.

     

    6. What do you love most about Hotel Julien Dubuque?

    One thing that I really love about the Hotel Julien is the people, weather it be a big or small problem there is always someone to help out. Another thing that I love about the Hotel Julien is the history that it brings to Dubuque. Getting to help keep the history alive and add to something like that is really special and I am happy to be apart of it.

     

    7. What is your personal motto?

    Everything comes full circle.

  2. Meet the Team : Jody Thoma

    Name:  Jody Thoma

    Title:  Beverage Manager

    Hometown: Belmont, WI

     

    1.How long have you been with Hotel Julien Dubuque?   Almost 6 months

     

    2. What path brought you to Hotel Julien Dubuque? Please share a little bit about your professional background and what led you to this industry.

    I had previously worked in the beverage industry for many years as well as in the hospitality industry. I have an extensive customer service background as well. When the opportunity arose I realized I could not pass it up to combine the knowledge I have with what I enjoy most.

     

    3. What are you most passionate about professionally?

    I am professionally most passionate about giving our guests the best possible experience. A place they can unwind whether on vacation or finishing a meeting.

     

    4. What are you passionate about personally?

    I am most passionate about personal growth. Each and everyday there is so much opportunity to learn whether intentionally learning something new or by what life brings our way. There is always so much room for growth and I look for that opportunity.

     

    5. What is your favorite way to spend a free weekend?

    I really like to spend time kayaking on the weekend. It is a great way to unwind and reset for the week ahead.

     

    6. What are some of your favorite things to do in the Dubuque area?

    I really enjoy checking out all of the new shops and boutiques popping up in downtown Dubuque. They are all unique and it is great to see downtown Dubuque thriving.

     

    7. What do you love most about Hotel Julien Dubuque?

    I love our team at the Hotel. Everyone from day one has been incredible and so helpful. We all work really well together and support each other wherever it is needed.

     

    8. What is your personal motto?

    “Have a plan and trust the process. Don’t give up if it does not work, change your strategy. “

     

    9. Describe your typical work day.

    Everyday is different for me. I may be focused on an event, or the Riverboat Lounge, working on drink menus, studying the latest trends in the beverage industries, or even looking for our next acoustic act we are having perform. No day is the same, but everyday I am happy to have the opportunity to work here.

     

    10. What is your favorite cocktail we serve at Riverboat Lounge and why you like it?

    The White Chocolate Mint Martini is my favorite. Why? Chocolate and a martini in one, you cannot go wrong!

     

    11. Please share a go-to fun-fact about yourself.

    I am from Wisconsin and coming here quickly learned in Iowa an Old Fashioned is made entirely different!

     

     

  3. Meet The Team : Ben Vogt

    Ben Vogt, Sous ChefName:  Benjamin Vogt

    Position:  Sous Chef

    Hometown: Clinton, IA

     

    1. How long have you been with Caroline’s Restaurant? 1 year

     

    2. Please share a little bit about your background: education, interests, activities?

    I graduated with a Degree in Accounting at Coe College. I am a huge sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs and Buffalo Bills. I enjoy playing golf and going to Cubs games in my free time!

     

    3. What are some of your favorite things to do in the Dubuque area?

    Golf, going to the Farmer’s Market, and listening to live music.

     

    4. What are some of your favorite features on the Caroline’s menu?

    All the steaks!

     

    5. What do you enjoy most about working at Caroline’s?

    The staff is amazing, Front-of-House and Back-of-House. We’re always working, but we have a good time doing it! We’re always laughing, which makes work a lot easier!

     

    6. Please share a personal motto or quote that you best relate to.

    “Attack life” – Greg Norman

     

    7. When you’re asked to share something unique about yourself, what go-to fun-fact do you typically respond with?

    I am the shortest male, being 6’1, out of 38 males on my dad’s side.

     

     

  4. Meet the Team : Rebecca Williams

    Name:  Rebecca WilliamsRebecca Williams, Assistant Restaurant Manager

    Title:  Assistant Restaurant Manager

    Hometown: Delavan, WI and Sligo, Ireland

     

    1.How long have you been with Hotel Julien Dubuque?  

    I have been with Hotel Julien Dubuque for just over a year.

     

    2. What path brought you to Hotel Julien Dubuque? Please share a little bit about your professional background and what led you to this industry.

    I primarily worked in theater, which typically means simultaneously working in food and beverage. I switched to writing advertising corporately for five years but sincerely missed working with people, so I switched back to hospitality.

     

    3. What are you most passionate about professionally?

    I’m most passionate about creating meaningful connections and experiences for guests and employees alike. We spend most of our lives at work, so I’m passionate about making everyday count.

     

    4. What are you passionate about personally? What is your favorite way to spend a free weekend?

    I am most passionate about exploring! Traveling and finding out what it means to be alive through all mediums- song, literature, theater, food, wandering, and history- simply finding a connection.

     

    5. What are some of your favorite things to do in the Dubuque area?

    Explore! I love learning more than anything, so driving around the bluffs and hitting historical spots brings me joy!

     

    6. What do you love most about Hotel Julien Dubuque?

    The history! I love how rich the whole experience is and walking the well-treaded halls.

     

    7. What is your personal motto?

    “Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” –Rainer Maira Rilke

     

    8. Describe your typical work day.

    That’s the beauty of hospitality- everyday is different!

     

    9. What is your favorite entree we serve at Caroline’s Restaurant and why you like it?

    I love variation, so currently it’s the Vietnamese Noodle Bowl! Light but filling, bright and super summery.

     

    10. Please share a go-to fun-fact about yourself.

    I grew up in Ireland! I feel very fortunate to have two homes and consider myself a citizen of the world.

     

    11. Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

    This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my professional life. If you feel stuck, change it! It’s never too late.

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