DUNEDIN, Fla. (February 3, 2020) – Fenway Hotel in Dunedin, Florida, announced today the appointment of Eric McHugh as its new Executive Chef. McHugh will direct daily culinary operations at the hotel’s signature HEW Parlor & Chophouse and Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar. He will also oversee food and beverage operations for meetings, corporate events, local catering functions and special occasions in the hotel’s 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
“Eric fully embraces our mission to provide an elevated dining experience to our guests and locals alike, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the HEW family table,” said Shawn Routten, general manager of Fenway Hotel. “He has wasted no time putting his culinary talents to work, already introducing several popular new items to HEW’s menus.”
With more than 20 years of professional cooking and 10 years kitchen management experience, McHugh has added a number of culinary delights at HEW, including Crispy Deviled Eggs, Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio, Virginia Peanut Soup, Roasted Pumpkin Bisque, Duck Two Ways, and Bone-In Veal Loin Chop (14oz), along with new vegan entrée options. He has worked virtually every aspect of the restaurant industry, starting off as a busser and dishwasher, serving and bartending, and ultimately running James Beard-nominated kitchens. Prior to joining Fenway, McHugh was chef partner at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine in Tampa, where he specialized in Asian fare and flavors.
Originally opened in 1927, Fenway Hotel is an icon of the jazz age, playing host to notable explorers, artists, politicians, musicians and living legends in its time as an operating hotel. Considered to be the “most historically valuable structure” in Dunedin, the hotel was also home to the first radio station in Pinellas County, which began broadcasting from the roof of the Fenway in 1925. Today, the hotel features 83 guest rooms and suites; HEW Parlor & Chophouse, featuring chophouse cuts, chef-driven seasonal preparations and extensive whisky and Scotch collection; Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar overlooking St. Joseph Sound; a combined 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, featuring the Caladesi Ballroom with water views; a resort-style pool; and an expansive front lawn ideal for events.
For more information on Fenway Hotel, visit FenwayHotel.com.
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