Chef David Gilbert, a StarChefs.com “Rising Star,” has been named the new executive chef at Citrus Restaurant and will be responsible for all culinary operations.
Chef Gilbert is a culinary talent with global experience including a tenure at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Vermeer in Amsterdam and the kitchens of the The Ritz-Carlton in Bulkhead, Atlanta, and the The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
In the great state of Texas, Gilbert delighted diners at Luqa in Dallas, and at Sustenio in San Antonio. For his work at Sustenio, Gilbert was recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Most recently, Gilbert pursued his passion of Southeast Asian cookery, opening Tuk Tuk Taproom.
Gilbertwill usher in a new restaurant concept and menu at Citrus in the upcoming weeks.
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is pleased to announce that the Boutique Lifestyle Leadership Association (BLLA), the hospitality industry’s top boutique, lifestyle and luxury brand executives and independent property owners, has named Doyle Graham Jr., Founder, President & CEO of Valencia Group hotels, as the BLLA Hotelier of the Year!
Find out more about this honor.
Executive Chef Robbie Nowlin named as one of San Antonio’s Sharpest Chefs and Culinary talents by San Antonio Magazine. Read the article about the new Chef at Citrus Restaurant and other rising stars in San Antonio!
Stephen Bilby has been named Director of Sales & Marketing at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. Bringing more than two decades of hospitality experience to his new role, Bilby’s skill at leading and managing teams to reach revenue goals was key in his hire.
“My desire is to see the entire Hotel Valencia team succeed. If the team is successful, the property will be too,” said Bilby. “Delivering a quality experience to all guests will keep the Hotel Valencia top of mind when people choose a place to stay in San Antonio.
Bilby started his hospitality career at the Hilton Hotel San Antonio as the Business Travel Manager, moving on to to the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau where he led Corporate Sales efforts for the city into the vital Northeast area of the United States, becoming the Associate Director of Sales. He became the Director of Sales for The RK Group, the caterer at the San Antonio Convention Center where he went on to open the RK office in Phoenix. Coming home to San Antonio, he returned to Hotels at the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk and then joined Omni La Mansión del Rio/Mokara Hotel as the Senior Sales Manager.
According to Chad Taylor, General Manager of Hotel Valencia Riverwalk- “Stephen’s leadership skills and zest to engage in Valencia Group’s culture makes him a great fit here at Hotel Valencia Riverwalk. We are thrilled Stephen is a member of our team. He takes opportunities and makes great things happen.”
Bilby holds a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Parks and Marketing from Texas A&M University and volunteers with the Special Olympics and the 100 Club of San Antonio. He has completed two full Ironman competitions: Idaho 2009 and Arizona 2011. He is married with two children, Addyson and Ryder.
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is proud to welcome Lone Star Court to the Valencia Group family of hotels. Opening this fall at the Domain in Austin, about 2 hours from our San Antonio Hotel, Lone Star Court is a retro inspired concept, taking guests back to a simpler time when travel was an adventure. Read what General Manager Marcus Latner has to say about the opening and sign up to receive information and special offers.