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Ashli Mazer
Director of Marketing and PR

Chef Sean Eckman to oversee resort’s award-winning Restaurant Collection

Farmington, PA (April 16, 2015) – Sean Eckman has been appointed Executive Chef at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,000 acre premier luxury resort destination located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. As Executive Chef, Eckman will oversee dining operations, management of over 200 associates and mastermind the resort’s award-winning Restaurant Collection’s menu creation, which includes the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec Restaurant, one of only 25 restaurants in the world to hold such awards simultaneously.

Chef Eckman has devoted the majority of his career to making Nemacolin known throughout the culinary world for fine dining and unexpected menu combinations. He began his profession with the resort in 2008 as the Chef de Cuisine of Aqueous, Nemacolin’s AAA Four-Diamond upscale steakhouse restaurant located in the AAA Five-Diamond boutique hotel, Falling Rock. In 2010, Chef Eckman’s culinary expertise was expanded when he accepted the position of Executive Sous Chef of Fine Dining at Nemacolin, focusing on the resort’s four fine dining restaurants, Lautrec, Aqueous, Autumn and Sunset Terrace. From this position, Chef Eckman was able to formulate his own vision for dining excellence, which he can now bring to life.

A native of Pennsylvania, Chef Eckman graduated from Indiana County Technology Center’s culinary program in 2000 and with Honors at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Academy of Culinary Arts. Eckman’s resume also includes a completed externship at the Breakers Hotel, then a Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Hotel, and was the only extern to be hired at L’Escalier, a fine dining restaurant on the resort's property.

With accolades from Forbes Travel Guide, AAA and Wine Spectator Magazine, Nemacolin attracts epicureans from across the country. Nemacolin’s Restaurant Collection consists of 15 options including four fine dining restaurants, nine casual outlets and multiple seasonal operations and lounges. The resort’s extensive wine program features the Académie du Vin, a state-of-the-art wine tasting room, and the largest wine cellar in the state, storing up to 27,000 bottles at any given time. In July of 2014, the resort opened the Holistic Gardens featuring over 50 produce and herb varieties, and the beginnings of a vineyard. The resort also works exclusively with over 16 local farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and the local Pennsylvania Amish community.

For more information regarding Chef Sean Eckman or Nemacolin’s Restaurant Collection, please call 800-422-2736 or visit

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin is one of North America's premier resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres, Nemacolin features 318 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private luxury homes, including the AAA Five-Diamond, Falling Rock boutique hotel. In addition to the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, the resort offers 36 holes of golf on two championship courses - the Pete Dye designed Mystic Rock and the traditional Links Course. Outdoor enthusiasts should visit our 30-station Shooting Academy, a sporting clays facility situated on 140 acres complete with a spacious lodge. Trail rides are available at Nemacolin’s Wild Kingdom Stables, or for a more rugged trail experience, there’s the JEEP® Off-Road Driving Academy. Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. As the seasons change, the Sundial Lodge kicks into high gear offering downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and for an unexpected winter experience, visitors can enjoy dog sledding. Nemacolin also boasts an impressive collection of 15 restaurants and lounges, including the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, Lautrec as well as a multi-million dollar art collection. For meetings and events, Nemacolin offers 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities including three ballrooms, a 200-seat lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms - making Nemacolin the ideal setting for functions ranging from weddings to sales meetings. For those guests arriving by air, our on-property private airfield with 3,900-foot airstrip is available. For additional information, please visit our website at or call 866-399-6957. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.


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