Noffsinger Named Executive Chef
THOMPSONVILLE, MICH- Crystal Mountain has promoted Glenn Noffsinger to be its next Executive Chef. Noffsinger has been with Crystal Mountain since January 2005, first in a seasonal capacity and then, starting in the spring of 2011, as Executive Sous Chef. This summer Glenn was instrumental in developing Crystal Mountain's new Farm-to-Table dining series at the Thistle Pub and Grille.
Noffsinger brings a wealth of experience to the position: from cooking 8,000 meals per month at a Grand Rapids rescue mission; to owning and operating his own catering company; and serving as personal chef to an Academy Award-winning filmmaker.
Glenn is also involved with the Michigan Land Use Institute’s Taste the Local Difference campaign, he teaches through the Extended Education program at Northwestern Michigan College, and he leads Culinary Arts classes at area schools.
”Glenn was the clear choice out of many qualified applicants,” said Kristin Kiteley, Director of Food and Beverage for Crystal Mountain. “He is very knowledgeable and passionate about creating fresh, healthy, local foods that taste good while maintaining a clean and safe work environment. His development of our Farm-to-Table series is a clear example of his passion for the sustainability of the local food movement and the roll that our restaurants play in it. I am very, very excited about this.”
Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort with one of Golf Magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America, Spa Magazine’s Best Midwest Spas three years running, named among the inaugural Detroit Free Press 16 Green Leaders in Michigan and recognized as one of Condé Nast Travelers 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America (2011) . Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, golf, alpine slide, water playground, lodging, dining at eateries that include the Wild Tomato and the Thistle Pub & Grille, countless year-round outdoor activities, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.