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Employee Spotlight: Our NEW Head Chef!

We've been on somewhat of a radio silence over the last few months. Blogging took the backburner when things like banquets, holiday parties, tradeshows, etc came up. You know, because we're not busy at all ;)
 
Now we're back and we have someone we'd like you to meet: our new Head Chef, Mike DeVay!

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Preparing our restaurant and banquet facility for a new chef is, luckily, not something we've had to do in over 10 years. Which, in the restaurant industry, is unheard of. Our restaurant and banquet facility had the same Executive Chef since it was built in 2005. We were thankful to have him for so long, sad to see him go, and all the while happy for him as he enters his retirement. 
 
Thus, we found ourselves beginning the search for a new Head Chef, and were excited to see what this next chapter would bring.
 
Now, we're thrilled to welcome Chef DeVay to the team!
 
So thrilled, in fact, we're already diving deep into his secrets... well, kind of. Here's our Meet & Greet session with Chef Mike:
 
Give us a brief background of your culinary experience:
 
I've been cooking since I was a little boy, with my grandmother and mother, but actually got my start at my aunt's bakery when I was in my early 20's. It kind of just took off from there and developed into a passion. I've worked in and around Buffalo and Rochester since then, under some pretty reputable chefs. I love to experiment and create dishes out of my comfort zone. I take a lot of pride in what I do, and providing an enjoyable meal to our guests is what motivates me. 
 
What is your favorite dish to make? Least favorite?

Anything BBQ- ribs, chicken, brisket, etc. 

I hate making casseroles or eating them for that matter
 
What is the best thing you've ever had to eat at another restaurant? Where was it?
 
Crab-stuffed Filet Mignon with a garlic butter sauce at Bohn's. Looking back on it now, I don't believe it was actually a filet, but it was delicious.
 
Okay, enough about food... Favorite Professional Sports Team?
 
NY Yankees/Denver Broncos
 
If you could go on any reality/competition show, what would it be?
 
It's a Japanese game show - MXC (like our version of Wipe Out). 
 
 
 
 
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Real Wedding: Brittany & Joe

Pinterest has done great things for the world of weddings. Because of Pinterest, we got this. And let us tell you, we loved it.
 
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It all started with an amazingly spirited couple, Brittany and Joe. Right off the bat, we could tell we would have so much fun on their wedding day. So, it made sense that this enjoyable, kind, energetic bride and groom would choose professionals like them to work with. We were incredibly lucky to get to work with Deb & Matt Photo. This husband and wife team were warm & professional (not to mention: so cute together!). Their personalities definitely shone through in their photography.
 
But back to the happy couple.
 
If this were the Olympic Sport of a Groom's Reaction to Seeing His Bride, Joe would definitely be in medal-contention. Look at the way he broke down into tears when he first saw his bride! 
 
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And Brittany would win Best Pinterest Recreation for these sprinkle shots. Dying. 
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But seriously, we loved the dramatic warmth radiating off of these shots. This bridge picture is one of our faves (and let us tell you -- we see a LOT). 
 
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For the heat of the summer, we love that they chose a cool royal blue color scheme, and incorporated pops of blue between white petals and touches of greenery. 
 
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Brittany and Joe were just so fun, that not only did they throw sprinkles in the mix (pun intended), they gave the sprinkles a partner in crime: donuts. And not just any donuts... Paula's Donuts. Because what's a donut without sprinkles, anyway?
 
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Thank you again to Deb & Matt Photo for these stunning photos, and obviously to Brittany and Joe, for sprinkling Terry Hills with your love (heh)!
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The 4-1-1 on Olympic Golf

Olympic. Golf. 
 
Two words that have not be put to use together in waaaaay too long. We're excited, and we're guessing that the majority of our golfers are too. Since, for obvious reasons, it's golf. 
 
Golf has not made an appearance in the Olympic games for over 100 years, so like us, you might be a little rusty. We did some research and thought we would make it easy for you and share our findings.
 
What is the format?
Although we wish there would be both team and individual events, it is solely individual. A 72-Hole Stroke Play. A Team event would have been awesome for two reasons: 1. more golf to watch, and 2. our team is stacked. 
 
Speaking of Team USA, who is it?
The top 60 players in World Rankings qualified to head to Rio, but not necessarily every single one of them decided to play. There were a few drawbacks to the 2016 Olympic Games, one of which is quite obvious- the Zika Virus. Understandably so, quite a few big-name players dropped out of the running, nevertheless leaving us with an incredible team of both men and women:
 
Men = Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler (who is also winning the Gold Medal in Snapchat updates from the Games), Matt Kuchar & Patrick Reed.
Women = Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, and Gerina Piller. 
 
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Anyone we should be worried about?
Unfortunately, the whole field is packed. Hence why it's the Olympics. Many accomplished golfers are playing for their home-base, including: Sergio Garcia (Spain), Justin Rose (Great Britain), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), Danny Willett (Great Britain), and Martin Kaymer (Germany)... to name a few. 

So golf is here to stay, right?
Sadly, no. You can count on watching golf only through the 2020 Olympics. Unfortunately, its fate will be put up for a vote in 2017, after only one stint as an Olympic sport. A stint where some of the world's best opted out due to unfavorable conditions in the host city. We shall see what happens, but if you ask us, that vote is not quite on an even playing field. Fingers crossed!


Where can I watch it? 
The Golf Channel will be broadcasting the entirety of both the men's and the women's competitions! Men's runs from August 11-14, and Women's from August 17-20. 
 
 
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Real Wedding: Caitlin and Mike

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This next one is SO FUN. Everything, from the dancing, to the favors, to the photo ops was fun. We cannot get over how every detail of this wedding screamed "party". We wanted to be guests.
 
Caitlin and Mike chose a gorgeous Saturday in June to tie the knot. The weather definitely worked in their favor, because they had the genius idea to incorporate balloons into their wedding shots. And another genius idea to use the very talented Robin Fox Photography. Robin was the perfect choice to capture the whimsical, fun-loving personality of the couple and of the wedding.  Like yours truly, Robin has won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards for 4 years running, an award only given to the top 5% of wedding professionals nationwide. One look at her photography, and you'll know why. Classic & dramatic, yet modern and fun. 
 
So, back to the balloons. 
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We'd never seen anything like it at Terry Hills, so they made for incredibly fun, unique, and dreamy shots. Not to mention - look at those faces! Clearly Caitlin, Mike and their wedding party enjoyed them too! 
 
batavia ny wedding balloonsCaitlin and Mike did not disappoint with their reception details either. The favors were bags of homemade popcorn with specialty flavors that had us drooling. 
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After dinner service, they really got the party started with not just one food bar, but two. A S'Mores Bar & a Nacho Bar.. Amazing. 
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Since not everyone likes to dance the night away after indulging in S'Mores and Nachos, Caitlin and Mike made sure there was something extra to get everyone back in their dancing shoes: large, foam glow sticks. 01033
 
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Too. Much. Fun. We loved seeing the vivacious spirit of this wedding, from start to finish. If all of these fun details weren't enough to unite the wedding guests, it was pretty clear from early on what would. 00479
The groom is a proud firefighter for the North Greece Fire Department. It was an honor for the entire staff at Terry Hills to be able to help celebrate a brave serviceman like himself, and his beautiful bride! Thank you to Caitlin and Mike for choosing us!
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Employee Spotlight: Mandy

Continuing our series on the smiling faces of Terry Hills – we’re on to Mandy.

mandy w jimPictured here with the one and only Jim Kelly, after the 30th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

Mandy is one of our servers in both the restaurant and banquet facility. She’s been with us for almost two years, so chances are if you’ve ever come in for lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch, or a private function, she’s been the one to serve you.

In the two short years that she’s been here, she’s moved up the ranks quickly and is now our Lead Trainer, showing new servers the ropes. After all, one of our guests once commented, “Hire more Mandys!”, so it goes to show you how knowledgeable and professional she is. But the compliments don’t just end there… our customers are always raving about her.

So it’s time for you to get to know her a little bit better, besides the obvious: that she’s a great server, and a Dunkin’ coffee addict. 

Favorite Item on the Menu:

I try to stay on a low-carb diet, so it’s awesome that Terry Hills has so many healthy options. I stick with the Greek Chicken Salad, or our new addition to the menu – the Black Bean Burger (on a lettuce wrap if I’m being really good). Both are delicious!

Best Meal You Cook:

When I have the time I love to make meals from scratch. My children love my homemade mac-and-cheese, while my husband’s favorite is either my homemade lasagna or chicken & dumpling stew in the crockpot.

When you’re not at Terry Hills, you are…

Spending time with my little family <3 I love to go camping with my 3 boys & husband. I also enjoy playing co-ed volleyball with my husband, and hitting the gym regularly.

All-time Favorite Movie:

I love movies that can make me laugh. “Super Troopers” is probably my absolute favorite… it never gets old!  

We’d love to hear about your experiences with Mandy! Tell us below: 

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