Major New Hotel & Conference Center in Virginia Appoints Collins As Executive Chef

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Hotel Madison Sets High Bar With Accomplished Resort Chef At The Helm

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Executive Chef Michael Collins

Hotel Madison is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Collins as Executive Chef.

With an accomplished culinary background that includes positions at high-profile restaurants in some of the country’s most celebrated dining destinations, Collins will direct Hotel Madison’s entire culinary operations including the launch of MONTPELIER RESTAURANT & BAR, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, as well as in-room dining, banquets, and special events.

Collins has served in various chef positions at four and five-star resorts across the country, including places like New Orleans, Napa Valley, and Texas. He has worked at branded hotels such as Hilton, Hyatt, and Ritz-Carlton as well as number of independent resorts. Most recently, Collins served as Executive Chef with Hilton in San Antonio, Texas.

Although he grew up in Sacramento, California, Collins already has some familiarity with this area. At age 18, he joined the Greenbrier Culinary Apprenticeship Program, an intensive three-year training program at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia that has taught some of the world’s top chefs.

Phasing Sequence For Grand Opening
Hotel Madison and the Shenandoah Valley Conference Center will open to guests on May 1, 2018.

A full-service dining room and a lobby bar will open with the hotel in May. MONTPELIER, the hotel’s flagship restaurant - where Chef Collins aims to add his signature to the already vibrant Harrisonburg dining scene – will be the final area of the hotel to be unveiled to the public, in August.

“People take food seriously in the Shenandoah Valley, and so we want to make sure we do this right. Hiring Mike as our Executive Chef is step one of delivering a wonderful dining experience. Mike plans to be testing dishes, getting to know local food producers, and exploring flavor and menu combinations in the months ahead as we build up to MONTPELIER’s grand opening in August,” says Cecil Childress, the hotel’s General Manager.

About Montpelier Restaurant & Bar
MONTPELIER RESTAURANT & BAR will feature an upscale bar and restaurant experience, including the Dolley Madison Private Dining Room. “The menu will offer elevated regional cuisine and feature the fresh, iconic flavors of the Shenandoah Valley,” says Chef Collins. “Our vision is to offer a seasonally-driven menu with as much locally-sourced product as possible.”

The restaurant will honor the culinary traditions of the Shenandoah Valley, and showcase them in a stylish, light-filled dining room with expansive views to JMU and the busy streetscape outside. The creative team behind the restaurant design is P3 Design Collective of McLean. The space balances an industrial-chic aesthetic, softened with warm colors, approachable spaces, and comfortable furniture.

About Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
Hotel Madison is a 230-room hotel and conference center complex privately owned by Hotel Madison, LLC and managed by Maryland-based dpM Hotels, LLC. This new lifestyle hotel concept offers full-service lodging and amenities amidst the energy of downtown Harrisonburg and is designed to appeal to out of town and local guests that are looking for upscale lodging in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center is a public-private partnership between JMU, the JMU Foundation, the City of Harrisonburg and a group of private investors led by dpM Partners, LLC,. More information at

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