Sometimes, opportunity knocks loud enough that it can’t be ignored. As we were gearing up for the busiest part of our ’18 season, an email hit my inbox: “I’m an executive chef / restaurant consultant in the area. I’m reaching out to see if you might be interested in working together?” A week later, three of us sat around the dining room table at our Ludington bed and breakfast and got to know each other. As we talked, we knew we’d been blessed with an opportunity to share Chef Dan Brooks’ talents with our guests.
Meet Chef Dan Brooks
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Chef Dan’s appreciation for food developed while cooking with his family. He began his culinary journey at the ripe old age of 14, starting in fast food and catering. At 20, he moved to Muskegon, Michigan to attend the Culinary Institute of Michigan, where he studied and trained in classic French culinary preparations.
After graduation, Chef Brooks joined Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland, MI before accepting an offer to help open a gastro-pub in Chicago. There, he worked and staged as many places as he could: Second City Theater, MK, Sprout, Farmhouse Tavern and High-Tops Bar & Grill. In December, 2013 Chef Brooks helped open “Fairways Chicago” where he later moved up to Executive Sous Chef and Pastry Chef. Despite the great opportunities and success, he missed home. After three busy years, Chef Dan returned to Michigan as Chef at Tello Italian Bistro in South Haven.
Chef Brooks’ career has evolved over the past two years. He now consults with several restaurants in Mason and Manistee counties, and runs his own gig as a private chef. Dedicated to giving back, he is an active advisory board member for the Culinary Institute of Michigan, mentored culinary students in the past, and is now a member of some of the largest culinary/food-service organizations including True Cooks, The Federation of Dining Room Professionals, and Foodstarz.
Dine Fireside at The Lamplighter B&B
Chef Dan has created a menu that offers private, chef-catered dinners in a range of cuisines, including Southern, French, Italian and the ‘Classics’. Guests can dine on Pan Roasted Filet, a classic Cassoulet, Shrimp & Grits, or comforting meatloaf, to name a few.
Chef Dan’s talents allow him to offer tried and true guest favorites, while also catering to a variety of preferences and needs (food allergies and sensitivities don’t deter him!).
So why dinner options? We’ve found that guests who visit in the early months of the year are looking for quiet getaways. Friends, sisters, moms and daughters, partners and spouses – they’re all looking to reconnect and are searching for a cozy place to relax and unwind. Their days begin with a hearty, two-course breakfast in our dining room, and then they’re typically off to Ludington State Park to hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski. Some choose to explore downtown Ludington and the surrounding areas to antique, shop or read at local coffee and tea shops. Being able to return to the warmth of the fire and an expertly prepared private dinner rounds out the whole experience, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this to our guests!
To learn more about the menu and dining packages, click here.
We Invite You to Our Ludington, Michigan Bed and Breakfast
If you’re looking for a cozy winter getaway along the West Coast of Michigan, consider staying at The Lamplighter. Centrally located along Ludington avenue, we’re walking distance to Jamesport Brewery, Ludington Bay Brewing and The Mitten Bar, plus many other shops, restaurants and miles of snow covered trails! We have 5 rooms that offer a variety of amenities based on your needs, and also provide a full, hearty breakfast each morning. Give us a call or reserve your room online and begin planning your visit to Ludington, Michigan today!