Paul Meleen, owner and operator of The Lodge at Leathem Smith is building a kitchen’s dream team including two chefs that have appeared on The Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Game” show.
Nicki Himebauch, Neller Card and Emilie Rose Bishop are bringing a new level of creativity, grit and power to the kitchen at the Lodge at Leathem Smith. They will support private events, catering and Kona Bay restaurant at the Lodge at Leathem Smith.
Chef Nicki Himebauch cooked her family Thanksgiving dinner at 12 years old. Just six years later, she enrolled for her certificate through Fox Valley Tech and participated in an apprenticeship program at Oneida Country Club where she established skills in French cuisine. For over 10 years, she partially owned Classic’s Restaurant and Lounge in Shawano, WI. From there she moved to Hinterland in Green Bay as a sous chef until she came upon the opportunity at the Lodge at Leathem Smith. Nicki believes in quality ingredients and loves that the cooking industry is constantly changing, providing endless options for creativity.
Neller Card, Chef, started visiting Door County as a baby. She made homemade pasta and bakery with her grandmother as a little girl. When she turned 30, she enrolled in culinary school. Since then she has worked for Maggiano’s, Juniper’s Gin Joint, Roots Restaurant and Wine Bar, Nuwave Oven, Food Fight Restaurant Group and, most recently, Sysco Corporation. Neller was a contestant on “Guy’s Grocery Game” show in October of 2016. She is here with her daughter with the intention of raising her in this incredible and beautiful community. She loves cooking with locally sourced ingredients and she describes her style as upscale comfort food. Nellar’s goal is to make every meal memorable.
Emilie Rose Bishop, Sous Chef, is originally from Sturgeon Bay and recently moved back. You might recognize her from two appearances on the Food Network Show “Guy’s Grocery Game”. Her first appearance was in 2018. Her second appearance recently aired on Wednesday, October 2nd where she, once again, beat her contender on the “Budget Battle” episode with an incredible Morrocan Stew that could serve a family of 4 with ingredients under $5. Emilie is from Sturgeon Bay, but she cut her cooking chops in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and most recently Puerto Rico. Emilie is back and she’s ready to spice things up Sturgeon Bay and Door County. She loves humble, authentic food and she loves sharing the gift of good food with people.
These three chefs are strong, they are creative and they are just getting started. Stop in Kona Bay restaurant to see what they are serving up at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, or consider booking your holiday party today.
About The Lodge at Leathem Smith
In 2011, Paul Meleen purchased the historic Lodge at Leathem Smith property to provide Door County with a unique place that offers the best of waterfront lodging, dining, entertainment and marina access, all in charming Sturgeon Bay.
For more information visit www.thlodgeatls.com. Kona Bay Restaurant is open for dinner 7 days a week. The Lodge at Leathem Smith and Kona Bay Restaurant are located in beautiful Sturgeon Bay, WI at 1640 Memorial Drive.
About “Guy’s Grocery Game”
Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high-stakes, high-skills, grocery store cooking competition. The chefs are hit by real-world challenges like finding workarounds when all the essential ingredients are suddenly “out-of-stock” or having to create a masterpiece when you can only cook with “5 items or less” or on a $10 budget. In the end, the food does the talking, as the last chef standing has the chance to make some serious dough!