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Heather AshlineHeather Ashline - Manager / Owner-Operator

Heather is a Vermont native and has worked at the restaurants for the last 13 years - primarily at our Quechee location. She is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. In recent years, you've probably grown accustomed to seeing her behind the bar, but her role at the new River Stones Tavern will be greatly expanded. She's a natural athlete and enjoys golf, cycling, skiing and the beach. Heather makes her home in Hartland and is engaged to be married.

 

 


Michael EhlenfeldtMichael Ehlenfeldt - Executive Chef / Owner-Operator

Chef Ehlenfeldt comes to River Stones after nine years as General Manager and Executive Chef at the Stone Hearth Pizza Co. in greater Boston. Prior to that he was chef de cuisine at Hamersley’s Bistro, one of Boston’s top fine dining establishments. Michael and his wife, Cynthia, have lived in Charlestown, New Hampshire for the last decade.


 

John Ruggieri-Lam & Maria Freddura John G.F. Ruggieri-Lam / Maria L. Freddura - Owners

John (middle left) is originally from Providence, RI and thereafter Boston, MA where he received his education in Business Management and Law.  He began visiting Woodstock in the late 1980's and soon met David and Bill - the two founding partners of Bentleys Restaurant.   John continued to visit Woodstock over the years, and eventually bought a vacation home in Barnard. Maria became John's partner in the vacation home, "Stonewall Lodge", in 2011.  The opportunity to acquire Bentleys (and also the former "Fire Stones" Restaurant in Quechee) was a completely unexpected development that led to a broadening of their business relationship.  John is married to a dancer with the Boston Ballet, John D. Lam (far left), and enjoys travel, music, horses, and gatherings with his close knit family and friends.

Maria, and her husband, Paul, (far right) own The Daily Catch Restaurants in Boston. The mother of seven sons, Maria is a bonafide force of nature with the kind of no-nonsense business acumen that was no doubt born of necessity. Seven sons! The logistics alone boggle the mind.


Todd BeboTodd G. Bebo - Office Clerk

Hired in the early 1990's by the previous owners, Todd is a graduate of UVM and a member of the Professional Organization of English Majors - P.O.E.M. He has worked with some pretty amazing people over the years and feels lucky to have lived in Vermont since early childhood. He met his wife at Bentleys - without a doubt - his greatest achievement in the workplace. He enjoys turning off lights in empty rooms and asking his teenage son & daughter for permission to use the internet.


 

Andrew SchainAndrew Schain - Bentleys

Andrew has worked in a management capacity at Bentleys for the last six years. Originally hailing from Hollywood, Florida, he holds an accounting degree from Florida Atlantic University. He got his start in the restaurant business at an early age (13) while working in his uncle's deli. Andrew makes his home in nearby Pomfret and is the devoted father of two impossibly cute children. When he's not at the restaurant (which isn't all that often) he's relaxing to the Grateful Dead, watching his beloved Yankees, or spending time with his family.  

 

 


Nici ZubaNicole ("Nici") Zuba - Bentleys

Nici's tenure at Bentleys spans over two decades, and in that time, as you might well imagine, she has worn many hats. A favorite on the bar and in our hearts, Nici was raised right here in Woodstock.  She is an excellent event coordinator with a fine eye for even the smallest detail. She lives in the village with her young son, and inexplicably, she too is a Yankee fan. Contact her for all your special event needs.

 

 

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