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OUR TEAM

Meet The Ryland Inn #MemoryMakers.

Our event experts are here to help you celebrate life’s greatest milestones in style.

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Danielle Gomez

General Manager

After studying Hospitality Management in college, Danielle has dedicated her career to the industry. She has experience in overseeing events of all sizes and delights in adding refined country elegance to her clients’ biggest life milestones.

Christopher Albrecht

Executive Chef

Since his graduation from the Culinary Institute in 1996, Executive Chef Albrecht has built an impressive resume that boasts both a 12-year run as a Top Chef and a Ted Talk. He is dedicated to farm to table cuisine, which is the foundation for his menu at The Ryland Inn.  

Daniel Brunina

Chef De Cuisine

A native of Virginia, Chef Daniel attended the Culinary Institute of America graduating in 2008. He began his culinary career at the Famed 2 Michelin starred Inn at Little Washington In Washington, Virginia. From there he went on to work at the Greenbrier in West Virginia and The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado where he participated in the Aspen Food and Wine festival. Daniel then spent the next four years in Princeton with the Fenwick Hospitality group operating Agricola and coordinating the launch of the Dinky Bar and Cargot. Daniel has since joined the Landmark Hospitality Team at the Ryland Inn where he brings with him his knowledge and expertise of whole animal butchering and charcuterie. His excitement for learning new techniques and finding the best food Hunterdon County has to offer is what drives him every day. He enjoys his time off hiking, Barbequing and gardening with his wife Sarah and daughter Vivian

Jeff Straub

Sommelier

Starting in high school, my first job was a bus boy here at the Stone House, eventually promoted to a server, and then bartender. After, I became the assistant brewmaster at Harvest Moon, in New Brunswick, NJ. While working towards my Culinary Management degree at the Institute of Culinary Education, I returned back to Stone House and have been with the company ever since. After becoming a Certified Sommelier through the Sommelier Society of America, I became the Sommelier here at the Ryland Inn.

Lara Nestler

Event Stylist

From early on in life, Lara has always been affected by food, travel and culture. Because of this, it was only natural for her to pursue a career within the hospitality industry. She now translates her passion into both serving others and creating unmatched experiences.

Michelle Ross

Event Stylist

I have always been passionate for providing exceptional customer service. I majored in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I started my career by interning at Walt Disney World. I have over 16 years of management experience from working at numerous properties throughout Marriott, Starwood and the Four Seasons. My true love and passion for weddings began at The Ritz-Carlton where I held the role as a Senior Manager of Special Events. I take great pride in building relationships with my brides and being with them on their special day.

Lauren Macaulay

Event Stylist

Lauren's dynamic creativity, which stems from a childhood spent tinkering in her father's woodshop, has been sharpened and honed by a Bachelor's of Fine Art from SUNY Purchase and Master's Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. All of which, including her twenty years' experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry, inform and contribute to a broad set of skills that are ideal for planning and styling truly extraordinary events. Because truly unique and meaningful events are made individually, never manufactured in bulk, Lauren looks forward to creating your one-of-a-kind affair inspired by your personal style and with unparalleled attention to detail.