Wachusett Mountain Welcomes New Food and Beverage Manager; Executive Chef

PRINCETON, Ma. – Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is pleased to announce that Charles Adams, former assistant general manager at Boston’s TD Garden, has joined the resort management team as new Food & Beverage Director.


Adams brings more than 15 years of experience and leadership in a variety of food service operations at major sporting venues.  He helped lead TD Garden through the completion of its recent $100m expansion and renovation project.  Working for the Delaware North Company, Adams assisted in the overall leadership of all food, beverage and retail sales at The Garden.  Prior to moving to Massachusetts, he served in a variety of key food service management roles for Levy Restaurants at several iconic sports stadiums and arenas and major sporting events in the south.  His background includes Director of Operations for the University of Alabama; Assistant Director of Operations at Mercedes Benz Stadium; Assistant Director of Operations at The Georgia Dome; and Catering Supervisor at Turner Field.


At Wachusett, Adams will oversee all Food & Beverage operations including the Main Food Court Cafeteria; Coppertop Lounge & T-Bar; Black Diamond Restaurant; Balance Rock Coffee Company; and O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill.  He will also manage all of Wachusett’s private event catering including weddings, corporate outings, private functions, meetings and sales of Wachusett’s private Mountain Suite Slope Skyboxes.


“We are very happy to have Charles join our team,” said Wachusett President Jeff Crowley.  “With his extensive background managing food & beverage operations at such major venues, we’re very excited about the new opportunities this will create here at Wachusett.  We have had a wonderful F&B Operation for years, we hoping he can help us maintain or take the food service to yet another level.”  Wachusett is already well known for its quality food service, often recognized in the SKI Magazine annual reader survey for providing some of the best “on-mountain” food among all Eastern US Ski Resorts.


Currently, Adams is overseeing the new summer operations of O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill outdoor restaurant open weekends and select Thursdays and Fridays through September 27.   “Charles has been instrumental in reopening O’Brien’s outdoor restaurant this summer while complying with the COVID protocol standards set by CDC & Westminster Board of Health,” added Crowley.  “He looks forward to working with the local and state governing bodies and will be very helpful in us managing the new COVID 19 protocols we will be implementing this winter.”


Wachusett Also Promotes New Executive Chef

PRINCETON, Ma. – Charles Adams, Wachusett Mountain’s new food and beverage director, is also pleased to announce the promotion of Cassandra Koranda as the resort’s new Executive Chef.


“Cassie has long been part of the Wachusett family,” said Wachusett vice president Carolyn Stimpson.  “She started working here along with her mother at age 15 and we’re thrilled to see her bring her culinary skills to a new level for our team.”


Koranda has been working as Wachusett Mountain’s Sous Chef for the past two years and previously as Kitchen Manager at the Blueprint American Bar & Grill in Westminster. A top graduate of the Bay Path Regional Vocational School Culinary Arts Program, she found her love for cooking at an early age working for her parent’s restaurant in Worcester.   Prior to returning to her roots in central Massachusetts, she managed two restaurants on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California where she fed thousands of Marines daily.


As Executive Chef, she will supervise kitchen operations and oversee the menus for Wachusett’s Main Food Court Cafeteria; Black Diamond Restaurant; Balance Rock Coffee Company; and O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill.  She will also be responsible for all of Wachusett’s private event catering.  You can see her cooking up some Wachusett specialties at www.wachusett.com/The-Mountain/Media-Center/Video-Gallery.aspx