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June 29, 2009
New Executive Chef

Bethlehem, Pa., (June 29, 2009) -The General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Dennis Costello, is pleased to announce the promotion of Federica Muggenburg to Executive Chef.  As the hotel’s Executive Chef, Federica is responsible for all culinary operations serving both its fine dining restaurant “1741 on the Terrace” as well as the more casual “Tap Room” in addition to the extensive banquet facilities for which the historic hotel is perhaps most famous.

Federica has been the Restaurant Manager of the hotel’s fine dining restaurant “1741 on the Terrace” for more than two years.  Prior to her position at the hotel she directed a catering business and worked as a food and wine critic for Mexico’s most prestigious wine and food publication, Catadores Magazine in Mexico City.  Federica has a degree in both the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she was valedictorian of her class.  After graduating, she served an apprenticeship to Master Chef Pierre Orsi at his exquisite Michelin-starred restaurant, Relais & Chateaux Pierre Orsi in Lyon, France. Relais & Chateaux is an exclusive collection of the finest luxury hotels and restaurants in the world, known for its extremely strict admissions standards.

In addition to her extensive culinary experience, Federica also has trained at the Culinary Institute in Napa Valley and has been certified by the Sommelier Society of America.  At the hotel, she has initiated very popular wine tasting seminars for guests and local residents and has doubled the hotel’s wine and spirit sales in its fine dining restaurant.

An added side note, Chef Muggenburg has traveled extensively, in Europe, the Americas and Asia and is fluent in four languages.

Chef Muggenburg says, “Our menu in both restaurants will change with the seasons and include daily features.  We will continue to use very high quality, locally grown produce and it is served by expert wait staff and paired with the perfect wine or beverage”.  Chef Muggenburg brings French technique and unrivaled sauce work together with locally grown produce, fresh seafood and the highest-grade meats. “We have a great team here and I am looking forward to leading them,” says Chef Muggenburg. 

“1741 on the Terrace” offers a prix fixe menu, a variety of specials throughout the year for holidays and private events, and has a notable wine list. Chef Muggenburg will continue to hold special wine dinners throughout the year as well as focus on improving upon its award winning Sunday brunch. Federica also understands the importance of maintaining the hotel’s premier position as the wedding destination of choice for generations in the Lehigh Valley.  Muggenburg says: “The hotel consistently hosts over 80 wedding receptions per year between its two ballrooms and I want to be sure that the culinary experience compliments the ambiance of this wonderfully preserved historic structure.”

Megan DeJesus joins the Hotel Bethlehem as restaurant manager.  “Megan has an extraordinary knowledge of wines, cuisine and superior wait service; she is a tremendous addition to our culinary team.” Says chef Muggenburg.

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa, in the center of the Lehigh Valley, minutes from Lehigh University and Moravian College and a five-minute drive from Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE).  We are conveniently situated in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered, historic district, with an array of quaint shops and colonial museums.  Embrace our lovely hotel, built in the opulent “roaring twenties” by steel baron, multi-millionaire, Charles M. Schwab.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741. For reservations for please contact The Historic Hotel Bethlehem at (610) 625-5000, or visit our Website at

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is a privately owned hotel, and a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.





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