The newest addition to Isle Casino Cape Girardeau has some sweet and savory things in store for future diners. As the grand opening for Isle Cape Girardeau draws near, we sat down with Executive Chef Todd Treon to talk about his background as well as his vision for the new casino.
After attending culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America, Todd worked at the Omni Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati for almost 10 years before he began working in the casino industry. Over the years, he’s also enjoyed donating his time to charity auctions as a chef at the homes of winning bidders.
Comfort Food is his Passion, Soul and Expertise.
Todd explains his passion for cooking is something that was passed down to him from his family.
“My interest in food actually came from both of my grandmothers. One was a baker, specializing in cookies and cakes and the other was a ‘home style’ cook, always preparing classic American foods like meat loaf, chicken and homemade noodles.”
In planning the menus for the restaurants at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Todd says he wants to serve the community comfort food that’s infused with local flavors. Farmer’s Pick Buffet will focus on fresh, local ingredients prepared as home-style favorites like fried chicken and pot roast.
Todd continues, “So far we have found resources in a number of local growers, farmers and ranchers, and we’re still expanding that list. I’m pleased that we’re utilizing local ingredients because they’re fresher. It allows the produce to ripen before being picked, and it shortens transportation time. It also helps the local economy and promotes a culture of community. People like to know where their food is coming from, and it’s nice to be able to point right down the road and tell them.”
Success is a Dining Room Full of Happy Guests
“There have been many great moments in my career, but nothing is more rewarding than walking through a dining room full of guests who are all enjoying a meal with friends,” Todd concludes.
What would you like to see on the menu at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau? Let Todd know in the comments.