About The Project
When Carefree Resorts set out to open The Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona, they hired Patton Asset Management CEO Michael Gildersleeve as the Executive Chef and tasked him with opening the resort’s two fine dining restaurants and conference center. Learn how he helped jumpstart their award-winning culinary program and grow Carefree Resorts' other properties over the next 17 years.
"More than 30 years ago, Michael Gildersleeve came to us with fresh insights and unwavering enthusiasm. Applying his skills, creativity, and uncompromised integrity as the opening Executive Chef of The Buttes Resort and Top of the Rock, he was a major part in making the resort and its F&B operations cutting edge in its time. Now, with more than three decades of hospitality experience and a keen insight into the Arizona market, he's truly an industry leader and trusted resource.”
- Michael T. Surguine, VP & Managing Director of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
About the Project
When Carefree Resorts set out to open The Buttes Resort in Tempe, Arizona, they hired Patton Asset Management CEO Michael Gildersleeve as the Executive Chef and tasked him with opening the resort’s two fine dining restaurants and conference center. As one of the youngest up-and-coming chefs in Arizona at the time, he had quite the challenge: design and develop four separate kitchens, create menus, manage the entire culinary build-out, and hire a staff that could lead the resorts restaurants and catering business to success. With Gildersleeve at the helm, the culinary program opened to rave reviews and went on to earn numerous awards.
After 14 years at The Buttes and numerous position changes, Carefree Resorts called on Gildersleeve to be the Resort Manager at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon and join the task force that opened The Peaks Resort and Spa in Telluride. His 17 years of contribution to Carefree Resorts helped grow the businesses to great heights in the luxury resort market.
About the Property
Carefree Resorts was a collection of one-of-a kind properties in Arizona, Colorado, and California.
- The Boulders Resort
- The Peaks at Telluride
- Camel Valley Ranch
- The Buttes Resort
- The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
Each property had a unique spirit and a true sense of place, which was reflected in the its architecture, interiors, and cuisine. From romantic getaways to adventurous retreats, the resorts had something for everyone and were known for their friendly, attentive service.
Patriot American Hospitality, Inc. acquired Carefree Resorts January 1997.
- Executive Chef
- Kitchen Design, Menu Writing, and Culinary Build-Out
- Hiring and Training
- Restaurant Concept and Brand Development
- Management Before, During, and After Opening
- Renewed Culinary Experience
Arizona, California, and Colorado
Luxury resorts and golf properties
The Boulders Resort
The Peaks at Telluride
Camel Valley Ranch
The Buttes Resort
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
Patriot American Hospitality, Inc. acquired Carefree Resorts in January 1997