Southern Graces hires five new staff members

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Exciting changes are afoot: As of November 1, Southern Graces has five new employees.
Kyle Faucher, a native of New York, has more than a decade of experience in the restaurant industry. He joins Southern Graces as the General Manager of Southern Graces Bistro at The Beaufort Inn. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and running of the restaurant. Before working at Southern Graces, Mr. Faucher worked at New York Prime, Benchwarmers Pub and Grille, and Young Augustine’s, all in Atlanta. Locally, he has served as a consultant to Sweetgrass Restaurant.  He said, “I look forward to bringing locals and tourists some of the best dining anywhere in the country.”
Julie Good joins as sales and marketing director, a new position at Southern Graces. She previously worked as the executive director of Historic Beaufort Foundation and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, both private nonprofits. Miss. Good will oversee corporate and nonprofit events as well as marketing endeavors for Southern Graces.
Amy Tackett is Southern Graces’ new executive event and sales coordinator.  Mrs. Tackett has 13 years of sales and catering experience.  She will be working closely with Miss Good and Southern Graces’ founder, Bethany Boles Hewitt, on planning and executing all levels of events. Most recently, Mrs. Tackett worked with Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva, Ill., and with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in New Orleans and Illinois.
Bluffton native Kendall Steeno brings his French classical training to Southern Graces, as well as his training in Italian, Thai and Southern Gourmet cuisines.  Most recently, Mr. Steeno worked at Claude and Uli’s in Bluffton; he has a passion for fresh, organic foods that are simple and flavorful.
Chef Tournade Knox Fuqua is a self-taught chef who specializes in pastry and Southern cuisine.  He is now responsible for Southern Graces’ indulgent breakfast at The Beaufort Inn.  Prior to coming to Southern Graces, Mr. Fuqua worked as a caterer for four years in Charleston, W.V.
Of Southern Graces’ newest hires, Mrs. Hewitt said, “We are thrilled to be introducing the additions of such a tremendously talented team for Southern Graces! As we approach the tenth year anniversary for Southern Graces, I am looking in great anticipation for what is next, but am certain it includes even more for opportunities for Beaufort, Hilton Head and Bluffton to enjoy our indulgent food and delicious design.”
Founded in 2002, Southern Graces is a full service catering and event design firm.  Southern Graces’ Soiree, which is Southern Graces’ newest event space, will be hosting an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 706 Craven Street. The public is invited, but encouraged to RSVP to 843-379-0555.