Our mission is to create an unforgettable experience with exceptional service to our clients, providing close attention to details in our inventive cuisine and food presentations, all within in a unique and timeless setting.

Team Biographies

Dean Dutko - General Manager, Catering Sales and Special Events

Dean joined The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy (Sodexo Campus division) in December 2012 with 20 years of corporate, wedding and special event planning with versatile operational experience. Prior to the Armour House, Dean was General Manager with Edinburgh USA Conference facility with golf clubhouse operations in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and through effective personalized wedding planning, built a reputation overseeing an average of 90 to 115 weddings each year. He has also held management positions at several hotel properties such as Millennium Convention Hotel, Hilton, Doubletree Hotel and Resorts in Denver and Baltimore. 

Dean’s passion for hospitality services demonstrates his ability to exceed customer’s expectations when hosting their special event at the historic Armour House. His excellent customer service delivery and sales leadership through execution of effective operation planning has built a solid standing with both culinary and coordination teams to present and old world charm, personality and elegance for a memorable event.

Christine Stache - Catering Manager, Catering Sales and Special Events

Christine is very excited to join the team at Lake Forest Academy’s Campus catering services, coming to Lake Forest from the University of South Carolina. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and graduated with a Business Administration major and history minor. Prior to joining Sodexo, she was with a hospitality company in a catering support role at major sports venues, hosting high profile suites & club level food service. Christine joined Sodexo in 2015. In addition to serving meals to the student community, guests, staff and faculty at University of South Carolina, Christine delivered high standards catering at multiple events on campus.

Christine Stache is looking forward to sharing her passion for the hospitality industry at Lake Forest Academy. She is eager to provide a superior customer service experience taking clients on a new client relationship journey with the LFA community.

Chef Mark Tylk - Executive Chef

Executive Chef Mark Tylk began his culinary journey at the Cooking and Hospitality Institution of Chicago and later joined Sodexo in 2007. He has been the Executive Chef at Illinois Wesleyan University for the past six years; where his culinary themes included nutrition, health, gluten-free, allergy conscious, food-alcohol pairings, umami (known as the fifth taste) and the slow food movement “sous vide.” In addition to serving meals to the 1,800 students, guests, staff and faculty on campus Chef Tylk oversaw the high end catering conferences, events and weddings.

Chef Tylk is looking forward to sharing his passion for cooking and having others join him on his quest for culinary excellence. He is eager to provide a superior customer service experience taking clients on a journey of his seasoned knowledge of menu design.

Alisa Levey - Catering Supervisor

Alisa recently joined the Armour House Catering Sales and Special Event team, Sodexo Campus division at Lake Forest Academy.  After a long and meaningful teaching career, Alisa made a career change into the hospitality industry, where she worked in the Wine Tasting Room at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant.  Her career choice was driven by her genuine delight in hosting her own family events.  Her previous work experiences have established Alisa as someone who is service oriented and builds trusting relationships with clients. She has exceptional organizational abilities with acute attention to detail. Alisa has a proven record working collaboratively on a team, and has the skills to execute a flowing event. 

Alisa has been assisting with various catering needs of Lake Forest Academy, and participating in reception planning and table design sessions here at the historic Armour House. Alisa loves celebrations, and her goal is to make your event memorable for you and each one of your guests.
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