Seasoned F&B Executive Brings Extensive Casino Experience to Management Team
Joseph Albanese has been promoted to Vice President of Food and Beverage at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises announced on Wednesday, April 20.
Albanese’s responsibilities will include the development and management of all Food & Beverage budgets; management of F&B team training; monitoring of safety and health compliance; development of new F&B concepts and menus; selection of all F&B products and equipment; and providing regular and strategic counsel to the operations department regarding analyses of operating results, costs, budgets, and forecasts. He will report to Senior Vice President of Resort Operations Barry Cregan.
“Joseph Albanese has been a major asset to Foxwoods since he joined our team in 2008,” said Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises President Scott Butera. “His in-depth understanding of the gaming and food and beverage industries will help us to provide our guests with the superior culinary experience they’ve come to expect.”
Albanese has a decade of food and beverage operations experience in the resort casino industry. He joined Foxwoods in 2008 as Director of Beverage Operations, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of beverage operations for the property’s 30-plus dining, lounge, club, and bar venues. In 2010, Albanese was promoted to Foxwoods’ Acting Vice President of Food and Beverage.
Prior to joining Foxwoods, Albanese served as Director of Beverage Operations for Gaylord Entertainment Company in Nashville; Director of Beverage Operations for Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas; and Director of Beverage Operations for MGM Mirage in Las Vegas. He received his Sommelier training from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
“It has been a great honor to be part of the highly regarded Food and Beverage team at Foxwoods,” said Albanese. “I’m looking forward to continuing the pursuit of excellence and ensuring that our guests are treated to the exceptional customer experience for which Foxwoods is known.”
Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is the largest casino in North America. The facility, including MGM Grand at Foxwoods, has four award-winning hotels, more than 30 dining places, six casinos, more than 6,500 slots and 350 table games, 97 poker tables in the only WPT World Poker Room on the East Coast, a High Stakes Bingo Hall, and Ultimate Race book. The facility includes award winning golf courses, meeting and convention space, and entertainment venues that feature headline entertainment each week.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is one Connecticut’s largest employers and highest tax payers and has contributed more than $3 billion to the state of Connecticut through its tribal-state gaming compact since Foxwoods opened in 1993.