Som, Draper join the Lakeway Inn

The Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center in Bellingham has made two additions to its management team.

Lynden native Derek Som, who has 16 years of food-service experience, has been named executive chef, and Pat Draper joins as the hotel’s catering sales manager.

Som is directing all culinary operations at the Lakeway Inn, including Poppe’s 360 Neighborhood Pub, The Oboe Café, room service and catering. Som’s graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school and earned a bachelor’s degree in food science from Central Washington University.

Draper’s responsibilities include all aspects of events held at the Lakeway Inn, including conferences, weddings, fundraisers, corporate events and holiday parties. Draper has an extensive catering background, including a variety of events from business meetings to private themed events and weddings.


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