Zehnder's of Frankenmuth http://www.zehnders.com In All The World There's Only One Zehnder's Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:24:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Zehnder’s Early Lodging History http://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-early-lodging-history/ http://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-early-lodging-history/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:23:40 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7864 By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
During the 1930’s, Frankenmuth was a common stop for transients; single men looking for work. My grandmother, Emilie Bickel Zehnder, was never one to turn away an empty stomach and often enough these men were willing to work in exchange for a hot meal and a dry bed.

The third floor (attic) of Zehnder’s , while partially used for storage of dry goods; was set up dormitory style with a row of cots along the wall where the men slept. The residents of the third floor were generally transients and stayed for short periods of time and received room and board as a partial compensation for their work. As a kid, I remember my dad recounting stories of Little Boy Roy, Freddie Becton and Fritz Faerber.

Meals for the men were had at a table in the kitchen meant for them called the “Boarders Table”. That name stuck for years as a place for all of our employees to eat and take breaks.
The second floor of Zehnder’s not only housed the private living quarters of the family but provided small private rooms for long-term, trusted employees. These men were like family and worked in janitorial, general maintenance or in the kitchen. I have vivid memories of some of these men, particularly, George Loll and Carl Knieling.

I spent hours in Carl Knieling’s room. Carl had a short wave radio and I was just amazed as an 8 or 9 year old when he would tune in radio broadcasts from around the world. Additionally, he had a wooden leg as a result of a war injury that was just plain cool to me at the time. The school bus would drop us off in front of the restaurant. My dad’s office was next to Carl’s room, I would say hi to my dad and then see if Carl was there. One day I was bounding up the steps as usual. My dad was in his office and said, “I have some bad news, Carl passed away today.” I remember that like it was yesterday.

George Loll was a tall, very thin, soft spoken man that did a variety of janitorial jobs around the restaurant. The second floor provided a single bathroom with a shower that each of the residents shared. It wasn’t unusual to see the tall, thin, pale George walking down the hall with only a towel wrapped around him to take his turn in the shower.

By the late 1960’s, the demand for office space took priority over any additional guests. Today the second and third floor of our flagship restaurant contains meeting space and offices for our accounting, personnel, IT, front of the house team and various managers.

Over the years, we’ve been blessed with really great members of our team that have given us and our guests great memories. These are really special ones.

Hospitably Yours,

Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

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Grill – Main Kitchen http://www.zehnders.com/grill-main-kitchen/ http://www.zehnders.com/grill-main-kitchen/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:13:31 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7852 Posting Date: 02/23/2017
Job Title: Grill – Main Kitchen
Department: Food & Beverage
Shifts: 7:00am – 3:00 pm
11:00am – 7:00pm
2:00 pm – 10:00pm

Job Description:

 Filling and portioning condiments for the dining rooms. Such items as tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and lemons.
 Assist in the powdering of perch and veal; additionally to help in the prep of any other food item as requested by the first cook on duty.
 The proper stocking of the grill area coolers and freezers in anticipation if the expected daily needs as recorded on the production sheets.
 Cooking of noodles, vegetables, and other items that are routine as instructed by the first cook on duty.
 Watching the food items of the hot tops so that the quality and freshness of products are maintained.
 Function as a food disher in the grill area assisting the first and second cooks when needed and working as a team with them.
 Maintain a sanitary work area as directed by the first cooks and in compliance with the Saginaw County Health Department.
 Work with the first and second cooks to insure that the grill area is free of hazards that could cause injury or accident.
 Assist in the nightly clean up duties of the areas instructed.
 Any other duties as assigned by the head chef or the first cook on duty.

Requirements:
• Ability to stand for long periods of time and the ability to lift 40 lbs.
• Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
• Ability to work at a fast paced, high stress work environment.
• Ability to work a variety of shifts and available weekends/holidays.
• Desire to self-improve through continuing education and pursuit to ACF certification.

 

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Fryer http://www.zehnders.com/fryer/ http://www.zehnders.com/fryer/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:11:57 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7850 Posting Date: 03/16/2017
Job Title Fryers – Main Kitchen
Department Food & Beverage
Shifts: 9:00am-5:00pm, 10:00am-4:00pm, 2:00pm-C, 4:00pm-C
Job Description:

The daily set up of the fryer area; including turning on the deep fat fryers
to proper temperature, making sure that exhaust fans are working properly, accumulation of pans and accessories needed for food storage, and turning on of warming units.
Supplying the hot line area with proper amounts of fried chicken, sautéed livers, and mashed potatoes, in accordance to the recipes established by Zehnder’s and in the proper amounts as dictated by the volume of business.
Communicates with the head chef, executive chef, and hot line supervisor on duty to assure that the food produced in the fryer area coordinates with the demands of daily business and scheduled banquets.
Prepares food for the lower level service kitchen as necessary.
Filters and changes the frying oil on a regularly to insure quality products.
Assists in the production of baked chicken and other banquet items in conjunction with the grill staff.
Communicates with the back room supervisor regularly.
Communicates equipment problems with the head chef or maintenance.
Maintains a clean and sanitary work area in accordance to the guidelines established by the Saginaw County Health Department.
Maintains a safe work area.
Upon closing, cleans the area, filter the oil, and returns any food to their proper location

Requirements:
Ability to stand and walk continually.
Lift minimum of 50 lbs.
Must be at least 18 years of age or older.

 

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Guest Service Representative http://www.zehnders.com/guest-service-representative/ http://www.zehnders.com/guest-service-representative/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:42:13 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7822 Posting Date: 2/27/2017
Job Title: Guest Service Representative
Department: Market Place
Status: Part-Time – 10-20hrs
Shifts: 12pm-4pm, 11am-7pm, 2pm-Close, 4pm -Close

Job Description:

Providing Zehnder’s guests with outstanding customer service.
“Hands-On” Participation, in the daily sales operations of the area.
Neat and orderly display of food products, packaging materials, and
counter areas.
Maintaining proper levels of foodstuffs for sale in assigned area.
Daily communication with the Guest Services Staff Floor Supervisor
on food production and other related topics.
Participation in the “food is theater” philosophy when requested by
Guest Services Staff Floor Supervisor.
Help, as directed, in the display of the food products in the
hot/cold units in the public areas.

Requirements:
Ability to work a variety of shifts and available weekends/holidays
Basic level of understanding of culinary concepts in the restaurant
industry.
Must be 18 years of age or older

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Sales Manager http://www.zehnders.com/sales-manager/ http://www.zehnders.com/sales-manager/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:56:28 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7762 Posting Date: 02/24/2017
Job Title: Sales Manager
Department: Sales & Marketing
Status: Full-Time

Job Description:

Solicitation of youth groups, social, reunion markets, service clubs & banquets through data and web based research, prospecting, sales calls, telemarketing efforts, and direct mail.
Analyzing customer needs.
Oral and written presentations.
Negotiating contracts.
Coordinating all correspondence with Housekeeping Manager/ Food & Beverage Staff
Event planning
Other duties as assigned or directed.

Requirements:

• 2 year hotel sales experience and/or Bachelor’s Degree.
• Must be at least 18 years of age.

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It Takes Generations http://www.zehnders.com/march-is-succession-month/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:30:03 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7730 Standing: Herman Zehnder, Linda Zehnder-Trinklein, Fred Zehnder, Ermia Zehnder-Nuechterlein, Eddie Zehnder
Seated: Leonard Zehnder, William Zehnder, Sr., William Zehnder, Jr.

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

It was 1947 and my grandfather was 66. His sons that were in WWII were home and back in the business. Some worked full time and some had other jobs on the side as the business just couldn’t fully support all of them. They were all interested in the continued success of the business.

It had been 18 years since he and my grandmother opened Zehnder’s on Mother’s Day 1929. They had not only weathered the Great Depression and one of the largest fines levied during Prohibition, but the ups and downs that usually come with any business. After my grandmother passed away in 1941, the day to day grind of running Zehnder’s, fell on his shoulders.

He was ready to hand the business off and the next generation were eager to step into leadership. The official day that the business passed from the first generation to the members of the second generation was March 10, 1947. My dad used to joke that….”on that day we got the business, debts and all.”

I am one of four that make up the third generation of leadership and am proud that six of our children (they’re capable young adults actually) represent the fourth generation and are assuming leadership roles alongside the many excellent non-family managers on our leadership team.

Since our beginning, generations of many families have helped build this great business. We plan on being around a long time.

You have my name on it!

Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

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A Family Affair – Join Our Team! http://www.zehnders.com/a-family-affair-join-our-team/ http://www.zehnders.com/a-family-affair-join-our-team/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:54:29 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7780 From its humble start, Zehnder’s has grown to employ more than 900 people in a small town of 4,000. Striving to become the employer of choice, Zehnder’s benefits from the community’s strong work ethic which is reinforced by the Zehnder family every day. The tradition began more than 150 years ago when The Exchange Hotel opened its doors in 1856. The Zehnder family purchased the Exchange Hotel in 1928 and opened Zehnder’s Restaurant on Mother’s Day. Ever since, Zehnder’s has been enjoyed by millions of guests from all over the world.

Zehnder’s has a long history of great customer service with a strong team behind it. Many team members have devoted decades of loyal employment to Zehnder’s and have moved up through the ranks as opportunity continues to grow. As Zehnder’s expands, we welcome new team members to join our family.

If you or someone you know is interested in a secure, family-oriented and fun work environment, we welcome you to apply for any of our available positions including Sales Manager, Accounting Assistant, Call Center Representative and more. You can view all available positions and apply online below. We look forward to welcoming you to the family!

View Employment Opportunities Below:

March 16, 2017

Grill – Main Kitchen

 Assist in the powdering of perch and veal; additionally to help in the prep of any other food item as requested by the first cook on duty.  The proper stocking of the grill area coolers and freezers in anticipation if the expected daily needs as recorded on the production sheets.
March 16, 2017

Fryer

The daily set up of the fryer area; including turning on the deep fat fryers to proper temperature, making sure that exhaust fans are working properly, accumulation of pans and accessories needed for food storage, and turning on of warming units. Supplying the hot line area with proper amounts of fried chicken, sautéed livers, and mashed potatoes, in accordance to the recipes established by Zehnder’s and in the proper amounts as dictated by the volume of business.
March 10, 2017

Guest Service Representative

Providing Zehnder’s guests with outstanding customer service. “Hands-On” Participation, in the daily sales operations of the area. Neat and orderly display of food products, packaging materials, and counter areas.
February 24, 2017

Sales Manager

Job Description: Solicitation of youth groups, social, reunion markets, service clubs & banquets through data and web based research, prospecting, sales calls, telemarketing efforts, and direct mail. Analyzing customer needs. Oral and written presentations. Negotiating contracts. Coordinating all correspondence with Housekeeping Manager/ Food & Beverage Staff Event planning Other duties as assigned or directed.
September 21, 2016

Server

Physical Requirements: Ability to stand and walk continually. Educational Requirements: High School Diploma or Equivalent Age Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older.
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Zehnder’s Gift Shop Offers Pandora Rose – A Blush of Creativity http://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-gift-shop-offers-pandora-rose-a-blush-of-creativity/ http://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-gift-shop-offers-pandora-rose-a-blush-of-creativity/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:25:43 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7769 Pandora is world-renowned for its high quality and hand-finished jewelry at affordable prices. Inspiring women to tell their story, Pandora’s stylish and feminine jewelry invites women to unleash their inner self-creator. Pandora’s unique and detailed jewelry combines traditional craftsmanship with modern technology and is made from .925 sterling silver, 14k gold and embellished with cubic zirconia or delicate gemstones. Zehnder’s Gift Shop is expanding Pandora’s Jewelry line to include Pandora’s Rose Gold Jewelry. The pink metal shade of rose gold has been popular for hundreds of years and brings a vintage, yet contemporary look to Pandora charms. Zehnder’s Gift Shop now offers even more Pandora selection for your special occasion.

Join us on March 23rd through the 26th for Zehnder’s Spring Pandora Bracelet Event. Get a FREE Pandora Bracelet (up to $65 value) with your $125 Pandora purchase – a great opportunity to upgrade to a Pandora Rose Gold Bracelet.

For details, visit Zehnder’s Gift Shop located in the lower level of Zehnder’s Restaurant or call us at (800) 863-7999, ext. 466.

While supplies last. Limit 1 Pandora bracelet per customer. Not valid with prior purchase. Excludes gift card purchases.

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Zehnder’s Snowfest Impressions 2017 Contest Winners http://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-snowfest-impressions-2017-contest-winners/ http://www.zehnders.com/zehnders-snowfest-impressions-2017-contest-winners/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:30:21 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7737 [PHOTOS] Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth hosted the annual Snowfest Impressions photo contest giveaway during January and February. The Snowfest Committee chose three finalists based on subject matter relating to Zehnder’s Snowfest. All three photos were uploaded to the Zehnder’s social media fan pages and voted on by fans.

The first place winner with 182 votes is Dan from Saginaw, MI with “Clear(ly)”, second place goes to Matt from Bay City, MI with “We Love Lighting Up Zehnder’s Snowfest” and third place is Sierra from Bay City, MI with “Frankenmuth Snowfest fireworks!”. The first place winner receives an Eat and Sleep Package at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark and includes the following: A complimentary overnight stay at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark and one complimentary Family Style Chicken Dinner for four (4) at Zehnder’s Restaurant, Second place wins an Eat and Play package for two at The Fortress Golf Course which includes 18 Holes of golf with cart and a Family Style Chicken Dinner for two at Zehnder’s Restaurant. Third place receives dinner for two at Zehnder’s Restaurant which includes a Family Style Chicken Dinner for two and beverages.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Snowfest Impressions photo contest! We look forward to hosting the Snowfest Impressions contest again next year! Fan or follow us at the links below on social media to participate in Zehnder’s contests and giveaways throughout the year.


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Get Out of the House! http://www.zehnders.com/get-out-of-the-house/ http://www.zehnders.com/get-out-of-the-house/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:51:40 +0000 http://www.zehnders.com/?p=7294 By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

With only 28 days, February is the shortest month of the year. Wouldn’t it be a good idea, and seem as though winter passed a bit quicker, if the first 3 or 4 months of the year only had 28 days? And wouldn’t it seem as though summer lasted longer if we added those days to the 3 or 4 summer months? Am I on to something here?

In any event, the cold and snow (other than Zehnder’s Snowfest which I hope you didn’t miss) can’t pass quickly enough for me. My family is always looking for something to do, if only just to get out of the house.

If you need some ideas to break the routine of winter consider:

1.) Zehnder’s Fish Fry – located in Z-Chef’s Café on the lower level of Zehnder’s. Each Friday evening through Good Friday. While each menu is a bit different, they all feature Yellow Perch from the Great Lakes. Great “date night” idea guys!

2.) Winterlaufe – this is Frankenmuth’s winter running event. It’s an 8k course that winds its way in and around our beautiful city. The date is Saturday, February 4th; check the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce for details and registration. Hey here’s an idea; come to the Friday Fish Fry on February 3rd and run it all off the next morning!

3.) Valentines Day – you know the date, Februay 14th. Bring your sweetest and have a romantic dinner at our world famous restaurant. We have a quiet booth off to the side just waiting for you. After dinner take her to our lower level and stroll Zehnder’s Marketplace; let her pick out something special. She’ll love you for it. Reservations are just a call away at (800) 799-9630 or book online.

4.) Zehnder’s Splash Village – Wow, what a great way to splash away the winter blahs. With two indoor water parks, arcade and great food the cold and snow suddenly seem far away. Whether it’s just for the day or you need a short “staycation” just give us a call at (800) 863-7999 or book online.

Whatever the month or whatever the reason, my staff and I stand ready to make your visit to Zehnder’s is a memorable one.
You have my name on it!

Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

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