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Stafford's Hospitality PO Box 657 Petoskey, Michigan 49770

Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant

Rob LeFurge, Executive Chef

Rob was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan and graduated from Capital High School in 1987. At the age of 16, he started working at Kewpees Hamburgers in Lansing. He worked there for one year and got a job at Jims Tiffany Place in Lansing as a pantry cook and worked up to sous chef over a six year period.

After, he moved as executive chef to a new fine dining restaurant in Okemos - The Golden Rose. He was there for 14 years and entered many competitions with the Golden Rose. He put seven 1st place awards on there wall and opened three restaurants with the Golden Rose.

He also worked for Double JJ Resorts as Executive Chef for a few years. After leaving, he received a call from David Marvin who found him through Snelling Group. He then came and interviewed with Gerald Gramzay, David Marvin and Jeff Sprecksell. The rest is a love story because he loves northern Michigan and Stafford’s.

In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife Kerri and two daughters, Kristen and Brianna.  


Jennifer Donker, Banquet Coordinator

Many would say that when Stafford's purchased the Weathervane Restaurant, Jennifer came with it!  She started working there in 1984 as a dishwasher. At that time, the restaurant was called Riccardi’s, an Italian Restaurant. Shortly after starting, she moved to the dining room to bus and serve tables. As Jennifer says, “I rocked that dining room!”

When Stafford’s took over the Weathervane in 1988, Jennifer stayed on and has since worn many different hats.

Today, she is the event coordinator. She not only helps out in the dining room, but also plans special events for guests of the Weathervane and handles many other day-to-day duties. She enjoys the hospitality business, as "no day is ever the same." Together with Jeff, Tim and Chef Rob - the 4 of them make up the management team of Stafford’s Weathervane, where memories are made. 

In her spare time, she enjoys finding interesting things to read to her family and spending time with her husband Mark and two sons, John and Max.