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At home in the kitchen

Eagle’s Trace welcomes Weli Jabur, director of dining services

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October 23rd, 2015
Weli Jabur, Eagles Trace Dining Director
Weli Jabur, Eagles Trace Dining Director

Hospitality is key for Weli Jabur, the new director of dining services at Eagle’s Trace.

“Taste, presentation, and service work together to create memorable dining experiences,” says Jabur, who started in his new role at the West Houston Erickson Living community in July.

Jabur brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to his position at Eagle’s Trace. He emigrated from England to Houston in 1984 and started working as a line cook at Gabby’s BBQ in Houston.

“I wanted to work my way up, so I started coming in on my days off to learn the manager’s job,” says Jabur. “Six weeks after I started at Gabby’s, I was promoted to manager. Six months later, I was promoted again to general manager.”

Over the course of his career, Jabur continued to move between the “back of the house” as a chef and the “front of the house” as a manager.

High-end Houston opportunities

“In 1998 I had the opportunity to work as an executive chef for The Capital Grille in Houston,” says Jabur. “I was blown away the first time I visited the restaurant. The chefs and the servers worked together to make sure every guest had a memorable dining experience.”

In 2005, Jabur was named director of outlets for the Houstonian Hotel, overseeing the hotel’s full-service restaurant, bar, resort pool, room service, and à la carte service.

“The same people who owned the hotel also owned several golf courses, so I eventually became the director of food and beverage at the Houstonian Golf & Country Club and Shadow Hawk Golf Club,” says Jabur. “That position is most similar to my new role at Eagle’s Trace because I saw the members regularly at the golf clubs, just like I see the residents on a daily basis at Eagle’s Trace. It gives me a chance to build relationships with the people I’m serving.”

As a resident of West Houston, Jabur says he’s watched the growth of Eagle’s Trace with interest. 

“One of my coworkers at the Houstonian, Rahat Hossain, started working at Eagle’s Trace in dining services for the continuing care neighborhood,” says Jabur. “He said it was a great environment and encouraged me to send in my resume.”

‘Cooking for family’

As director of dining services, Jabur oversees operations in the community’s two dining venues, the Garden Room Restaurant and the Eagle’s Roost Café, as well as dining services in continuing care. Jabur will also oversee a new restaurant, Stetson’s, scheduled to open in the community’s upcoming residence building, Amarillo Terrace, in late 2016.

“This is an exciting time for our dining services team,” says Jabur. “We’re looking at ways we can continually improve the dining experience for our residents, whether that’s offering chef-inspired menu items or adding more action stations to our Sunday brunch.”

Jabur is also capitalizing on his interest in fine wines. He’s joined the resident-run Soaring Eagle’s Wine Club for two of their meetings and plans to incorporate wine pairings on the menu in the Garden Room Restaurant.

“At Eagle’s Trace, it feels like we’re cooking for family,” says Jabur. “We want to make the dining experience interesting on a daily basis.”