Season’s at Highland Lake is pleased to announce some exciting enhancements to their team.

Following a tough couple of pandemic-influenced years, the team at Season’s is now expanding to offer the best dining experience while also providing an ideal environment for employees to grow their careers.

The first change is the promotion of Peter Fassbender to General Manager of Season’s at Highland Lake. This promotion recognizes Peter’s long-term, excellence in leading the team at Season’s along with the increasing responsibility he has taken over the years in this role. Restaurant owner Jack Grup states that “The size and the quality of the team along with the food and service they produce is a testament to Peter’s dedication and hard work. Season’s has grown from the restaurant formally known as the Old Dining Room to one of the premier restaurants in Western North Carolina under Peter’s leadership.”

The second change Season’s is pleased to announce is the addition of Allison Earnest as Executive Sous Chef. Allison is originally from Southern Michigan and graduated from Northwood University. She has travelled around the country honing her skills as a chef at private clubs, including Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL, and has also travelled to Bellagio, Italy to study under regional renowned chef Luigi Gandola. “I really believe that Chef Allison will compliment and collaborate well with our culinary team, and we’re excited to see how her passion in the kitchen will enhance the dining experience we offer” says Peter Fassbender.

In addition to these exciting team updates, Season’s has expanded its operations to include daily public breakfast as well as expanded hours of operation. This also includes the re-opening of the patio for a long-awaited return to outdoor dining. For a complete list of available dining hours, please visit

“After nearly 2 years of unexpected changes and adjustments, it really feels like we are returning to what we do best,” said owner Jack Grup. “We take pride in delivering a desirable culinary experience and these recent changes all revolve around that goal. We have a tremendous team that is excited to welcome a dining room full of patrons that appreciate delicious food, wine and spirits.”