Sean Strub – activist, humanitarian, publisher, real estate developer, patron of the arts, and hotelier & restaurateur – creates a cultural vortex in Northeastern PA.
Last week I had the pleasure of stopping by my old friend Sean’s restaurant for lunch. We’ve been meaning to get there for some time, but boy are we glad we finally did. Anyone who appreciates fine dining in a pastoral and historical setting will be truly thrilled at their visit at the historic Hotel Fauchére.
The hotel’s namesake Louis Fauchére , will have his 185th birthday celebrated on March 4. Here is a brief history of this famous chef taken from the Fauchére website:
Louis Fauchère was born March 4, 1823, in Verbey, Switzerland, one of thirteen children. He began his apprenticeship as a cook, at the age of fifteen, being afterward employed in various prominent hotels in Switzerland. He married Rosalie Perrochet, in Switzerland, on November 16, 1846 and they had one daughter, Marie, who was born May 4, 1848. Louis ultimately emigrated to the US in 1851 where he soon found employment as a Master Chef at New York’s famous Delmonico’s Restaurant. In his early career in the US, he also worked (probably in the summertime) at Delavan House in Albany and at the Fort William Henry Hotel on Lake George.
There are regularly scheduled cultural events at the hotel ranging from chamber music concerts, live jazz, and other culinary and arts events. The hotel is beautifully decorated and houses a fine collection of Hudson River School paintings.
The Lounge & Sun Room
© Frank H. Jump
Sean Strub is as an activist, writer, fundraiser and publisher who has been involved in GLBT community activism for more than 30 years.
Strub founded POZ magazine, for people impacted by HIV/AIDS, in 1994. Strub’s companies also launched POZ en Espanol, Mamm (for women impacted by breast cancer), Real Health (a health title for the African-American community) and Milford Magazine (a regional title distributed in the Delaware River Highlands area of northeast Pennsylvania).
In recent years, Strub has been involved in a community redevelopment project in Milford, Pennsylvania, involving investment in public infrastructure, launching cultural festivals, private sector historic preservation efforts and renovation and reopening of the Hotel Fauchére, an historic boutique hotel and culinary destination which Strub owns with a partner.
A native Iowan, Strub attended a Jesuit boarding school in Wisconsin, then Georgetown and Columbia Universities. He lives in Milford, Pennsylvania and New York City.