By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jan 04, 2016 at 5:03 PM

This week, Marcus Hotels & Resorts announced that Peggy Williams-Smith, long-time Marcus employee and former corporate vice president of food and beverage, has been promoted to senior vice president, SafeHouse Restaurants.

The promotion puts Williams-Smith at the helm of the SafeHouse brand, which was acquired by The Marcus Corporation in summer 2014.

Williams-Smith joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 1997 as a catering manager with the Hilton Milwaukee. During her career with the company, she served in a variety of positions, including director of catering for the Hilton Milwaukee and The Pfister Hotel, general manager of Brynwood Country Club, senior director of catering sales and event operations and corporate director of catering.

Today, Williams-Smith serves as chairwoman of the board of directors of the American Heart Association of Southeastern Wisconsin and sits on boards for the MATC Foundation and the Vince Lombardi Charitable Foundation. She is a steering committee member of Milwaukee Women Inc. and past president of TEMPO Milwaukee. She is currently co-chairing the UPAF (United Performing Arts Fund) 2016 city-wide campaign. 

Under Williams-Smith’s leadership, Marcus plans to unveil numerous enhancements to the SafeHouse, the iconic spy-themed restaurant and bar.

Watch OnMilwaukee for updates as they develop.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.