Meriwether Godsey is founded on the belief that outstanding hospitality, quality and customization can be delivered in the Contract Dining & Catering Industry. Headquartered in central Virginia, our partnerships with clients and employees alike begins with our commitment to our Culture & Core Values. Experience it once and you will understand! We are a family of 650+ talented, and dedicated “owners” — managers, chefs, and service staff — operating throughout Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Learn more by visiting or follow us on Facebook.

Job Summary
Lead menu planning, ordering, preparation, cooking, and presentation of daily meals in high volume, college environment, as well as special events and high-end catering. Be equally comfortable with managing both back and front of the house duties. Maintain quality and perform tasks quickly and efficiently. Ensure adherence to company recipes. Assist in testing and developing new made from scratch recipes. Develop staff into a fun, flexible team. Embrace fresh, local, scratch. Buy organically and locally produced foods, whenever possible, and work with production staff to incorporate these products into recipe and menu offerings on a daily basis. Promote and adhere to current sustainable practices such as recycling, biofuel, composting, and recommend innovative ongoing program enhancements or efficiency changes to increase these practices, and financial targets.


Essential Functions

  • Culture:  Ensure the delivery of MG Best Practices, Core Values, and non-negotiable standards of quality and hospitality.
  • Leadership:  Demonstrated ability to lead by example with the goal of engaging, coaching and developing team members.
  • Client Responsibility:  Maintain effective client and customer centric relationships.  Proactively communicate with client regarding operations and opportunities.
  • Financial Performance: Lead all phases of financial planning, budget/costing analysis and reporting in order to achieve operating and financial goals.
  • Compliance: Maintain a safe and healthy environment for clients, customers and employees. Comply with all applicable policies, rules and regulations, including but not limited to those relating to safety, health, and employment.
  • Productivity: Plans and develops budgets, schedules and inventory effectively to ensure operations run smoothly.  Plans, develops, and implements in-service training programs for team development and growth.

Company: Meriwether Godsey
Location: Sweet Briar College, (Amherst, Virginia)
Salary/Wage: $55,000-$60,000, Exempt, based on experience
Status: Full time, Salaried
Job Category: Food Services/Hospitality

Education, Experience, & Requirements

  • Loves Food, People, & Serving Others
  • Associate’s Degree or five or more years related experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience in Food Service Operations, Catering, Management Experience.
  • Proficiency and growing knowledge of sustainable practices
  • Experience in economic and accounting principles and practices
  • Knowledge of human resource management principles and procedures
  • ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Valid Driver’s License

Our competitive salary and benefits package includes 401K, matching 401K, profit sharing, dental insurance, medical insurance, disability benefits, prescription drug coverage, confidential employee assistance programs, life insurance, a vision-care plan, job training programs, and paid vacations. We also offer employee stock ownership to reward tenure with the company.

To Apply
Please send your resume and application to
Or fax application to (877) 384-1155. (you will need to save or print BEFORE you complete this form)

Meriwether Godsey is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including
race, color, age, sex, religion, handicap, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.


Contact Us

4944 Old Boonsboro Rd. Lynchburg,VA 24503 434.384.3663
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The food is just incredible! I really mean it...I hope you know that I am not just saying this. It's so colorful, fresh, and special every day!"

Faculty Member 

Just a note to say thank you for all of the delicious food you and your staff serve each day. I never knew kale could taste so good!


Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding people. I brag about MG to my peers at other schools, and even to my friends and family!


Thank you so much for all the gluten-free options this year! All of your staff have been so helpful. They make a point to come up to me at meals and let me know what options you have for that meal. Salads are great, but sometimes a warm meal is just what you need!

Faculty Member 

Thanks for all of the good work you and your team did to ensure that last night’s welcome gathering for new faculty went off without a hitch. I’m so grateful for Team MG working so hard to make sure things are done the right way.

Head of School 

It’s an understatement to say we were surprised by the excellent quality of the food. We could not recall having a better tuna dish, even at the four-star resturants we frequent in Raleigh. Duke Integrative is a special place.


Many times I find a favorite thing out of the many items served during lunch, and although the featured spinach and fruit salad was visually stunning; the SHOUT OUT winner of the day hands down was the very delicious unassuming Vegetarian Pinto Beans!!! The onions were glistening and the peppers served as a complimentary color to the two different shades of beans...I have one regret and that is I didn’t think to take a picture!


Thank you for making pimento cheese today! It not only is divine, but also hit the spot. I now regret wasting 62.5 years of life on this planet in which I did not eat this heavenly mix. As I explore different recipes in my home kitchen I will try my best to live up to the standard demonstrated by what I had today.

Faculty Member 

Everything was usual! The food was scrumptious...and the weather was gorgeous!

Conference Client 

I would not change a thing! Your staff was not only professional, but warm and caring. They truly set the tone for a memorable night. The food was delicious...our family and friends left with hearts and bellies full!

Catering Client 

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the delicious food at Duke. Your food was such a happy and positive experience and it made the days there so much more enjoyable to eat healthy, but tasty, great food.


Thanks for the delicious soup and the new harvest salad - and thanks for removing half the calories out of the Farm Basket brownie...haha.


THANK YOU for your help today with the open house! Our visiting families raved about the personalized environment. We had a student tell us that Guilford went from his 3rd to 1st choice!


Thank you for all of your hard work on the meals and breaks for the Alumnae Board. The food was outstanding; everyone raved about each meal. Favorites included the grits on Saturday morning and the butternut squash soup on Sunday. YUM!!!


The amazing characteristic is that, on a day by day basis, you give us nutritious, varied, interesting, delicious food...not just something special for company. Please know how much you are appreciated and loved by this community.

Conference Administrator