The Royal Family - Jean Riggins
Position: Tea Server
Years of Service: 33 Years 10 months
Jean Riggins began her storied journey with the Windsor Court Hotel shortly after it opened. She recalls the incredible excitement and energy surrounding the hotel in its formative years, principally due to the many “firsts” the hotel was achieving. One of the “firsts” Jean recalls with the most jubilation is the fact that there was a five-star restaurant within the hotel. Jean remembers that no one ever thought a hotel restaurant could be as celebrated as the New Orleans Grill was. Since those days, Jean’s years spent with the hotel are punctuated by the many “firsts” the staff creates every day for the guest.
Jean began her career with the Windsor Court Hotel as a bartender in the Beverage Department. She was part of the team that handled the libations for functions held throughout the hotel. She quickly made her way through the several departments and even led the Polo Club Lounge and Le Salon in management positions. Afternoon tea in Le Salon has always occupied a cherished corner of her heart because she lived in England and Scotland for a number of years. She brags that most people don’t know that she is licensed to drive on both sides of the road!
After an extended sabbatical, Jean returned to the Windsor Court Hotel post-Katrina as an afternoon tea server to help with training and special events, such as holidays and themed teas. Jean enjoys being part of a team that delivers fun occasions in Le Salon stating the ambiance is always beautiful and the music wonderful.
Favorite Windsor Court Moment:When The Grill Room was awarded five stars. Jean recalls with the most jubilation is the fact that there was a 5-star restaurant within the hotel.