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d bar denver team

Team

Keegan Gerhard

PASTRY CHEF/OWNER

Keegan Gerhard is the Chef and Owner of D Bar Restaurant in Denver, CO. Gerhard, named one of the nation’s top 10 pastry chefs of 2002 and 2004 by both Chocolatier and Pastry Arts & Design magazines, brings an enthusiastic yet controlled approach to pastries. Chef Keegan has been featured on shows such as the Discovery Channel’s “Great Chefs of America,” CNN, HGTV, DIY and most notably as Host and Head Judge of over 200 episodes of Food Network's Food Network Challenge and Last Cake Standing series. A one-time cyclist training for the Olympics, Keegan found his passion for pastry and sought out only the best to educate and guide him through his culinary discoveries. While assisting the celebrated Master Pastry Chef, Jacquy Pfeiffer, the Alsace-born owner and founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, Gerhard experienced a very unique apprenticeship and awakening. Subsequent to his new found expertise, positions as Pastry Chef with Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant, the Waldorf Astoria and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company ensued. Gerhard then moved on to positions of Corporate Pastry Chef for Dean & Deluca, Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons in Chicago and Executive Assistant Pastry Chef of the Wynn in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Gerhard has traveled extensively in pursuit of more experience, knowledge and inspiration. Gerhard served as technical advisor to Team USA for the 2001 Pastry World Cup where they brought home the gold medal and has also been invited to participate in 9 different James Beard Dinners. In 2012, chef Keegan was honored with a Doctorate of Culinary Arts by Johnson & Wales University.

Lisa Bailey

PASTRY CHEF/OWNER

Sometimes what defines a person is not always obvious. Not the case with Lisa Bailey. She is a Texan through and through- born and raised in Brazoria, TX. Being from the south it is no surprise that food and hospitality are her greatest passions! Lisa’s love of cooking was inspired at an early age by episodes of “Julia Child” and “Great Chefs of The West” . Visits with her grandmother in southern Louisiana just affirmed her love of copper pots, KitchenAid mixers and the refined southern cuisine that her grandmother prepared so effortlessly. At age 12, Lisa wrote a poem entitled “ A Chef Is What I Want To Be” and her future became clear. After graduating high school, Lisa won the Anne Criswell scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Houston. During school Lisa had the opportunity to work in the pristine kitchens of the Houston Country Club and Four Seasons Hotel Houston where her love of pastry was ignited. In 2003 she continued her career as pastry chef for John Harris at “Lilette Restaurant” in New Orleans . After New Orleans, Lisa once again joined the team at the Four Seasons Las Vegas before becoming the opening pastry chef for “Corsa” restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas. It was during their time in Vegas that Lisa, and now husband - Keegan Gerhard, realized that their dream of opening a place of their own was becoming a possibility. In 2008, Lisa and Keegan brought their dream to reality with the opening of “D Bar Desserts” in Denver, Colorado. Lisa was quickly named best new pastry chef in Denver by local media and D Bar named top 10 best new restaurants in Denver by 5280 magazine in its opening year. D Bar has been awarded People’s Choice Best Desserts in Denver every year since it’s opening. In 2015, Lisa was honored to be named to the “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America” by Dessert Professional magazine. Her most recent venture is “Füdmill”, a commissary bakery collaboration with her husband Keegan and Chef Alex Seidel. One can only imagine what the future will hold for this talented young woman but one thing is certain – it is sure to be sweet!

Charles Kollmann

General Manager

Charles comes to us from sunny Laguna Beach, California where he was born and raised. He moved to Denver in the summer of 2012, but still considers himself a Californian through and through. Having worked in all areas of the industry since he was 15 years old, Charles honed his front of the house skills and developed his passion for food and beverage while completing college in California’s wine country. “My college experience was much different than the typical college student. Instead of going to frat parties we would go wine tasting at the local wineries. That’s really where my love for wine and fresh ingredients began.” Upon completion of his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, he worked for some of the top restaurants up and down the California coast from Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach to top rated Bay area restaurant Perbacco. At one point Charles stepped away from the restaurant industry and decided to pursue a career in landscape architecture but quickly realized that his passion for hospitality out weighed his desire to sit behind a desk. With that he returned to the restaurant industry and quickly worked his way into management. After previously developing the bar program at Parallel Seventeen, we were thrilled to have him join the team managing D Bar's bar program. He remained in that role for about 2 years and during that time demonstrated that he was capable of so much more. At the beginning of 2017 Keegan and Lisa felt he was the right man to lead their team and was named D Bar's General Manager. 

Michelle Foltz

OPERATIONS Manager

Michelle is originally from Albuquerque, NM and moved to Denver by way of Nashville in the summer of 2008. She stumbled upon D Bar for dinner one night in late July, shortly after the original location opened. Having just recently moved to Denver and looking for something fun and exciting to do, it seemed fate had intervened. She was offered a job by Chef Keegan as he was making her dessert that very night and being a self proclaimed dessert connoisseur she happily accepted. Having dabbled in the restaurant industry and spending most of her time in jobs with a customer service focus she was thrilled to join the D Bar team and help build the brand from the beginning. Starting as a server, she held just about every front of the house position available, including a stint as Keegan and Lisa’s personal assistant and occasionally getting to help out with a bit of cake decorating. She worked at the original D Bar location for over 5 years and after a brief hiatus, realized where her true passion lies and rejoined our team at the new location in March of 2016 as our Retail Manager. Since rejoining D Bar, Michelle has taken on new responsibilities and has seen her role evolve from a department manager to over seeing the day to day operations of the restaurant. She is an instrumental piece of the management team and supports the team doing everything from mundane errands to taking on all of D Bar's many cake orders. “I just love dessert! It’s one of those things in life you can’t help but smile about and being able to make people smile every day is such a simple but wonderful gift.”

Lauren Gentile

Pastry Chef

As a Colorado native from a large family, Lauren quickly saw the joy and happiness food brings to people.  She knew her passion was in pastry when visiting the Denver campus of Johnson and Wales and in 2010 she graduated with a degree in Baking and Pastry. After some time in hotel production at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center and working at Happy Cakes Bakeshop in Denver, Lauren switched gears and jumped into the restaurant industry. It was a dream come true when Lauren accepted a position at D Bar. Interacting with guests while plating desserts is where Lauren truly shines. After spending some years learning and growing under Chef Keegan and Chef Lisa, Lauren was elevated to D Bar's Pastry Chef. 

"Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell. There is excellence all around you. You need only be aware to stop and savor it." -Ratatouille

Brian Smith

Chef de Cuisine

Originally from Massachusetts, Brian started off his culinary career attending Johnson & Wales University. It was during his internship at Three Michelin Star Jean-Georges that he got his first exposure to the world of fine dining cuisine. After graduation, Brian moved to New York City and worked at some of New York's top establishments including Momofuku Ssam Bar, One Michelin Star Aureole, Cherry and even found himself in Brooklyn at Bergen Hill. In 2015, Brian moved to Denver and join the cooking teams of Uncle, Bamboo Sushi and Chop Shop. From there, he was brought over to join D Bar Denver's team as their Sous Chef before being elevated to the position of Chef de Cuisine. On his days off Brian enjoys fly fishing on one of Colorado's many beautiful rivers or out playing disc golf with friends. 

Gabriel Aguallo

Chef de Cuisine

Gabriel grew up learning to cook in a family of 10 people. His father worked in the front of the house at some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, including Piegari's and Parilla Rosa. "He took me to work with him where I observed everything- the waiters who memorized orders for tables of 12, the managers who resolved problems on the fly, the bartenders who made friends with every customer and the cooks in the kitchen who improvised when necessary and consistently served up hot dishes under tremendous pressure."

Gabe began working at several high-end restaurants and eventually took the advice of Chef Rodrigo Toso to study at the Gato Dumas Culinary Institute. After graduation, he founded Adentro Dinner Club, a private, reservation-only restaurant ran out of his home, specializing in traditional Argentine asado. In only 18 months, Adentro rose to #2 out of 3000 restaurants in Buenos Aires on Trip Advisor and stayed there, winning the certificate of Excellence for 2014 and 2015. This garnering attention from NPR, Forbes Travel Guide and the New York Post, to name a few.

In April of 2015 he made the difficult decision to close Adentro Dinner Club and relocate to Colorado where him and his wife could be closer to her family. Since then he has had the great pleasure to learn about Colorado cuisine and the wide variety of local ingredients available in the region working at some of Denver's finest restaurants. In 2017 Gabe joined the D Bar team as its Sous Chef before being elevated to Chef de Cuisine in the winter of 2019! He has a passion for food and a passion for people which is why we are thrilled to have him as a part of the D Bar family!

Erica Ross

Hospitality & Restaurant Manager

Brett Fleming

Assistant Restaurant Manager

Raised in a small town in Kansas, Brett discovered his love for Colorado during a family vacation and in 2015 it became his home when he made a permanent move to Denver. Brett has seen all sides of the hospitality industry, getting his start in restaurants at age 16, immersing himself in the nightclub scene at age 21 and garnering some hotel banquet experience. Upon his move to Denver, he got hard to work honing his skills and knowledge of the Denver restaurant scene and in 2018 found his perfect fit here at D Bar. Brett love and passion for D Bar always hows and feels that D Bar is like "a warm hug from grandma". He immediately put his 15 years of experience to use working multiple positions from host to server to bartender. 

Brett joined D Bar's management team in April of 2019 and shares D Bar's commitment to excellence and making lasting connections. "Nothing beats seeing guests spend their birthday with us and then seeing them a week later. You get to catch up with new friends!"

Restaurant Hours

Monday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM 

Tuesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Wednesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Thursday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Friday

11:00 AM

11:00 PM

Saturday

10:00 AM

11:00 PM 

Sunday

10:00 AM

10:00 PM 

Cafe & Bake Shop Hours

Monday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Tuesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Wednesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Thursday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Friday

11:00 AM

11:00 PM

Saturday

10:00 AM

11:00 PM

Sunday

10:00 AM

10:00 PM