CHEF & GM RICHARD BERGER
Richard Berger began his culinary career at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., while apprenticing with French Master Maxime Ribera in Granite Springs, N.Y.
He then returned to Los Angeles to work with famed chefs Jean Francois Meteigner and Jean Pierre Bosc. Later he became sous chef for restaurateur Peter Roelant at the Four Oaks in Beverly Hills.
Chef Berger moved to Atlanta and opened Canoe as chef de cuisine under Gerry Klaskala and Gary Mennie. They led the restaurant to a Beard nomination in 1995 for Best New Restaurant in the country and a four-star Mobil rating, one of only four in Georgia.
Berger moved on to open Hedgerose in Atlanta as executive chef and received four-star Mobil Awards for 1997 and 1998.
Next, Chef Berger opened two restaurants as chef/partner – one in Portland and one in Chicago. Under famed Chef Michael Lachowicz, Metronome in Portland was named Best New Restaurant by the Oregonian in 1999 and was a Willamette Week Top 100 three years in a row. Cochon Sauvage, a Wheaton, Ill., French/American bistro, received critical acclaim from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald and Chicago Magazine.
Berger moved to St. Louis in 2003 and began a 10-year run with Ameristar Casino at 47 Port Street Grill. In 2006, he was offered a transfer to Cactus Petes in Jackpot, Nevada. Berger was chef of The Plateau Steakhouse and The Canyon Cove Buffet.
This restaurant has the great combination look of the modern American bistro and the classic Northwest country cabin, which makes it a great place to dine in the summer and winter, or for lunch and Sunday brunch. This gives me the opportunity to compose fun menus filled with the best that our local purveyors and farmers have to offer.