Teri Rippeto was in the restaurant business since 1981, cooking professionally for 35 years.
Teri and her dad, Tom, opened Potager Restaurant in May of 1997.
Teri established the Potager belief and ideal that the meal is at the center of human experience. It is at the table where we are nourished, enjoy an essential source of life, come together with friends, family and connect to tradition.
In April of 2019, Teri sold the restaurant to Paul, Eileen, and Nik, and it is their dream to continue the culinary tradition of Potager.
Teri is a prolific artist who recently moved with her supportive husband Adam to coastal Maine where she now spends her days painting in her home studio. Check her out at: www.teririppeto.com
Paul Warthen grew up on a 500-acre dairy farm in western Maryland that raised beef cattle, pigs and chickens while milking 300 cows, twice a day. Days started around 2am and ended when the sun went down. Paul's family had giant gardens and corn fields, as far as the eye could see, where he spent many summer mornings and nights until he was old enough to work in the hay barn and eventually the milking parlor. Paul's Granny, an amazing woman, fed the family and all the farm hands, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was around these tables that Paul began to understand kinship and community. Granny also ran a kitchen for the biggest restaurant in town. It was in her kitchen that Paul realized the value of food and how it brought people together.
Paul's culinary journey has taken him to every coast. As a young cook, he worked for the Patina Group in Los Angeles and was a tournant travelling from one Joaquim Splichal restaurant to another. Soon after, he was in Philadelphia working with James Beard award winning chefs like Roy Yamaguchi and Marc Vetri, before landing his first executive chef job. Paul spent 10 years in NYC where he met his future wife, Eileen, and 2 years in the Shenandoah Valley managing the culinary side of an 800-acre organic farm. Everywhere Paul has gone, he has worked with the farmer - that is what has brought him to Potager.
Teri Rippeto - Opening Chef / Original Owner
Paul Warthen - Executive Chef, Owner
1109 ogden street denver, colorado 80218 p. 303.832.5788
A good kitchen respects its sources and chooses ingredients that are sound, seasonal and locally grown. Good service at the table respects the kitchen - linking it to the diner, coordinating choices of food, wine and maintaining comfort and relaxation necessary for a enjoyable meal.
Potager is made up of a team of incredibly hardworking folks committed
to the beliefs and philosophies of the restaurant.
None of this would be possible without each and every one of them....past, present and future.
r e s t a u r a n t & w i n e b a r
Eileen Warthen - Wine Buyer, Director of Operations, Owner
As a native New Yorker, Eileen Warthen did her research before moving to Denver and kept finding Potager at the top of her list of restaurants to become a part of. After trying on many hats - fashion design production assistant, pre-school teacher, vineyard caretaker and race car driver to name just a few - it was Eileen's passion for wine that kept drawing her back to the hospitality industry. Eileen became a certified sommelier in 2017 but she still loves serving guests and being an active member of the restaurant floor staff. In her spare time, Eileen enjoys walking her boxer - Butcher, suffering through marathon training, adding to her vinyl collection and rooting for the Yankees. But most importantly, Eileen loves drinking wine and reaping the benefits of living with a talented chef, her partner-in-crime, Paul. She is thrilled to be a part of the Potager family. In November of 2019, Eileen and Paul welcomed a new member to their growing family, a baby pterodactyl whom they call Gardy.
Nik Brand’s journey in restaurants started when he was 14 years old but his culinary story began years before baking cakes, cookies, pies, bread, and more with his mother in small town Michigan at age 5. Growing up around farmland and fishing in freshwater lakes has provided his desire and love for the product he works with. In the years before college Nik worked in various positions in multiple kitchens: creating the menu and running a small 18-seat cafe, spinning dough and making pizza, and also working in the healthcare industry making food for both doctors and patients. Leaving for New York in search of knowledge he joined the Culinary Institute of America and spent the next two years exploring, cooking, and eating in the surrounding areas. Working in high-end catering in Connecticut and taking 3 months cooking in North Carolina was how he spent his ‘free’ time. Days after graduation Nik made the move to Colorado working in downtown Boulder where he met Chef Paul. Enjoying the beautiful flatirons, he stayed in Boulder for almost two years before moving to Denver where he began his journey with Paul and Eileen at Potager Restaurant.
Nik Brand - Chef de Cuisine, Owner
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