JEFF HILL, Owner
Having grown up in the Valley and later graduating from James Madison University, Local Chop & Grill House owner Jeff Hill is truly A local gentleman. After college, Jeff spent his young-adult life traveling though Europe and living in Colorado and Montana, all while learning the complexities of the culinary world and its intricate dance with fine dining. With this background, Jeff decided to bring an approachable, fine dining service to his hometown, and thus the Local Chop & Grill House was born.
“Be where you are, and don’t try to be what you are not,” Jeff explains. The Local Chop & Grill House has an honest approach to food with an understanding that not everything can be local. Here, farm-to-table food is taken to new heights and all of the locally-sourced produce is labeled as such. The Local Chop & Grill House stands behind this philosophy, and proudly supports the local farmers who have always made Harrisonburg the great culinary city that it is.
LOGAN EVANS, General Manager
A Harrisonburg native, Logan has worked for the past 10 years in serving, bartending and management at finer dining restaurants in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, including as General Manager at Byrd & Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse and 219 An American Bistro. Logan is a Level 1 sommelier and specializes in integrating customer satisfaction with employee teamwork and attention to detail with a hands-on approach with both his staff as well as the guests at LC&GH.
COLIN AUCKERMAN, Executive Chef
A Shenandoah Valley native, Executive Chef Colin Auckerman brings an authentic desire to utilize and celebrate the valley and Virginia sourced products for our cuisine. Chef Auckerman has spent 12 years honing his craft in restaurants from West Virginia to the great Shenandoah Valley area, with the majority being farm-to-table concepts. Colin is no stranger to the Local Chop & Grill House, having been on our team in 2012, he now returns to head up our culinary team as of June 2018. Having a passion for local ingredients, Colin has built respected relationships with many farmers and producers. He brings a unique, understated and authentic style to the Local Chop & Grill House.
ALICIA BARGER, Pastry Chef
Alicia has been a vital member of our culinary team, creating delicious pastries, desserts, and fresh bread for both the Local Chop & Grill House as well as our sister restaurant the Joshua Wilton House. Alicia specializes in balanced desserts with familiar flavors, prepared with high quality ingredients and presented in an elegant manner. Most recently, Alicia worked as the Pastry Chef for the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
PAUL GUNDERSON, Head Bartender
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A transplant from the West Coast, Paul has quickly immersed himself in the Virginia lifestyle. A bartender of fourteen years, he has honed his skills these last four years in the Shenandoah Valley. His passion for mixology comes through in his drinks and the history behind them.