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Dan Blanchard

Head Chef


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Tristan Walczewski

General Manager/Essence Restaurant Group Beverage Director


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Connor Guikema

Bar Manager


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Alanna Grant

Private Events Coordinator


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James Berg

Managing Partner, Essence Restaurant Group

James helped open Bistro Bella Vita back in 1996 and formed Essence Restaurant Group with his partner, and Chief Culinary Officer, Patrick Wise in 2006. Essence Restaurant Group owns and operates Bistro Bella Vita and The Green Well.

His goal is to continue to build a collection of restaurants that foster a socially-conscious environment and healthy lifestyle for all those who contribute to them.

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We serve honest fayre with local flair in a green, neighborhood setting that keeps customers coming back. Our innovative gastro pub is green beyond it’s name: Our building is Leed certified inside and out which means it’s environmentally safe, ultra efficient and leaves behind the smallest carbon footprint.