Steven Brown


Steven Brown has been called “one of the biggest cooking talents this town has ever produced” by James Beard, award-winning food critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. Minneapolis food scribe and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern has said Brown “makes the best food in town, dish-for-dish, pound-for-pound.” With Tilia, Brown adds the title of restaurateur to his estimable resume, which includes stints as executive chef at Levain and Porter & Frye. His experience also includes stints in New York City, Modena, Italy and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Brown lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Stacey, his daughter, Sonia, and their border collie, Bird.


Jason Sepanski


Jason hails from Hampton, New Hampshire, where at 15 he started working at McGuirks Ocean View Restaurant and Pub as a busboy, eventually rising to the role of Kitchen Manager. Shortly thereafter, Jason entered an apprentice culinary program at Chez Boucher culinary school while working at Savory Square Bistro. Jason moved to Minnesota to start a new chapter in his life as a sober chef and has proudly been in recovery for more than 3 years.

In Minneapolis, Jason gained employ at The Commons Hotel and from there went on to open Tullibee with 2015 Food and Wine “Best New Chef” winner, Grae Nonas. In Jason’s own words, “Working with Grae elevated my cooking to a whole new level.” In 2017, Grae recommended Jason make his next stop Tilia and we couldn’t be more thankful. Since then Jason has worked every position in the kitchen and was leading brunch service before accepting his current role as Sous Chef in September 2018. In his off times, Jason loves riding his motorcycle and cooking at home with his girlfriend Kalley.


Jörg Pierach


Jörg Pierach brings more than 25 years of business and marketing experience to Tilia. Pierach is founder of Fast Horse, an award-winning Minneapolis-based integrated creative agency. An active community volunteer, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of Milkweed Editions and the Board of Advisors for Sunrise Banks. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Angie; daughter, Coco; and son, Elliot. Most weekends he can be found on a tractor or in the garden at his western Wisconsin hobby farm. 


Mike Knox


Mike is our patron saint of all things craft beer. Mike was raised in Minneapolis, subsequently attending and graduating from the University of Minnesota. Following a change of career, his winding path brought him to our doorstep in 2011, when he was hired as part of Tilia’s opening staff. Along the way, he has become one of our most important assets and most fervent advocates.

When he isn’t curating our rotating selection of 21 taps, he is furthering his beer education, cooking for his wonderful wife Nancy, and attempting to train his near-feral cat Vlad.