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.


Lucas Almendinger


Lucas’ career spans Minneapolis culinary temples such as WA Frost, Sea Change & Haute Dish, not to mention being a significant contributor to Tilia’s opening crew. Opportunities alongside Sean Brock (Husk & McCrady’s-Charleston, SC) and Paul Liebrandt (Corton-NYC) helped further polish his knowledge. These stints not only expanded Lucas’ gastronomic lexicon, they finely tuned his sensibility towards each plate. He has now returned to Tilia with the skills and dedication to help realize our shared vision.


Jordan Young


Jordan has been linked to our Chef de Cuisine Lucas before, and with each new iteration, the two manage to better their unique energies into an engaging synergistic whole that drives the the creative process and the management of the kitchen.

Jordan began cooking in Menomonie, WI before moving on to local mainstays WA Frost, Grand Café, Heyday and Il Foro. It was this last stop at Il Foro that fully catalyzed Jordan’s passion for pasta; you can find him honing these skills daily in the Tilia kitchen for guests and staff alike.


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.