Executive Chef: Matthew Noah
Matthew is an experienced chef with a long and storied career in the regional culinary scene. His skills are a matter of local legend, and he’s spent years commanding kitchens for some of the most well-known fine dining names in the area. In early 2020 we were fortunate enough to bring him on board and since then he’s led our team with an unrelenting attention to detail. He brings a passion for elevating pure and complimentary flavors in every dish, held to his personal exacting standards.
Kitchen Manager: Brandi Allgeier
Brandi is a veteran of both Front and Back-of-House operations. These days she oversees our kitchen with a ruthless attention to detail and unyielding organization. In the evenings she spends quality time relaxing with her husband and two daughters.
Chef de Cuisine: Joe Dillow
Joe is a long-time industry veteran having served in a variety of different kitchens. He brings a dedication to high-paced production and love for classic comfort food (including his famous sausage gravy) to our Lunch and Brunch service.
General Manager: Danelle Runyon
Having worked as a server and bartender for several years, Danelle’s extensive resume includes corporate experience as well as stints in both Miami and Las Vegas. She joined our team in 2015 and has exhibited a tireless drive for excellence. When Chris and Dakota purchased the business in August of 2020 she was the obvious pick for the GM position. She leads our front-of-house team with unceasing grace and enthusiasm.
Executive Assistant: Logan Stickler
Logan began his career at Le Bistro -first as a dishwasher as a teenager- and slowly rose through the ranks to oversee kitchen management and event execution as Head Catering Chef. Logan left through most of 2019 to expand his experience, but has returned home in an administrative capacity to lend his expertise in event planning and business operation.
Vice President: Dakota Maddox
Dakota shares a long history with our team, both personal and professional. A former bartender at The Cellar Door and a close friend to us all, she currently serves as Director of Student Activities at Marshall University. With admiration for her management and organizational acumen, her event planning expertise, and her boundless enthusiasm and determination, Dakota was Christopher’s first choice as business partner. Luckily for us she agreed and has lent her advice and assistance in our pursuit of ever-higher standards. She’s particularly involved with the planning of our hosted events, and no one can throw a party like her.
President: Christopher Craven
With an extensive serving and bartending background, as well as a Masters degree in Economics and Business Accounting, Chris took over management of Le Bistro and The Cellar Door in May of 2017. Through three years of hard work he has improved every aspect of our operations and created a truly unique atmosphere in the heart of downtown Huntington. Consistently driving for growth and looking to the future, when the possibility arose to buy the businesses Chris dove head-first into the process. Now he leads our management team in overseeing daily operations, as well as devoting time to growing the company and searching for our next opportunity.
Founders: Pam and Dr. Naz Abraham
In mid-2011 the Abrahams started making plans to join the burgeoning food scene in downtown Huntington. Their vision was bold and Pam’s artistic talents were put to the test. It all came together when, in April of 2012, Chef Jason’s Du Soir Bistro opened at 905, 3rd Avenue. Word spread like wildfire; the atmosphere was electric. Soon everyone in town was talking about the stunning new bistro with the crystal chandeliers, art gallery design, and open kitchen filled with showman chefs grinning at the guests. Ever dynamic however, Pam wasn’t finished. The next year she returned from travelling inspired, and began planning to bring a brand new concept to the area. On New Year’s Eve 2014 The Cellar Door began serving guests. The new restaurant’s whimsical, elegant design and unique Tapas-inspired menu quickly drew crowds.
Nearly ever face from those early days is now long gone (including Chef Jason himself). Yet throughout the years the Abrahams’ sage advice and leadership have steered Le Bistro and The Cellar Door through every moment of triumph and every obstacle. With their retirement they have confidently passed the torch to Chris and Dakota. Though no longer officially involved, they’re always generous with their perspective and never far from our hearts.