meet the team

Barbara Neubert : Owner

Barbara Neubert


Owner of At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe with wife, Carla, since 2002.
Carla Blumberg : Owner/Marketing Manager

Carla Blumberg

Owner/Marketing Manager

I have been working in the food business since 1973.  My background includes organic farming, a variety of restaurant work including cooking, and outside of the food industry, construction. I have been a student of both humanities and science and do volunteer and philanthropy work. I live in Saint Paul with my wife Barb and two small dogs, Peanuts and Maggie.
Jillian Forte : Executive Chef

Jillian Forte

Executive Chef

I have been lucky to have spent the majority of my 14 years as a practicing Foodie in small chef-owned restaurants. This has given me a discriminating palate and exposed me to a variety of ingredients and cooking styles. I have a thick passport with stamps from as far away as Morroco and Israel, to Costa Rica, Mexico, and the UK. Throughout my travels I consumed numerous local culinary favorites.

All this travel and time has given my culinary skills a wide range, from Classic French techniques to Cuba Cuisine to Asian fusion not to mention my quirky twists on the down home American fare. My love of gardening and fresh herbs continues to inspire me to create dishes that are local ingredient centered and seasonal. They can feature ramps one week, Morels the next, right on down to turnips and Delicata in the fall.

A strong belief in "right livelihood" has naturally lead me to create enduring relationships with farmers who grow organic produce and humanely raised animals.

I love working At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe in part because they allowed the space for me to create my dream dining experience. An evening of touring a farm then sitting down at a community table for a four course dinner, created from the farms offerings, wine pairing and music. What could be better than fabulous food, great wine and friends!
Carey Kasapidis : Front of House Manager

Carey Kasapidis

Front of House Manager
Heather Erickson : Sous Chef

Heather Erickson

Sous Chef

After years of line cooking in the fast paced trenches of commercial restaurants I transferred my love for food and dedication to small chef-owned restaurants. It is here that my interest in farm fresh, organic and homemade food could be explored. My experience here at “Chester Creek" has been a fulfilling one. I have done pretty much everything here in the kitchen and still continue to love it.
Bruce Wallis : Chef de Cuisine

Bruce Wallis

Chef de Cuisine
Barbara “Diane” Bailey : Head Baker

Barbara “Diane” Bailey

Head Baker

Peter Ravinsky : Former Kitchen Manager - Current Maintenance & All-Around Super Fixit Man

Peter Ravinsky

Former Kitchen Manager - Current Maintenance & All-Around Super Fixit Man

Savannah Villa : Baker

Savannah Villa

Diane Wells : Bookkeeper

Diane Wells

Amanda Kral : Graphic Designer

Amanda Kral

Graphic Designer

I started working at At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe in October 0f 2010 as a part-time server while attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth as a graphic arts undergraduate. Through my college years I slowly moved my way in becoming a bartender and barista as well. Once I graduated in July 2014, I got offered a new position to become the graphic designer for the restaurant. I was so excited to continue working at the restaurant that supported me through college and to do what I love, art.
Rita Bergstedt : Head Gardener

Rita Bergstedt

Head Gardener

Amy Nakamura : Carpenter & Gardener

Amy Nakamura

Carpenter & Gardener