Jeremy Paquin began working for Essence Restaurant Group in 2015 at Bistro Bella Vita before transitioning into the role of Head Chef at Grove, and now, Executive Chef for Essence Restaurants.
Prior to joining ERG, Jeremy brought the farm-to-table concept to Muskegon with his venture Mia and Grace. Jeremy’s roots of crafting dishes prepared from fresh, local products align with our fundamental value of thoughtfully prepared cuisine.
Jeremy graduated from Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management at San Jacinto College in Houston, TX in 2000. He has been working in restaurants ever since!
Lauren began her career at Essence Restaurant Group in 2008 as a server at Bistro Bella Vita. She quickly learned the ropes and upon graduating from Aquinas College and now serves as one of our Restaurant Managers at Grove. Lauren loves the fast-paced environment of the industry and forming relationships with her guests and colleagues.
Managing Partner, Essence Restaurant Group
James helped open Bistro Bella Vita back in 1996 and formed Essence Restaurant Group with his partners in 2006 to become owners and operators of Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well and Grove. 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.
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.
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.