CULINARY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Kyle Mendenhall
A musician in his first life, Southern California-born Kyle Mendenhall has always dabbled in cooking. After becoming a full-time chef, Kyle served as executive chef for the Kitchen Group for eight years before taking the help at Arcana as a chef/partner. He found his way to Big Red F in 2019, where he applies his love for simple, sustainable food to our restaurants. When he’s not at work, you can find Kyle foraging in the foothills, working with the Chef Action Network, and hanging out with his wife and two sons.
GENERAL MANAGER Fabio Stefani
Zolo GM Fabio Stefani got his start in the restaurant industry bussing tables at his grandparents’ San Francisco cafe, Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store, at the ripe young age of five. He studied theatre Arts at Santa Clara University and spent years performing improv before opening The Nob Hill Grille in San Francisco. After a decade of running that restaurant, Fabiomoved to Boulder and joined the Zolo team in 2020. He is passionate about empowering staff, fostering a sense of community with guests, and bringing smiles to peoples’ faces.
When Fabio isn’t at Zolo, you can find him spending time with his wife and two sons, cheering on Bay Area sports teams, and listening to the ocean wave setting on his sound machine.
Executive Chef David Engel
Zolo Executive Chef David Engel first learned the art of cooking from his grandparents at their lake house in Wisconsin, where he enjoyed helping out in the kitchen and the garden. He’s never worked in any other industry other than food service and considers himself a lifer. In addition to Zolo, David has also worked at Harry’s Bar & Grill, The Kitchen Boulder, The Sink, North Shore Bistro, Robin’s Restaurant, and Brass’ Lounge. He is passionate about charcuterie, fermenting, smoking, and preserving techniques as well as understanding the science behind cooking. Outside of work, his passions include mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, hiking, gardening, woodworking, camping, and spending time with family.