The Grand Rounds Team
Tessa Leung, Founder & CEO
Tessa started her working life as a nurse, but quickly realized that making food, teaching about wine and brewing beer was much more fun. Inspired by her Grandma “Jewelbox,” a business owner and baker in St. Charles, MN, and guided by her mom’s advice to always be honest, remember that everyone deserves a fair shake and work hard, Tessa gives 110% to operating GRBC and training and mentoring its staff. On the rare occasion that she’s not at GRBC, Tessa and her husband, Nelson, enjoy cooking, eating and exploring the world with Cortado, the duck-eating, cheese-loving, world-traveling wonder pup.
Kelly Griffin, General Manager
Kelly is a Rochester native and soccer phenom who played for JM and RCTC. She's worked in the service industry since she was 15, including 7 years at Kincaid's in Arizona, where she developed her passion for service. Kelly has been with GRBC since the very beginning and loves the fast pace and opportunity to talk with people from all over the world. When not work, Kelly is busy planning her October 2018 wedding to Eric, the love of her life.
Aaron Espy, Lead Brewer
Aaron's love of beer led him to the Brewing and Brewing Steward Technology program and Dakota County Technical College, then brought him to Grand Rounds. Aaron grew up in Rochester and enjoys the city's growing brewing community and the calm and detail-oriented art of brewing. His heroes in life are his dad, who taught him the importance of hard work and Superman, becase who wouldn't want to fly and have laser eyes?!? The first beer Aaron created at Grand Rounds has been a huge hit, Brown Eyed Girl. Enjoy the fruits of Aaron's labors every day at GRBC!
Kristen Risser, Event manager
Kristen is Grand Rounds event guru. As Events and Logistics Manager her passion is to make your experience exceptional. Her customized approach allows you to plan any kind of event you can imagine. Whether you are hosting a lunch meeting, cocktail party or a wedding reception, we can create a menu that is sure to please every guest.
Kristen is supported in her planning passion by her husband Joel and two boys Tyler & Zachary.
Jeff Schwenker, Executive Chef
Chef Schwenker, who is a Rochester native, leads the kitchen at Grand Rounds. creating new favorites from traditional American classics. Jeff began to hone his craft in Portland, Oregon, at Paley’s Place. He eventually returned home, working at some of the Twin Cities greats: The Harriet Brasserie, Haute Dish, Birdie and Nighthawks and the Brewers Table at Surly. Jeff has also created several pop-up dinners in Rochester under the name Belle Bete.
Ann Fahy-Gust, Brewing Advisor
“There are not many women in the brewing industry, so it’s important for women in the industry to support each other, especially through through the Pink Boots Society promoting and celebrating women in brewing." says Fahy-Gust, who has a long and storied career in the beer industry. She started her career at Coors Brewing in 1979 and was one of the first female brewmasters in the United States. She also worked as Guinness Brewing’s International Director of Quality, and Brewing Operations Director for Scottish Courage Brewing. She now calls Rochester home and has been sharing her knowledge with Grand Rounds since October of last year.
As you might imagine, Ann has some great stories from her career and is always willing to share some of them.
Lots and Lots and Lots of education:
- BS Biology/ Chemistry - Stanford University
- BA Business Administration - University of Phoenix
- MBA - University of Colorado
- Master Brewer - Siebels Institute
- International Brewing School – University of Reading, London