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EXECUTIVE CHEF
JAKE ROGERS

GENERAL MANAGER
TESS RITER

Raised in eastern North Carolina, Tess Riter started working in restaurants along side her mom at the tender young age of 15. During her teen years onto adulthood she has cultivated a variety of experiences that have shaped her aesthetic: she lived in Belgium with a study abroad program, earned a degree in Fine Art in Photo at Carteret Community College, and moved to Savannah to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While attending SCAD, Riter worked in fine dining. A year before earning her BFA in photography, she started serving at Local 11ten. As one of the original openers, she gained experience and earned promotions that allowed her to  contribute to making the wine list which led to the opportunity to fully take over  that responsibility full time in 2010. Since then she has created the opening wine list at Public Kitchen and Bar, earned a level one certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2013, became the General Manager of Soho in 2013, and returned to Local 11ten as General Manager in 2014. Additionally, her experience with DRH involves curating the wine list for Soho, Local 11ten, and the newly opened Artillery. In addition to curating these lists, Tess has always strived to exceed the expectations of guests and to create a unique experience to make them feel special. She believes that attending to that one special detail makes all the difference and is what sets DRH apart from the crowd. For her, it’s all in how you say what you say to make the guest’s experience the best possible. She is proud that Local 11ten has long provided an environment that supports these goals.

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​SOMMELIER
CALEB POPPELL

A native of Savannah, Caleb Poppell has a deep love for our unique southern city and the wonderfully diverse community it hosts. He sings praises for Savannah to anyone who will lend an ear to listen.

 

Poppell has been in the food and beverage industry for over a decade, with most of those years behind a bar. He developed a passion for cocktails, spirits, wine, and the spirit of hospitality through these years. He has worked at a variety of concepts in Savannah, St. Thomas, and St. John.

 

Wine was a subject that he always had a particular interest in. The fact that a bottle of wine is a passport to a different place, culture, and history is something that has him searching for the next bottle to explore constantly.

 

In 2022 Poppell decided to further his career in wine by pursuing a path of rigorous certifications through the Court of Master Sommeliers. That year he passed his introductory exam with a perfect score, followed by passing his level two certified exam just four months later. He is currently in pursuit of his level three advanced exam with plans to pursue this path to the title of Master Sommelier.

 

Poppell brings an enthusiastic spirit to our team. Whether the subject is wine, food, or how to deliver an unforgettable experience to the next guest to walk through our doors, he is doing so with a genuine smile on his face.

MANAGING PARTNER
JAMIE DURRENCE

A resident of downtown Savannah since 1998, Jamie Durrence has a great appreciation for the community and is glad to share in its uniqueness.

A restaurateur for over 15 years with a tenured work history in some of Savannah’s favorite venues,  Durrence is noted for his ambitious entrepreneurial spirit and brings a vast amount of expertise and functional creativity to his concepts.

The driving force behind the restaurants, he strives to maintain the highest standard of

food and service quality by building the relationships between the kitchen, service staffs, and patrons. These relationships package together a friendly, approachable, and welcoming atmosphere that is unmistakable in the remarkable reviews and customer appreciation.

Raised on a working farm in Glennville, Georgia one hour west of Savannah, Durrence graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design and first worked in New York City for Carollina Herrera and later as Product Manager for Liz Claiborne’s Ellen Tracey label.

He is a decorated national champion equestrian, believes that hard work and dedication are paramount, and that success in all things is measured through integrity.

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