Maven is an innovative bar and restaurant in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood. At Maven’s core is a paired menu, which couples creative cocktails with delicious small plates. Maven executes a style of that is casual, while equally very competent, sacrificing neither comfort nor elegance.
The focal point of Maven’s interior design is a living wall mounted behind the mammoth redwood bartop and communal tables. A dark alluring atmosphere, organic in nature, incorporating soft candlelight with deep wood tones, kindles the seductive and spirited guest experience.
Jay Bordeleau, the owner, creator, and mastermind behind Maven, has always had a knack for creativity and creation, and has constantly treasured the arts. Jay’s collaborative work style and his it’s-so-crazy-it-just-might-work ambition formalized while banging drums and crashing cymbals behind the orchestra during his tenure as a music performance major at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Jay was able combine his collaborative leadership style with a profound passion for hospitality while designing, building, and operating Maven Restaurant. He has built a team that truly believes in enthusiastic hospitality. Jay’s life-long passion for wine began during multiple harvests at Rhys Vineyards and was affirm by earning his title as Certified Sommelier and Advanced Wine Specialist from WSET.
Diligent and always innovating, Jay is currently working on multiple new restaurant projects: Cadence, a high-energy restaurant featuring progressive American Cuisine, set to open summer-2015. As well as, Mr. Tipples Recording Studio, a craft-cocktail bar featuring live jazz nightly.
Isaac Miller started cooking as a teenager by reimagining produce from farmers’ markets into creative dishes for his family.
Before signing on at Maven as Executive Chef and Partner, Isaac developed his skills over 16 years working at some of the area’s most respected restaurants including Sons & Daughters, 231 Elsworth, and David Kinch’s two Michelin-starred Manresa. At Maven, he’s constructed a menu around fresh, local ingredients that lend themselves to dishes he describes as ‘thoughtful,’ ‘playful,’ and ‘fulfilling,’ and was awarded 3-stars from Michael Bauer of the SF Chronicle.
When he’s not in the kitchen, Isaac unwinds by hiking with his wife and chilling to great music. The longtime hip-hop fan – who also happens to be a skilled break-dancer – is a former intern for ‘The Drum’, which is the world’s longest-running hip-hop radio show.
Kate Bolton, Bartender Kate Bolton, a native Californian, tended bar at many Michelin-Star restaurants, including Cortez and Michael Mina, before becoming a Partner and the Bar Director of Maven. Since opening Maven, she’s received ample praise and accolades, including 2012 SF Chronicle Bar Star, 2013 Eater Bartender of the Year, and 7×7 Magazine’s Best Cocktails.
Kate is respected for applying culinary techniques to cocktails and her unique ability to craft cocktails tailored around culinary programs. She specializes in the use of herbs, spices, and seasonal produce to create delicious twists on proven formulas.
When Kate isn’t manning the bar at Maven, you can find her camping, snowboarding, exploring San Francisco, or most often enjoying time with her new and absolutely-darling baby daughter: Sage.
Selena Donovan, a Zagat Boston 30 under 30 honoree, started her love affair with hospitality behind the bar, hustling-hooch on Bourbon Street, and now is Maven’s General Manager and Partner.
After earning a degree in Public Relations from Loyola, Selena worked in marketing and event planning in New Orleans for a growing hospitality group, developing into General Management and Director of Operations roles. She moved back to her hometown of Boston to work with culinary trailblazer, Lydia Shire, when she soon realized her love for this industry was rooted in fast-paced dining rooms, packed with quality product, craft spirits and personality.
Selena relocated to the Bay Area to join the team at Maven, and has since become the personality at the core of Maven, the warm smile at the door, and the shot of bourbon waiting for you when your long day calls for just that. When not at work, Selena is an avid reader (she started a San Francisco service industry book club) and probably shops way more than she should. She can also be found visiting restaurants and bars around the city, and just enjoying all that is San Francisco livin’. If you ever see her out, be sure to say hello.