General Manager, Food & Beverage
At Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Denver, Brandon Wilson cultivates a genuine sense of comfort that pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s menu of modern American home cooking and an approachable collection of craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Wilson encourages his staff to be proactive in anticipating guests’ needs while making everyone feel like the most important person in the room. “My philosophy when it comes to hospitality is to make all our guests feel like they are truly at home, to provide a service that is very warm and welcoming,” he explains. “I want Second Home to be on the forefront of every diner’s mind when they are making plans to go out for a meal in the Denver area, and the only way to do that in my opinion is to provide each and every guest with a memorable dining experience whenever they step foot through our doors.”
The General Manager sets the tone for his team by bringing a positive and upbeat attitude to the table himself. Ultimately, he says, the positive energy naturally leads to those positive interactions with guests. “My overall approach to management is to focus on teamwork,” he explains. “I learned very early in life from my experiences playing sports that when you have a team of individuals all pulling in the same direction, anything is possible.”
Wilson had always been drawn to the culture of hospitality, as early back as the time he first saw the movie “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise. While earning a B.A. in sociology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, he applied for a bartender position at the hottest bar on campus. While he was not hired to tend bar, he did take a position as a bar back instead. From there, he worked his way up the ladder into management and hasn’t looked back.
Before coming to Second Home Kitchen + Bar, originally as a senior restaurant manager in summer 2015, Wilson served as a General Manager at Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar & Dining Rooms in Manhattan. While in New York City, he also obtained his VITI1 certificate from the American Sommelier Association. Prior, the Windy City native opened a multiunit food and beverage operation in downtown Chicago for a Destination Hotel & Resorts property in 2013 and spent 5 years as a food and beverage manager at a downtown Chicago hotel within the Denihan Hospitality collection.
Wilson lives in the Cherry Creek neighborhood with wife, Brigid, and their newborn baby girl. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the movies, hitting up the Cherry Creek Trail for a hike or bike ride, and taking his wife out to dinner—which serves both as great downtime together, and an opportunity to scope out the competition throughout Denver.
Executive Chef, Second Home Kitchen + Bar
David Anderson is the Executive Chef at Denver’s home-away-from-home eatery, Second Home Kitchen + Bar by Sage Restaurant Group (SRG). With an ever-changing, seasonal menu, Anderson uses modern techniques and locally-sourced ingredients to elevate the dishes at Second Home. His menu aims to be remain approachable while continuing to surprise and delight guests with unique twists on classic comfort foods. Everything Anderson does is with respect to origin, so when a diner enjoys one of his meals, it feels like home.
Hailing from Ketchikan, Alaska, Anderson was celebrated was one of Portland’s best young chefs during his tenure there. He came to Portland in 2000 and immediately began working in some the city’s finest kitchens. He spent time at Portland restaurants Cafe Azul, Southpark, Lauro Kitchen and Vindalho. In 2004, while he was the Chef de Cuisine, Lauro Kitchen won “Restaurant of the Year” from Willamette Week. While at Vindalho, Anderson was featured in Gourmet Magazine, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He was also named as the “Rising Star” in the Oregonian’s Diner Issue. In 2008 Anderson was named Iron Chef Portland and went on to earn the title Iron Chef Oregon in 2011. Recently, he helped Michelle Obama kick off the “Chef’s Move” program at the White House.
Anderson lives in Southeast Denver with his wife, -and enjoys spending his free time brewing beer and taking advantage of Denver’s outdoors by golfing, hiking, and biking.