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Jeffrey Lundmark, owner and head chef

Meet the Chef: Jeffrey Lundmark

Jeffrey is a veteran of the food service industry beginning as a server at a small restaurant in his hometown of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

Following his interest in the field, Jeffrey attended bartender school where he learned the art of creating classic cocktails. He later attended and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. Even as a student, Jeffrey worked to hone his culinary skills at a restaurant, later hired as a sous chef at that same restaurant. He was Head Chef at Domancin Restaurant and Wine Bar in Stillwater for the past eight years. Jeffrey’s passion for creating food from scratch led him to meet and establish relationships with many local food purveyors. As chef/owner of The Wilder Scratch Kitchen in Bayport, Jeffrey offers “from scratch” American comfort foods prepared with a modern technique that diners find new and refreshing. His menu creations change with the seasons and feature many local and independent food purveyors.

Jeffrey and his wife Kathy and son Reed Wilder own a home in Stillwater where they have resided for eight years.

Soup from The Wilder Scratch Kitchen.

Local Chef Opening a New Restaurant in Bayport

Just down the way from Stillwater, the much quieter hamlet of Bayport is seeing a resurgence as locals and metro types alike find new dining options right off its main street.

Among the newest is The Wilder Scratch Kitchen opening soon by Chef-owner Jeffrey Lundmark and his wife Kathy. Formerly head chef at Domancin Wine Bar and Restaurant in Stillwater for eight years, Lundmark’s vision for the new restaurant rests in the concept of scratch cooking. “Think of modern comfort food that uses real ingredients with just the right amount of creative technique,” said Lundmark when describing his menu.

The Wilder is opening in a building formerly occupied by a Mexican restaurant. The remodel included gutting and reconfiguring the space. The result is a historic setting with just enough industrial touches. Exposed brick plays nicely with a new oak and carrera marble topped bar, and crafted industrial hardware that appears throughout the restaurant. The original storefront windows bring in just enough light to brighten the space without disturbing the intimate interior or the quaint exterior.

The Wilder is planning a soft opening soon and a full opening mid-June.