Chris Oppewall brings a true “farm to tablecloth” experience to Cru Uncorked. Coming from the family’s farm in Iowa to top resorts with the cellars of top Chateaux provides a wealth of experience from which to draw upon. Chris credits a passion for quality and beauty as the unifying element between time on the farm and a career filled with diamonds and stars. An eager student and teacher with all things wine makes Cru Uncorked a match as natural as Lamb and Bordeaux. In the moments away from work, Chris enjoys time with his wife, three children and dog.
Tom Lutz is the new General Manager at Cru. Tom is a native of northeast Ohio. Anyone who is familiar with fine dining in the Cleveland is familiar with the restaurants that Gamekeeper’s Hospitality, an establishment Tom founded in 1976, has owned and operated. These include eateries such as the Inn at Chagrin, Welshfield Inn in Hiram, and 87 West Wine Bar at Crocker Park. Cru is fortunate to have Tom bring his more than 40 years of industry experience to another fine dining success story for the metropolitan Cleveland area.
John Stropki is the Executive Head Chef at Cru Uncorked. A Cleveland native, John studied at The Culinary Institute of America and The French Pastry School. He apprenticed with American Culinary Federation and has experience in a variety of hospitality offerings including hotels, restaurants, clubs and corporate dining. The artistry of the craft drew him to the industry after high school. He is passionate about plate design, pastry proficiency and culinary education. As the Executive Head Chef at Cru Uncorked, John feels blessed to express his vision as a chef work while working with the highest integrity ingredients at this world-class organization.
Bill Cutler is the Assistant Manager at Cru Uncorked. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bill grew up in Cleveland and studied at the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute in Chesterland, Ohio. His passion for restaurant hospitality led him to study in Florence Italy and to work for some of Northeast Ohio’s most renowned restaurateurs. Opening Cleveland’s finest high-end service restaurant has been a long-held goal that Bill credits reaching to the support of his family and friends.