Jordan Rogers, General Manager
As general manager, Jordan Rogers brings more than two decades of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, as well as knowledge of both front and back of house operations to his position at the newly opened 89Agave in Sedona, Ariz.
Rogers’ love of travel led him to spend many years exploring popular American destinations, where he honed his restaurant and hospitality management skills at each stop. Rogers gained diverse experience while managing food and beverage venues ranging from operations within Alaska’s cruise ship industry, to fine dining establishments at ski resorts in Utah. Ultimately landing in Sedona, Rogers’ local influence can be seen in several successful design projects along uptown 89A, both large and small, and with the continual growth of and success of Taos Cantina, which has recently re-opened as 89Agave.
Rogers’ favorite part of his role at 89Agave is the opportunity to share his passion and knowledge of the food and beverage industry, Sedona, and his favorite pastime, Tequila, with both locals and visitors. He lives in Sedona with his family, where they spend time together enjoying the endless outdoor adventure opportunities.
Executive Chef Michael Osterman
With over 24+ years leading culinary teams in Sedona area restaurants and a total of 28 years of restaurant experience, Chef Michael Osterman comes to 89Agave Cantina, most recently from L’Auberge de Sedona. Originally from Northern California, Chef Mike came to Sedona in 1992 to open The Cowboy Club. He has mastered his craft by training in all positions of a restaurant, from serving & bartending, to dishwashing and baking. We are happy to have Chef Mike’s experience and energy as he brings new life to the 89Agave Cantina culinary identity. Mike prides his approach to Mexican cuisine with the involvement from his team, many of whom have come from deep roots in Mexican cooking with recipes passed down from mothers and grandmothers. Chef Mike uses his French culinary background to see Mexican food through “French Eyes”, incorporating food preparation, knife cuts and presentations found in French cuisine. When asked what items on the 89Agave menu Michael could eat every day, he responds ”basically anything with red sauce, but if I have to choose, I could eat chimichangas everyday.”
Izaak Ewell, Bar Manager
Izaak Ewell has been an inspirational addition to the 89Agave Cantina Bar team as Bar Manager. He is a Sedona native, which is rare to find, and has been in the restaurant industry for twelve years; most recently he comes to 89Agave from Heartline Café and Javalina Cantina. Izaak developed a passion for bartending after his first job as a wedding bartender, he quickly realized that being the bartender was a key role in almost every event where people making speeches or dancing. Since starting at 89agave his passions have quickly been engulfed by tequila along with the history and variety it offers. When you see Izaak behind the bar, be sure to ask questions, he looks forward to educating guests about the history and culture surrounding various drinks and Sedona.