Jeff Whitney Executive Chef
Jeff fell in love with cooking at a young age, watching food network with his mom and helping her in the kitchen. After high school his hobby became his profession and he enrolled at the Florida Culinary Institute. He loves seeing the effect that good food and company has on his guests, and appreciates the fact that he gets to learn something new everyday.
When he’s not behind the burners at the West End, you’ll find Jeff exploring the outdoors with his fiancée and their two dogs. He enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, disc golf, barbecuing, going to breweries and ballgames with friends in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
Ashley Millikin General Manager
Ashley has always had a passion for the restaurant business. She loves the high energy, the opportunity to meet new faces, and the fulfillment of seeing folks have a great time. Born and raised in New Jersey, she moved out West to attend Northern Arizona University. She then ran her own sandwich shop on Pearl Street in Boulder and after a brief stint on the East Coast returned back to sunny CO. She absolutely loves Colorado and—though she will always miss the Jersey Shore—is proud to call it home.
When she’s not throwing a party for her guests at The West End, Ashley loves spending time outdoors and swimming with her two kids, Izzy and Tyler. She also enjoys snowboarding, hiking, dining out, and volunteering at her daughter’s school cafeteria and classroom.
Joe Von Bokern Assistant General Manager
For Joe, the absolute best part about his job is getting to know the fine folks that make up the fabric of The West End. He loves introducing them to new craft brews and whiskeys, hearing stories about their victories and lending a sympathetic ear as they work through struggles.
Born and raised in the (once) sleepy town of Louisville, CO, Joe earned a BA in Theater from the University of Colorado. He joined The West End family in 2012 and worked his way up the ranks. When he’s not behind the stick, you’ll find him training for a marathon, kicking back with a good book, or hanging out with his wife and two pups. He also volunteers for Mirror Image Arts, a local non-profit that uses theatre-based activities to help students address bullying and inequity in their schools and communities.
Kyle Mendenhall Culinary Guidance Counselor
A musician in his first life, Southern California-born Kyle Mendenhall has always dabbled in cooking. After becoming a full-time chef, Kyle served as executive chef for the Kitchen Group for eight years before taking the help at Arcana as a chef/partner. He found his way to Big Red F in 2019, where he applies his love for simple, sustainable food to our restaurants. When he’s not at work, you can find Kyle foraging in the foothills, working with the Chef Action Network, and hanging out with his wife and two sons.