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The Team Behind the Scene at Geraldine's

Executive Chef Chris Schaefer

Christopher Schaefer

Executive Chef

A New Jersey native, Executive Chef Chris Schaefer grew up in a large Italian family where home-cooked meals were a staple of his childhood. Each week was capped off with an all-day cooking affair that made every Sunday feel like a holiday. Chef Schaefer could often be found helping his mother in the kitchen with mealtime preparations, making it no surprise that he gravitated towards the kitchen when he joined the United States Marine Corps at age eighteen. During his tour, he traveled to California, Japan and South Korea where he was exposed to a broad range of foods, ingredients and culinary styles that diversified his skillset.

When Chef Schaefer’s tour ended four years later, he settled in the South and enrolled in Florida Culinary Institute. After he graduated with associates degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry and Food & Beverage Management, he got his start at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Over the next 12 years, Chef Schaefer deepened his love of coastal cuisine at The Breakers Palm Beach Resort, The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, The Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia working under nationally-acclaimed Chef Eric Ripert and The Seagate Hotel & Spa in the resort town of Delray. Chef Schaefer credits The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach and Philadelphia with where he met mentors, Chef David Mullen and Chef Jennifer Carroll.

In 2016, Chef Schaefer joined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as an executive taskforce chef. He traveled throughout the United States where he rebranded and opened multiple restaurants that exhibited French, Modern American and Italian cuisines, before he accepted the position as executive chef of Geraldine’s in 2019. At the helm of Geraldine’s, Chef Schaefer brings nearly 20 years of culinary expertise and a passion for clean eating, which is demonstrated through his creative use of sustainable, vegetable-forward dishes. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Schaefer can be found studying up on Roman Mythology, day trading and dining at Foreign & Domestic, one of his favorite Austin eateries.

Lauren Bucherie, Music & Social Programming Director

Hannah Hagar

Music & Social Programming Director

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hannah Hagar has spent most of her time making music. She started writing and performing as a kid at various fundraisers and local city events before eventually meeting producer and engineer, David Murray (City of Austin Economic Development Department, Music & Entertainment Division). She recorded for nearly four years in Murray’s central Austin studio; and with the help of Austin legends like Roscoe Beck on bass and Brannen Temple on drums, in 2008, Hagar released her debut album, Portraits.

Over the next decade, Hagar continued to write, record, and perform under her own name, as well as with other artists including Reed Turner, Joanna Barbera, and Emily Wolfe.

Through touring, Hagar found a passion for the off-stage as well - artist and tour management, event production and talent buying, and sync licensing and brand activations. Hagar has since worked with a number of organizations including New York University, Sony Sync Shop, and Havas.

Hagar is currently the Director of Music & Social Programming at the Hotel Van Zandt and Geraldine’s. When she is not at work, she teaches songwriting and guitar at ATA College Prep in Bee Cave, and enjoys adventuring with her girlfriend, Haley -- traveling to new cities, states, countries; exploring new restaurants, recipes, wines, cocktails; boating, boot camps, camping, climbing, seeing live music and theatre.

Hagar holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Edward’s University, and an M.A. in Music Business from New York University.