Joan Reid Lapuyade
Head Chef and Meat Master
About Mighty Tavern, Fair Oaks
Passionate culinary team celebrates the bounty of Sacramento and foothills
At Mighty Tavern, our goal is to promote and showcase the bounty of the Sacramento Valley and its nearby foothills. We honor those individuals who innovate, create and interpret the resources available to them — the farmers, ranchers, bakers, vintners, distillers, brewers, and all members of the digestive arts.
Our mighty team brings years of experience and dedication to the table.
Joan Reid Lapuyade and Dennis Lapuyade / General Managers
Joan Reid Lapuyade and her business partner, ex-husband Dennis Lapuyade (it’s a long story...) bring a wealth of food and wine experience — as well as good taste — to Mighty Tavern.
They met in 1983, when Dennis opened the acclaimed wine shop and bar, Singer and Foy, in San Francisco’s North Beach. Each of them worked at renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley at different points in their careers: Dennis was the Maitre d'Hotel and wine director, and Joan assisted with the Chez Panisse Foundation as well as Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard project.
In 1998, Dennis and Joan were among Chez Panisse alumni to establish and manage César, the popular and influential Spanish tapas restaurant adjacent to Chez Panisse in Berkeley's aptly named Gourmet Ghetto. César was ranked among the “Top 100 Restaurants” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dennis’ award-winning experience in the wine and spirits industry includes sitting on several tasting panels. He’s been a consultant on numerous restaurant and bar ventures — none more important to him than Mighty Tavern.
Following a successful career in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joan recently returned to the Sacramento region where she was raised, to establish and manage the business operations of Mighty Tavern. A business consultant since the mid-80's, Joan helps build and manage restaurants, non-profits and small businesses. Most recently she was Director of Operations for West Bay Retail, on San Francisco’s Pier 39.
While Joan and Dennis divorced in 2006, they remained good friends and now business partners in Mighty Tavern. After completely renovating the former La Boheme building and opening the doors of Mighty Tavern in just 100 days, Dennis and Joan prove that good relationships, like good restaurants, can be sustainable and successful.
Jason Azevedo / Head Chef and Meat Master
Head chef and meat master Jason “Bacon” Azevedo creates many of the cured, smoked and freshly butchered meats found on the menu of Mighty Tavern.
He makes artisan cured meats — including sausage, ham and bacon — under the name Testa Duro Salumi, using locally sourced, responsibly raised animals. Jason pays considerable attention to detail, and uses his own seasoning mixes, bbq rubs and sauces in his dishes.
Jason attended Butte Culinary Academy in Chico, graduating with a degree in Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts. He’s a local boy, and a graduate of Christian Brothers High School.