BEHIND THE FOOD + EXPERIENCE
FAMILY + COMMUNITY + LOVE
In 2018, Deborah Huyer and family opened Lakeside Grill in Estrella Mountain Ranch. It was an opportune moment when everything lined up. A chef, a restaurant manager, and trainer came together as a family just as the location at Starpointe became available. After 30 years in business, and with a desire to share her and her family's love for food and wine, Deborah turned to her sons and daughter and said, "all the stars lined up for this one. 'Let's Dare Greatly.'"
Today, the restaurant attracts locals (as well as those from down the hill) looking for that special place where they can enjoy great food and drinks with the company of family and friends.... and all with a spectacular view of the lake and mountains. That was the dream after all: a place where the community could sit back and watch the sun set while enjoying a good meal and a glass of red.
FORREST WILLIAMS + GENERAL MANAGER
Forrest Williams has worked for the past eight years in fine dining establishments. He has been both Front and Back of the House Manager at Pappadeaux’s Seafood Restaurant and Executive Chef for Compass International Group, where he managed the State Farm Campus dining operations in Tempe AZ, including Matt’s Big Breakfast. He is a graduate of NAU’s Franke College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. With five kids, he's good at juggling and feeding a crowd!
JUSTIN WILLIAMS + SOUS CHEF
Justin Williams, member of the American Culinary Federation, has worked for the past 6 years in fine dining establishments. He has worked as Sous Chef at the top restaurants in Flagstaff, including the Cottage Place, Josephine’s, and Forest Highland’s private community and golf club. Justin is a graduate of NAU’s Franke College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Justin loves getting out of the kitchen and talking with guests about their meals and dining experience.
BRENDA WILLIAMS + FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER
Brenda Williams has over 15 years of restaurant and customer service experience. She and her staff ensure service levels and values are being expressed daily with customers new and old. Brenda’s previous experience includes Front of House Trainer and Culinary Trainer for Pappaduex’s Seafood Restaurant, Trainer for Cheesecake Factory, and Lead Trainer at Fox Sports Grill. Her favorite food is cheese in any form!
DEBORAH HUYER + OWNER & Business MANAGER
Deborah Huyer has been a business consultant for the past 15 years and has combined her knowledge with her experience in food and dining. Deborah did her apprenticeship with a European chef, working her way up to Sous Chef for the Vail Athletic Club. Following, she was Sous Chef for the Denver Petroleum Club, before opening her own restaurant, Northwest Cellars, serving Northwest regional food and wine outside of Seattle, Washington. Deborah and her husband have been owners at Estrella Mountain Ranch since 2011. Deborah loves any food that goes with wine.