Aerie's culinary team has come together from all over the world to serve you. Our staff focuses on creating a memorable dining experience for each guest, with first-class food and service as our top priorities. We love where we work, and we are passionate about creating an inventive, exciting menu within a setting unlike any other Traverse City dining venue. From ingredients to preparation to presentation, we strive to make your visit to Aerie Restaurant & Lounge exceptional.

Auston Minnich

Chef Auston Minnich

Chef de Cuisine

A 17-year veteran of restaurant cooking and cuisine, Chef Auston Minnich is the Chef de Cuisine at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge. Chef Minnich joined the Aerie staff in 2021 after working at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for seven years. He is excited to bring some Vegas flare to northern Michigan while putting Michigan back on the map for culinary and food service.

Chef Minnich studied culinary at Robert Morris University Illinois. Before coming to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, he also worked as the food service director for Food Services, Inc. and at Sedona Restaurant & Lounge in Vegas.