Chef Matthew Baldridge’s 20 year history in Detroit includes serving as the executive chef of the upscale Cliff Bells, chef de cuisine at the Rattlesnake Club, and executive chef at Seldom Blues. He also worked side by side with James Beard award¬ winning chef Jimmy Schmidt. His meals exhibit a French influence with a modern twist. He also confers with local growers and urban farmers to develop the best cuisine possible based upon the season. Baldridge’s down¬-to-¬earth approach to fine dining (he comes out to your table clad in jeans and Converse) and his calm, kind demeanor has gained respect and fostered a genuine camaraderie with his patrons. For the past couple years he and his wife, Janna Coumoundouros have been putting on pop up dinners around town which won Hour Detroit’s Best Of award 2 years in a row. The pop up dinners served as a testing point while he opened up his new restaurant, The Conserva in downtown Ferndale. Located below the Lofts on 9, he has given new life to the former Torino space with his creative and constantly rotating menu and craft cocktails.