Andrae Bopp, a St. Louis native, has been passionate about food and wine his entire life. Food was always at the center of his life from his high school days in Heidelberg Germany, to when Andrae graduated with top honors, from the French Culinary Institute located in New York City.
Following graduation, Andrae worked and interned in some of the world’s finest restaurants; including Bouley, Danube, Balthazar and Le Bernardin, a Michelin Three Star restaurant. Andrae’s opened in Boise Idaho, to rave reviews in 2004. Since its inception, Andrae’s was a regional, if not a national destination restaurant and transformed the local dining scene in Boise. Andrae’s was known throughout the Pacific Northwest for the numerous wine dinners with some of the industry’s top winemakers and his work with local farmers, including starting the “Farm to Table” movement in Boise.
Andrae’s restaurant received accolades in Northwest Palate, Wine Spectator, Wine Press Northwest, Culinary Trends, and Santé, a national restaurant trade publication, which named them “Best Fining Dining Restaurant (Southwest) in 2006. Andrae’s received two flawless critical reviews from Boise’s newspaper, The Idaho Statesman. Andrae’s also garnered an array of awards from the Washington Wine Commission, including two Grand Awards and receiving the award for the “Best Washington Wine List outside Washington State” two years in a row, for his Washington and especially his Walla Walla Valley wine programs.
In the summer 0f 2008, Andrae relocated to Walla Walla, with the plans of combining his love of food with his passion for wine. This came to fruition as Andrae worked harvest and was involved with the blending trials and daily winemaking responsibilities for Dusted Valley Vintners. His hard work and eagerness to learn was rewarded with Andrae being named the Assistant Winemaker and Executive Chef for Dusted Valley Vintners in Walla Walla.
In 2009, Andrae began his Underground/Pop Up Dining Series, La Porte Brune, to sold out events throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was then that he began the process for opening up Andrae’s Kitchen, one of the first mobile Food Trucks in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2012, Andrae opened a permanent restaurant inside the Cenex Convenience Store and has been garnering National attention and awards since, including: Pacific Northwest Caterer of the Year (2012), Best Food Truck Restaurant in North America (2016), Best Gas Station Breakfast in America (2016). Andrae has redefined food and dining in the Northwest with his creative and out of the box thinking.
Currently, Andrae is operating La Porte Brune Catering, AK’s @ the Co-op (Andrae’s brick and mortar venture) and Andrae’s Kitchen Food Truck in Walla Walla. Andrae’s Kitchen, was Walla Walla’s first gourmet food truck now serves gourmet and comfort food to wineries and locals, as well as providing vineyard dinners and catered private events.
Andrae is married to Michelle and has a daughter Kyndra. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to Mexico, golf, white water rafting, hiking, as well as spending time with his family and his 3 Newfoundland dogs