Paul C. Reilly is the co-owner/executive chef of Beast+Bottle, a rustic American craft restaurant in Denver centered on local, farm-focused food, and Coperta, a Southern-Italian and Roman inspired restaurant in Denver's uptown neighborhood, which he both co-owns with sister Aileen V. Reilly. Since opening in 2013, beast + bottle has earned multiple accolades, inclusions on ‘best restaurant’ lists and nods to its well-rounded beverage program. Drawing from his upbringing in New York’s lush Hudson Valley, Paul is committed to sourcing only the highest quality ingredients. Realizing the depth of his culinary passion while attending CU Boulder, he subsequently moved to Telluride, where he worked at award-winning restaurants Allred’s and 221 South Oak. Wanting to hone his skills even further, Paul returned to New York to attend the esteemed French Culinary Institute for formal culinary training. In 2004, chef moved back to Denver to help open the acclaimed Mirepoix, followed by a move to Executive Chef and Owner of Encore on Colfax, a longtime Denver favorite. Following Encore’s closure in 2012, Paul won the prestigious Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant, issued to just eight chefs from around the world, and apprenticed at Browne Trading Company in Portland, Maine. In March 2013, Paul and Aileen opened beast + bottle, where Paul puts his unique spin on new American cuisine nightly. In 2016, Paul and Aileen opened their second restaurant, Coperta, with a menu inspired by the flavors, techniques, and traditions of Rome and Southern Italy. Paul’s constantly evolving menus highlight the creative use of whole animals and ingredients from the twenty plus local purveyors with whom the Reillys have partnered.