Wagner’s past experience includes establishing and owning Cazwellas restaurant in Telluride's Mountain Village in 1998. In 2002, Wagner brought his “Food of the Americas” concept to downtown Montrose, relocating the restaurant to historic Main Street and creating the first true casual fine dining restaurant in the area. Cazwellas and its entire staff gained recognition from peers through AAA Three Diamond Awards, Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, Wine Enthusiasts and the North American Restaurant Association.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Donn to his new position at the club,” stated Ryan Wilson, general manager of The Bridges. “We are confident that through his diverse culinary background and restaurateur experiences, he will continue to build upon the foundation we have for consistent and high quality food offerings in an upscale, casual golf club setting that is unique to the area.”
Wagner’s background includes being featured as the local chef of the 2006 Telluride Wine Festival. Additionally, over a three-year period he authored a monthly wine column called The Grape Times for a local magazine. In 2007, Wagner sold Cazwellas and was hired to prepare chef dinners for Hunt Oil Company's Cornerstone Golf Club. In addition to holding a certified sommelier certification, Wagner attended The Culinary Institute of America located in St. Helena, California.
Managed by Troon Golf, The Bridges Golf and Country Club includes a Nicklaus Design golf course, which serves as the centerpiece of a 400-acre residential community called The Bridges at Black Canyon. The gently rolling layout of the course takes every advantage of showcasing unprecedented views of the San Juan Mountains and features challenging water hazards on 16 different holes. The course received immediate acclaim from Golf Magazine when it was named one of the Top 10 New Courses in 2005 and has also been recognized by Links Magazine as a Premier Golf Property.