Christopher Cooper, Parrott House Bar Manager, having graduated Roseburg High School Class of 1995, promptly moved to Seattle to explore music by way of playing in rock bands and majoring in Music Business at the Art Institute of Seattle. As his academic career was short-lived, Chris dove into the world of non-profit arts, working in the administration, box office, and as part-time Assistant Stage Manager at Pacific Northwest Ballet. In his free time he also dabbled in film and video production with Lux Collective.
Christopher moved from Seattle to Portland in 2004, continuing to work in the non-profit arts field with both the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater. In 2005, desiring a more active career path, he became a bartender at McMenamins Bagdad Theater, Greater Trumps, and Back Stage Bar. Beginning his training there and expanding upon it at Dot’s Cafe, The Observatory,
and Bushwacker Cider -- and spending countless nights in many different Portland venues, from dive bars to upscale restaurants, picking the brains of fellow bartenders --, Christopher found his way back to Roseburg in 2015 hoping to eventually find his dream job. He quickly found out that it didn’t quite exist yet. That is, until Parrott House owner, Heidi Lael, discovered him at a local restaurant and asked him to design The Parrott House's cocktail program.
Christopher’s heart lies in the simple, rural beauty of Douglas County and the many bountiful resources it holds. Just as Chef Ruplinger brings fresh, local, seasonal ingredients to his cuisine, so Christopher does to his original cocktails, taking inspiration from from the natural environment of Southern Oregon.
Christopher’s love of fine food and cleverly crafted cocktails comes second only to his love of serving the public and seeing the smiles on their faces after sampling his creations.