As a native San Franciscan food and drink have always been at the center of my life. From the annual trips with my father to the vineyards and cellars of France to our family’s Sunday dinners at the celebrated restaurants of the day — Ernie’s, The Blue Fox, Doro’s, Amelio’s, The Mandarin and Vanessi’s — life at the table was always an adventure and an event not to be missed.
My working career began at my family’s restaurants La Bourgogne and Delices de France. There I learned the basic skills of service and hospitality. After university (UCSB) my direction turned to wine and I along with a partner developed the wine store Singer & Foy where the imports of Kermit Lynch were a specialty. Eight fortunate years at the amazing Chez Panisse Restaurant & Café followed and then the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself: the formation of a project, both bar and restaurant, known as César. It was truly an innovative amalgam and perhaps could have only occurred in Berkeley. Simple but authentic Spanish tapas served alongside a world-class list of wines and spirits and a cocktail service that anticipated and perhaps accelerated the raging cocktail phenomenon of today.
Next up came a project very dear to me, Mighty Tavern. It was founded in the small community of Fair Oaks, California near Sacramento. There I learned the importance of biodynamics from its practitioners and teachers, the staff of Rudolf Steiner College located less than a mile from the tavern.
Love and marriage have since taken me away to my current life in Geneva, Switzerland where I reside with my wife Veronica and dog Felicia. I look forward to discovering the best there is to offer here in Switzerland and sharing with you, my readers, what I find.