Mark Beringer has worked in the wine industry for over 25 years. He spent 14 of those years making the wines of Duckhorn Vineyards in the Napa Valley, and is now the VP of Production and Winemaker for Artesa Vineyards and Winery in Carneros. In 2007, in partnership with several childhood friends, he created the Et Cetera Wine Company to make Napa and Sonoma wines.
Linda Daly is way too socially active for her own good. She is a contributing editor for Los Angeles Times Magazine, a nonprofit consultant and coordinates volunteers for her temple’s food pantry. When she’s not writing and telling people what to do, she’s raising her 2 children and takes care of a ranch in Malibu. There she watches her tomatoes grow and sheep graze and dreams about a world where biodiversity is an every day practice. Linda has two dogs and four fish. Her favorite food is guacamole and her favorite wine is Sauvignon Blanc.
Suzanne Goin, chef, restaurateur and cookbook author owns four of L.A.’s most lauded restaurants: A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern, which she runs with partner Caroline Styne, and The Hungry Cat, where she shares duties with her husband, David Lentz. She was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “best new chefs of 1999? and was nominated for James Beard awards in 2003 and 2005. In 2006 Goin won the James Beard award for Best Chef: California.
Eric Greenspan is known for his bold and imaginative approach to food, striving to make the innovative concepts of fine dining accessible to everyone. He began his bout in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at Café Med in Berkeley. Two weeks later, Greenspan took over as head chef and general manager and for the next three years, helped the restaurant generate over $1 million dollars in revenue. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business, Greenspan attended the famed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After training under some of New York’s best chefs, Greenspan apprenticed for three-star Michelin Chef Ferran Adria at El Bulli in Spain. In 2003, Greenspan became executive chef at the renowned Patina restaurant in Los Angeles. While there, Angeleno Magazine also called Greenspan one of “Eight Hot Chefs,” and the restaurant earned a place in Zagat as one of the top-ranked French restaurants, boasting an impressive 27/30 score. In 2007, he opened The Foundry on Melrose to rave reviews, including “Best New Restaurant” by Condé Nast Traveler, Top 75 by Los Angeles Magazine, and semi-finalist in The James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant in America. Eric has been featured in a variety of publications including The New York Times and Wine Spectator, and has been named “Most Buzzworthy Chef in America” by 944 Magazine. His most recent culinary endeavors include The Roof On Wilshire and Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. As the 2008 winner of the Grilled Cheese Invitational, his newest, fast-paced eatery is a ‘must try.’ Eric hosts a show on Nat Geo called “Eric Greenspan is Hungry” and has appeared as a competitor on “Iron Chef America” where he defeated Bobby Flay.
Suzanne Tracht is among the rare group of American women chefs who have achieved the ultimate dream of owning their own restaurant. With Jar, her modern chophouse in the heart of Los Angeles, Tracht dazzles Angelenos with the allure of her familiar retro dishes from the American culinary repertoire. Her contemporary interpretation of dishes like Pork Belly and Chocolate Pudding prove that delicious food can also be unpretentious. “I love feeding people. We want guests to feel like they are in the ultimate living room, where they can have their favorite foods without pretence. I’ve always wanted to create a restaurant space where there’s a sense of community and neighborhood,” says Tracht.