Sunday, July 12, 2009

Old World Inn Welcomes 3 new innkeepers and an Executive Chef!

Over the past few months, Innkeepers Victor Eddleman, Ryan Geoghagen, and Joy Wesley have all joined our innkeeping staff. And we have finally found an executive chef for the Inn!

Victor is a recent graduate of the California Culinary Academy, with a major in Hospitality Management. He's a great guy who loves to cook and is looking forward to learning the finer points of innkeeping. He hails from Claude, Texas.

Ryan was born and raised in Napa, and knows more Napa back roads and short cuts than any other person we've met. He loves people, loves to cook and travel, and has more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry.

Joy is also a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, and joined our staff in January of this year. She too loves to cook, and is an exceptional innkeeper. She's a California girl, born and raised.

We are bidding a sad, but fond, farewell to our wonderful Innkeeper Kim, who joined us last year but is leaving in a few weeks to spend more time with her daughter and grandson. We wish you lots of happiness and good times, Kim! :)

It has been a long-time dream to have an executive chef here at the Inn. Those of you who met Chris Caldwell (our previous chef) knew that he worked at Julia's Kitchen at the same time. Chris left us a few months ago when he was promoted to Sous Chef at Julia's. We wish him nothing but the best!

We had put feelers out into the culinary world for the past 3 years in the hopes of finding someone who would have a great culinary background and would fit into our little "family" here at the Old World Inn.

And about a month ago, we found a very special person.

Diane King, our new Executive Chef, is also a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She recently finished a stint as a demonstration chef at the Culinary Institute of America (Greystone). Prior to that she was the pastry chef for Philipe Jeanty when he ran the restaurant at Domaine Chandon, and before that, she was the pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck at Spago.

As you have probably guessed, Diane loves to cook!

Look for some very special food news in the coming weeks and months.

We'd like to welcome Diane, Joy, Ryan, and Victor to our Inn family!

-The Innkeepers
Old World Inn

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