ANNA WEINBERG, Proprietress
New Zealand native Anna Weinberg is an industry veteran steeped in experience from iconic New York restaurants such as Danube, Il Buco, and Barbuto, as well as San Francisco staples Town Hall and Ame at the St Regis. Park Tavern is one of five restaurant ventures from Weinberg, including Stella (New York City, 2001), South Food & Wine Bar (San Francisco, 2007), Marlowe (San Francisco, 2010), and The Cavalier (San Francisco, 2013). Ms. Weinberg was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by San Francisco Magazine in August 2012, and made the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 under 40 list in 2014.
JENNIFER PUCCIO, Chef / Partner
Jennifer Puccio is the executive chef and partner at The Cavalier (2013), Park Tavern (2011), and Marlowe (2010) restaurants. Puccio’s culinary credits include working with acclaimed chef, author, and James Beard Award winner Anna Sortun of Oleana, where she learned the art of creating balance while working with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. Puccio’s credits include Daniel Patterson’s former restaurant Elisabeth Daniel, and Cortez, where she earned her first three-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle, an honor she earned again for both Marlowe in 2010, and Park Tavern in 2012. Puccio’s third restaurant, The Cavalier, was a semifinalist for James Beard Awards Best New Restaurant in 2014.
EMILY LUCHETTI, Chief Pastry Officer
With six cookbooks to her credit and numerous awards, Emily Luchetti has helped to define what great pastry means in America. As chief pastry officer for Big Night Restaurant Group, she drives the pastry vision for The Cavalier, Marlowe, and Park Tavern and creates beautiful interpretations of some of the world’s most beloved classic desserts.
Prior to joining Big Night Restaurant Group, Luchetti was executive pastry chef at San Francisco’s Farallon since its inception in 1997, and at Waterbar since it opened in 2008. Luchetti began her culinary career on the savory side of the kitchen at San Francisco’s legendary Stars restaurant before switching to the sweet side three years later. She was the pastry chef at Stars for seven years and also co-owned the retail bakery StarBake.
The petite powerhouse is also the author of Stars Desserts (HarperCollins, 1991), Four Star Desserts (HarperCollins, 1995), A Passion for Desserts (Chronicle Books, 2003), A Passion for Ice Cream (Chronicle Books, 2006), andThe Fearless Baker (Little, Brown and Company, 2011). Her first two books were rereleased as Classic Stars Desserts (Chronicle Books, 2007).
Luchetti’s honors include the 1998 San Francisco Focus Magazine Pastry Chef of the Year, the 2001 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Golden Whisk Award, the 2003 Food Arts magazine Silver Spoon Award, and the 2004 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. From 1994 to 1999, she served as chairperson of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, and currently serves as a dean of the International Culinary Center in California and New York. In 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle chose Luchetti as one of 20 Visionary Chefs in the Bay Area, and she was inducted into the Culinary Pioneers of America. In 2012, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. Prior to being named chair of the JBF board of trustees, Luchetti served on the Foundation board for six years, three as vice chair, and as chair of the James Beard Awards Committee.
DAVE STANTON, Proprietor
Dave has been widely regarded as a highly successful entrepreneur, technologist, restaurateur, real estate developer, leader, and mentor. After “retirement” he co-founded the highly successful Tres Tequila Lounge & Mexican Kitchen. In technology, he founded and sold companies to HP (Talking Blocks), PSINet (Sage IT Partners), and took a Company public (Xpedior) as CTO. He is now is running a SalesForce consulting Company (Force By Design). Dave has a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from University of Missouri-Columbia.
KENDRA NICHOLAS NASH of PARC INTERIORS + KEVIN MCCREIGHT of VONNEGUT THOREAU CONSTRUCTION, Design Team
Nicholas Nash and McCreight collaborated with Anna Weinberg to design and build Park Tavern. Nicholas Nash holds degrees from San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (interior design), and the Univ. of California – Los Angeles. She applies her aesthetic sensibility — clean, neutral and organic — to a range of residential and commercial projects in the Bay area and beyond. McCreight and his partners at Vonnegut Thoreau utilize a combination of skilled, artisan-style craftsmanship and conscientious management practices in their residential projects and commercial work, with a specialization in historic renovations.