MEET THE TEAM

 

The Vine18 team strives for pure excellence during the entirety of your dining experience. 

Joe Garcia​ - HEAD CHEF

 

The new Executive Chef, Joe Garcia, has decades of experience. Joe Garcia began his culinary career in Chicago working part-time in local restaurants and attending culinary school. Joe spent many years working at fine restaurants in San Francisco including Garibaldi’s on Presidio and The Elite Café. He was eventually recruited by the Bridge Café in New York City as Executive Chef, bringing new exciting twists to the culinary arts in the Big Apple. After two years, he was offered the opportunity to open a new, fine restaurant in midtown Manhattan. He is also an accomplished butcher, and in his spare time develops blends of spice rubs and sauces. Joe is currently working on his audition video for his shot at the new season of Bravo’s Top Chef!

Rick Watts​ - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

 

Director of Food and Beverage, Rick Watts, is a veteran of 38 years in the industry. Rick began his work in the industry in 1982. He was Food and Beverage Manager for Indigo Sky Casino in Oklahoma then joined Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Shortly after joining Black Oak, he became Executive Director of Food and Beverage. He obtained credentials in wine with Sommelier Certifications and Level II certified Sommelier. Most recently, Rick was the Director of Food and Beverage at Ruby Hill Country Club and the General Manager of Inner Sanctum Cellars Winery.