Naggiar hires Georgia Gross as new chef in Naggiar Bistro

Editor’s note: Naggiar has hired Georgia Gross as its new Chef in the Naggiar Bistro. Georgia teaches at Wendy Van Wagner’s In the Kitchen in Nevada City, as we’ve written before. Here’s the announcement:

Naggiar Vineyards is pleased to welcome Georgia Gross as our new Chef in the Naggiar Bistro. We are excited to have Georgia and her “farm to table” approach in the Bistro – her philosophy of working with local farmers and producers and utilizing fresh ingredients matches perfectly with our hand crafted estate grown wines.

Georgia Gross is a native San Franciscan. By the age of 14, she knew that culinary arts was her passion and began her lifelong career. After practicing at home with French and Italian cookbooks making dinner for her father and sisters, she landed a job at a popular upscaleItalian bistro in Pacific Heights. She graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 1989, was recruited by Italian restaurant group Il Fornaio and moved to Los Angeles to open a downtown café with the company.

After returning to San Francisco in 1993, she workedalternately as a chef and as a manager in local restaurants and food retail establishments, while also working as a private caterer andpersonal chef around the Bay Area. In 2002, she opened her own farm-to-table restaurant concept, Dulcinea Café and Catering in San Francisco’s South of Market district.

In 2012, she relocated to Nevada County, CA and has made a new home with a large organic garden, bringing along over two decades of cooking and service experience. She launched Beverly and Nyla Catering (named as a tribute to her two grandmothers) and has settled nicely into her new community. Georgia entertains and delights the culinary demographic of California’s Gold Country with her hearty Mediterranean-style fare with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients.

Georgia has always wanted to work with a winery and is utilizing her entrepreneurially spirit with the family run Naggiar Vineyards. She looks forward to the challenge of pairing wine and food and expanding the repertoire of cuisine in Nevada County – her attention to the “experience of wine and food” is in perfect sync with Naggiar’s attention to detail in the “Tasting experience” at their Winery.

Her menu is here:BISTRO MENUjuly

(photo credit: In the Kitchen)

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