Don Durante is no stranger to the South Bay dining scene - his 30+ years in the restaurant industry have taught him the importance of impeccable customer service and enabled him to master the workings of a well-oiled restaurant. Don was owner and executive chef at the award-winning Le Mouton Noir in Saratoga and executive chef at the Silicon Valley icon Birk's Grill in Santa Clara. Dons most recent success is Cascal Restaurant in Mountain View where the Tapa-style menu offers bold flavors and exotic cocktails. Don looks forward to another great success with Cin-Cin Wine Bar.READ MORE
Lisa Rhorer is a former high-tech marketing executive, working for such Silicon Valley giants as Google, Oracle and Creative Labs as well as technology publishing media leader, IDG. Lisa left Google to pursue her passion for wine, going on to graduate from the prestigious Professional Wine Studies Program at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena.
Chef Shingo Katsura was inspired to pursue cooking as a career while working in an externship program at Madera at Rosewood Sandhill Resort, Menlo Park, CA. It was an eye-opening experience when he saw how a real kitchen ran. The challenge of being able to balance hard work, working under pressure and teamwork interested him. Chef Katsura’s style of cooking is California -New American cuisine. He enjoys this type of cooking because the cuisine is fusioned with foods and cooking techniques from all over the world. It allows him to have a broad palate.READ MORE