ANNA WEINBERG, Owner & Managing Partner
New Zealand native Anna Weinberg is the Owner and Managing General Partner of Big Night Restaurant Group, LLC which owns and operates Leo’s Oyster Bar (2016), The Cavalier (2013), S&R Lounge (2013), Park Tavern (2011), and Marlowe (2010). Anna 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. Anna was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by San Francisco Magazine in 2012, and named to the San Francisco Business Times’ “40 under 40 List” in 2014.
JAMES NICHOLAS, Owner & Managing Partner
San Francisco native James Nicholas is the Owner and Managing General Partner of Big Night Restaurant Group, LLC, a San Francisco based hospitality management firm that owns and operates Leo’s Oyster Bar (2016), The Cavalier (2013), S&R Lounge (2013), Park Tavern (2011), and Marlowe (2010). James is a long-time venture investor, inventor, and restaurateur who evaluates, structures and raises capital for Big Night’s restaurant ventures and provides on-going financial and operational oversight to its portfolio of properties.
JENNIFER PUCCIO, Executive Chef
Jennifer Puccio is the Executive Chef of Marlowe. A native East Coaster, Puccio’s culinary credits include working with acclaimed chef, author, and James Beard Award winner Anna Sortun of Oleana (Cambridge, Mass.), where she learned the art of creating balance while working with bold, bright Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. Prior to opening Marlowe, Puccio served as executive chef of San Francisco’s Cortez, where she earned a highly coveted three stars from San Francisco Chronicle Food Editor and Critic Michael Bauer, an honor she earned again in April 2010 while at the helm of Marlowe and a third time at sister restaurant Park Tavern. When she originally relocated to the Bay Area with her husband Ed, who works in restaurant management, Puccio spent time adjusting to the West Coast culinary scene by working in several kitchens, including Daniel Patterson’s former restaurant Elisabeth Daniel (San Francisco), Rivoli (Berkeley, Calif.), famed vegetarian restaurant Ubuntu (Napa, Calif.). When creating the cuisine concept for Marlowe, Puccio was inspired by simple but delicious dishes that she enjoys on her days off.
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 Leo’s Oyster Bar, 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), and The 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 James Beard Foundation 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.
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