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Volume 5, Issue 54  |  July 7, 2020

River Jetty Restaurant Group names new corporate executive chef 

River Jetty Restaurant Group, partnered with Joseph “McG” Nichol and Jordan Otterbein, are proud to announce the appointment of Alfonso Ramirez as Corporate Executive Chef of A Restaurant and CdM Restaurant upon the reopening of both dining destinations for dine-in and takeout service.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with positive messages from our community over the past few months,” said Otterbein. “We were excited to reopen our restaurants with Chef Alfonso’s inspiring influence on our menus alongside our incredible Chefs de Cuisine, Roberto Gomez at A Restaurant and Elvis Morales at CdM who have been instrumental in the success of our food over the years.”

River Jetty Restaurant Alfonso Ramirez

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Corporate Executive Chef Alfonso Ramirez

Ramirez comes to River Jetty Restaurant Group from Patina Restaurant Group where he served as Executive Chef of Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar in Downtown Disney since 2015. Bringing an extensive culinary resume and a deep understanding of classic cooking and modern techniques, Ramirez brings to the restaurants a passion for “rustic flavor,” and a desire to let high-quality ingredients speak for themselves on the plate.

With a love for cooking that was instilled by his mentor and father who is himself a respected chef, Ramirez learned by doing from a young age and honed his expertise with guidance from some of the country’s top chefs. Over the course of his career he has worked alongside Joachim Splichal at Patina, Lee Hefter at Spago, and Eric Greenspan at Meson G and The Foundry.

“It’s an honor to be a part of the River Jetty Restaurant Group family,” commented Chef Ramirez. “With both restaurants reopening to a new normal, I look forward to continuing to help guide the kitchens to adhere to our stringent safety standards while delivering on the superior dining experience that guests expect from A and CdM.”

Ramirez takes over for Jonathan Blackford who has been with River Jetty Restaurant Group since 2010.

“We are incredibly grateful for Chef Jon’s dedication to our restaurants for nearly a decade,” said McG. “Through his food he gave our guests the elevated dining experience which they have come to expect from A Restaurant and CdM, and we will honor this legacy. We wish him the very best in his career.”

The reopening of A Restaurant and CdM Restaurant is in accordance with guidelines put forth by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the California Department of Public Health as well as recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.

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