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Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles gets a new head chef



We’ve all heard of the one-stop shop; the convenience, and easy access to whatever you need or want. I hate one-stop shops. They’re so impersonal, crowded, and overall cheap. And it’s so like Americans to settle for what’s in front of them: To walk into a big box store and leave perfectly content with whatever they ended up with. What happened to quality? To shopping around in search of the best?

Well, I’d hate to call Vina Robles a one-stop shop, but they’re well on their way to it when it comes to food, wine, and music. Class, quality, and entertainment are all rolled into one with Vina Robles’ new amphitheater and restaurant.

On July 6, the Vina Robles amphitheater had its official opening night with an inaugural concert kickoff. And just three days before that Thomas Drahos was appointed the head winery chef. Drahos has many years of experience on his hands, starting out in college at the Johnson & Wales University in Denver where he graduated from their culinary arts program.

Here on the Central Coast, Drahos worked as the pastry chef at Windows on the Water in Morro Bay, and then moved on to the Fenomenal Restuarant in Paso as the executive chef where he introduced Molecular Gastronomy to his culinary creations. What? You didn’t go to culinary school either, and are now wondering what Molecular Gastronomy is and how it applies to food? It is the study of how different cooking temperatures affect food, and how the physical and chemical transformations occur while cooking, thus, perfecting the taste of food to make your tastebuds water.

At the Vina Robles Amphitheatre Restaurant, Drahos will be creating the prix-fixe multi-course menus featuring seasonal ingredients. He will also have a part in developing the new wine and food experiences offered in the tasting room, and all event menus at the winery’s hospitality center.

Their whole inspiration is European but with California character, and can be followed on Facebook and twitter.

Dinner packages can be purchased at, and the restaurant will be open to all concert goers on the night of events. Vina Robles already has great wine; I can’t wait to taste what they have to cook up!


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