Orange County Chapter


Orange County has oceans white with foam, Disneyland, major league sports and even a few “Real Housewives,” but, more importantly, it’s become a premier dining destination. More than ever, it’s crucial for restaurant owners and operators to get involved and help the industry flourish. The chapter connects members at the local level to learn from each other, develop relationships with local government, monitor regulatory changes and give back to budding industry leaders.


Chapter Events

Join the chapter for the Annual President’s Panel, Golf Tournament, Educational Events, Industry Mixers, and much more!

Check out our upcoming events!


Board of Directors

Tammy Cook 
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Chapter President

Kyle Simpson
Vine Restaurant & Bar
Vice President + Past President

Brittany Juarez
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Kristi D. Oates
Squar Milner


Board Members

Russell J. Bendel Jr. 
The Habit Restaurants, LLC
Paul Berkman
Rutabegorz Restaurant
Robert Clunie
Disneyland Resort
Joe Gatto
Outback Steakhouse/T-Bird Rest. Grp., Inc. 
Jon A. Jezierski
Global Protein Group

Melisa Marks
So Cal Gas Co.
Jeff McNeilly
Brinker International
Gina Miller
Call & Jensen
Jeff Preston
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
Ted Protano
FreshPoint – Southern California

Kevin Rosamilia
Sysco Riverside
Talia Samuels
Ingardia Bros. Produce Inc.
John Tallichet
Specialty Restaurants Corp.
Michael Viola
Pure Restaurant Solutions
David Lory
Yard House
Heather Heleloa
The Ranch Restaurant + Saloon
Niall Armstrong
Robert E. Harris Insurance