San Diego Chapter


We participate in community and philanthropic events on an ongoing basis. The San Diego education committee has supported projects such as the ROP culinary arts program at inner city schools, the Hospitality + Tourism Management program at San Diego State University and school garden projects at local elementary school. We also organize San Diego Restaurant Week, introducing the community to local restaurants and showcasing the industry’s talent.



Chapter Events

Join the chapter for Restaurant Weeks, Industry Mixers, Educational Seminars, Gold Medallion Dinner, Summer Bash, Golf Tournament and much more!

Check out our upcoming events!


Board of Directors

Chuck Ross
Fiesta de Reyes 
Chapter President

Jeff Rossman
Terra American Bistro
1st Vice President

Clark Hickey
Barona Resort & Casino
2nd Vice President

Susie Baumann
Bali Hai Restaurant
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse 

Andy Baumann
Bali Hai | Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
Member At Large

Nicole Bushnell
Luna Grill
Member At Large

Ben Clevenger
Eastbound Bar & Grill | The Hills Local Pub
Member At Large

Clark Hickey
Barona Resort & Casino
Member At Large

Angie Weber
Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop
Member At Large

Michael Blake
Past President

Board Members

Felix Berry
Felix’s BBQ With Soul
Tracy Borkum
Urban Kitchen Group
Amy Burgatz
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
Todd Cahill
San Diego Gas & Electric
Matt Caponi
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
Chad Cline
The Waterfront Grill & Bar
Dwight Colton
Fish Market Restaurants, Inc.
Chris Cramer
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Patrick Day
Sysco San Diego
Kristine Duehren 
SDCM Restaurant Group
Bess Eberhardt
San Diego Convention Center
Sal Ercolano
SeaSalt Del Mar
Mike Feinman
Cohn Restaurant Group
Trey Foshee 
George’s at the Cove | Galaxy Taco
Steve Gi
Rei De Gado

Lehn Goetz
Cafe Coyote
Blake Hamerslag
Robert Harrington
Specialty Produce
Tyrone Hatch
Brian Hilemon
San Diego Tourism Authority
Christopher Holzhauer
Young’s Market Company
Chad Hoxie
Alliant Insurance
Ken Irvine
Blue Boheme
Ken Kasianovitz
Squar Milner LLP
Arturo Kassel
Whisknladle Hospitality
Bruno Katz
Wilson Elser
Charles Kaufman
Bread & Cie
Bill Larson
Viking Construction
Tyler Martin
The Brigantine Family of Restaurants
Jeff Illson
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Joe O’Donnell
Urban Plates
Phil Pace
Phil’s BBQ
Janis Palmeter
Shamrock Foods Company
Gina Patterson
Cathy Peterson
Farmers Insurance
Jim Phillips
Studio Diner
Diane Powers
Casa De Pico
Lori Rodriguez
Neil Sorensen
Southern Wine & Spirits
Gary Tanashian
New Leaf Biofuel 
Ryan Thorsen
Mister A’s
Adam Wagner
Raindrop Marketing
Stephanie Wilson 
Wicked Creative
Bryan Wood
B. Wood Insurance