We strive to make everyone of our guests feel
welcome. Friendly service is the backbone of who we are.
Allow us introduce ourselves.
Like all great Chefs, Chris had an amazing Mom who recognized his talent in
the kitchen and encouraged him to see where it could take him. He enrolled into
the Culinary Arts program at Bakersfield College and was immediately hooked.
After attaining the degree, he set out to further his education at the
California Culinary Academy - San Francisco. During school, he worked at the
three-star Grand Café, then went on to extern at the famed four-star, La Folie,
under French Master Chef Roland Passot. After spending two very influential
years at La Folie, Chris continued his relationship with Roland, serving as
Sous Chef at Left Bank Brasserie in its’ San Jose and Larkspur locations. Chris
was then offered the Chef position at Left Bank - San Mateo. Most recently, he
was the Chef at LB Steak, an American/French prime steakhouse. Chris had always
wanted to end up on the Central Coast and jumped on the opportunity to make the
move. In his off time he can be found in his home kitchen cooking for his wife
Jessica, tending his garden, fishing or foraging for wild mushrooms. Chris is
thrilled to be part of the dynamic team at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant &
Café, and to play his role in serving up the flavors of the California Central
When Sam came home from interviewing Matthew Negrete, he confidently told
his wife, “I think I found our new manager.” Sam appreciated Matthew’s
sincerity and felt he would bring excitement and an extra level of
professionalism to the Los Olivos Café. Matthew has been working in the
restaurant business since he was a teenager. Alex BBQ in Shell Beach was
Matthew’s first introduction to restaurant management. From there he felt
privileged to assist in the development of Palazzo Giuseppe & Express in
San Luis Obispo. Matthew continued working at Giuseppe as a manager until he
was offered a position at Park Chalet Garden Restaurant in San Francisco. Then
the Central Coast called Matthew back home. After marrying and settling down to
be a father, Matthew began his search for a restaurant that encouraged genuine
personality, served Good Food and Good Wine, and had a reputation that he would
be proud to support. I think he found it.
Every guest that visits the Wine Merchant, dines in the Los Olivos Café, or
visits its’ website will have our friendly and knowledgeable staff cater to
their personal palate and find the right wine for their need. We look forward
to meeting and building a relationship with every customer so that anytime you
are in the market for wine, you think of calling or e-mailing us! We
are more than happy to help.