Jeremy Van Kralingen, Executive Chef
Jeremy was born and raised in the small town of Hilo, Hawaii. At a young age he was inspired and influenced by the home-style cooking of both his mother and grandmother. After honing his skills at some of Santa Barbara’s greatest restaurants including The Lark and julienne, Jeremy has found himself at home at Wine Cask. His cooking principles are anchored to the idea the that best food comes from the best local ingredients. His innovative style utilizes traditional cooking techniques while drawing inspiration from an array of international cooking styles, recipes, and flavors.
JENNIFER BRODT, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Since completing her university studies in Fine Art and Photography, Ms. Brodt has devoted the past 17 years of her life to developing her skills in the art and business of fine dining. She spent her early years in the coastal regions of Maryland, Delaware and South Florida, developing her skills and enriching her knowledge of coastal cuisine and fine wine. Ms. Brodt relocated from Palm Beach, Florida to Birmingham, Alabama, to open another restaurant and further her education in the ever-changing restaurant industry. Since moving to Santa Barbara, she has worked as the General Manager of Bouchon, Seagrass and now Wine Cask, under owner and restaurateur, Mitchell Sjerven.
"My philosophy is simple," she says. "The most important part of any job in this business is to make the guest feel welcome, anticipate their needs, and make sure guests have a positive dining experience in an elegant, yet unpretentious atmosphere."
To that end, Ms. Brodt is a tireless worker, with little interest in being in the public eye, or securing titles. She enjoys the "mechanics" of the restaurant, making all the various elements, parts and challenges settle into a cohesive experience for both staff and guests alike. When away from the restaurant, Ms. Brodt spends her time boxing at State Street Boxing Club, and shopping at Farmers Market trying to create culinary masterpieces for her husband, Josh.
SARAH RUDD, GENERAL MANAGER
A long-time Santa Barbara resident, attending UCSB for Cultural Anthropology and Biology. Mrs. Rudd began as a hostess at Piatti while completing her studies; Sarah’s charisma and love of the business helped her transition to Assistant General Manager, Private Events Manager and General Manager of Piatti. Sarah decided to alter her original career path and make the food and beverage industry her focus and career. Sarah is constantly educating herself and challenging herself. Sarah strives to create and develop guest relations and to motivate those around her. Sarah’s extroverted personality and sharp wit makes her a commodity for front-of-house operations. Sarah has boundless energy and a true love of the business. When Sarah is away from work she spends her time channeling her inner Martha Stewart, baking, decorating and creating everything from food to décor for her family. Sarah spends her free time dedicated to her husband, Robert, and two daughters, Chloe and Ava.
DAVID FAINBERG, WINE DIRECTOR
A native to the small resort town of Lake Arrowhead, David began his career serving tables in a local fine dinning restaurant, where he quickly found a love for food, wine, and hospitality. With this love came the realization that the pursuit of education was a necessity, and he embarked on his sommelier training. Now a Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine, David continues to study and develop his knowledge in the ever-expanding wine world. With over 10 years of experience in the food and wine industry, David has moved to Santa Barbara to further his passion for great food, amazing wine, and true hospitality.