As the 35th anniversary of The Grape approaches October 26, new chef-owner Brian Luscher -- fresh from his successful shift as chef at TPC Craig Ranch golf club -- is team-building. His newest acquisition is sous chef Jennifer Schaertl. Graduate of El Centro Culinary School. Current of Suze (for one more week). Late of the defunct Savory.
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Says Schaertl, who, at 28, is younger than The Grape: “I’m young enough to still be abused and take it … and old enough to give it back.” Well, good vinegar does need some piss in it. --Mark Stuertz