Mirabel Hires Food & Beverage Veteran William Harris
Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group announces the hiring of William Harris as Director of Food & Beverage. Harris, who brings more than three decades of experience to the Mirabel Group, will oversee Mirabel’s numerous award-wining properties including L’Auberge Carmel/Relais & Chateaux, Aubergine, Cantinetta Luca, Salumeria Luca, all in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Hotel Les Mars/Relais & Chateaux located in Healdsburg, CA.
Having worked as Food & Beverage Director, Wine Director and Sommelier for some of the most prestigious resort and restaurant properties in the world, Harris is a natural fit for Mirabel Group, and the unparalleled service and signatures of its luxury brand. In addition, Harris holds a certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and an advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust of London.
While with the AAA 5-Diamond / Mobil 5-Star Ritz-Carlton Naples, Harris managed a 40 million dollar budget, overseeing such significant industry events as the Naples Winter Wine Festival. He directed the daily operations at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, and was Restaurant and Wine Director at Heritage House in Mendocino. Harris has been in management with such internationally notable properties as the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, the AAA 5-Diamond Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.
Mirabel CEO David Fink says, “We are thrilled to have Bill on our team. His experience and passion will help Mirabel grow and develop new concepts and refine our existing operations to be even better.”
David Fink founded Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group in 2004. The company is distinguished by its properties’ European style, gracious hospitality, contemporary ambiance, and culinary experiences in chef-driven restaurants.
L’Auberge Carmel/ Relais & Chateaux is an award-winning full-service inn located in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The twenty guest rooms are luxuriously appointed with an elegant décor. Aubergine, the highly acclaimed on-site restaurant, showcases Chef de Cuisine Justin Cogley and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza’s locally sourced and highly seasonal contemporary cuisine. Aubergine also features an underground, carefully procured wine cellar to house the restaurant’s 4,500-bottle collection. Zagat 2012 recently rated Aubergine 5th Best in the entire Bay Area. http://www.laubergecarmel.com
Cantinetta Luca, a casual trattoria located within walking distance, offers delicious wood-fired pizza, house-made salume and pastas, whole roasted fish and grilled meats served family style. Presentations are pure and rustic and prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients to bring out their bold flavors. Executive Chef/Partner Jason Balestrieri also oversees the recently opened Salumeria Luca, located right next door where he offers a wide selection of predominantly house-made to-go items including cured meats and olives, sauces, fresh-baked breads, pastries, desserts, gelato, Italian cheeses and wines – everything needed for a perfect picnic. http://cantinettaluca.com/ http://salumerialuca.com/
The highly sophisticated Hotel Les Mars/Relais & Chateaux, located one block from Healdsburg’s historic town square, brings the romance and flair of French living to Northern California Wine Country. Opened in 2005, the 16-room hotel boasts superior service with sumptuous surroundings including numerous 17th and 18th century antiques. Hotel Les Mars is dedicated to the tradition of old world luxury. http://hotellesmars.com/