Falkners Announce New Executive Chef for Their Pinnacle Restaurant
After 8 great years as Executive Chef for the Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery, Chef Gianni Ciciliot has decided to retire. His last day will be March 11th. Ray Falkner, co-owner of Falkner Winery, says “Gianni has been a great Chef for our wonderful restaurant. I know we never would have made the Best Restaurant list the last 8 years without the wonderful food Gianni knows how to prepare”. Fortunately, Jason Barradas, the current Sous Chef, will become the new Executive Chef. Jason has been Sous Chef at the Pinnacle since 2014 and worked there previously between 2008-2012. Before that, he was Chef de Prate at the five star Amaya Restaurant part of the Grand Del Mar Resort between 2012-2014. He was trained at the California Culinary Academy “Le Cordon Blue” in San Francisco. Says Loretta Falkner, co-owner, “Jason is a great Chef with a flair for imaginative ideas for food items. We look forward to his great ideas on some new menu items”. The Pinnacle offers great panoramic views, outstanding Mediterranean style food, and high quality service for lunches 7 days a week. Set on a 1,500 foot hilltop, The Pinnacle offers customers great Temecula Wine Country views whether seated in the air conditioned indoors or on the open-air outdoor balcony. The restaurant also serves as an evening wedding and banquet venue.
Falkner Winery is a premier winery in the Temecula Valley Wine Country offering great food, high quality wines, spectacular views, and spectacular service. Since opening in July 2000, the winery has gained distinction in Wine Country for its high quality wines, great food at their “Best Restaurant in Inland Empire” award winning Pinnacle Restaurant, wine tasting classes, VIP Group Tours and Tastings, and private venues such as parties and weddings. The tasting room is open daily from 10am to 5pm with tours available on weekends and by appointment. The restaurant serves lunch daily from 11:30am to 3:30pm daily. They are located 5 miles east of I-15 off the Rancho California Road exit then left onto Calle Contento. Pinnacle reservations and other information are available by calling 951-676-8231 x4 or online under Restaurant Reservations at www.falknerwinery.com.