Our story

After working at various restaurants across the country and traveling around the world we felt it was our time to bring our talent home and serve our community.

Local and seasonal ingredients from the Salinas Valley.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Crystal grew up in a hard-working home where life revolved around her mother's cooking using the freshest of ingredients. This is where her passion for food was born. From a young age, she knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur like her father. After graduating with honors from Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, she worked for years on the peninsula but found her passion cooking and creating experiences for private clients in their homes. The business prospered and so has the demand for her truly unique service. 

Jeffrey's passion for wine was kindled while working in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. In 2009, Jeffrey left St. Louis to find a place where he could be closer to mentors, winemakers and a robust wine market. He found everything he was looking for in Monterey County, along with the greatest discovery of his travels - his wife Crystal. He was the Beverage Director at Casanova Restaurant, where his list was nominated for a James Beard award, and he was the Wine Manager at the Pebble Beach Company. He has been pursuing the Master Sommelier Diploma since 2006.

Entrepreneur, Chef, Founder, Teacher and Mother

© 2021 by Amapola Kitchen & Wine Merchant . 

jeffrey@amapolakitchenandwine.com

Tel: 1-831-262-0075

Address: 32 West Gabilan

Salinas, CA 93901

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