Although born and raised in Sonoma County, Scott Kendall attended San Diego State University. Growing up in a culinary family, Scott always knew he belonged in the kitchen. He gained experience from working restaurants since age fourteen and learning from his mother, a culinary arts teacher. To further his knowledge of the restaurant industry, he majored in business management in college.
After graduating and traveling for a year, he moved back to his hometown and conceptualized the details and design for opening a restaurant. Scott is now living out his dream and "Seizing the Day" as owner and executive chef of Carpe Diem Wine Bar. When he isn't in the kitchen, Chef Scott is now brewing his own beers in the restaurant.
Nick Hammond was practically born and raised with wine pouring through his veins. He grew up learning how to make wine by working beside his grandpa, dad and brother on their farm in Fresno. He then attended Fresno Pacific University where he mainly played soccer, studied Business Administration and Management, and worked at local wineries. After graduating, Nick coached soccer, played for a semi-pro league and assisted his family as they created their own wine label. In 2007, he moved to Napa to fully pursue a career in wine. He first scored a job at Del Dotto Vineyards giving wine and cave tours. Soon after, he became a Wine Specialist, Hospitality Liaison and Concierge at Vintner’s Collective, where he became acquainted with some of the best producers in the valley. Presently, Nick works operating the wine and beer program at Carpe Diem. Nick’s lively presence and knowledge of wine simply reflects his love for the industry and all the people that he has met along the way.
Kimberly was born and raised in the sunny Orange County. Attending CSU Fullerton allowed her to explore her interests in communication and hospitality. Three years ago, Kim relocated with her husband to wine country. This opened doors for new career opportunities in Kim’s life. With a natural sense for adventure and trying new things, Kim explores wine country constantly, expanding her palette for food and wine. With a background in event planning, Kim has a sharp attention to detail. Kim has been with Carpe Diem for one year. Her newest role as a Manager at Carpe Diem allows her to bring her attentive and passionate personality to all the guests at Carpe Diem.
Ryan has lived in northern California for nearly all his life. He was born in the east bay and grew up in Sacramento. Ryan moved to the Napa Valley in in 2005 to pursue his passion for food and wine. He attended and graduated the Napa Valley Cooking School in St. Helena. He has worked at standout Napa restaurants including Etoile and Fish Story and is currently Carpe Diem's Sous Chef. In his free time Ryan loves to wine taste and check out local eateries seeking inspiration for yummy dishes to serve at Carpe Diem. He also enjoys long walks on the beach.