Leslee garafalo: Chair
Leslee has spent her professional career as a restaurant manager, event planner and sommelier, providing genuine hospitality, while striving to exceed her guest's expectations. She enjoys managing for Montecito's most charming Italian restaurant, Trelune, where you can experience fine Italian cuisine and an award-winning wine list. It's her "home away from home" and just so happens to be her favorite place to eat in Santa Barbara.
In addition, Leslee is the owner of Santa Barbara Uncorked, LLC, promoting special events. For sponsorship opportunities and other ways you can get involved in SBRW, please contact Leslee at Leslee@sbrestaurantweeks.com.
Hope Zweig: co-chair
Accomplished business professional with Restaurant Solutions (RSI). Has 30+ years in the restaurant business, and proud to be a 5th degree black belt. Hope feels blessed and grateful to live and work in Santa Barbara. She loves food and eating period. As long as there's passion and love in the food she is happy! For any questions about getting involved in SBRW, please contact Hope at Hope@sbrestaurantweeks.com.
emily solomon: marketing
Emily Solomon is the Founder of The Food Marketer. She has over 9 years of wine and restaurant experience, and she currently works with many local food & wine concepts in Santa Barbara, assisting them in elevating their online presence, in order to bring more of their delicious creations to more customers. Her favorite place to dine in SB is Arigato because their sushi is some of the freshest fish in town. For marketing questions, please contact Emily at Emily@sbrestaurantweeks.com.
Leigh-Anne anderson: pR
Leigh-Anne is the Founder of Anderson-PR. Having worked in London, under one of the top Public Relations agencies in the world, Leigh-Anne is highly skilled in creating influential PR campaigns. She is a marketer at the core, and, over the past 20 years, has advised some of the most trusted brands in the food and restaurant industry. Her favorite place to eat at in Santa Barbara is Brophy Bros. Their clam chowder is her ultimate comfort food. For PR information, contact Leigh-Anne at Leigh-Anne@sbrestaurantweeks.com.
christina rivera: graphic design
Christina was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and has a true taste for adventuring and all that food has to offer. Along with a background in graphic design, she developed a craft in visual merchandising, during her time at Williams-Sonoma, and she also worked with customers to create their own cooking and dining experiences. As a “true foodie” she prides herself in the exploration of finding local spots that capture the heart and soul of its community, as well as the culture its food represents. Her favorite local treasures include Mony’s Tacos and breakfast at The Boathouse. For any graphic design needs, please contact Christina at Christina@sbrestaurantweeks.com.