DAN KAISER -
Ever since he was a child, baking cookies with his Grandmother in New Jersey, Dan knew he wanted to surround himself with food. At the tender age of 8 on a trip to the Napa Valley with his family, he got a taste of something that would change his life forever. A secret sip (maybe more of a gulp) of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, stolen from his Mother's glass set a dream in motion. Dan knew his life would be focused on food and wine.
After working in a couple of kitchens in his hometown of Danville, CA, Dan decided he wanted to learn the management side of the hospitality industry and enrolled in Cornell University's world renowned School of Hotel Administration, where he concentrated on Food & Beverage Management. After graduating in 2007, Dan joined the opening team at now Michelin starred Solbar Restaurant. A year later, Dan joined the team at newly opened JoLe Restaurant & Bar, where he served as General Manager and Wine Director for over 5 years. JoLe is also where he met his wife and further inspiration, Carolina. After leaving JoLe, Dan moved on to serve as Wine Director and General Manager for Left Coast Restaurant Group.
Once, the news of the old JoLe space becoming available, the Kaiser family jumped at the opportunity to take it over. Dan's career in Calistoga has finally come full circle at Veraison and Johnny's Restaurant and Bar.