Angela Tamura is a native of New England who now calls California home. She has been cooking all her life—a requirement for a girl with an Italian mother! Angela graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before realizing in her senior year that what she really wanted to do was create good food.
As part of her education at the New England Culinary Institute in Essex, Vermont, she took two demanding internships—one at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, and one at Rialto Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After fulfilling her school requirements, she stayed on at Rialto for another two years to continue learning from James Beard Award-winning Chef Jody Adams.
From her time at Rialto, Tamura was inspired to explore Wine Country and learn more about the ways in which food and wine come together. So she moved to Napa and took the position of Sous Chef at Bistro Don Giovanni, eventually moving up to Chef de Cuisine.
In 2001, after taking time to get married, she joined the team at ZuZu. She stayed for a year before being coaxed away to San Mateo to become Executive Chef at Central Park Bistro, then moved back to Zuzu as Executive Chef, and then made the move to Pèppoli at Pebble Beach in 2010 as Chef de Cuisine.
Angela prefers to work with local farmers, ranchers and purveyors, and to change the menu every few weeks in order to keep plates fresh and seasonal. She cooks from scratch whenever possible, making pâté, sausage and cheese, as well as desserts, pasta and bread. Angela won Chef of the Year at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival and twice was the featured chef at the James Beard House in New York.
Angela has a real love of Italian, Spanish and Latin American cuisine and is starting to explore other regions of the Mediterranean, such as Morocco and Greece, for added culinary inspiration.
A life-long love of food, wine, and service define John Gehrman, manager of Pèppoli restaurant at Pebble Beach. At just 14 years old, Gehrman could be found stocking shelves at a local wine shop in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. By age 15, he knew every wine brand and varietal in the store. While attending college at the University of Minnesota, he began bartending and developed a passion for the restaurant scene. “From a very young age, I’ve loved dining out and the special energy in restaurants,” said Gehrman. “It’s been the ultimate reward to see the business from both the customer and service perspective. I love to both serve and be served.”
Gehrman’s next adventure brought him to South Lake Tahoe at the age of 21, where he was the youngest bartender employed at Harveys Hotel and Casino. There, he found himself introduced to a whole new level of customer service, and met his wife of 38 years, Christine Angelini. A shared passion for food and beverage led the young couple to open Angelini’s Italian Restaurant in Turlock, California – a business they ultimately sold to an employee after nine successful years, and which remains a beloved institution to this day. “It was an instant success,” Gehrman shared, noting that the original 80-seat restaurant soon expanded to include a wine shop and Italian deli, complete with monthly wine tastings before such events were popular.
Annual vacations in the Monterey Bay sparked Gehrman and his wife to move to Santa Cruz in 1995. Soon, Gehrman found himself at Casanova in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where within a year he became the restaurant’s manager. He held that role for 8 years, working closely with owners the Georis brothers, before taking time off to found Carmel Wine Merchants and following his passion of buying and selling rare wines. By 2012, he was back to managing Casanova as well as its sister restaurant, La Bicyclette. In 2015, Gehrman chose to work exclusively at La Bicyclette, which saw impressive growth under his tenure as manager.
In 2019, Gehrman was on vacation cooking an Italian meal for his family when he got a phone call from a current Pebble Beach Resorts manager about the open Pèppoli position. The rest is history, and Gehrman’s next chapter began. Today, Gehrman brings his signature passion for customer service and well-honed management skills to every evening at Pèppoli. “The resort life is exciting,” Gehrman, an avid golfer, said. “The hospitality is on a higher level, and I’m happy to be returning to the world of fine dining.”