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Jaclyn Najjar: How long have you been in the Restaurant/Wine business, and how long have you owned The Rose?
Chelsea Coleman: My first job when I was 16 was at a bakery in San Diego called the Cookie Lady (RIP). So... I've been in the business for half a millenial life time. It has been nearly exactly four years since I have co-owned the Rose.
JN: What inspired you first to get into this industry?
CC: Maybe my grandparents? They loved to cook and somehow avoided the TV dinner era making everything from scratch: peach pies, bread, ice cream, roasts... Ultimately however, I always loved the experience of eating out and hosting parties. I used to force my friends to host "restaurant nights" for our parents in which we printed out menus and cooked for them.
JN: What do you love about owning The Rose?
CC: The neighborhood and the friends I've made along the way :) I also call it my on-the-ground MBA.
JN: Do you have any good tips for beginner wine enthusiasts out there? Any tips on food pairings?
CC: Don't think too hard about it, there are no rules and follow your nose.
JN: How would you describe the food/wine offerings at The Rose?
CC: Our food offerings are honest, soulful and flavorful: we focus on ingredients and freshness. The wine offerings force you to think outside the box and experience something new and fun.
JN: Is there anything coming up there that we can get excited about?
CC: We are co-hosting a Natural Wine festival July 27th and 28th called Nat Diego. We will have over 50 winemakers in the house from all over the world. All of these enthusiastic and passionate people make wine using minimal intervention and no additives. Did you know there are nearly 200 chemicals and additives you can legally add to wine in the US that don't require labelling? Don't get me started... But you can come learn more about that at the 2nd Annual Nat Diego!
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