After high school I spent five years of higher learning at Auburn University, trying not to flunk out and drinking as much beer as possible. Wasted my parent's money (sorry, dad), but did receive a B.S. in business. Worked with my dad at his restaurant and taught myself how to create in the kitchen. Then at age 27 I opened my own place in Santa Cruz. Fast forward 25 years, my wife and I moved out of San Francisco to a more pastoral existence, only to find no good coffee in Pescadero.