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"The owner, Javier Gonzalez, was our featured speaker. He is so passionate about Spain, and so knowledgeable. We chose dishes that encompassed a number of regions. There were seven wines, with two different Ribero del Dueros to compare and contrast. At the reception, we served a sherry for people who are less familiar with sherry. If they didn't want to try it, they could choose an Albarino. There was music, and Javier talked about the whole culture of Spanish dining — marvelous stories sparked off by the food and the wine."

More established restaurants — Tapenade, George's at the Cove, the Pamplemousse Grill — welcome her for the customer base she brings. "There are always people who say things like, 'You're doing Grgich Hills? I'll go anywhere for Grgich Hills.' "

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