Chef Falbo brings over twenty years of experience to Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro. Rich began his culinary career after a brief study period in Italy, graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Hospitality Management. He spent a few years as a journeyman chef before finally attending the New England Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, he tried out and qualified for culinary instructor and worked there for several years teaching a wide variety of classes and developing a love for charcuterie and cheeses before relocating back to Texas. Rich has worked in venues including resorts in both Texas and on Maui as well as for McGuire Moorman Hospitality in Austin where he was the chef for two of their restaurants, Lambert’s and Perla’s. While working for Perla’s, Falbo developed a passion for sustainable seafood and oysters, and worked to develop Perla’s into one of the busiest seafood restaurants in Texas. During his time in Texas, Chef Falbo also worked for the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts as an instructor for the only culinary school affiliated with the historic Escoffier family. Upon moving to the D.C. area, Rich worked for a year and half with Passion Food Hospitality, eventually opening Passionfish Bethesda as the chef de cuisine. Falbo is very excited to be involved with the next stage of evolution that is happening at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro and looks forward to sharing his passion for food with guests.