Here are some of the members of our team that are instrumental in bringing this wonderful experience to Burlingame.
William Boumier, a sommelier at Le Colonial in San Francisco, admits that as long as he can remember wine and food has held a fascination.
"My mother had a restaurant in France and I learned from watching her," he said. "I went to culinary school, earned to two degrees in management and enology, worked on cruise ships and finished a sommelier course in the United States."
"I have been learning about wine every day," he said. "When that door opens it is fascinating. However, just when I think I have grasped the wine, I always discover something new."
He said this is especially true with blind wine tasting. For example, a Sauvignon Blanc usually tastes more grassy and herbaceous if the grapes are from a cool climate and riper and with more fruit forward from a warmer climate.
Often when Boumier thinks he has narrowed down the identification, he will get a slight aroma that can change the way it tastes on the palate.
"The biggest challenge the wine industry faces is keeping up with the every changing world of wine," he said. "There are always new regions to discover and much more wine is available than ever before and at a better price."
Trends are changing too and organic and biodynamic farming methods are two of the biggest movements. Growers and produces more want to be sustainable and to be stewards of the land.
This knowledge of the origin of wine is why diners trust his opinion to enhance their dining experience.
"Many people know very little wine so I ask specific questions to understand their likes and dislikes," he said. "I ask if they prefer white or red; something light, buttery or big and bold or soft.
"I always let them order what they want; I don't interfere with their decision."
Chef Vazquez has spent the better part of 15 years developing his skills as a leader and developer of people. Born in Mexico City Chef Vazquez was educated at some of the finest universities in Mexico City. Chef Vazquez was a driving force behind such notable kitchens in Mexico City as the Four Seasons and the Crown Plaza. Before he decided to venture out on his own restaurant project called L'Enchilada, this project gave Chef Vazquez the freedom to explore his talents and learn more about FOH operations and gave him the necessary skill set to be an effective Owner / Operator.
In 2000, Chef Vazquez gave back to the career that has been so good to him, he became an instructor at Claustro de Sor Juana University , where he taught new chefs about various seafood and shellfish. Chef Vazquez spent 5 years as an instructor before being offered an opportunity to showcase his talents on an international stage. In 2006, Chef Vazquez moved to Los Angeles to work along side the Resmex Group as the driving force behind the kitchen development and menu implementation of Amaranta Cocina Mexicana.
Overseeing the operation and execution of this highly acclaimed restaurant, which was honored as one of the best new restaurants of 2008 by Los Angeles magazine. Now in 2008, Chef Vazquez finds himself moving to San Francisco to work alongside his longtime associate Frank Tognotti and oversee the Broadway Grill's already successful menu and kitchen, Chef Vazquez will bring this successful concept full circle with his talents and leadership.
The Broadway Grill is located in the heart of Burlingame, California at 1400 Broadway Ave., one 101 exit south of San Francisco Airport and a block east of El Camino Real. The Broadway Grill offers a fun and lively place to enjoy satisfying food and drink, and live music seven nights a week! With a friendly and attentive staff and a warm, stylish atmosphere, the Broadway Grill is perfect for a casual night out or a special occasion. Enjoy our signature apple-wood grilling, featuring such signature items as our steaks and chops or enjoy our fresh seafood offerings while listening to the great sounds during our nightly music revue - Please see our calender. Call for reservations or book your table directly online!