Best Wishes for 2024
22 November 2023
Los que me conocen saben lo mucho que me gusta el mar. En el mar, la vida es diferente; no hay horas, hay momentos. Al fin del este año, siento que vivo en el mar. (Translation Below)
Those who know me know how much I love the sea. In the sea, life is different; There are no hours, there are moments. At the end of this year, I feel like I live in the sea.
I started this thought last year, and now have the mediation ready for discourse. Every year we wrestle and sweat intensely to curate and optimize the positive experience we wish to achieve around our family, our community, and our business. We achieve it partly because we believe it is important and partly because we have compassion. Krishan reached 70 years of age and celebrated by the sea in Greece and Portugal. On this birthday I wish here to express profound gratitude for my father, who has always demonstrated the real wealth of someone happy and content in their own skin. Arti continues to be generous in her service to others and reminds me to be there for others in service, even when our own villages continue to grow. Nehika has completed graduate studies from Columbia University and launched, with her co-founder Kadeisha Pinkney, NEHXT, at-home beauty services for everyone, everywhere. This was my shameless moment to be the big brother cheerleader. Amar is more settled with his hospital posting and continues to share his important work life balance experience with me. Laura has found a new home teaching at a high school in San Francisco and maintains her high standards and joy around language pedagogy. Milan is wild and free while throwing “pelotas”, or anything resembling a ball, and enjoying life by the sea in San Francisco.
We spent the last year in San Francisco slowing down from the rush of post pandemic enthusiasm to welcome back old experiences. What shows is the resistance to old experiences. There is a necessity to meet new requirements and speak to the noticeable shift in spontaneity and how or when social experiences occur. We have indulged in exquisite menu changes at both Ula and Zingari. Our Jazz Room at Zingari has become the Artist Room where we curate dinner shows around musicians, comedians, and DJ’s. Many thanks to Paul Robertson (@timetotalktopaul), who curated our sold-out Zingari Comedy Showcases and is a steward of the mantra, “It feels good to do good.” The renovation of our Cellar Room and the upgrade of our sound system at Zingari has beautifully influenced the art of hospitality we have been able to share with our guests. Chef Victor Cedillo, director of culinary at Ula and Zingari, has been a leader in maintaining a responsible and fulfilling culture in our kitchen. Ula welcomed two wonderful additions to our team, Avi Mishra (general manager) and Paolo Grassi (operations manager), who continue to push our standards in the right direction. We are filled with gratitude for all our guests who choose to celebrate their family and friends with our teams at our restaurants.
We invite you to join us for winter dining and aperitivo in our bars, dining rooms, cellar rooms, and private rooms. It feels good to be an Innkeeper, and we are at our best when we share hospitality with you.