Although born and raised in Sonoma County, Scott Kendall attended San Diego State University. Growing up in a culinary family, Scott always knew he belonged in the kitchen. He gained experience from working restaurants since age fourteen and learning from his mother, a culinary arts teacher. To further his knowledge of the restaurant industry, he majored in business management in college.
After graduating and traveling for a year, he moved back to his hometown and conceptualized the details and design for opening a restaurant. Scott is now living out his dream and "Seizing the Day" as owner and executive chef of Carpe Diem Wine Bar. When he isn't in the kitchen, Chef Scott is now brewing his own beers in the restaurant.
Alli grew up in the small town Crockett, CA, in a family that is passionate about wine and food. Her love of food, especially desserts, started at a very young age. However, her love of wine didn't begin until her sister moved to the Napa Valley when she was 19 years old. After attending CSU Chico, and graduating with a Degree in Sociology, she joined her sister in Napa looking forward to a change of pace. Alli has worked at Carpe Diem since it first opened, and has enjoyed growing with the company, meeting many interesting people and close friends, and learning more about food and wine. Presently, she is the Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator. With this role she always contributes to Carpe Diem’s warm and welcoming environment by being a gracious host, knowledgeable server, and a passionate manager.
Nick Hammond was practically born and raised with wine pouring through his veins. He grew up learning how to make wine by working beside his grandpa, dad and brother on their farm in Fresno. He then attended Fresno Pacific University where he mainly played soccer, studied Business Administration and Management, and worked at local wineries. After graduating, Nick coached soccer, played for a semi-pro league and assisted his family as they created their own wine label. In 2007, he moved to Napa to fully pursue a career in wine. He first scored a job at Del Dotto Vineyards giving wine and cave tours. Soon after, he became a Wine Specialist, Hospitality Liaison and Concierge at Vintner’s Collective, where he became acquainted with some of the best producers in the valley. Presently, Nick works alongside Mitch operating the wine and beer program at Carpe Diem. Nick’s lively presence and knowledge of wine simply reflects his love for the industry and all the people that he has met along the way.