Most are on a first-name basis with Mel and to boot, seem to know the names of other patrons. And if they don’t, it doesn’t take long before everyone is talking, laughing and comparing notes on the wines.
"We were the fun place. I think what we're doing here is the same thing. It just kind of rolled over." They were so used to welcoming people into their Pasadena home it was a natural progression. "The Wilson house is now in Temecula and people who know us say 'you're doing the same thing here you were doing there.'"
Celeste presented us with a roast beef sandwich. Let me tell you right off the bat the name doesn't do it justice at all. Thin slices of premium beef are topped with house-made crispy onions, provolone cheese, horseradish mayonnaise and arugula on a Sadie Rose focaccia bun.
Stars are randomly drawn in pairs, open their mystery box of supplies, collaborate what they will prepare, gather supplies from the pantry, cook, plate and present it to the panel of judges in 15 minutes.