10 years. Ventura’s own.
I am Kelly, your dedicated chef
I come to life when I am cooking. I am driven by my love for food, wine and bringing people together. I am addicted to creating seasonal dishes from what the land is offering.
I believe in the people behind the food — the fisherman bringing a fresh haul, the local vegetable farmers, the ranchers that raise the pigs and cows, the beekeepers harvesting our local honey, the cheesemongers, the winemakers, the local chocolate artisans and boutique coffee roasters.
I am fiercely loyal to my local farms and believe in representing them with the respect and thoughtfulness that their bounty deserves.
I am Tina, your wine curator.
My business education was forged in school and the restaurant business. Wine came along for the ride!
Then, my love of great food and delicious wines introduced me to the very talented Chef Kelly. A great idea and kind friendship led us to build a business that would showcase amazing food and our shared values for fresh, organic, delicious foods and wines. The work of being the "front of the house" and mingling with our guests thrills me each day.
As your Wine Curator, I created the Weekly Wine Flights and Wine Club designed to keep you enjoying our bar and wine store. I love wine. I love cheese. I love this place we created.
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our staff & family
Our Cheese Counter & Artisan Market Manager.
"We're more than a restaurant. The attitude is a family run business with a lot of love and it shows in the food and in the employees."
Our Sous Chef.
"I have a sense of pride working here. The level of quality we produce with hand selected ingredients is unmatched."
"I'm obsessed with bread and all foods fermented; wine, cheese, bread - it's kinda the theme around here. I created my own sourdough starter with organic black berries. It's the perfect canvas for all our delicious food."
Our Cheese Counter & Artisan Market Manager Market Manager.
"I love teaching people about cheese. I've made a lot of wonderful relationships while working here."
"I love sitting at the bar with my husband and enjoying my favorite — the Market Salad. The colors and textures are so satisfying."
Jessica "Jess" Bonnell
From our Artisan Market.
"It's a pleasure to help customers explore all the amazing products we have from adorable farmer's market bags to exquisite artisan chocolates to assorted jams and more."
One of our Servers.
"The best thing about Paradise Pantry is our crew. It takes all of us to make paradise happen and we all have our own strengths. Everyone that works here is great."
One of our Servers.
I recently moved to Ventura and the Pantry has become a second home. The fresh farm ingredients lured me in and amazing staff and friendly customers welcomed me to stay.
One of our Servers.
"We always want to provide our customers the most divine dining experience. My favorites are the Fish Bowl, Bread Pudding, and everything Brunch!"
One of our Kitchen Crew.
"The great ingredients, effort and creative work that Chef Kelly and the kitchen staff put into each recipe is amazing. Farm fresh produce and product allow us to make our customers so happy. I love being part of this team."
our extended family of vendors
Winemaker, Bodega de Edgar.
Paradise Pantry has worked with Edgar, serving his wines since his first vintage over 10 years ago.
Jasper Hill Farm
Dairy Farm & Cheese Cellar.
Paradise Pantry is proud to work with this artisan cheese company who promotes a regional taste of place.
The Jolly Oyster
Local Clams and Oyster Farm.
"Our vision is simple: To bring out the Joy in Life. Our mission is: To farm outstanding quality shellfish, while benefiting the planet."
"My passion is all about the food, the local ingredients, and the people at Paradise Pantry. They make the gorgeous shots easy."
A Local Wine Supplier Group
"Every bottle is hand-harvested, earth-friendly, and from a family-owned estate. By importing these wines, we are helping to protect unique grape varietals, local winemaking styles, and preserve a special way of life."
The best Tri-Tip. Ever. Thinly sliced and piled on sourdough, Ken's marinated tri-tip is one of Chef Kel's favorite ingredients. Our Artisan Market also carries Ken's delicious BBQ sauce - that is when it isn't flying off the shelves.
Arkenstone Vineyard, Estate Director
Jake, the Estate Director, Brand Ambassador, and son of Arkenstone Vineyard owners, was raised in the vineyard. He achieved master sommelier certification and now leads the vineyard by sharing its wines with the world.
we love our vendors
Agostinos Commercial Bakery
Beylik Family Farm
Big Picture Farms
Big Spoon Roasters
Casitas Valley Growers
Copper Mug Co.
Earl’s Gone Wild
Ojai Olive Oil
Rio Gozo Farm
Santa Barbara Chocolate Co.
Steel Acres Farm
Twenty-four Blackbirds Chocolate
Underwood Family Farm
Venturas Farmers Market
Whimsical Candy Co.
Erik Hodges Commercial Fisherman
First Step Farm
Formosa Hot Sauce
Lemon Bird Jams
Nate Pidduck Pottery
Night Owl Woodworkings
Ocean Pride Seafood