Born and raised in Pasadena, Claud Beltran has established himself as one of Los Angeles’ most distinguished chefs. Beltran’s notable Pasadena restaurant endeavors include Perry’s inside dustitD2, Claud & Co Catering, and Bacchus Kitchen. Claud recently sat down with the Future Yourself Here Team to talk about the Bacchus Kitchen Story, doing business in Pasadena, and the aha moment that, of course, a chef would have.
What is the Bacchus Kitchen story?
We had outgrown the Eatery space and for our catering needs, I thought it was time to go big or go home. I saw the Lebanese Kitchen space and loved the area, the killer sign, and the fact that the space had a parking lot.
Every company grows over time. How has Bacchus evolved?
We have stayed with the philosophy of doing honest food for people. For a neighborhood place, we have evolved by meeting new friends and serving the areas various non-profits.
What are some Bacchus Kitchen accomplishments you’re most proud of?
While other restaurants have come and gone, I am most proud of the fact that we’ve survived and I think it has a lot to do with the employees we keep.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Someone once told me to always ask a lot of questions.
What do you do to live a balanced life?
The restaurant business demands a lot of hours. Everyday, I’m trying to make time to actually live a balanced life. Someday I’ll achieve that but for now my time is devoted to my work.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was Setting the Table by Danny Meyer.
What is one unique or quirky habit that you have?
I don’t know if this is a “quirky habit”, but I love to sing.
Everyone has a-ha moment. What was yours?
My a-ha moment was when I learned to make mayonnaise.
What makes Pasadena an attractive place to do business?
My whole cooking career has been in Pasadena. The people and friends I have made are invaluable. I love to drive around town to soak in the great and different architecture the city has to offer. Pasadena is a destination of entertainment not only for our community but the surrounding cities.