A longtime native of California, Ray has a diverse background in Holistic Health and Fair Trade. He and his wife, Annette moved back to Sacramento to pursue a new journey with Alaro. Being no stranger to the Rubicon or homebrewing his dream of owning his own establishment has come to full fruition.
An avid outdoorsman, and revered traveler his life journey has offered him unique insight to believe in core values, like celebration, value of people, and a true belief in equality. Being fair in everything he does socially, economically and environmentally. He brings that and more to his staff and customers. His philosophy is, “the best way to make a difference is to help someone stand independently”. We are honored and grateful for his gifts and the complete customer experience he brings to Alaro.
Annette has a historic restaurant background, being part of River City Brewing Co, one of the first breweries in Sacramento. Along with Rubicon, she is honored as a true pioneer.
Both Annette and Ray own and run One World Trade, a fair trade boutique in Healdsburg that offers artisans from around the world the opportunity to create a self sustainable lifestyle by creating art, decor and jewelry all good for and to the environment.
You can see some of the artisans work in and around Alaro which we proudly display. Along with her other passion, her husband Ray, they are creating a space that honors the past and welcomes the future. Her other partner is her best friend, Holly who as a dog, welcomes other friendly dogs to our patio.
At a young age, he found himself working his way up in kitchens and when gifted a home brewing kit from his then fiance Lauren, realized he had a penchant for the art of brewing and chose to work hard to hone those skills. After getting married and making the move from Albuquerque to Sacramento, he found his home as a brewer at the Rubicon under the revered guidance of Scott Cramlet. After two years at the Rubicon, he furthered his training by attending the UCDavis Master Brewers Program in 2015 while continuing as the Pub Brewer at the Rubicon.
Chris learned of the closing of the Rubicon at the same point finding out he was to become a new father. Today, his new addition is our new addition and our new Cali Pale Ale, “The Bennett”.
While continuing to create his own recipes, he always had a special place for the Rubicon’s Irish Stout on nitro. You can experience some of this in his “La Luna Oatmeal Stout” served with that iconic nitro pour.
Chris brews beer to be enjoyed and worth coming back for.
He started cooking in Sacramento and went to Chico’s Butte Culinary Academy, moving to the North Bay to work in Fine Dining and wineries. He started Testa Duro Salumi, featuring whole animal underground butcher shop, and pop up dining. You can find some of that passion in Alaro’s dish, Soffrito.
His following has his name on as the Chef De Cuisine of Mighty Tavern, Grange in the Citizen Hotel and most recently, Hock Farm Craft & Provisions. We now are lucky to have him creating our unique menu. His accolades include competing in Farm to Fork Butcher Breakdown and promoting Farm to Fork, using the local resources as inspiration.
“Seasonal, local, sustainable, and craft’ would be words he describes his food, using the bounty of the Sacramento region to fuel the menu. The core of it all, “no matter the day, I am only as good as my last plate”