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Patina's Rest's: Cafe Pinot, Pinot Bistro, Ottos, & a bit of gloating

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  • Carolyn Tillie Oct 26, 2001 06:29 PM
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Because Heather said I should...

Just over two weeks ago I was a Technical Writer for a failing dot-com. I got laid-off the day of the Windows of Hope benefit (regrets to LiverBoy and La Cachette which I was really looking forward to!).

Next Monday I will be starting a new career with The Patina Group, owners and operators of all the Pinot restaurants, Ottos, Nick & Steph's Steakhouse, Impressario's, and more.

My official title is Meeting Manager. What I will be doing is coordinating with the Director of Catering at the Dorothy Chandler Music Pavilion for their related catering events there and at the Hollywood Bowl.

Being a chowhound is finally paying off! YEAH!

Link: http://www.patinagroup.com/cgi-bin/st...

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  1. Congratulations! That is the nicest news I've heard in a while. As my husband said in an earlier commiseration post, "change, opportunity." So glad he turned out to be so right. What fun your new position sounds.

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    1. re: Sheryl
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      Carolyn Tillie

      Sheryl - I remember your husband's post. Thanks for the encouragement!

      1. re: Carolyn Tillie

        Sounds like a job that is alot of fun. I am sure it is alot of hard work though too........If you get tired of it let me know hehehe

    2. Congrats! What a perfect fit! My vote for your first project is a chowhound event!!!

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      1. re: muhlyssa
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        Carolyn Tillie

        Muhlyssa - During the interviews, I kept thinking that Impressario's would be a fabulous place for a Chowhound event... Let me see what I can do after I get my feet wet! Thanks...

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        Vanessa On The Town

        Much congratulations! Sounds like a perfect fit.

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        1. re: Vanessa On The Town
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          Carolyn Tillie

          Vanessa - Merci! All best wishes most appreciated...

        2. Congratulations, Carolyn!

          What a fine example of opportunity filling a vaccuum.

          Something magical is at work here, and a lot of it is your talent and hard work (and maybe helping people move all week got you some good karma)!

          Good luck in your new career--I'm so proud and happy!

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          1. re: Heather
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            Carolyn Tillie

            Heather - thank you for all our lunches! Your friendship has been one of the best things to come out of Chowhounds for me. Just think of all the dinner we now have to look forward to! Thanks!

          2. You work fast. Best of luck with the new gig, Carolyn. It's cool to have a Mole Chowhound!

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            1. re: Dave Feldman
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              Carolyn Tillie

              Dave - Thanks for the encouragement! I like the idea of being "on the inside..." Perhaps I'll start telling the underbelly sides of things (oooh, do I here another "Kitchen Confidential" coming????)

            2. I'm speechless!

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              1. re: 2chez mike
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                Carolyn Tillie

                Mike - "Meeeeeeeee Toooooooooooooo". Thanks.

              2. Congrats on your new position!
                Next Thursday at the Bristol Farms Wine Dinner, stop by and say hello in the wine department!

                Cheers,
                Jim

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                1. re: Jim in Wine
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                  Carolyn Tillie

                  Jim - You are on! I'll see you on Thursday! Merci...

                2. Carolyn, I also wanted to add my congratulations. It sounds like you have landed the job you were always meant to have. I just hope that this doesn't mean you will be so busy that your chowhound postings will suffer. The board may need to grant you the dispensation to take on a pseudonym so that you can post your true feelings without worrying about offending the powers that be.(g)

                  Everytime a major change has come along in my life I have reacted with anxiety and teeth gnashing, only to find it was the best thing that could have happened to me. You would think I would have learned by now. :-D>

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                  1. re: Mike Kilgore
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                    Carolyn Tillie

                    Mike - thanks! Tons of teeth-gnashing. My dreams have been nothing but stressing about the new job, of course. Time will tell!

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                    michael (mea culpa)

                    I wonder if you could use your influence with management to improve their excellent restaurants by serving real iced tea instead of or in addition to the ubiquitous fruit flavored stuff that seems to have taken over the culinary world?

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                      Carolyn Tillie

                      Michael - never know how much pull I'll have, but I will certainly research WHY fruit-flavored Ice Teas predominate. You just never know...

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                        michael (mea culpa)

                        It's really gratifying when someone--anyone--in the restaurant biz actually listens. I'm impressed!

                    2. What did Chowhounds have to do with this ?

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                      1. re: Pantera
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                        Carolyn Tillie

                        nothing. absolutely nothing.

                      2. Where is Otto's?

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                        1. re: misterb
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                          Carolyn Tillie

                          It is at the base of the Dorothy Chandler Music Pavilion.

                          Link: http://www.patinagroup.com/cgi-bin/ht...

                        2. Carolyn, you are my new inspiration. To be jobless and then so suddenly and foodishly employed. So cool.

                          Congrats!! And enjoy your new position!

                          p.s. I saw a Red Velvet cake at my salon over the weekend and thought of you. Someone had brought it in but no one seemed to know where it came from! Very mysterious.

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                            Carolyn Tillie

                            Julia... Thanks - yes, today was my first day on the job and I am already impressed. Free tickets to the Opera tomorrow night, free lunch, tons of perks... Undoubtedly lots of work but I'm there yet. I did get to coordinate my first menu which was thrilling!

                            Life is good.