CEO & COO - What is Miz En Place

Miz (Mise) En Place - pronounced [meez à plas], is a French phrase which means "putting in place", as in set up. It is used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging of all the ingredients a cook needs to prepare each menu item during their shift.

Miz En Place has created one place where you can buy, interact and experience everything related to quality food and beverage in one easy to use network.


Discover and purchase artisan foods, boutique wine and superb dining experiences all in one place on Miz En Place


Discover and book unique culinary classes, tastings, tours and vacations in one place on Miz En Place


You can trust Miz En Place to deliver high quality curated culinary products and experiences while we offer you the opportunity to network with like-minded connoisseurs from around the world.


Connecting People to each other through the world of artisan food and beverage

Dining Experiences mac
Miz En Place is always searching for innovative dining experiences to share with you. We’d love to help you find the perfect chef to come to your home to create your special occasions. Maybe you’re looking to dine at a family farm or winery. Or maybe you’d like the inside scoop on an underground dinner or exotic restaurant. Our goal is for you to enjoy out-of-the-ordinary culinary adventures while you explore the world.

Artisan Food mac
Miz En place is your source for artisan food. Our taste testers journey all over the country and across the globe to bring you extraordinary products. We invite you to read about the many artisans we feature so you can discover their deep passion for the unique and delicious products they’ve created for you.

Wine mac
Miz En Place has assembled a variety of boutique wines from the finest regions of California. With so many wines available today it can be difficult to choose, so we’re here to make it easy for you with comprehensive information on varietals, regions, tasting notes and pairing recommendations for any dish or occasion. For every distinct vintage we recommend, you can be sure that we’ve tasted each wine and met with the wine makers. And we’re so enamored by their stories that we think you’ll enjoy reading about them almost as much as drinking their luscious creations.

Travel mac
We are continually seeking culinary tours and vacations that will become memorable lifetime experiences for our Miz En Place customers. You’ll learn about the food, beverages and culture of the region. We feature cooking classes, walking tours, wine tours, tastings and multi-day culinary excursions for every budget and schedule allowance. Take a look at what each of our guides has to offer on your journey of culinary discovery.


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Our Team

Rico Mandel - CEO mac
28 years the owner of The Rico Group, specializing in B2B marketing creative for a variety of corporate clients such as, Union 76, Toyota, T- Mobile, Hilton and Loews. Also, a trained chef and founder of Culinary Image Adventures: combining cooking instruction, luxury wine tours, and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences. Rico has worked at Saddle Peak Lodge– a Michelin Star restaurant– and has had the privilege of working with a variety of chefs.

Alberto Saavedra - COO mac
A computer industry professional with 30 years of experience as a user, vendor and entrepreneur. He has participated in all phases of a startup, from garage to successful IPO. His driving force has been to introduce computer based technologies that improve lives. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy with a BS in Engineering Management and from Colorado State University with an MBA.

Tricia Barreiro - Director of Social Media mac
More than 15 years' experience in digital advertising, managing online projects for some of the world's biggest brands. Taught cooking at Epicurean and Whisk Culinary Arts. Has degrees in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu and broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication. Marrying her passions for food and writing in her culinary/lifestyle blog A trivia buff, she is also a two-time Jeopardy! champion.

Gabriela Melara - Multimedia Producer mac
Gabriela Melara is a multimedia expert with a strong foundation in editing, data consolidation, and transferring analog media into digital formats. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Television Arts/ Film Production. Since graduating Gabriela has been working on commercial and web productions.

Joel Lindenberg - Advisor mac
Over 15 years experience as a consulting professional with extensive experience in high level, business development and strategic partnerships. He is an expert at articulating complex value propositions and creating significant value in both operational and transactional capacities. He is technically adept in all aspects of capital formation and investment analysis.

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By registering on our waiting list you’ll receive preferred status for all Miz En Place opportunities

Your wait list number will entitle you to:
• Be amongst the first few to try out the site
• Have the opportunity to offer input into what you would like to see on the site
• Receive exclusive invites to food and wine events
• Receive unique offers only available to waiting list members
• Engage with other waiting list members in exclusive forums

And more opportunities as we come across them and receive feedback from you about what you would like to see.

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