About the Owners
A 1974 graduate of CIA Hyde Park, New York, Ken's professional career spans 37 years. Ken is confident in all areas of the hospitality industry having held either the position of executive chef or food & beverage director at several high profile properties throughout his career before owning his own property. His cooking technique is thorough, contemporary in taste and focuses on the seasons. Ken has been actively seeking and using local farmers throughout his career, and today continues to use purveyors of the highest quality, both organic & sustainable. He loves to cook, but when he's not behind the stoves you'll find him telemark skiing or riding his BMW motorcycle.
In 1994, Del completed her Master's Degree in Business Geography at UNC-Charlotte. Even though her subsequent career in market analysis and site review for a major banking institution was complete and rewarding, she did not hesitate to join her husband in the decision to purchase Atlantica. Now, she wears many hats as owner and operator. Del maintains account payables and receivables, coordinates all aspects of the business including advertising, marketing, interior & tabletop design, purchases, staffing decisions, and supports Ken in menu creation and purchasing. She has also instituted a successful staff and wine training program that has resulted in a 90% staff return rate.
When not working you'll find her in her garden, growing produce, herbs and flowers for the Atlantica kitchen.