Mark Gordon began his culinary career at the Kendall College Culinary Program in Chicago. He then moved to California and worked his way up in various Bay Area kitchens, including Fetzer Winery’s Culinary Center and San Francisco’s renowned 42 degrees. In October of 2000, he joined our parent company, Nice Ventures as the Executive Chef at Rose’s Café.
After five years at Rose’s Café, Gordon was ready for another challenge and worked closely with owner Laurie Thomas to create a new sister restaurant, Terzo.
Now, the Executive Chef for all of the Nice Ventures’ restaurants Gordon oversees the menus at Rose Pistola Rose’s Cafe and Terzo.
Gordon lives in Oakland with his wife Lori, a professional personal chef who also is responsible for Terzo’s delectable desserts. When they are not working, they enjoy traveling and dining around the Bay Area.
What started as a love of food and a restaurant investment turned into a full career change for Laurie Thomas, now owner of Nice Ventures, which includes three successful restaurants in San Francisco: Rose Pistola, Rose’s Café, and Terzo. Prior to becoming a restaurateur, she earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and held senior management positions at several enterprise software companies in Silicon Valley.
In 1996 Thomas invested in Rose Pistola, which subsequently won the prestigious James Beard award for the Best New Restaurant in America. The following year she made an additional investment in Rose’s Café, which has developed into a neighborhood café and a second dining room for many locals. In 2001 Thomas joined Nice Ventures full time, and in March 2002 became CEO.
In April 2006 Thomas opened Terzo, where Chef/Co-owner Mark Gordon creates seasonal, Mediterranean cuisine with origins in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, France, and the Middle East.
Thomas lives in San Francisco with her husband, Tony. Together they enjoy skiing, traveling, food and wine.