Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Bruce has spent almost his entire life working in kitchens, and was trained by some of the nation’s top chefs. His culinary career began at a local pizzeria owned by a family friend, where he fell in love with fresh ingredients and the beat of the kitchen. He attended a small hands-on culinary program at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ, where he began to hone his skills. Bruce has since traveled the United States, working in New York City with David Burke at Park Ave Cafe, and in Chicago with Paul Bartalotta at Spiaggia. His executive chef stints span the nation from Chicago (Okno, Green Dolphin Street and Coco Pazzo) to Santa Fe, NM (Il Piatto) and Phoenix, AZ (Chelsea’s Kitchen). Bruce made the final move to Los Angeles, CA to open The Misfit in Santa Monica, serving farmer’s market driven fare, with a strong emphasis on Northern Italian and Mediterranean flavors and preparations. He continued this tradition as executive chef of The Churchill in West Hollywood, CA, where he continued to perfect the art of hand crafted cuisine. House made charcuterie and pickles, along with fresh pasta and desserts are some of the highlights of the menu at this market driven restaurant.Accolades include a James Beard nomination for “Rising Star Chef”, and appearances on many local and national TV programs, including the Food Network, mostly recently the winner of Chopped, season 15, episode 1 “head’s up”, aired 3/31/13. Bruce left the Churchill to start his specialty company, Bruce’s Prime Pickle Co, a line of “vine to jar”, hand packed pickled vegetables inspired by fresh, seasonal produce of the west coast.
Marie Petulla is the owner of the newly opened Knead & Co. Pasta Bar + Market in downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, as well as the award-winning Union in Pasadena. After living and traveling across Europe, the Chicago native got her start in hospitality management in 2001, with Nicole Parthemore and Dana Hechtman at She She in Chicago. After four successful years there, Marie moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as the GM of Firefly in Studio City. In 2014, she partnered with Bruce Kalman to open Union, an intimate 50-seat restaurant known for Northern Italian cuisine that showcases fresh, California ingredients. Marie’s sophomore project, Knead & Co., is a market-driven ode to classic Italian American favorites served in the bustling, accessible atmosphere of a downtown LA landmark. With nearly 15 years of front-of-house experience, Marie prides herself in delivering personalized service to every guest, fostering a family atmosphere among her team, and always serving incredible meals.
Born and raised in Chicopee, MA, Dan studied at the Connecticut Culinary Institute and spent his early career cooking along the Eastern seaboard, with a focus on Spanish cuisine while working at critically acclaimed Connecticut restaurant, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant. After a serious kitchen injury almost three years ago, Dan briefly left the line to move to California and work as a software developer. It was Union that got him back in the kitchen. Since joining the team in 2015, Dan has embraced seasonal and local market-driven fare, hand crafting his own cheeses, pasta, charcuterie and more to offer Northern Italian interpretations of classic California cuisine at the critically acclaimed restaurant run by partners Marie Petula and executive chef Bruce Kalman. A first generation American born to Portuguese parents, Dan incorporates several mediterranean flavors into his cooking; his favorites ingredients to work with are yogurt, mint, and cumin. On his days off, he enjoys watching soccer - he’s a true Benfica fan.