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The Staff and Students of Rancho Cielo are constantly learning, participating in the community at large, and making a difference.

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Server of the Week: Ernesto!

March 9, 2020

Our Server of the Week is Ernesto.

This was his first time as a server and he knocked it out of the park!

A guest had this to say: "The food was great and Ernesto had personality plus!"

Congrats on a job well done Ernesto!

The Server of the Week is Kaylee

February 20, 2020

The Server of the Week is Kaylee!

Kaylee is very deserving of this honor. From Laura Nicola, Event Coordinator and Drummond Culinary Academy Instructor:

"Kaylee always does a great job. She’s consistent, and she has now stepped up into a new leadership role as our DCA Site Monitor."

Other guests to the Culinary Academy said:

"Amazing Service, Amazing Food.”

"Underpriced for the quality."

Great job, Kaylee! You're doing amazing work!

Culinary Round Up Live Auction Preview

February 13, 2020
Live Auction Item Preview 1. Pre-Cena Cocktail Party • Gelato Cocktails & Culinary Delights • Party for thirty guests with handcrafted cocktails and savory Italian small bites at purchaser’s home Generously donated by Pre-Cena Event date to be determined by mutual agreement and used before February 23, 2021. 2. Exclusive Gourmet Dinner at Rancho Cielo • Dinner for up to twenty guests at the Drummond Culinary Academy • Prepared by top local chefs and the Drummond Culinary Academy students • Paired with local wines Generously donated by Rancho Cielo and participating chefs and wineries Event date...

Vote for us in the "Best of" nominations!

February 12, 2020

We are excited to announce that for the first time, we have gotten into the MC Weekly’s “Best of Monterey County” nominations! Thank you to everyone who voted for us during the preliminary round.

Now we need to win something!

Please vote for RANCHO CIELO in the following categories:

  • BEST NON-PROFIT on page 1 (out and about page)
  • BEST AG NON-PROFIT on page 2 (the ag page)
  • BEST RESTAURANT IN SALINAS on page 4 (the restaurant page)

You must vote for 20 categories. Vote for the categories...

Kenny is the Server of the Week!

February 12, 2020

Congratulations to Kenny for being named the Server of the Week!

Kenny has impressed guests at the DCA Dining Room consistently. From one guest, "Kenny has a wonderful personality. He was very attentive to our needs!"

Great job, Kenny!

This Week's Server of the Week is Albert!

January 13, 2020

Our Server of the Week is Albert!

Albert has been doing a fantastic job at the Drummond Culinary Academy Dining Room. Here are some of the things patrons have said about him:

"Amazing as usual! Albert was fun, knowledgeable, professional – all around awesome!”

“Great interaction [with Albert]. [He was] very willing to suggest and advise! Super fun. Thanks.”

“Amazing food and friendly staff! Thanks!!”

“Albert provided great service and the food was great.”

Congrats to Albert for doing such a stellar job!

Server of the Week: Sydnee

December 16, 2019

Our Server of the Week is Sydnee!

Sydnee is doing an amazing job during our Friday Night Dinners. One customer said, "I thoroughly enjoyed my second visit to Rancho Cielo . Sydnee was terrific – very thoughtful and considerate."

Another customer said, " Sydnee is committed to her part at Rancho Cielo . We had a grand time."

Other comments included:

"Everything was perfect. Maybe provide a spoon when coffee is served with cream and sugar."

"A great experience."

Fantastic job, Sydnee!

Ag students get an experiential anatomy lesson

December 5, 2019

Some of the students in the Ag program got to experience a hands-on anatomy lesson. While on a hike at the Ranch, students found a pile of bones. They decided to try and put the puzzle together. Students loved the challenge!

Check out the Winter 2019 Newsletter

December 5, 2019

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