Mar 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Casa Laguna's New Kitchen Trio

Chef de Cuisine Bretall, front, and Chefs Bettis & Keenan, rear.Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is proud to announce the promotion of former Sous Chef Michell Bretall to the position of Chef de Cuisine. Chef Bretall will carry on the Casa Laguna tradition of developing and presenting an array of exceptional cuisine, unlike any you’ll find in any Southern California hotel or bed & breakfast inn. Our new exec-chef has put together her own cohesive culinary team to assure the highest quality food and service for every guest, every day of every week.

When she is not manning the burners at Casa Laguna, Chef Bretall is chef-partner in a “common table” catering enterprise called The Basement Table. She and her associate specialize in producing exclusive gourmet dinners for small groups, hosted by the Laguna Culinary Arts Café on Laguna Canyon Road. Chef Bretall has traveled extensively, honing her craft during visits to Italy and France. She plans to visit Spain this summer, and we’re pretty sure Casa Laguna guests can expect to see some Spanish influence in our upcoming summer and fall menus. Through her dedication to ingredient-driven menus, Chef Bretall has been a supporter of organic & local farmers for nearly 20 years, and this tradition will continue at Casa Laguna.

Chef Bretall’s new “second” is Sous Chef Sarah Spry Keenan. Chef Keenan graduated from Laguna Culinary Arts in 2010. In addition to her duties at Casa Laguna, she runs personal chef business and writes a popular cooking blog called “Spry on Food.”  Chef Keenan will oversee the kitchen in the absence of Chef Bretall. Her cooking style is simple and natural, producing cuisine that is really good, really healthy, and really delicious. You can read more about Chef Keenan at

Rounding out our new trio of ladychefs is Assistant Chef Danielle Love Bettis. Chef Bettis comes to Casa Laguna with over a decade of catering experience & a very green thumb! She has begun to fill in the gaps in our kitchen garden, with several Heirloom variety herbs & greens that we look forward to harvesting for our breakfasts! Cooking has been a passion since she was very young, and Casa Laguna is thrilled to provide her with a place to continue her learning process and hone her culinary and kitchen management skills.

In recent years, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa has developed a reputation as a foodie destination. Just read our reviews on TripAdvisor, and you see that just about every guest mentions our breakfasts as one of the major highlights of their stay. (Be sure to check out our online menu.) Of course, since we are a bed & breakfast inn, you have to experience our beds before you experience our breakfast. Because we have only 22 rooms and occupancy is limited to two person per room, your culinary experience will never be crowded or rushed. We are able to provide each guest with personalized service and attention you won’t find in any Laguna Beach hotel or restaurant.

1. Skin Care said:

This information is worth everyone’s attention. Where can I find out more?

On Nov 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm

2. KR said:

Rock on Chef Bretall for bringing in Chef Spry and the Casa Laguna team! I cannot wait to eat there! Kudos!

On Mar 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

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