CHef Demetri Loizides
Owner & Operator
Director of Events & Sales
From a young age, Demetri was a natural in the kitchen. One of his earliest memories growing up in a Greek household was baking a chocolate cake at age four while his mother tended to the garden. Now, several years later, this memory serves as a glimpse into what has since become a lifelong passion for cooking.
Demetri chose Solvang as his home the day his wife, Karen, learned that she was pregnant. On a whim, he said to her: “Let’s go look at properties in the Santa Ynez Valley.” Six hours later, they had an offer in on their home. It was here that K’Syrah Catering was born.
He brings a unique perspective to the local farm-to-table cuisine by combining his experiences living in Rhodesia and Cyprus, as well as his 35 years in the restaurant business. His background began with Mediterranean food, and he has 3 full-service Greek restaurants in Southern California with strong 4 1⁄2 star ratings on Yelp. In addition, he has two licensing fast casual restaurants in the Long Beach Airport (just rated #1 best food program in an airport in the United States) and California State University, Long Beach.
Demetri has since branched out into the farm-to-table movement, utilizing influences from all over the world. He uses only the freshest produce (much of it made from the family’s own farm and garden), meat from local vendors, and artisanal cheeses. He is dedicated to preparing tailor-made menus for even the most discernible palates.
Danielle began working at her father's restaurant as soon as he would allow her to at the ripe age of 10. She knew, even at a young age, that she shared her father's passion for taking care of people and giving them a memorable experience. She also learned only a few years later that she had a natural knack for event planning and thrived working on events logistics and even the most minute details. Throughout school she was able to gain valuable experience planning events as the class president for four years, as the choir's dinner theater director and in college planning non-profit fundraisers.
She began working with Chef Demetri, opening his second restaurant in Long Beach in 2005, while simultaneously co-founding a Long Beach based theatre company, that still produces plays and events to this day. Once she graduated from CSULB, Demetri quickly promoted her to his Banquet & Catering Manager for his LA County restaurants. Under his tutelage, he afforded her a unique opportunity to grow the department and to hone and perfect her event planning and execution skills. Danielle took a five year hiatus from the restaurant industry to work as a corporate jet flight attendant (promoting after two years to the companies Chief Flight Attendant) where she got very different, yet extremely beneficial expertise in planning distinct menus, sourcing, preparing and serving the highest quality ingredients to some of the world's most VIP clients and giving them nothing short of a 5 star in-air experience. Shortly after Demetri shared his plans and vision for K'Syrah with Danielle, she knew that the timing was right to come back to her first passion and where she ultimately belongs.