Reader Primetime says that Joe’s Cafe head Chef Rick Braun died recently. I’m told that he had been with the eatery for 15 years. Chef Eddie Lino from Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez passed away in late September. Here is a write-up on a GoFundMe page that has been setup in his honor:

“Eddie Lino, beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and Chef at Trattoria Grappolo, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 23rd.  Eddie had a unique way of lighting up any room with his smile and joyful spirit.   He worked hard and played hard, and he had a genuine love for life!  Eddie was a friend to so many, and his love for his family was immense.   As our way of paying tribute to Eddie’s bright, vibrant life, we would like to raise money to help send him home  to his family in Toluca, Mexico.  We are hoping to raise these funds as soon as possible, so Eddie can rest in peace at home near his family. Thank you for your contributions and for showing your love and respect for Eddie in this way.”

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