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Gaslamp Quarter's Oceanaire Seafood Room has named Sean Langlais the interim executive chef; he previously held the role of executive sous chef and has been with Oceanaire since 2006.

This appointment follows Brian Malarkey taking a leave of absence from his position as executive chef.

Langlais is credited with helping the restaurant earn more than 60 industry awards, most notably the DiRona Award of Excellence, Zagat Top 10 Restaurants Award, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and AAA Rated Restaurant.

Prior to Oceanaire, Langlais spent four years as a sushi chef at Taka Sushi. As a San Diego native, Langlais began his culinary career at the La Costa Resort and Spa's banquet kitchen and fine dining restaurant called Pisces.

Langlais spent two more years honing his culinary skills under the guidance of Sushi Chef Azuma-San, an opportunity he credits with inspiring him to attend culinary school. Shortly after graduating from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, he stepped into the kitchen of chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller at the Bouchon Restaurant in Yountville, Calif.

"I am eager to accept this position and confident in my abilities to lead the Oceanaire kitchen," stated Sean Langlais. "With my leadership and the help of an extremely talented and dedicated staff, the Oceanaire will continue to deliver ultra-fresh seafood dishes and the exceptional service our patrons have grown to expect."

The team who runs East Village Tavern + Bowl is getting ready to open a new tavern in the East Lake area.

When East Lake Tavern + Bowl opens Sept. 10, it will have 10 bowling lanes, two pool tables and 50 50-inch HD flat-screen TVs. The venue also includes a 1000-square-foot patio and a 15,000-square-foot sports lounge.

Additionally, the Tavern will offer corporate team building packages, nightly food and bar specials, private tournaments (with shirts and trophies) and private meeting rooms with PowerPoint, wireless mic, sound system and iPod jack.

Hospitality Inc., parent company of Picnic People, Festivities Catering and Special Events, Festivities Express, TK&A Custom Catering and Simcha San Diego Kosher Catering, has promoted Frank Christian from president of Picnic People Services, to executive vice president of Hospitality Inc.

In addition to overseeing the operations, customer relations and quality control of Hospitality Inc., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, Christian will act as a strategic partner to founder Lisa Richards and position the company for future growth and success over the next 25 years.

Christian joined Picnic People in 1992 and has held a variety of positions over the years. In his most recent position, he lead the franchising efforts of Picnic People and directed training programs, ensured compliance and provided steady support for the franchisees.

Grand Pacific Resort Services, a privately owned vacation ownership management company located in Carlsbad, has promoted both Doreen Bechard and Mary Dieckmann to the position of regional director of Resort Operations.

Doreen Bechard has been with Grand Pacific Resorts since 1999. She was the regional vice president -- Pacific Region with Resort Condominiums International (RCI), and has over 20 years of timeshare experience.

Mary Dieckmann joined Grand Pacific Resorts in 1992 as a resort general manager of the Coronado Beach Resort. During that time she was responsible for maintaining the efficient operation of the resort during the crucial opening and during the sales launch.

Grand Pacific Resorts is one of the oldest and largest vacation ownership companies based in California. Servicing over 45,000 owner-families every year, it manages 14 properties, including the recently-developed Grand Pacific MarBrisa in Carlsbad.

Fifth-generation Guatemalan coffee farmer, trader and distributor, Larry Jones, is coming to Carmel Valley on Sept. 3 to celebrate the grand opening of Peet's Coffee & Tea at the N.Y. Garden Deli & Café.

Jones will treat visitors with authentically prepared hot and frozen coffee drinks, and fascinating information from his international experiences. He got his first personal taste of the business at age 12. He pursued his family's legacy and in 1985, in the heat of a civil war, Larry returned to Guatemala with his grandfather to study coffee production.

The owner of the N.Y. Garden Deli & Café, Bob Rauch, said he is excited to have Jones and to celebrate the new partnership with Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. "We think the community will appreciate someone with the knowledge, depth and breadth of experience that Larry brings to the table," said Rauch.

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