|The multi-talented Kristin Virgin.|
Q: How long have you worked at 320 Main?
Kristin: I will have been at 320 Main for six years in May. I was hired to open 320 by the original owners. There are only two of us left from the opening of the restaurant.
Q: Are you from Seal Beach?
Kristin: I’m from Garden Grove but now I live 3.3 miles from 320 in Belmont Shore. I joke that I live in LA County and commute all the way to Orange County. I spend so much time in Seal Beach it feels like I live there. I just don't sleep there.
Q: Two words that best describe you?
Kristin: Silly and interested.
Q: Favorite dish on the menu?
Kristin: I really love so many of them that it is hard to say! I guess right now i like the Duo of Lamb. The whole dish melts in your mouth.
Q: What's your poison? (A.K.A. Favorite cocktail at 320)
Kristin: Before the Schiffer's took over I would never order a gin or bourbon based drink and my concept of a "craft cocktail" was a mojito. Things are MUCH different now. I don't have a favorite cocktail, and I don't think any of us could, because we are constantly trying new things the guys are coming up with. I do get fixated on a particular Spirit from time to time and want to try all the classical - and then all the new school - cocktails made with it. Right now I am on a big Laird’s Applejack kick.
Q: Best thing about 320 Main?
Kristin: The best thing about 320 is our people (regulars). They take such good care of us and I love serving them. I see my regulars more than I see my family most of the time and so to me they become family. I’ve gone to my regulars vow renewals, bbqs, poker games and New Year's Eve parties. I even went to Washington D.C. with one!
Q: Secret to surviving a busy Friday night on the floor?
Kristin: Knowing I’ve survived them before, having a game plan, and Becca at the hostess stand. And occaisionally a large latte with an extra shot of espresso if I know it’s going to be a busy night!
Q: You're going to culinary school now, correct?
Kristin: I’m in the culinary program at OCC which is accredited by the culinary federation of America. It is such an amazing program and I learn so much everyday!
Q: What made you want to study food?
Kristin: My husband and I would like to own a restaurant in the future and I feel like you should know everything you can about your business. I want to be able to put myself in the Chef’s shoes and speak to them in their language and help out if I’m needed.
Q: What's your personal signature dish?
Kristin: I make a mean white trash bread pudding!
Q: As a person who knows food and has studied it, what sets 320 Main's menu apart from the rest?
Kristin: I like that our menu has a little something for everyone. It’s approachable but with surprises like Duck, Sunchokes and Buffalo.
Q: Besides working at 320 what are your hobbies
Kristin: My husband and I own a 31 foot sport fishing boat and I’m hoping to utilize it more by going to Catalina and deep sea fishing this summer. I was thinking of learning to scuba dive but I don’t like being cold so I might hold off on that for a while.
Q: Any pets?
Kristin: I have a cat named Juliet, she is about 13 years old. I’m her third mommy so I could be off by a year or two. I like to dress her up in costumes…She must have about 15 or so. She only stays in them for a minute or two but it makes me laugh.
Other things about Kristin:
- I did a semester abroad in Florence, Italy and then went back and lived in Rome for a while
- I’m an only child
- My mom is an acupuncturist
- I name all my cars and if your car doesn’t have a name I’ll name it for you
- I recently joined the Lions Club of Seal Beach
- I graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Business Degree
- I’ve been to Hong Kong
- I’ve been married for five years
- I’ve been working in the food service industry for 13 years
- I love Downton Abby