Valle Verde Names Jacob Reimer as New Executive Chef

Local Chef Brings More Than 20 Years of Culinary Experience to Senior Living Community

Valle Verde has welcomed local chef Jacob Reimer as the executive chef of the senior living community located in Santa Barbara. Reimer has more than 22 years of culinary experience and has served under some of the top French chefs at many four- and five-diamond restaurants.

“I hope to bring a bit of my French background to Valle Verde and make residents feel like they’re dining at a five-star resort,” said Reimer. “My main focus is to bring healthy dining choices to the community’s table and to ensure the food is local and fresh.”

As a culinary veteran in the Santa Barbara area, Reimer has served under Remi Lavaund at Miro at Bacara Resort and Spa and as executive chef at Wine Cask and Intermezzo. Prior to working at Valle Verde, he worked as a high profile executive chef consultant for many properties including Fauchere, Relais and Chateaux hotels and restaurant groups such as Pierre Lafond.

“Chef Jake has an extensive knowledge of the kitchen and an acute sense for food preparation,” said Jim Craddock, director of dining services. “With a passion for food and experience in many different cuisines, we look forward to having Jake on our culinary team.”

The community offers a variety of dining options, including an upscale restaurant with room for banquets and private events, room service and a grab-and-go style bistro that is scheduled to open next spring. Valle Verde partners with Sodexo, to ensure the highest quality of food and the best dining experience for residents at the community.

About Valle Verde

Valle Verde has been providing quality care, services and lifestyle options to seniors in Santa Barbara for nearly 45 years. Valle Verde provides residents with the continuity of a flexible, residential lifestyle, while offering the security of health care. For more information about Valle Verde, call 1-800-491-0629, visit the campus at 900 Calle de los Amigos in Santa Barbara, or visit the community’s website at


Valle Verde is owned and managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving seniors through quality retirement housing since 1949. ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services, and was a pioneer in the development of CCRCs. For more information about ABHOW, visit


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