Innovative Dining’s Team

Rich Knowles, Owner and CEO 

Chef Rich graduated Manatee High School in 2004, attended college in Gainesville, FL and journeyed out west to pursue his culinary passion.  Rich worked at a couple nice restaurants in the ski resort town of Big Sky, Montana before taking a job at the very exclusive and renowned Yellowstone Club.  His path eventually led him to help open up the Bob’s Steak and Chophouse in downtown Austin, TX where he trained as a meat cutter and sous chef.  A couple years later, Chef Rich was ready for a change and answered the call to move back home to Florida.  Rich opened up his own bistro in Bradenton, enRich Bistro, which became a local favorite spot for great food, wine and craft cocktails.  Rich served as the Owner and Executive Chef at enRich for six years until he sadly decided to close down due to Covid.  Fortunately, as one door closed for Rich, another door opened.  He started Innovative Dining in order to provide an excellent standard of cuisine, crafted from top-quality ingredients.

Executive Chef Seth Groseclose

My culinary roots began in the kitchens of the matriarchs of my Southern family. Memories of abundant meals featuring fresh vegetables, cast iron, lard, and corn meal sent me down the path towards becoming a chef.

After a few chain restaurants gigs early on, I found a home at the Beach Bistro with Sean Murphy. It was there that I learned what fine dining truly means. My years at the Bistro afforded me great culinary experiences and relationships with amazing chefs. Our Beach Bistro Team had the honor of the invitation to prepare and serve the famous James Beard Dinner in 2007 to members of the James Beard Foundation and invited special guests – a highlight of my career for this self-taught southern Chef.

I have traveled and worked with renowned restauranteurs such as the Myriad group featuring Tribeca Grill, Montrachet, and Coach House on Martha’s Vineyard under Chef Ryan Hardy.  My next experience took me to live and work in Belfast, Northern Ireland, under Michelin Star Chef Paul Rankin.

The roads I have traveled led me back home to Bradenton where I was raised. My good fortune has brought me once again to an amazing opportunity working with Chef Rich Knowles and the Innovative Dining team. I look forward to building our brand and feeding folks for years to come.

Paula Wright, Catering Director and Marketing Manager

The restaurant and catering scene has always been a part of my life and keeps me on my toes!  I have over 15 years experience both in fine dining and catering/catering management.  My specialty is the planning, decorating and executing events with the customer and their guests as my top priority.  Working alongside a cultivated chef like Rich Knowles brings an event to the next level of cuisine that people continue to talk about well after the event is over.  We are a very good team!

My marketing came later in life when I felt a need to help small business afford what the big guys had.  With an extensive background in graphics and computer knowledge I started gaining clients and now have a successful Marketing Company – Something Social FL where I continue help small business flourish.

Innovative Dining is ready to take your event next level!

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Email: Catering@Innovative-Dining.com