Will Work for Art: Chris Bennett

 "Will Work for Art" takes you behind the scenes to meet the people who make the Fine Arts Museums work. In this case, we go behind the counter to meet Chris Bennett, the de Young Café Manager. Originally from San Clemente, CA, Chris has been with the Museums for four years.

What do you do here at the Museums?

I oversee the café and catering operations here at the de Young.

How did you become involved with the Museums?

It was this little thing called Craigslist. Events Management/McCalls was hiring [McCalls is the catering group who handle the cafés for both the de Young and the Legion].

What is your favorite artwork or gallery in the Museums and why?

Al Farrow’s cathedral made out of bullets, guns and ammo.

Al Farrow, American, b. 1943
The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007
Guns, bullets, glass, shot, steel, bone, and 15th-century fabric
162.6 x 128.3 x 188 cm (64 x 50 1/2 x 74 in.)
Museum Purchase, gift of Dr. Thomas Jackson and Dr. Kathleen Grant. 2008.10

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I go camping with friends to the Pismo Beach Dunes and ride quads. I've almost fallen off the side of a dune twice while doing jumps. But that makes it all the more fun and challenging!

Or I go shooting at the ranges in South City with one of my dearest friends- I cannot wait to try out his new rifle!

What are you working on right now?

Developing the new Picasso menu with our chef. What we do with our food and menu items here is keep it very California Local infused with a bit of the exhibits. For example, with the Picasso menu we have anything from a local cod ceviche with fresh Chilies, smashed avocado, cilantro, toasted corn nuts to a Warm Game Hen Bread Salad with country line arugula, currants reggiano, grain mustard vinaigrette to a sweet pea ravioli with early summer vegetable brood, shaved parmigiano reggiano.

Do you remember the first time you visited the Museums?

When I was 17 years old and I first moved to San Francisco, I got lost in Golden Gate Park and suddenly there was the de Young Museum!