Chef Meg LaManna embarked upon her career at age 19 when she enrolled in culinary school in Asbury park, New Jersey. Throughout her educational experience she assumed kitchen roles at Tao in New York City & Bonefish grill in Brick town, New Jersey. Upon finishing the CEC in Asbury Park, the young chef toted around the jersey shore at popular steakhouses and bistros hungry for knowledge.
In 2012 her family opened a restaurant called 709, where she would call home for the next 3 years. Throughout this time she was able to finish a bachelors degree in psychology and business from Georgian Court University with hopes of someday owning her own business.
Thirsty for different cuisine & an elevated level of cooking, the chef decided to relocate to Miami. It was here she would work at the triple 5 star Mandarin Oriental, LaMar by Gaston Acurio, NYC based Quality meats, and James beard award winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s Cena.
Today Chef Meg enjoys running The Garden at GVP, a poolside kitchen in her North Bay Village community that offers seasonal & local dishes as well as fresh pressed juices with her wife, Natalie. Her eclectic menu is a result of her travels, passion, and dedication to her craft.
Natalie Horback began working in the food and beverage industry as a server over 20 years ago in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. After high school she attended Fairleigh Dickinson university pursuing a bachelors degree in hospitality management. Throughout college she was employed as a server at an authentic Japanese restaurant where she learned about the art of sushi, hibachi, and sake.
With hopes of getting behind the bar, Natalie accepted a position at Craig's in brick town, New Jersey, where she would climb from server, to bartender, to general manager. It was also during this time that she enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson university again; this time for a graduate degree in hospitality management.
After 10 years at Craig's Natalie relocated to new London, New Hampshire to join family and seek a change in scenery. She landed a job at a local brew pub learning all about the beauty of local, seasonal, and sustainable cuisine well as beer brewing.
In 2014 Natalie joined her wife Meg LaManna in moving to Miami. She has spent the last 3 years as an assistant manager/bar manager at a Boutique Hotel in south beach. Today Natalie co-operates the Garden at GVP with Meg and takes great pride in fabricating and designing signs for the restaurant as well as planning the beer and wine lists.