Our Team Members
Richard Langston - EXECUTIVE CHEF
Although he started his culinary career later than many chefs, Richard traces his love of food and cooking back to his childhood in Louisiana. Learning to cook at his grandmother’s side with ingredients fresh from her garden, little did he imagine how his background would shape his career.
With a BS in Business/Finance from LSU, he moved to San Francisco with his corporate job, and discovered the food scene there. After spending 10 years in accounting, he was fed up with life behind a desk, so his wife arranged a tour of the California Culinary Academy and he decided then and there to attend. Working his way through school cooking in restaurants in the Bay Area, Chef Langston became chef at La Pastaia in Palo Alto six months after graduating with high honors from CCA.
On a vacation with his wife and young daughter, Chef Langston discovered Idaho. They moved to Boise in 1992 and Chef Langston became the chef at Amore. The Boise dining scene was growing, and when an opportunity came along to purchase a small bakery in Hyde Park, the Langstons opened Richard’s Bakery & Café in 1996. Another restaurant space in Hyde Park became available two years later and Richard’s Across the Street was born.
Chef Langston then took a detour into corporate dining, where he was Executive Chef over the food operation at Micron. There he re-connected with a former customer who helped him assemble a group of investors and he opened Café Vicino in 2006. For ten years it was recognized as one of Boise’s best restaurants, and Chef Langston was honored as a James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northwest in 2014.
In 2016 Chef Langston was approached by an Oregon hotelier to open an independently-owned and operated fine dining restaurant in the Inn at 500 Capitol. Chef Langston decided to take the leap from a 42-seat restaurant serving lunch and dinner, to 100 seats serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a full bar, room service and banquets. Richard’s opened on New Years’ Eve 2016. His wife, Melinda, is his business partner in this venture, and their daughter Molly is a pastry chef in Portland.
Melinda Langston - BUSINESS MANAGER
Melinda arranged Richard's tour of the California Culinary Academy back in 1989. Who knew this is where she and Richard would end up 30 years later! With a background running businesses in several different fields, including the two previous Richard’s incarnations in Hyde Park, the restaurant business has always been the most exciting and challenging. And it sure beats sitting behind a desk in a law office (although the principle of herding cats still applies).
Kathleen McQuinn - GENERAL MANAGER
Kathleen began her restaurant career at the age of 15. In her 20’s, she balanced her time between an aerospace position, attending business school full time and bartending at night. After finishing her degree, Kathleen decided to fully embrace her passion for food, spirits and wine, traveling from Seattle to Sun Valley, Dutch Harbor to Bend, where she immersed herself in wine pairing, craft beer creation and culinary exploration. After crisscrossing the Northwest, she found herself back in her native Idaho, joining Richard’s shortly after it opened and where she has found her restaurant home.
Katie Hestead - ASSISTANT MANAGER / PURVEYOR OF WINE, BEER & SPIRITS
Katie’s passion for food, wine and hospitality comes from growing up in a family that was centered around the dinner table, so it makes sense that she spends her time around the dinner tables of others! She was born in Seattle, and spent most of her professional career in Southern California before moving to Boise. Katie loves talking about wine, beer and spirits with anyone who will listen, and will probably stop by your table to do so when you dine at Richard’s!
Kevin Nicolescu - CHEF DE CUISINE
Kevin first worked for us at Richard’s Across the Street where he started as a dishwasher at age 19. He pestered the cooks with endless questions about cooking—which we finally realized weren’t just his way of getting out of washing dishes, but a real thirst for knowledge about the industry. He worked his way up through the kitchen ranks in Boise at Milky Way and Reef, then moved to Hood River where he worked at Celilo. Before opening Richard’s, we met Kevin in Portland, and over lunch at Imperial, convinced him to come back to work for us. Kevin’s passion for well-executed food and talent for elevating a dish bring Richard’s menus to life. Kevin sums it up by saying he’s “a pretty good cook.” We’d say he’s pretty darn good.
Rebecca McManus - PASTRY CHEF
A fan of “Cake Boss” from a young age, Becky knew she had to become a pastry chef after she baked her first cake from scratch (no box cake mixes for her—well, maybe Funfetti). At 19 she went to the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and received her Associate’s Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts. After graduation she interned at the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, which reinforced her love of baking, and where she also discovered working with foods on the savory side. What she enjoys most about her job is creating something new and different every day. Her goal is to bring you something you’ve never tasted and can’t live without!
Eric DeWald - CATERING SALES MANAGER
A Pittsburgh, PA native, Eric discovered Idaho after his parents took several vacations here and raved about the state. Eric’s love of the outdoors made Idaho a great fit and he moved here as well, with the intention of pursuing a career as a park ranger. He was advised to get a job as a hotel front desk agent as a first step towards that goal to gain experience with one-on-one guest interactions. That initial hotel job gave him a passion for the hospitality industry—and a new career path. He moved from the front desk to food and beverage, and finally to catering sales. Eric spent time in McCall at the Shore Lodge, but after experiencing small town life, and a couple of McCall winters, decided to move back to Boise where he joined the Richard’s team.
Justin Owens - BANQUET MANAGER
Justin dove headfirst into the service industry at age 14 when a family friend bought a seafood restaurant. What started as an after school job shucking oysters and peeling shrimp quickly turned into a passion for providing not just a meal, but an experience for the diner. He spent years in the kitchen building a strong foundation on the culinary side, but found his true calling in the dining room and behind the bar working in high volume, fast-paced restaurants in St. Augustine, Florida. The unpredictable nature of the restaurant business, from catering a thousand-person wedding to bartending a private event for ten, is what fuels his passion. The opportunity to meet new people every day and to make that part of their day special is truly rewarding to him.
Blair Wilson - DIRECTOR OF PR & MARKETING
Blair started at Richard’s as the AM Manager, and we soon took advantage of his marketing talent, starting with social media posts and menu design, until we expanded his role to Marketing Director. His background in the restaurant business is enhanced by his passion for gardening, from learning to grow vegetables as a kid in the outer suburbs of Chicago, to a tiny apartment patio of his own in Laguna Beach, California, to a big garden at his home in Boise. It only makes sense that he appreciates all aspects of the culinary world. Blair’s experience as part of Richard’s management team gives him unique insight into what makes us tick.