Popular Quarry Village Restaurant Welcomes a New Chef

Wednesday 08th, March 2017 / 09:16 Written by
Popular Quarry Village Restaurant Welcomes a New Chef

Popular Quarry Village Restaurant Welcomes Chef Halston Connella

MAX’s Wine Dive, a popular Quarry Village restaurant in San Antonio proudly introduces Chef Halston Connella as their new Executive Chef. Chef Connella brings years of experience in the restaurant industry and a passion for the hospitality lifestyle to the MAX’s Wine Dive kitchen.

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Chef Connella’s passion for cooking developed at an early age while recreating family recipes passed down for many generations.  Prior to his education at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Connella started a business, Bread in Texas, selling bread in the city of Schertz, Texas when he was in high school. His family continued his love for baking and cooking, as his dad encouraged spending time in the kitchen and his grandfather relied on his assistance to prepare turkeys for the homeless on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Upon finishing his Culinary Extern in Vail, Colorado, Connella moved to the San Antonio area and began work at L’Etoile. After almost a year of training in French technique, Halston went to work with several well-known San Antonio chefs such as Chef Andrew Weissman at II Songo Osteria, Chef Bruce Auden at Biga on the Banks, Chef Steve McHugh at Cured, Chef Jeff Balfour at Citrus inside Hotel Valencia, Chef Tim Rattray at The Granary and many more. Connella also created his own successful brand and business out of a portable pizza oven, Rebel Pizza.


Halston is excited to begin his new experience at MAX’s Wine Dive, the popular Quarry Village restaurant, as he has always been a fan of the concept. “My favorite dish is definitely the Fried Chicken,” said Halston. “Not only is it the best in town, but it is such a classic MAX’s Wine Dive dish.”

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When he is not serving guests at MAX’s Wine Dive, Chef Connella enjoys spending time with his friends and family. Halston also has an interest in leather tooling and painting.


MAX’S Wine Dive is located in Quarry Village at 340 East Basse Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, Texas, 78209. The restaurant is open Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 12 AM, and Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 1 AM. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from Open to 6 PM and Brunch occurs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 4 PM. For more information, please visit MAX’S Wine Dive online at http://www.maxswinedive.com/, call (210) 444-9547 or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MWDSanAntonio/.


About MAX’s Wine Dive:

MAX’s Wine Dive is a family owned business famous for bringing gourmet comfort food with a delicious spin to guests alongside an expertly curated selection of wines, or cocktails, in a casual, rock-n-roll atmosphere. For more than 10 years, MAX’s Wine Dive has garnered numerous accolades and awards including, Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “The Nation’s 10 Best Brunches” in 2013, Travel + Leisure’s “Best Wine Bars” in 2012, OpenTable Diners’ Choice for “Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in the U.S.,” “5 Best American Fried Chicken Joints” per FOX News in 2014, “12 Restaurants on the Rise” in 2014 for Food Business News and Southern Living Magazine’s “The South’s Best Fried Chicken.”

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