Jeff Riedel brings 28 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry to his position of Executive Chef at 103 West. For more than half of his career he has worked for Buckhead Life.
A Chicago native, Jeff started his career in a small Italian restaurant which sparked his interest in the culinary arts. After graduating from Joliet Junior College with his Associates Degree in 1986, Jeff worked for Marriot International as a Culinary Trainee, and later Food Production Manager for 10 years. He joined Buckhead Life Restaurant Group as a line cook and was ultimately promoted to his current position in 1999.
Throughout his career in the restaurant industry, Jeff has truly developed his passion for food and attention to detail. His favorite foods to prepare and eat are classic French cuisine and European dishes. Jeff is passionate about charcuterie, a specialization in smoked meats and seafood entrees. When he’s not in the kitchen Jeff enjoys mushroom foraging, which allows him to add flavorful variety to his dishes.
Joseph Geonczy brings more than 45 years of experience to his longtime position of Executive Pastry Chef at 103 West. Chef Joseph received a pastry degree from the Hungarian Pastry Institute in Budapest, his hometown. Since his graduation in 1968, he has gained tremendous experience in various positions, both in Hungary and the United States. Most notably he was the pastry chef at the Kenessy Gourmet International Restaurant in Chicago, Jasmine Porch at Kiawah Island Inn, South Carolina, Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago, Hillcrest Country Club and François Restaurant in Los Angeles. He joined the 103 West team in 1988.
Throughout his culinary career, Joseph has gained national attention for his desserts, even receiving a thumbs up for his peach tart and opera cake by nationally-acclaimed chefs Emeril Lagasse and Jean Banchet. He is also a named member of the Historic Chef Society in Chicago. In his spare time, he enjoys nature photography, hiking, traveling, gardening and listening to heavy metal music.
Heidi Sandate grew up in the heartland a native of Ames, Iowa. She graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and minor in Spanish. Upon graduation Heidi relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a position with Continental Airlines Vacations in their Sales and Marketing Trainee where she solidified her love for hospitality and building relationships with her customers. She then joined Buckhead Life Restaurant Group in 2006 as a sales manager for 103 West. Her commitment to creating and delivering memorable experiences and loyal clientele following led her to a promotion as Director of Sales in 2011.
Heidi has a love for traveling, gardening and hosting great parties. She resides in Vinings with her husband Andres and daughter Francesca.
Leslie Bahr joined the 103 West team as Private Events Coordinator in June of 2013. As a recent graduate of Auburn University, with a degree in Hospitality Management, Leslie supports the Events Sales team by conducting venue tours, processing event inquiries and managing the referral and rewards program for loyal guests. She has a variety of experience in the hospitality industry, including working as a hotel concierge, banquet server and catering assistant.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys doing home improvement projects, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Event Management Team
Jerry Bures brings extensive experience and knowledge to his position as General Manager at 103 West. A graduate of the Hotel College in Marienbad, Czech Republic, Jerry’s USA career began in 1969. More recently, he worked for Food Services by MGR, Inc. as Restaurant Manager to open and operate The Terraces, a fine dining restaurant in the Georgia World Congress Center. A couple of years later, Jerry was promoted to Director of Operations, Public Facilities.
In the early 90s, Jerry was transferred to the Georgia Dome to launch and manage its food service facilities. Transferred again by the parent company to become General Manager of food services at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park where he established high standards for food and service.
Jerry also continued as director of operations for the catering company, Proof of the Pudding and for several years owned and operated award-winning, Atlanta’s Midtown favorite, Marra’s Seafood Grill.
Since 2003, Jerry has served as General Manager of 103 West, where he has built a loyal clientele and helped make 103 West Atlanta’s premier private events venue.
Edwin D’Souza is the Banquet and Beverage Manager at 103 West. Edwin graduated from the Delhi Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Services and brings 31 years of experience to the restaurant and hospitality industries in his current position.
Edwin brings unique experience with Indian Cuisine gained working at the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel in Mumbia, India where he served as Catering Assistant¬ from 1983 to 1990. Following this position, he joined Buckhead Life as Dining Room Manager and Sommelier at 103 West in 1998. Edwin then began his career as Banquet and Beverage Manager in 2001.
Edwin resides in Suwanee, Georgia with his wife and son. In his spare time, Edwin enjoys cooking and experiencing Indian cuisine.