About the Owner
Managing Director, Michael Oprish directs and oversees all daily operations of Bernardus Lodge and Bernardus Vineyards & Winery to ensure the enduring Bernardus’ signature service, commitment to excellence and products. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the helm, having been the opening general manager of Timber’s Resort newest addition to their collection, The Sebastian-Vail. Oprish’s extensive resume also includes senior roles such as vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge, general manager of The Quail Lodge in Carmel, as well as being room manager of The Peaks Resort and Spa in Telluride, Colorado, and Carefree Resorts in Carefree, Arizona.
Chef and Culinary Director
Ever since he can remember, Cal Stamenov has been at home in the kitchen. Cooking is the passion and dream that shaped his life since childhood. A country man at heart, he grew up on the California Central Coast in a rural area outside of San Francisco. He was lucky to discover his talent and passion early in life: love of the land, of good food and cooking. Without doubt, he entered culinary training right out of high school. After graduation in 1983, Cal entered the suitcase phase of his life, and for the next 15 years hopped around the world.
At Bernardus Lodge, guests can enjoy Chef Cal Stamenov’s California Natural Cuisine in two unique dining rooms on property; Marinus Restaurant and Wickets Bistro. These venues offer the best of Carmel Valley wine country living from the lush mountain views, extensive wine selections and distinctive ingredients. Marinus at Bernardus Lodge has been enjoying high praise since the resort opened in 1999, and has won Wine Spectator magazine’s highly coveted “Grand Award” for its wine cellar since 2001. Marinus has received 4-stars from the Mobil Travel Guide for its outstanding menu, service and ambiance. Since 2001, the Zagat Survey has noted Marinus as one of the Top Restaurants and Most Romantic places south of San Francisco.
Chef Cal makes a practice of partnering with local charities, particularly those having to do with schools and environmental issues. He is the honorary Co-Chair of Dinner in the Vineyard; MEarth’s annual fundraiser that benefits the thousands of students from across Monterey County who experience, learn, and grow with MEarth at the Hilton Bialek Habitat. In addition, he donates his time participating in events such as Cooking for Solutions, Pebble Beach Food and Wine and the Monterey Wine Education Foundation. For several years Stamenov was at the helm of several annual and prestigious international gatherings such Masters of Food & Wine event and The Quail Motorsports Rally.