Anthony Aviles, General Manager
Sarasota native, Anthony Aviles, has been entrenched in the hospitality industry from a young age first getting his start in working numerous positions in the five-star restaurant at The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort. Upon graduating from The University of South Florida - Sarasota/Manatee with a degree in Hospitality Management, Anthony continued to define his career path in the industry at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, holding general manager positions at nearly all of the restaurants on property, before taking on the role of Assistant Food & Beverage Director at The Lido Beach Resort. In his position at Jack Dusty as General Manager, Anthony looks to bring the level of service well-known to those who frequent the restaurant while working to build impactful relationships with local organizations, and striving to continuously innovate and wow guests after each visit. If guests ask Anthony what his favorite dish at Jack Dusty is, he is sure to say the 1855 New York Strip, paired with Muga Rioja while overlooking the marina as the sun goes down over Sarasota.
John Ford, Chef de Cuisine
With over a decade of experience in kitchens along the East Coast, Chef John Ford’s passion and expertise will evolve the menu at Jack Dusty to offer innovative dishes with an emphasis on local seasonal ingredients.
A humble introduction to the culinary world, it wasn’t until high school after enrolling in a culinary arts course by chance that Chef John discovered his love for food. He was introduced to new flavors and cuisines that he had never experienced before and was inspired to become a Chef. From there his passion for cooking blossomed as he attended Johnson & Wales in Miami for culinary arts while simultaneously working in the kitchens of Loews Hotel Miami Beach.
Throughout the years, Chef John has held numerous positions at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach, starting as a Sous Chef and working his way to Senior Banquet Chef during his four years at the hotel. During the off-season, John sharpened his skills in New York at establishments such as Gilt, Aureole, Scarpetta and Union Square Café. Prior to his current role at Jack Dusty, Chef John served as the Executive Sous Chef of Stripsteak by Michael Mina.
Chef John is dedicated to providing a whimsical dining experience that showcases quality ingredients at their peak. With Chef John at the helm, Jack Dusty will become a place not only revered for its food, but a relaxed and fun environment for guests to create memories.
Candice Marie, Lead Bartender
Hailing from Ohio, Candice Marie took an untraditional approach to becoming the Lead Bartender at Jack Dusty. While successfully achieving a degree in Marketing and Advertising, Marie supported herself throughout college as a bartender. Living in Dallas, Texas after college, Marie returned to school in pursuit of a Masters in Architecture. Her passion for the hospitality industry and craft of the bartender flourished during her time as the Director of Marketing for a major hospitality group and entertainment venue in Dallas. Marie also worked as a team leader and brand ambassador for this hospitality group, which is one of the highest rated restaurant groups in the destination that has been recognized for several awards on a national level for their innovation in breaking the mold of the food and beverage model as we know it.
With an understanding that her true creative passion and design was the art of the cocktail and the hospitality industry, Marie immersed herself in the resurgence and mastery of the craft by working alongside magnetic names such as David Alan and Feargal McKinney in the beginning of her career to Chad Soloman and Christy Pope; formerly of Milk and Honey and co- owners of The Midnight Rambler and with the late Sasha Petraske of Cuffs and Buttons Consulting.
Marie will lead the beverage program at Jack Dusty to new innovative levels. Guests will experience unique cocktails combining the freshest ingredients, crafted with passion and soul; each cocktail comes with a story created by Candice and her team.