The couple recently moved from California to Dallas (Rogers grew up in Dallas), where they both worked at one of Napa Valley’s top dining destinations, PRESS. Rogers was executive chef. Yoder was general manager. Customers lauded the food and service. San Francisco’s esteemed food critic Michael Bauer gave the restaurant three out of four stars – twice – and called it “…the perfect marriage between food and wine.” For an encore, she and Rogers decided it was time to go solo, and open their own restaurant. In Latin, gemma means the bud of a plant; in Italian, “the precious one.” At Gemma, Yoder runs the front of the house, while Rogers runs the kitchen as executive chef.
“It’s our first restaurant, and we want it to be a little gem,” Yoder says.
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