Rik Squillari is a third-generation American chef. A descendant of Italian immigrants, he grew up in a family of chefs and cooks. His family owned several restaurants that exposed him to the hospitality industry at a young age.
He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America where he also met his wife, Pam. Pam’s family descended from a line of eastern European bakers so she helps in the restaurant by perfecting our onion rolls and other baked goods, in addition to running a successful daycare business.
After his time at the CIA, Rik went to work as Chef and General Manager in restaurants and hotels in both DC and Baltimore. After years of working behind the scenes, Rik moved to the liquor and wine industry. He quickly rose to become National Sales manager for a California wine importer.
During his time as sales manager he traveled across the United States and the globe. As he traveled to countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, he expanded his palate and love for unique wines.
He soon realized he wanted to create something that was his own, and the idea for Harvest Thyme was born.