As Chef Laurent Manrique has learned, combining simplicity with challenge walks a tightrope between passion for one’s craft and a desire to constantly seek new opportunities. Currently, Laurent resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Café de la Presse, a renowned Parisian-inspired bistro owned by Laurent, in addition to Blanc et Rouge, a stylish wine bar in downtown San Francisco, enjoy distinction among the city’s most popular dining and entertainment destinations. Laurent’s latest San Francisco project, Herlen Place, an upscale wine bar on Grant Avenue, opened November 2017. The last project before that was opening of Aquitaine Wine Bistro in 2013.