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Narsai M. David

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 10:05 AM CT

Narsai Michael David was born in South Bend, Indiana to Assyrian parents Michael Khanno David and Shulamith Sayad.

During college he supported himself by working in restaurants, then opening a plastic fabricating business and a print shop.

In 1959, he took a job as manager of the Potluck Restaurant in Berkeley, California, eventually becoming a partner.

In 1970, he began a catering business. Among his first clients was Bill Graham (musician), San Francisco rock impresario for whom Narsai catered events for all major bands including The Rolling Stones. He has since catered a number of special events, some for the British Royal Family on their visits to San Francisco.

In 1972, he opened his restaurant, Narsai's, in Kensington on the northern tip of Berkeley. The restaurant boasted one of the finest wine cellars in the world. He owns two vineyards in the Napa Valley from which he eventually plans to produce his own wines. Narsai's wine list was described by The New York Times as one of the ten finest in the world. On the shelves at Narsai's Market were many imported and gourmet products, several of which are still made exclusively for him using his own recipes and bearing his distinctive label. He currently makes regular appearances on radio as Food and Wine editor of KCBS radio.

Narsai is also an Assyrian activist and is currently the president of the Assyrian Aid Society, a non-profit organization based in the United States.

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