Josh Garic - Executive Chef
Chef Josh began his culinary career like all the best chefs do – watching and learning from family – especially at Sunday dinner with his parents, grandparents, and cousins. When college came, he realized life would be best if he made a living doing the one thing he had passion for – food.
He hopped on a plane and landed in Hyde Park, NY at the elite Culinary Institute of America studying under the guidance of certified master chefs. After Katrina, Josh realized that there was no place like home, and although I cannot confirm that he clicked his heels together, he knew he had to be back in the land of crawfish and Louisiana blue crabs.
Since then, he has taken home many honors and accolades including 1st Place at the Louisiana Food and Wine Experience and being the founder of the first New Orleans supper club, The Salty Swine.
It goes without saying though, that Josh’s most meaningful accomplishment, is his family. His 2 kids can be found watching and learning, just as he did, either in the kitchen of Nuvolaris, or his kitchen in Madisonville.
In the rare time that he is not at the restaurant, he is typically on his little bass boat coasting down the Bogue Falaya.
Rene Schnell - General Manager
Hailing from Arabi, LA, Rene has been working in restaurant Industry for over 30 years, running food and beverage operations for some of the biggest hotels in New Orleans. Rene has been able to hit the ground running here at Novolaris by completely reforming the staff to have the tools that boost the guest experience in the best possible way.
As a member of The Guild of Sommeliers, Rene lives the quote that life is too short to drink bad wine. Rene has developed award winning wine programs throughout both Louisiana and Florida.
When he is not thinking of ways to improve the front of the house, you can find him enjoying his life in Old Mandeville with his family or hunting deer and in shore fishing.
The next time you’re in Novolaris, do yourself a favor and ask him to recommend a wine. You won’t be disappointed.