July News

 IMG_0534Featured Employee – Damian Camacho, Server

Damian Camacho is a man of many hats around Novo. Starting as a busser almost seven years ago, he is now a server as well as a prominent fixture of Novo’s entertainment scene. Damian first arrived at Novo with no restaurant background and jokingly shares he knew he’d have to work for the restaurant in order to afford tasting the menu.

 Now, he gets to share that knowledge nightly as a server introducing customers to new flavors and a unique experience. His favorite part about serving is offering customers a surprise, he says, noting that the best suggestions are the ones that leave empty plates behind.

 Novo has also allowed Damian to develop his first interest: music. As a rotating DJ and with a recent promotion to the Sunday Night Music organizer, Damian gets to mix work and pleasure regularly. “It’s what makes me happy and drives my curiosity,” he says of his love for vinyl and performing. Outside of Novo, you can usually spot him either at Boo Boo Record’s or as part of The SLO Record Swap Project, founded by Novo DJ’s, Manuel Barba and Malik Thorne. In the future, Damian says he’d love to find a career where he can share more of his love for music with others.

 Currently, he has the chance to do so coordinating Sunday nights live jazz in The Cellar at Novo. A unique experience, these jazz themed evenings are full of notes, cocktails, and historical glamour, showcasing the historic building’s eclectic past as a jazz venue.

 Be sure to also catch Damian at Beleza Nights this summer, where he is among the rotating DJ’s featured on Friday and Saturday nights.


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Featured Dish – Mary’s Half Chicken

All natural Mary’s half chicken over steamed Freekah with sautéed fennel, red onion and market cherry tomatoes.  Finished with an opal basil pesto and gold beet sprouts. We are proud to support Mary’s Free Range Chickens. This California family farm produces free range, organic and pasture-raised chickens. We’re sure you’ll taste the difference!


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Featured Cocktail – The Spice Trader

The Spice Trader blends traditional London Dry Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Basil, and housemade Ginger Syrup to accompany a warm Summer afternoon on the back patio or perfect to compliment some of our new, spicier Asian Dishes.  Muddled Pink Peppercorn  and Candied Ginger adds a little zing as well as beautiful presentation.

1 3/4 oz. Broker’s London Dry Gin

3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Ginger Syrup

3-4 leaves Fresh Basil

10 Pink Peppercorns

1 Candied Ginger for Garnish

In Mixing Tumbler, Muddle Basil and Peppercorn lightly. Fill with Ice and add remaining liquid ingredients.  Shake vigorously(about 8-12 seconds) and strain into a Coupe or Martini neat and garnish with a skewered piece of Candied Ginger.