Dominique Campa

Assistant Director of Food and Beverage

210.725.0690  / dcampa@cordilleraranch.com  

Hometown: San Antonio

What past work history prepared you for The Clubs?  

I began my hospitality journey at 16 years old as a hostess at TX Land & Cattle. Since then, I have been involved in many concepts, from fast casual and fine dining to luxury hotels. Prior to Cordillera Ranch, I was selected to assist in opening Landrace with six-time James Beard Finalist Chef Steve McHugh, and Carriqui, a 400-seat restaurant at the Pearl District in San Antonio. During a short time in Columbus, Georgia, I worked under Jamie Keating, a Certified Executive Chef and U.S. Culinary Olympian, who heightened my eye for both details and elevating guests’ experiences. 

What do you like most about working here?

My favorite part of Cordillera Ranch is the energy of the property and people. There’s no question that the property is beautiful, but working here at Cordillera for the past two months has exposed me to some of the most passionate and kind people — team and members. The team, who I have worked side by side with from front of house to back of house, were quick to make me feel welcome and have impressed me with their commitment to the operation. I look forward to continuing their development and supporting them, however I can. The members have been wonderful and have been a joy to get to know each time they visit. Shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Lynch as they were the very first members I met!

What inspired you to pursue work in this field?

The warmth of hospitality inspired me to embark on this journey, and has given me the opportunity to connect with and hear people’s stories over delicious food and heart-led service.

How does this inspiration carry over to your personal life?

Having a heightened awareness instilled in me has allowed me to be in-tune with the people close to me, and has given me the ability to be more considerate to others and a better listener and giver.

What’s the funniest thing to happen to you in this business?

I was working in San Antonio in 2021 and a guest shared one of her most memorable dining experiences with me, which happened to take place at Epic Restaurant where I worked in Georgia in 2014-2017… She had no idea that I previously worked there so it caught me off guard as it was random, but it made me smile.

What is your most meaningful personal experience?

Having my 1-year-old son, Ace. Parenthood has been the most intense, yet rewarding thing I have experienced thus far. Watching the world through his eyes reminds me to appreciate the simple things.

How do you spend your free time?

I teach and practice yoga and meditation, I love to travel, and I treasure every moment with my son.

What is your secret to happiness? 

Movement in nature whether it be yoga, running or hiking, etc. 

What was your most recent adventure?

I spent a month in Rishikesh, India to get my 300-hour Yoga Certification.

What’s on your bucket list?

The top three that come to mind are:

1. Take Ace to see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia when he is a little older. Right now, he loves watching aquariums and animals.

2. Qualify for the Boston Marathon in the next three years or so. I have a lot of work to do as I need to run 26.2 miles in under 3:30.

3. To experience dinner at Eleven Madison Park in NYC since they have built an incredible reputation in the food and beverage industry.

What is your favorite smell, and why?

Lavender, to relax.

Anything that would surprise others about yourself? 

I went sky diving when I was 19 years old, and I have been to seven countries in the past decade.

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