Jannis Swerman is a veteran of the restaurant industry. Beginning as a hostess at the original Spago in Hollywood in 1982, Jannis cultivated relationships with customers, journalists, and colleagues, earning respect, admiration and a reputation for her integrity and expertise. Her encyclopedic knowledge of the restaurant regulars and notable guests made her an asset and key contributor in organizing and executing the legendary Oscar Parties at Spago hosted by Irving and Mary Lazar in the 1980s.
After her rewarding career with Wolfgang Puck, Jannis established Jannis Swerman & Company in 2005 to immediate success. Jannis Swerman & Company’s history boasts a stellar client list, having worked with both prominent and emerging industry talents that include Suzanne Tracht, Michael Cimarusti, Piero Selvaggio, Frank Ostini and The Hitching Post Restaurant and Winery, Andrew Kirschner, Chris Kobayashi, Josiah Citrin, Gino Angeleni and Norman Van Aken. As a member of the Burger Brigade, she helped save the iconic Irv’s Burgers, a 1950s hamburger stand in West Hollywood, from demolition in 2005, resulting in its declaration as a cultural landmark by the City of West Hollywood.
Jannis contributes her time to the annual Wally’s Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration which raises funds for the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund, named in memory of her friend and colleague. Inspired by the generous work of her friend, Marc Vetri in Philadelphia, she joined the team from Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help promote their first Los Angeles event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, hosted by Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne and David Lentz in November 2010.