Chef Daniel Kedan and Chef Marianna Gardenhire met at the Culinary Institute of America and the now husband/wife team have been sharing stories, recipes, and ideas for their passion of food, sustainability and community since. During late spring of 2013, they decided it was time to take the “leap of faith” and open their own restaurant, Backyard, in Forestville.

Chef Kedan began his professional cooking career as Sous Chef of II Palio Restaurant in Sheton, Connecticut in 2004. This ignited a passion and excitement, in the restaurant field, for him.

Daniel enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America in 2006, being part of the school’s first A.O.S. program on the Saint Helena campus. While attending school, he began working under Chef Dave Cruz, at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant in Youtville, as part of the opening team. Daniel continued his career at Solage in Calistoga, The General’s Daughter in Sonoma, Cantinetta Piero in Yountville and Peter Lowell’s in Sebastopol before opening Backyard in 2012.