As an East Coast native, Chef Liza Hinman was bowled over when she began cooking in Sonoma County 10 years ago. Her dream of having access to the best in produce, meats and wine was finally at her fingertips. As the Chef/Owner of The Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa, she has made that dream a daily reality, crafting a menu that draws on the area’s best- and used to create dishes that reflect her interest in exploring traditional cuisines from all around the world.
Chef Liza’s path to the Spinster Sisters began after graduating Middlebury college- taking a job as an editorial assistant at Gourmet Magazine under Ruth Reichl. She then decided to get up close and personal with the restaurant world- moving to San Francisco to attend the California Culinary Academy.
Her San Francisco experience upon graduation included Woodward’s Garden, Bizou and lastly- Delfina- where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She then followed that passion to a job with Taverna Santi, in Geyserville, CA. Eventually taking the reigns of the kitchen in 2010, she continued to develop her own rustic style and approach to classic Italian food.
After taking a hiatus from kitchens to have her first son, Oscar, with husband Joseph Stewart of the Downtown Bakery family, Chef Hinman joined forces with her partners to open The Spinster Sisters. Her menus explore flavors from around the world using the bounty of Sonoma County- a great culinary collaboration. A new and vibrant part of Santa Rosa’s South A neighborhood- The Spinster Sisters, and the cooking of Chef Hinman, are an exciting addition to the area’s dining scene.