Chefs

Scott Romano | Dry Creek Kitchen

An industry veteran and CIA graduate, Executive Chef Scott Romano brings vast experience and an authentic approach to the culinary leadership at Dry Creek Kitchen. His philosophy of honest food served with integrity is critical to the restaurant’s wine country...

Shane McAnelly | Chalkboard

Known for his eclectic, inventive, yet approachable dishes, Shane McAnelly has a culinary approach distinctly focused on ingredients and seasonality. Growing up in the tight-knit community of Oakley, CA, Shane spent time as a child baking with his mother and...

Tom Schmidt | John Ash & Co.

One of Wine Country’s best known restaurants, John Ash and Co. remains an icon for gourmet, wine country dining with Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt continuing the standards of cooking excellence enjoyed by locals and guests alike. Chef Tom Schmidt brings a wealth of...

Duskie Estes | ZAZU Kitchen + Farm

Duskie Estes began cooking at the age of five in her EZ-Bake oven. She is a graduate of Brown University. Duskie & her husband John Stewart are chef owners of Zazu kitchen + farm and Black pig Meat Co. During her two year tenure as chef of Palace Kitchen in Seattle,...

Perry Hoffman | SHED

Perry Hoffman’s culinary focus at SHED is built around the mission to showcase the links between responsible farming, ingredient-driven cooking, and flavorful food. In crafting his dishes and the SHED Pantry line of powders, salts, pickles and preserved fruits, he’s...

John Toulze | The Girl & The Fig

John Toulze is a native of Northern California from a third generation French family. Cooking was, and continues to be, a strong passion in his family life. John started his career in hospitality at Viansa Winery in Sonoma in 1994. After several years of cooking and...

Crista Luedtke | boon eat + drink

Crista Luedtke is chef/owner at boon eat + drink and proprietor of boon hotel + spa. She was recently crowned as Triple Grand Champion on Food Network’s Guys Grocery Games. She learned the art of cooking through her incredibly talented mother and her skills in...

Daniel Kedan | Backyard Restaurant

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...

Liza Hinman | The Spinster Sisters

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,...

John Ash | Chef, Author, Culinary Educator

Many refer to Chef John Ash as the “Father of Wine Country Cuisine”. In 1980 he opened his namesake restaurant, John Ash & Company, in Santa Rosa, CA. which gained international acclaim and still is critically applauded. He has co-hosted a radio show for 29 years in...

Hog Island Oyster Company

At Hog Island Oyster Co. good things grow slowly. Their goal is to develop sustainable aquaculture techniques to produce superior shellfish that taste wonderful while building a community of like-minded people. They take great care in everything they do, from...

Matthew Beaudin | Monterey Bay Aquarium

Matthew Beaudin joined the Aquarium’s culinary team as executive chef in February 2015. His approach to food blends cuisine and community, from building relationships with local fishermen and farmers, to building sustainable gardens for orphaned children stricken with...

Mathew Williams & Moishe Hahn-Schuman | Ramen Gaijin

Committed to honoring traditional techniques combined with the finest ingredients Sonoma County has to offer. They make all of our noodles in house and strive to produce and preserve as much as possible in season. They offer a seasonal menu consisting of traditional...

Dustin Valette | Valette

Dustin Valette began his culinary career at 13 washing dishes at Catelli’s in his home town of Geyserville, California. Now, more than 20 years later, Valette finds himself back in Northern California’s wine country continuing the dream that started some 22 years ago....

Armando Navarro | El Dorado Kitchen

Executive Chef, Armando Navarro, has had a noteworthy resume packed with top restaurants along both coasts. After five plus years as Executive Sous Chef at Auberge du Soleil, Armando went to New York where he trained under some of the best chefs at Le Bernardin, Jean...

Mark Stark | Stark Reality Restaurants

James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalist Mark Stark is the executive chef and co-owner with his wife Terri, of six wildly successful restaurants in Sonoma County: Willi’s Wine Bar, Monti’s, Stark’s Steak & Seafood, and Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa, and...